MEET THE TEAM
Founder & CEO
Jean is passionate about spreading awareness on important social justice issues and working to create equal opportunities for individuals of different backgrounds. Whether it be topics like climate change, substance abuse, or the gap in access to education, Jean is dedicated to creating change and empowering others to do the same. Her time as a US Department of State Youth Ambassador to Belize has motivated her to share with others the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world, promote cross-cultural understanding, and gain leadership experience. In her free time, Jean is enjoys going on walks with her family, kickboxing, reading, and baking. Jean is excited to create accessible global education opportunities for students around the world, and make a difference with all of you!
Executive Director of Resources
Lucia is driven to create environments in which young people can network, collaborate, and expand their perspective on the world around them. She wants to ensure that when young people have these opportunities to connect, they are prepared to express opinions based on a foundation of subject knowledge and personal experience. Lucia joined the LATW team after participating in a U.S. State Department-sponsored virtual exchange program, and was struck by how rarely young people have the chance to spend significant time with their peers around the world. At LATW, she creates resources to support participants throughout the exchange curriculum, leads the Regional Representatives program, and supports the Executive Team to apply for grant funding. Outside of the organization, she loves to read, knit, play the violin, and listen to podcasts.
Executive Director of Programs
Elaine is a biracial and bilingual speaker with a passion for learning. She attended an international school in China before moving to the US, inspiring her to become an advocate for diversity, inclusion, cultural awareness, and the importance of communication and education. After attending an online cultural exchange that fostered leadership and understanding, Elaine was motivated to take action and reach a wider audience. Her involvement in Leaders Across the World stems from a sincere passion for collaboration, peer-to-peer support, having effective conversations about current events, and inspiring the next generation of leaders. She is involved in affinity groups for Asian and multiracial youth, diversity leadership in her school community, as well as student-led tutoring programs. Her other interests include STEM, singing, theater, reading, swimming, golf, and spending time with her adorable pet poodle!
Executive Director of Outreach
Amberle is a current senior in high school who is committed to raising awareness about the myriad of social, political and economic issues present in our world. As an individual, she continues to learn about the racial disparities to the effects of global warming in hopes of bringing the severity of these issues to the attention of others. Deeply rooted in her Malaysian background, she is eager to continue learning about cultural diversity and is keen on creating a world that fosters equality. Her involvement in Leaders Across the World has allowed her to work with those who share the same passion in becoming the world's next leaders. Outside of this organization, she is passionate about reading, travelling and spending time with her adored pets. She can't wait to inspire change in others and is excited for this journey!
Executive Director of Social Coordination
My name is Ella Kramer, I am a senior in high school from Chicago, Illinois. I love meeting new people, volunteering and participating in events surrounding activism. I frequently volunteer in my community including at an organization called Sharing Connections and a local kids day camp. One of my favorite aspects of Leaders Across the World is having the ability to grow connects with individuals whom I would have never met before and working as a global community to institute change. Some of my hobbies include baking and listening to music; my favorite artists are Declan McKenna, the Wallows and Beach House. Overall, I hope to better not only my community but also help others around the globe!
Executive Director of Public Relations
Arpana Ajith is a senior from Scottsdale, Arizona! She is a Carnatic vocalist and violinist and a Bharatanatyam dancer. She is passionate about feminism, racial discrimination, and mental health, which led her to join the Leaders Across the World team! She manages the Instagram and Facebook of Leaders Across the World . She has her own organization she started with her friends called Youth Empowerment Forum (YEF), which raised over $25,00 for tribal education in India. As a woman of color, Arpana is well aware of the struggles of minorities and is eager to educate and raise awareness for others.