Siena first traveled to Tanzania as a medical volunteer and immediately knew she wanted to continue serving rural Tanzanian communities.

Because of her experience and interest in global health, Siena was hired as an intern for Maasai Partners in 2012.

Since then, her experiences with the Maasai have helped her develop a specific passion for maternal and child health. Siena continues to bring a variety of skill sets and background knowledge to MP, focusing her efforts mainly on evaluating the health impacts of the women’s microfinance program.

In 2016, Siena graduated magna cum laude from American University where she double majored in public health and women’s studies. She now splits her time between MP and working at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a research assistant for the Children’s Growth and Behavior Study.

Siena plans to continue her education by going to medical school or graduate school for public health. She sees her internship with MP and all she has learned from working in Alailelai as formative in shaping her aspirations for the future. Wherever her career path leads, Siena is confident she will remain committed to work that is centered around improving the quality of life and health for underserved families.