After experiencing intense violence in her childhood, caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) during Liberia’s civil war, Washington College alumna, Minty Abraham Wade, understood the importance of protection for refugees in times of crisis from a young age.
Now as a senior analyst with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the former political science major implements strategies to protect civilians and appropriate much-needed resources for struggling refugee populations in the Middle East and Asia.
“As a survivor of a brutal civil war who spent a significant portion of my life as a refugee, I know all too well the plight of women and children affected by the atrocities committed by the LRA,” Wade said. “I have successfully lobbied to have civilian protection considerations factored prominently into all military operations, which helped lessen reprisal attacks against civilians.”
Wade says her professors and peers at Washington College helped to reinforce the importance and value of public service, which dovetails with her career in foreign affairs and international development. Professors Dan Premo, Melissa Deckman, and Tahir Shad were most influential, she says, in preparing her for life after college.
“They challenged my assumptions, provided opportunities for me to hone my skills, and provided substantive feedback, even during the most trying times,” Wade said.
Wade earned a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh before entering the federal system with the U. S Government Accountability Office. She previously served the USAID as the Country Development Officer for Uganda.