Executive Team

This amazing set of individuals is responsible for all aspects of Project Exchange's internal brand  & operations.

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Ashley Lin

Founder & CEO

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!

Abril Castillo Camacho

Director of Monitoring and Evaluation

Abril is an ambitious student passionate about our world and the arts living near Barcelona, Spain. She believes in a multicultural understanding world, and the importance of youth in activism and social justice to achieve a respectful society. She loves working with international communities, being part of Academica’s Dual Diploma and participant of the Advanced Talent Training Program and Bojos per l’Economia. As a dancer, cello player and writer, she also advocates for the use of art as a tool for activism and diversity. Abril hopes to continue her education with new opportunities to travel and discover our world alongside young leaders!

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Angela is a high school junior in sunny Florida who loves studying languages and learning about cultures from around the world. She is currently studying Korean and Chinese, and is an alumni of the NSLI-Y Korea program. From her personal experiences, she is very passionate about education and racial and gender equality. In her free time, she likes to play basketball, run 5k’s, and computer program, but she is always up for new challenges!

Director of Language Learning

Angela Li

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Respectful interaction, tolerance and self-confidence - all that and more is what Anna, a 16-year old student from the south of Germany, learned through virtual study abroad programs. Since she has participated in lots of virtual exchange programs herself, she believes in those exchange programs as the opportunity to build up understanding and to maintain peace. It’s also how she found her passion for international politics and relations - and it’s her desire to help other teenagers achieve that too.

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Director of Partnerships

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Anushka is a high-school senior who is passionate about uplifting minority voices in
her country. She enjoys learning and discussing the economic and social policies of
governments around the world. Her hobbies also include singing, reading, baking and
volunteering as a teacher for her local NGO. As a part of Project Exchange, Anushka hopes
to increase access towards intercultural awareness especially among those who don’t have
the opportunity or means to study abroad.

Community Facilitator Lead

 
 
 

Betel Tenna

Director of PenPals

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Betel lives in Maryland, though originally born in Ethiopia. She's passionate about technology and love learning about history, languages, rhetoric, and making art. Currently, she's attending Princeton University pursuing a Computer Science concentration with certificates in Engineering and Management Systems and/or Entrepreneurship. She hasn't studied abroad, however, is 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, she'd like to study abroad in Peru, Egypt, and Ghana.

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Dareen Mohammed

Director of DEP Logistics

Dareen is a high school junior living in Amman, Jordan. She's passionate about international relations and politics. Learning about different cultures through traveling to different countries, or simply just talking to people from different cultures is something she genuinely enjoys! She believes that everyone should have a voice, regardless of their nationality, age, or social status, and that is the key to a functioning society, and a healthy and effective future generation. In her free time, she loves to be involved in Model United Nations and various political programs! She would love to study abroad for university, preferably in France or China, and later on make a positive impact on the world, in order to make our globe a better place for less-represented individuals and communities.

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Darija Barsukova

Director of Social Media

Darija is a high school senior from Latvia. She loves traveling, learning languages, and learning about different cultures, as well as sharing her own. She is also a FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) Program alumna, and spent her sophomore year studying abroad in the US. She loves working on international projects focused on education and social issues, and is also interested in politics, business, marketing, and international affairs. Her hobbies include swimming, volunteering, and cooking. She's excited to be involved with Project Exchange to make cultural exchanges accessible to a wider audience.

Kristie Moore

Director of Alumni Engagement

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.

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Lillian Glaros

Director of Social Media

Lillian is passionate about cultural interaction and hearing others' stories. She is involved in various clubs creating change in her community and is the lead interviewer for the GirlsLEAD podcast. She enjoys tasting foods from different cultures, hanging out with her cats, and reading National Geographics. She also loves having discussions with others about all kinds of subjects.

Lily Le

Director of Finance

Lily is currently a high school sophomore from Northern California who loves traveling and learning about other cultures. She is part of three clubs at school which include Unicef, Adulting 101, and VSA, and also volunteers to tutor for two programs. As for hobbies, she enjoys playing basketball, working out with friends, and baking. The course of her life has led her to be passionate about important issues such as poverty and worldwide hunger. She is also interested in the world of business and marketing and hopes to one day be an entrepreneur in Seattle or New York City but is open to whatever opportunities life leads her to.

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Luna is a girl from Italy who believes in the power of cultural exchange to build a better future. She is very passionate about social issues (from the environmental crisis to pineapples on pizza, which she doesn’t approve of, like, at all, like, never), and she enjoys being a political activist in her community. Even if last year her plan to study abroad was completely crushed by the pandemic, in the future she would love to visit all the countries in the world (what a cliché), and also live in some of those for a while. As a DEP member, she is very happy and excited to give young people around the world the opportunity to connect and grow. Keep fighting!

