I have been involved in community service since age 15. In those early years I volunteered or fundraised primarily with environmental organizations such as Coastwatch Europe, Grupo Lobo, ASPEA, the Blue Flag, and the Foundation for Environmental Education. Environmental sustainability remains, since then, a major concern of mine. Two decades later, community work has become second nature, and the lines between volunteering and my professional vocation as a development practitioner have often been blurred.
Since 2006, I have focused on human rights protection, capacity building and empowerment projects with civil society organizations in West Africa. I am a board member of the Association for Cooperation with Cape Verde, and of the Cape Verde Institute for Policy Analysis.
In recent years I’ve fundraised for a variety of charities, including Red Door Shelter, YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity; in 2011 I ran a half-marathon on behalf of Nellie’s Shelter, in Toronto, Canada.