May 24, 2015

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board sets and oversees our network strategy. Located across the US and the world, the Advisory Board takes the lead for building our community, monitoring our impact, reinforcing our brand and identifying resources.

Cory Rodgers | Branding

Cory is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he is studying Medical Anthropology and researching the impact of humanitarian health interventions on East African pastoralists. He previously led the AIDemocracy chapter at the University of Pittsburgh, and spent the last year working with a women’s HIV support group in Tanzania. He supports vegetarianism as an ethical dietary mode, but his ability to live by it has been thwarted by BBQ pulled pork and wild boar burgers.

Ramis Wadood | Network

Ramis is a Freshman at Columbia University, where he’s the President of the Freshman Class. He has previously served on the AIDemocracy Be2021 Team, and participated in our Global Scholar program. Originally from Troy, Michigan, he believes that “the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers”.

Jim Minardi | Network

Jim is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, with a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. During undergrad, Jim was active with community service, was also a member of Loyola’s Model United Nations’ team for two semesters, being awarded “Distinguished Delegation” during his last semester, and studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center. He was also inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha and is an Eagle Scout. 

Billy Tsang | Network

Billy is a Rutgers graduate and has previously served as an HIV/AIDS Issue Analyst and Global Health Fellow. His passions for public health, justice, and education have fueled his involvement with AIDemocracy, ONE, and Oxfam. He is currently participating in research at Columbia University studying HIV/AIDS across Africa. He believes much of life can be demystified through watching Shrek and Game of Thrones, accompanied by Chai Tea Latte. 

Emily Burlinghaus | Fundraising

Emily is a sophomore at New York University hoping to major in Middle East Studies and Economics. She’s a former AIDemocracy Peace and Security Issue Analyst, and is particularly interested in Iran and the Arab World. Emily has a passion for languages; she’s studied Arabic and Persian, and is hoping to spend a summer in Abu Dhabi in 2013. She’s also pursuing here interests in journalism and culture through an internship with LinkTV in New York. Emily believes that students have amazing power to make social change using media.

Sarah McGough | Network

Sarah is a Junior at Notre Dame, and formerly served as AIDemocracy’s Global Peace & Security Team Coordinator. She loves being part of a network created and run by students, and is energized by being around other young global citizens. She’s studying abroad in Brazil next semester, and can quote nearly every Wes Anderson film verbatim.

Noor Khalidi | Branding

Noor studied International Studies at Virginia Tech, and previously served as an Intern with AIDemocracy. She feels strongly about the potential for our generation to drastically shape and steer the society we’ll live in as adults. She’s particularly passionate about global development and poverty reduction.

Krystle Corpuz | Evaluation

Krystle is a recent graduate of Georgetown University, and currently works for an evaluation consultant firm in Washington, DC. She loves fast paced work and being able to work with many kinds of people, and her favorite season is fall only because that’s when Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte comes out to play.

Ernie Ji | Branding and Marketing

Ernie Ji graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a degree in Political Science. He currently lives back in his hometown of Lima, Peru, working in the financial controlling office at Samsung Electronics. Over the past year he has played a key role in the development of AIDemocracy’s Global Scholar program, including building the program’s awesome website


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