2020 Fellows

The MINN Fellowship program seeks to foster diverse viewpoints in our community, provide professional enrichment and networking opportunities, and build a long-lasting relationship between traditionally underrepresented communities and the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN). Learn more about the Fellows program.

2020 Fellows

Alli Strong-Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor’s Degrees in International Studies and Youth & Nonprofit Leadership from Murray State University. Alli has a range of international experience working on human rights and inclusive international development. She lived and volunteered abroad while taking undergraduate courses in Human Rights and Community Development in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and she conducted graduate research on women’s rights and gender-based violence in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. As an undergraduate student, Alli wrote her thesis on volunteer-tourism in the Global South. As a graduate student, Alli studied rights-based approaches to inclusive development, and interned with Mobility International, USA where she provided mission-critical support to their global disability rights programming in Armenia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. Alli currently works on the innovation and inclusion team of a Twin Cities disability nonprofit, and she is dedicated to educating herself and others about the intersectionality of disability rights issues.

Chou Moua is a native Northender of St. Paul, Minnesota, a neighborhood diverse in culture, history, and peoples all of which shaped his upbringing. He has a masters in International Development from Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he studied in Vietnam and consulted for the World Wildlife Fund. As a Boren Fellow, he studied wastewater management in Tsinghua University Beijing as well as ethnic/ingidenous livelihoods in Fudan University Shanghai. Chou is passionate at understanding development, knowledge transfer and data collection through a cultural lens to provide richer data and narratives of communities. As a Partnership Specialist with the Department of Commerce, he led statewide coalitions on the Asian Pacific Islander count for Census2020. He is currently Head of Business for IoTank, a small start up focusing on smart septic systems. In his spare time, Chou is an avid studio potter and collector of Hmong plants and herbs.

Eden Fere is a 2018 graduate of Hamline University with a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and Social Justice and a certificate in Paralegal Studies. She is a current third-year student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Eden has worked with the non-profit HOME Line as a Tenant Advocate for the past four years. Most recently, Eden has worked with NGO’s such as World Without Genocide as a Fellow doing policy work related to CEDAW and with The Advocates for Human Rights as an International Justice intern. Eden is of Eritrean descent; her family came here as refugees of war. She hopes to work in an NGO after law school focusing on women's rights, as well as refugee and asylum matters.  
 

India Zietsman is the Development Manager of the Upper Midwest region of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in the United States (NPH USA). In her role, she works with a portfolio of donors, the Associate Board and her team to fund a network of homes, health services and educational programs for children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before working at NPH USA, she was the Development and Administrative Assistant of Kakenya Ntaiya at Kakenya’s Dream, which empowers girls in rural Kenya through education. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Minor in Spanish. India believes in the power of education to transform lives and communities. She has pursued a career working for nonprofits that leverage this power sustainably and ethically. 

 

Jessie Hatfield is a global health practitioner and humanitarian. She recently graduated from St. Catherine University in 2019 with a master’s in Public Health, specializing in global health. Her experience and passion are in managing public health programs and health education. She recently worked with the Syrian American Medical Society on creating a state-of-the-art mental health and self-care curriculum for international medical mission volunteers. Jessica is fluent in Spanish and is dedicated to empowering indigenous women in Latin America facing social and institutional barriers that affect quality of life. She is passionate about advocating for survivors of gender-based violence and human rights violations. As a MINN Fellow, she hopes to make valuable and life-long connections with local and international NGOs. 

 

Meghna Subba is a Masters of Development Practice (MDP) student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She also has a Masters in Communication (Symbiosis University, India) and an MBA (Kathmandu University, Nepal). Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Meghna has worked in the development sector for five years focusing on inclusive economic development, development communication, natural resource management, and result-based monitoring and evaluation. She has extensive experience in inclusive economic development programs focused on rural economic and value chain development. She is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) program to develop market based strategies for non-timber forest products for Community Forest Concession in Guatemala.

 

Oluwatosin (Tosin) Oluwole is a Doctor of Medicine, and a Co-founder of the Global Young Must Grow Health Initiative, a non-profit organization that caters for the holistic wellbeing of the vulnerable and underserved population. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. With a strong interest in health equity, social justice, global peace, and international development, she looks forward to connecting with individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as with groups and organizations of shared values and interests.

 

 

Sohini Bag is a Master of Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University and has a Bachelor’s in Technology, specializing in Biotechnology. She has lived her life as a Third Culture Kid. She was born in India, raised in United Arab Emirates and moved to the United States to attain her masters. She is currently interning with African Careers, Education & Resources, Inc. (ACER) as a Population Health Intern. She hopes to focus her career in dismantling health inequities and addressing social determinants of health. She is excited to learn about the impact created and the management of organizations focused on reducing disparities in an international setting. She firmly believes that inclusive spaces, a collaborative environment, and cultural competence are key in creating meaningful change in global communities. She is looking forward to building relationships, sharing our stories and engaging with passionate individuals working towards a better world.

Sophia Hoiseth is a Minnesotan who grew up abroad, living in Poland, Peru, and Qatar. She moved back to the United States to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU), where she majored in Political Science and minored in Nonprofit Leadership. During that time, she got involved as a senator in Student Government, a Community Advisor in the residence halls, and an Orientation Peer Assistant during the summers.

Within Mankato, Sophia volunteered at Campus Kitchen to provide meals to those facing food insecurity and volunteered on local senate and gubernatorial campaigns to promote the issues she is passionate about.

Using energy and enthusiasm, Sophia is inspired to further serve Waseca as a Lead For Minnesota Fellow. She is passionate about connecting people for the many things that we have in common and making Minnesota feel like home for all. 

Zaynab Abdi is a Black, Muslim, Middle Eastern, Immigrant woman who is passionate about social justice and advocacy. Zaynab graduated as a magna cum laude from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN with three bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Philosophy. Zaynab worked as an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador at Green Card Voices. She currently works as the Civic Engagement Coordinator with Reviving Sisterhood (RISE). Zaynab is also an advocate for girls’ education and spoke at the United Nations about the importance of educating girls in countries where they are disadvantaged. Zaynab is a co-author of Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School and was featured in Malala Yousafzai’s new book We Are Displaced.

 

Watch their video introductions here.