Coco is an associate on the global programs team at UNICEF USA, an organization that supports UNICEF's work, and other efforts on behalf of the world's children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. She is responsible for connecting UNICEF USA teams and constituents with UNICEF programs around the world. Coco also serves as the resource mobilization focal point for disaster risk reduction programs.
Prior to her current role at UNICEF USA, Coco was a William J. Clinton fellow in India, where she developed livelihoods initiatives in rural communities in Kutch. During this time, she helped shape an oral history project with Khamir, documenting the personal histories of printer communities that experienced the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. She also illustrated and edited a children’s book published for limited distribution. Coco is a former United States Department of State Critical Language Scholar and United States Department of State Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholar for Hindi. Coco has studied in Jaipur and various parts of Rajasthan.
Coco is a StartingBloc fellow and a Nexus Global Youth summit member. She graduated with a master’s degree from Columbia University’s department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African studies. She is an alumna of Colgate University. Coco also has completed programs in business readiness with Harvard University and in proposal writing and monitoring and evaluation with New York University.
Outside of her work in the international development space, Coco is a digital illustrator and enjoys illustration projects that advance learning and equity. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable development, data-driven decision making for global progress and capacity building at the local level.