We’re excited to introduce three interns who have begun working with us. We welcome Donavon Lea, Graham Twente, and Selena Pham as they join our team.
Donavon Lea is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying Public Policy and Leadership, and minoring in Bioethics on the Pre-Law track. At UVA, Donavon is Vice President of the Black Student Alliance, Co-President of C.R.A.V.E., and member of the Undergraduate Black Law Students Association, and Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity. He believes that centering the community in our quests for equity is the best thing we can do to shape a brighter future.
Graham Twente is a third-year student at the University of Virginia majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and pursuing minors in both Data Science and Social Entrepreneurship. He believes in the power of data to inform policy decisions. Graham’s leadership and policy skills were put to the test this year as a Resident Advisor to first-year dorms, leading a hall of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. He realized that effective policy implementation requires compassionate leadership and hopes to bring a compassionate perspective to data and policy in future endeavors. He is passionate about organizations that improve the wellbeing of children in Charlottesville including Camp Kesem and Project Peanut Butter.
Selena Pham is a dedicated, rising fourth-year computer engineering student at the University of Virginia. She is interested in learning programming languages, solving problems, and using computer technologies to help people. Her main interests are Web App development, User Interface design, and Database System Management. In addition to her academic career, Selena has three years of experience in customer service. She worked as a sales associate in Forever XXI and a financial aid assistant at the Northern Virginia Community College. These experiences taught her to communicate more effectively and listen attentively to people to understand their problems. Finding solutions to help others gives her happiness; she is active and creative in many situations. She is excited to apply her knowledge and experience in her internship this year.