Class IV (2006-2007)

4. Mneesha Gellman

Sponsor Club: Sunrise Rotary Club of Arcata, California, District 5130, USA

Mneesha graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Latin American Political Economy in 2003.

Afterwards, she worked as a radio journalist for social change at the Mainstream Media Project in California, where she conducted issue-framing on social and environmental topics.  During this time she served on the Board of Directors for Humboldt Domestic Violence Services and chaired the Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Commission for the city of Arcata.  Mneesha spent her first semester as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also interned with the United Nations Development Programme doing conflict analysis of Bolivia.  In July 2006, Mneesha served as an elections monitor with the Organization of American States in Bolivia.  She interned at the Khmer Institute of Democracy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from December 2006 until February 2007 where she worked on conflict resolution curriculum design.