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Ashley is passionate about increasing access to global literacy, and amplifying the voices of young changemakers around the world. Whether it be women’s empowerment, civic engagement, or storytelling, Ashley believes true multicultural education inspires bold thinking and creativity which allows young people redefine any field of work, and create their own places at the table. Serving as a U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassador to Uruguay helped Ashley realize the importance of multicultural, diverse, and inclusive education - and the varying privilege and access students have to make study abroad reality. Ashley is excited about her role in empowering the next generation of barrier-breaking innovators and Nobel Peace Prize winners through cross-cultural understanding and collaboration!

Founder & CEO

ASHLEY LIN

Angela is a sophomore in Florida who loves languages and culture and is very excited to be a part of the Project Exchange Team. She is very passionate about stereotypes and equality. She is currently studying Korean and Spanish, and hopes to be able to study abroad in the future. In her free time, she likes to play basketball, run 5k’s, and computer program.

Director of Facilitation

Angela Li

Bella is a biracial American with a penchant for adopting words she reads in books and just barely understands into her everyday vocabulary. She often ponders the deep questions, such as "what does blue smell like?" and "what should I eat for dinner?", while swirling mint tea in a crystal glass and basking in her own self-importance. On an only slightly more serious note, Bella is an aspiring Political Foreign Service Officer seeking to travel to all the places and mlearn all the things. She plans to make more plans in the future about her future plans for which she will certainly have backup plans, but for now, she's just biding her time till graduation.

Director of Outreach

Bella Phillip

My name is Betel Tenna and I live in Maryland, though originally born in Ethiopia. I'm passionate about technology and love learning about history, languages, rhetoric, and making art. Currently, I'm a senior at Magruder HS, but I'll be attending Princeton University pursuing a Computer Science concentration with certificates in Engineering and Management Systems and/or Entrepreneurship. I haven't studied abroad, however, I am an alum of the 2018 High School Diplomats program, which is a 2 week Japanese cultural exchange and immersion program hosted at Princeton University. In the future, I'd like to study abroad in Peru, Egypt, and Ghana.

Director of Tech Innovation

Betel Tenna

My name is Haashim Ameer, and I'm a high school junior living in Redmond, WA. Being the eldest of three brothers means that each day brings new challenges, but I love my family and enjoy my time with them. When I'm not studying , you'll find me browsing through Youtube geeking out about newly-released tech, dreaming about my next trip (I love travelling!), or sitting quietly reading a mystery book. I'm heavily involved in clubs such as FBLA, a competitive business-leadership club, TYE,  a hands-on entrepreneurship program, and my mosque's youth group, where I am currently planning a camping retreat for over 40 teenagers. As I join Project Exchange, I'm hoping to combine my leadership skills with my growing technical skills - I can't wait to make a difference with all of you!

Director of Technology

Haashim Ameer

Jenny is dedicated to helping others find their way to success. She thrives off of human interaction, which is why she is in so many clubs at her school, including being a member of Model United Nations and National Honor Society, Ecology Club and a leader in Student League, California Scholarship Federation, Key Club, UNESCO, and her school’s marching band. She has also interned at the AP review website Fiveable. Other than being involved in clubs, in her free time, she likes to eat poké, drink boba, and watch Netflix. She would love to one day study abroad in France, Greece, and China. She hopes to continue furthering her goal of making the world a more accepting place with Project Exchange.

Director of Human Resources

Jenny Lu

Jessica Duhon is a sophomore from Durham, NC studying International Affairs with a focus on East Asia and a minor in Chinese at Georgetown University. In high school, she studied abroad in China for 10 months with AFS and volunteered extensively with exchange students in her local community. In her first two years of college she has completed two internships in International Education, she and hopes to pursue a career in this field after graduation. She is excited to be involved with Project Exchange because it allows her to create accessible global education opportunities for students around the world.

Co-Director of Digital Exchange Program

Jessica Duhon

Kristie is a current high-school junior from Irvine, California. She is passionate about language learning and international relations. Kristie is an alumna of the NSLI-Y Russian summer program, which has motivated her to use her experiences to educate others on the importance of a global education. Besides being involved in Project Exchange, she is also vice president of her school's Model United Nations club and an intern at the Orange County Human Relations office.

