Danielle Nicolai has over five years of experience working in international development and education exchange programs. Ms. Nicolai has been in with Meridian International Center since June 2015 where she has focused on youth and entrepreneurship programs. Danielle is currently working as the program associate on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Professional Fellow Program (YLAI). Prior to joining the Global Connect team as a Program Associate, Danielle assisted in facilitating higher education reform projects throughout Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Danielle is a Returned Peace Corps volunteer where she served as a Community Economic Development volunteer in rural Cameroon. She worked with local counterparts to design and implement community-center projects such as teaching basic savings and economic practices to over 100 women and young girls. Danielle holds a B.S. in Retailing and Consumer Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Danielle has working proficiency in French and has basic knowledge of Fulfulde.