February 8, 2024

Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Ava Strasser

M.S. in Global Affairs ‘23

Concentration in Peacebuilding

Currently, Ava is a Gender & Youth Analyst at the organization Sustainable Energy For All.

What makes you proud to be an alum?
I am proud to have graduated alongside a cohort of peers and friends who I know are equipped with the skills and knowledge to enact positive change globally.

What are your main areas of responsibility in your current role?
As the Gender & Youth Analyst, I support the development and implementation of SEforALL’s Gender and Youth Strategy across organizational programmes and initiatives. I work with the Gender & Youth team on communications, knowledge production, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and program implementation and oversight.

How did your time at the CGA help prepare you for this role?
Through the CGA program, I acquired the tools necessary to conduct gender- and youth-responsive research, which has prepared me to continue developing knowledge on the intersections of gender equality and sustainable energy access. Through studying Peacebuilding, I gained an intersectional understanding that went beyond peace and conflict to include gender, humanitarian aid, development, sustainability, and monitoring and evaluation issues. Through my participation in the CGA consulting practicum with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, led by Dr. Anne Marie Goetz, I gained valuable communication and teamwork skills, with our research focused on women’s political participation in post-conflict peace processes. I apply these skills to my role as the Gender & Youth Analyst with Sustainable Energy for All.

Any favorite memories at the CGA?
In the first semester of my second year in the CGA, I had the opportunity to intern with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations as a Security Sector & Gender Specialist Intern. Also, I met so many of my best friends through the CGA program and have had amazing experiences living with them as roommates, exploring New York together, and spending summers traveling.

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