Co-Director of Public Relations

Kristie Moore

Maysoon is a junior living in Saudi Arabia who enjoys writing and participating in various projects for activism with her Model United Nations club which she is president of and volunteering with multiple projects in Saudi Arabia as well as virtually. When she is not doing Model Un or debate, she enjoys playing basketball or badminton and scrolling for many hours on Reddit. In the past few years, she has been able to attend study abroad programs and Model United Nations conferences in Seoul, Cairo, London and Paris and hopes to continue to do so. 

Director of Partnerships

Maysoon Hussein

Michelle is a high school student in Orange County, California who hopes one day could help better the world. She is excited to be part of the Project Exchange’s team and hopes to see global barriers decrease as time goes on. She had previously helped raise awareness and money for orphans in Can Tho, Vietnam and enjoys volunteering her time for the good, such as being involved in her school’s Key Club, Student League, California Scholarship Foundation, and Ecology Club. However, during her free time, she loves to scroll through social media and find the newest trend, daydream about her many fantasies, or trying to do something creative.

Director of Internal Affairs

Michelle Bui

Redeat is a self-proclaimed language enthusiast making her way through junior year in Florida. She is passionate about celebrating the backgrounds and experiences that make us all unique individuals, and is eager to use her art skills to support Project Exchange. She is secretary of her school’s National Art Honors Society, and has won a Regional Scholastic Silver Key Award in Painting. She believes that if she makes even one person’s day a little better, time was well spent. Redeat has lived in Ontario, Canada for 5 years, Abu Dhabi, UAE for 2 years, and hopes to spend the summer in South Korea!

Director of Design

Redeat Kassahun

Samantha is an aspiring polyglot and lover of world cultures. She is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. She has 4 years of experience in Japanese and 1 year of experience in Russian and Italian. Aside from studying world languages, Samantha enjoys volunteering, playing with the Cal Marching Band, and listening to podcasts about philosophy. She has studied abroad in Kirov, Russia & hopes to study in Osaka, Japan and St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Director of Development

Samantha Doyle-Jacobson

Stephanie is a junior from Cleveland, Ohio passionate about the intersections between art and technology, in addition to the power of community and diversity. Stephanie studies the piano, is an avid creative writer, is heavily involved in her school’s Science Olympiad team, and has too many tabs open on her computer all the time. She is excited to see Project Exchange help connect youth across the globe to become an inspiring and interconnected generation of trailblazers.

Co-Director of Social Media

Shreya Madapath

Sierra is a high school junior who is very passionate about music, community service, and learning about new cultures. Sierra is involved in the fine arts program at her school. There she is in the dance program and the lead trombonist in the Wind Ensemble. Another program she is involved in is the Pharmacy Technician Program where she learns about different medicines, how to interact with patients, and much more. Sierra is very passionate about participating in community service activities which include playing music for senior citizens and helping the homeless. Sierra is also interested in bridging the gap between cultures and is very excited to be apart of a program to help her do just that.

Co-Director of Digital Exchange Program

Sierra Morehead

Tanya Singh is a non-binary writer, poet & editor from Chandigarh, India. They are the author of Heaven is Only a Part of Our Body Where All the Sickness Resides (Ghost City Press, 2018). Their work has been recognized by the Times of India, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, among other places. They are the founder & editor-in-chief of The Cerurove, a progressive literary magazine. They also serve as an editor for other places. They believe in kindness.

Director of Journalism

TANYA SINGH

Victoria is a current junior from Bellevue, WA. She passionately advocates for sustainability in her area and enjoys studying all things related to science and business. She also enjoys cooking food from various countries, ranging from Poland to Ethiopia. She joined Project Exchange to connect with others of many different cultures to understand the differences between her lifestyle and theirs.

Co-Director of Public Relations

Victoria Hsieh

Zoe is a high school junior from New York City. She's eager to educate people about other cultures, which she has previously done by teaching English to foster children in Brazil. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, she’s either reading the travel section of the New York Times or volunteering with her school’s Red Cross club. She has been to ​Brazil, Luxembourg and Spain but also wants to visit Portugal, Chile and Japan. ​She’s excited to bring her creativity and open mind to Project Exchange and get to know the diverse group of people within it.

Co-Director of Social Media

Zoe Piccirillo

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