Nedgine Paul Deroly – 2018 Obama Foundation Fellow


Referring to herself as “a proud daughter of Haiti”, Nedgine Paul Deroly attributes much of who she is today to her family, faith, and the community that has surrounded her since birth. Born in Haiti and raised in Connecticut, Nedgine played an active leadership role in community service and youth development programs within the Haitian community.

She has earned earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has also worked with Achievement First and Partners In Health which were particularly transformative in cementing her passion for equal educational opportunity and social justice grounded in community relationships. In 2014, she was named among the top global social innovators by Echoing Green, and she was selected for the Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneurs in 2016.

She joins the game changers of the world in the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship as the co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti, which is an organization that seeks to dramatically raise education outcomes in underserved and rural areas in Haiti by promoting teacher excellence and student success—all rooted in Haitian culture, customs, and community.

The Obama Foundation Fellows exemplify the many ways one can improve our communities. These individuals are leaders working hand-in-hand with their communities to build better futures.

This lifetime and life-changing opportunity includes guidance, skill-building and training courses, individual coaching and mentoring, participation in a global cohort of leaders, exposure to opportunities provided by other Foundation programming, and participation in four expense-paid gatherings (more details here).

Over 20,000 people applied from 191 countries. Nedgine was selected as one of 20 inaugural Fellows who represent 11 countries around the world.

By: Tammy for| April 17, 2018

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