Grace is currently an associate at J.P. Morgan & Chase in New York City, where she covers a portfolio of not-for-profit, healthcare, and higher education clients. She graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance, management, and marketing, and a dual degree in English Literature. She is currently in her last semester of pursuing her Masters in Finance from Harvard University where she is authoring her thesis on endowment funds. She has been recognized by the White House, Congress, the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Speakers Association, and the World Bank for her various contributions to public service, leadership, and policy.
As someone who is extremely interested in the intersection of public policy and finance, she is excited to help AsylumConnect fiscally grow as Director of Finance & Legal in order to advance its social mission.
Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, where she studied public health. She lives in Philadelphia, working full time in infectious diseases with a focus on HIV/AIDS in under-resourced populations. Her prior experience designing and implementing public health programming has taken her all over the world. She has worked on programs in institutional, non-profit, and community settings, serving all ages and addressing a wide variety of topics including but not limited to developmental health, sexual health, mental health, applied bioethics, disaster response, and sanitation. Her interests include equitable access to health care and information, the social epidemiology of chronic illness, and the built environment.
As a public health professional, Emma is acutely aware of how difficult it can be to navigate the public and private systems that provide the building blocks of stability – documentation, health, education, etc. This is especially true for vulnerable populations lacking resources, recognition, and information. As part of the AsylumConnect team, Emma aims to bring more clarity and ease to the asylum process and to raise awareness about the needs of LGBTQ asylees. As Director of Catalog, Emma oversees the development and management of the AsylumConnect resource catalog and communicates with users and service providers to ensure the highest quality service.
Tiff is a designer and engineer interested in the intersection of STEM, art and social justice. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Biology and Computer Science. Currently working as a software engineer in New York City, she is pursuing a career in integrative design research and teaches high school computer science on the side.
In developing AsylumConnect’s technical product, Tiff recognizes the importance of user-centric research and local ownership in crafting a technology solution tailored to community needs. Technology holds great potential to both help and harm, and she is deeply invested in ensuring one over the other. As someone whose ideal world is founded upon knowledge dissemination and radical inclusivity, she is thrilled to help build AsylumConnect’s vision.
Favio graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies. This comprehensive program provided Favio with a detailed overview of multimedia consumption. At Berkeley, Favio participated in and helped manage the philanthropic organizations Theater4Charity and Improv4Charity (theater troupes that raised thousands of dollars for various charities in the San Francisco Bay Area).
After living and working in Los Angeles for a year, Favio's passion for LGBT issues brought him to AsylumConnect. He hopes to actively advocate for the LGBT community throughout the world. As Director of Marketing and Publicity, Favio will create engaging content to the increase the growth of AsylumConnect's overall awareness and media presence.
After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Comparative Literature, Tori decided to take the road less travelled: she moved to Florence, Italy to pursue her interests in design, illustration and photography. After a year of studying at Studio Art Centers International, she now works as an Associate Designer for a political media startup in Washington, D.C.
As Director of Creative Content, Tori hopes to explore her interest in the intersection of the arts and social change, and to help LGBTQ asylum seekers take control of their narratives. Tori launched the AsylumConnect website and established the brand’s style guidelines from its inception. She continues to design all infographics and promotional materials, and to contribute photos. Her main role is to ensure that all of AsylumConnect’s creative and visual content is in line with its vision, goals and voice.
Matt Noel is currently a Sophomore at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is pursuing a BA with a concentration in conflict resolution and a minor in Spanish. At GW, Matt serves as the Director of Community Relations at TEDxFoggyBottom— where he is able to merge his passions of fostering a community and establishing a platform for meaningful ideas. In each of his commitments, Matt is dedicated to building a more inclusive, safe, and open world.
Matt is responsible for building the AsylumConnect team by seeking out driven individuals while monitoring staff development and fostering positive relations within its members.
Disclaimer: The AsylumConnect team will do its best to confirm basic facts about service providers listed on this website. However, we lack the necessary resources to adequately vet service providers and make no representations regarding the viability or capabilities of any such providers. Consequently, AsylumConnect assumes no responsibility for the actions of providers listed on this website and asylum seekers who contact any such providers do so at their own risk.
AsylumConnect currently operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Social Good Fund (EIN: 46-1323531), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations to AsylumConnect are tax-deductible. (We also thank our previous fiscal sponsor, the Millennium Campus Network, for their generous contributions to our initiative.)
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