Luna Mercuri

Director of Community Engagement

Executive Director

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Meredith is passionate about knowledge, compassion, and justice and puts her heart into everything she does. She’s inspired to explore the world and sees every experience as an adventure. Her love of language, music, beautiful food, books, exercise, service, and connection fill her cup every day. Meredith’s dream is to contribute to social empowerment through economic development, international collaboration, and public policy to make a better world.

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Moksha is an Indian Expat living in the United Arab Emirates who is currently a high school senior. She is a dancer and poet by passion along with having worked for several youth organizations for more than 2 years. She aspires to be a professor in the coming future and would want to serve in the field of education. Along with traveling, Moksha also likes to bake. Moksha loves to spend her time with her friends and mom. As the youth today is becoming aware, we can surely lead the world towards a more sustainable and healthy life.

Moksha Jammalmadugu

Director of Social Media

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Rosália is a 19-year-old Brazilian who aspires to solve global issues through scientific research and social initiatives. She’s a Chemical Technician and a rising freshman at the Federal University of Sergipe. Being open-minded and creative allows her to accept challenging tasks, and she is never afraid of learning something new. That said, she’s a self-taught English speaker who started to learn English at age 13. In 2020, Rosália was invited to work in a Scientific Initiation project as a CNPq Researcher Student at the Federal Institute of Sergipe - and worked on it for 18 months, until she graduated from High-School and from her Chemical Technician course. When she’s not studying Chemistry - her passion - Rosália enjoys drawing and reading, besides she used to practice Judo before the pandemic - she’s a Blue-Belt judoka. Her story with Project Exchange started in 2021 when she joined the DEP as a student; subsequently, she volunteered as a DEP Community Facilitator before joining the Executive Team. Furthermore, she is passionate about languages and culture; thus, she is continuously working towards her and Project Exchange’s goals of making cultural exchange more accessible.

Rosália Sobral Costa Neta

Director of Impact Incubator and
Director of DEP 
Curriculum

Sierra Morehead

Director of Facilitation

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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.

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Sophie Chang is a fourteen-year-old teenager living in St. Louis, Missouri. She goes to Marquette High School, and her favorite subjects are language arts and social studies. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, hang out with friends, read books (mostly dystopian and science fiction), and listen to Kpop (her favorite group is Twice, for anyone wondering). She loves to travel and explore new places and cultures and one day hopes to go to Greece, Japan, or South Korea. She is heavily involved with many nonprofits, including GenZHER, YesSheCanCampaign, SHEDIDTHAT!, Femme in STEAM, and, of course, Project Exchange. She is especially passionate about women’s rights and hopes that one day the world will be able to put aside their differences and come together to unite as one. Because of this, she’s very excited to be a part of Project Exchange and be able to make a difference. 

Sophie Chang

Director of Student Engagement

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Surabhi is a student, an artist, a 3rd Dan black belt, and an avid communicator who is passionate about embracing diversity and culture. At school, she is heavily involved in HOSA, Debate, Science Fair, National Honor Society and Academic Bowl for the Deaf. When not being occupied with school and clubs, in her free time, Surabhi likes reading autobiographies, watching food shows and experimenting in the kitchen. In the future, she would love to have the chance to study abroad in U.K., the Netherlands, and Spain. As part of Project Exchange, Surabhi hopes to continue to work on her goal of making the world an interconnected place of cultures and diversity through the interaction of many enlightened thinkers and students.

Surabhi Gangadkar

Director of Operations

Chief of Staff

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Sydney is a high school junior from New York City who loves traveling, international relations, and politics. Through her travels, she has gained an appreciation for seeing as much of the world as you can, and opening your eyes up to new cultures, languages, and cuisines. Her favorite places she's been are Thailand and Morocco, and she hopes to go to India and Greece one day. She is passionate about focusing on what unites us, rather than what divides us. Sydney wants to use her time and resources to educate young people on how to respectfully learn about and engage with someone else's culture respectfully and with appreciation for what makes us all unique.  She is heavily involved in her school and community and is part of a plethora of clubs and organizations, including Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Student Government, and various activist and political organizations. If she's not volunteering, she's reading historical fiction, baking something, or on a plane to somewhere new. Although she hasn’t studied abroad yet, Sydney hopes to study in Spain or the United Kingdom one day.

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On her mission to separate the vulnerable and muffled voices from the noise that masks them, Zunaira is determined to make everyone around her feel heard and appreciated, irrespective of where they come from. She is on her journey to help young people and herself grow and transform into empathetic leaders. She loves to work in intercultural environments and wants everyone to know that there is no single right way. She adores diversity around her as she believes differences are what make this world beautiful.  Even though she hasn’t studied abroad yet, Zunaira hopes to study in Turkey, the USA, Canada, or Finland soon.

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Zunaira Asad

Director of the DEP