IDCE Students Profiles

Shelagh Cooley (IDSC '2011)
IDCE Fellow

Shelagh Cooley (USA) earned a B.A. in public policy analysis with an emphasis in economics from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh where she worked with women and youth on education, health, and employment. Upon returning from Peace Corps, she started a non-profit, BELIEVE, Inc. partnered with two local NGOs in Bangladesh to positively enhance the impact of the local leaders on the community. She hopes one day to expand BELIEVE’s capacity and dedicate all her time to it. For the past two years she has worked for Boston Public Schools Department of Extended Learning Time, Afterschool and Services working with youth in afterschool and measuring the impact of afterschool on the child. She hopes to use her graduate school experience to gain the skills to a more effective agent of grassroots development.