My interests lie primarily at the intersection of international affairs, economic development and foreign policy, with a particular focus on African issues and post-conflict reconstruction. I graduated from Tufts University in 2005 with a BA in International Relations and Political Science. I then moved back to Paris, France, where I was born and raised, and in 2007 earned a Masters in International Affairs from Sciences Po.
Currently based in Toronto, I recently made a career shift after working as the Director of Communications & Fundraising at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for nearly 3 years. Since January 2013, I have been learning the ropes of the electronic voting industry, working in the Sales department of Dominion Voting Systems. In parallel, I am the Director of Programs for the company’s philanthropic arm, The Delian Project. Previously, I was program associate at the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, a project of the Clinton Foundation. In 2007, I founded The Niapele Project, a small grassroots organization focused on supporting community-based development in Liberia.
I am a dreamer but also a do-er. I believe in the adage: “All I know is that I know nothing”, and that life is essentially one, very long, learning process. I listen to Charles Mingus and The Roots; I read David Foster Wallace and Joseph Stiglitz.
I am interested in probably way too many things, ranging from surrealist art to food to yoga. I have an eclectic personality and this site is meant to be a platform for me to share my thoughts as well as information about my work and news about my current projects – all organized in this one tidy little patch of the Internet.
Please don’t hesitate to leave comments, suggestions or feedback – you can also email me at penelopemstarr_at_gmail_dot_com