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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Kinyarwanda, Russian
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Nonprofit strategy
  • studied History and Literature, focusing on Russia and Fr...
  • From Highland Park (outside of Chicago), IL, US
  • Profile 85% complete

About Me


to see beautiful things and meeting interesting people!


Quick summary: I'm a runner, singer, do-gooder, traveler, and occasional glutton!

I'm fascinated by the strategy of doing good - thinking through how social sector organizations (and businesses, and governments, and individuals) can have the highest impact in making our society more equitable. My work and passions have taken me from my hometown of Chicago to Boston, all the way to Rwanda, and back to Brooklyn, where I live now.

I spent a year living in Rwanda and working for a global health NGO. It was an incredible experience, and I caught a travel bug while there - I traveled around the country by motorcycle and around east Africa (Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi) on crowded, rickety buses. I'm addicted to the breathtaking feeling of seeing something beautiful and foreign for the first time. I run nearly every day and have had the pleasure of exploring nearly all of these places on foot, sometimes with dozens of children in tow.

I'm passionate about the arts - particularly classical music and opera, but really all things expressive, whether in a concert hall or museum or on the street. I'm excited to explore central Europe and to enjoy the amazing art and culture there!

Finally, though I have ambitions to travel the world and see all these beautiful things and make a big impact, I find almost nothing more fulfilling than a good meal with good people.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I am brand new to CouchSurfing and really excited to see what it's all about!


Classical music, running, literature (love 20th century American and Russian in particular), art, travel, good podcasts, storytelling...

  • arts
  • culture
  • literature
  • concerts
  • running
  • traveling
  • podcasts
  • music
  • classical music
  • opera

Music, Movies, and Books

Annie Hall, The Hours, Goodbye Lenin, Julie and Julia, It's Complicated

Bartok, Mendelssohn, Schumann; Death Cab for Cutie, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Air, Belle and Sebastian, the Beatles, Elliott Smith, The Flaming Lips; Beyonce, Adele, anything catchy

Brothers Karamazov, American Pastoral, Disgrace, To The Lighthouse

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I climbed an active volcano in the Congo and saw a lake of lava at the top...incredibly beautiful and breathtaking

Countries I’ve Visited

Brazil, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Italy, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Russian Federation, Rwanda, United States

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