A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lydia earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics with minors in business management and international studies at Stony Brook University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She is passionate about using tools of diplomacy to achieve gender equity in access to the financial system in order to simultaneously empower women and stimulate economic and social development in the developing world. Her past professional experiences include interning for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and most recently at the U.S. Embassy in Belgium as a Political and Economic Affairs intern. As an undergraduate, she gained valuable experience in finance and public policy, including serving as a voting member of the Board of Directors for the university’s auxiliary corporation and as a Vice President for the student government. Exposure to people through these public programs has left her with a desire to interact more with people, understand their experiences, and empower them. Lydia is a 2018 Charles B. Rangel Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and is eager to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer.