IDCE Students Profiles

Laya Zayer (CDP '2008)
IDCE Fellow

Laya Zayer (USA) graduated from the University of Southern California in 2005 with a degree in International Relations-Global Business. Soon after she relocated to Washington, DC to intern on Capitol Hill, and eventually moved on to serving as a research intern for a prominent think-tank in the city. After realizing that politics was not her calling, she followed her intuition and joined a development-based NGO in Nicaragua called Manna Project International. There she was given the opportunity to work with a local community inside the Managua City dump in leading health education and crafts classes for women and children. Through her profound experience she was able to witness the positive impact that was made in their community-and her passion for international development was thereafter ignited. She has also served a Washington DC based Non-Profit involved with Genocide prevention advocacy; and most recently she worked for an organization that educates, motivates, and equips underprivileged minority youth in Washington with the skills needed to create better lives for themselves and their communities.