I believe in the fight for health as a human right. I work on projects that aim to close the gap in access to healthcare (and ones that make people smile). I strive to bring delight into every project and to connect people with resources to those who need them the most.

I’ve initiated nonprofit programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Kenya, India, and here at home in the United States. I graduated with honors from UCLA with a degree in Human Biology & Society as part of the Institute for Society & Genetics. I was a Partners in Health intern on the clinical oncology team. I’ve spoken at TEDx, the Do Lectures USA, and at the IUSD Teen Summit. I was also a summer intern for Seth Godin. I was also featured in a chapter of the book, 3 Billion Under 30.

Before my interest in healthcare, I was a travel and adventure writer. When not working or studying, you can find me jumping out of planes as a certified skydiver, surfing, hiking, and playing with my scrappy one-eyed rescue puppy. You can follow my bucket list here.

I am currently a medical student. I continue to work on initiatives to train healthcare workers in Rwanda and Haiti and run a skydive program for cancer patients facing tough diagnoses. Born in South Africa, I now live in Seattle with my husband, Tyler Spangler, my dog, Patch, and my son, Oliver Bear.