Eliza Wethey joined the IAF in 2020 as a Foundation Representative. Prior to joining the IAF, she spent four years working at Virginia Tech, where she designed and implemented annual service immersion programs to Peru and the Dominican Republic for groups of students. The programs were designed to support local community development and challenge students’ ideas of how to work in community. Eliza also spent eight years living in Peru and working with several small nonprofits on public health and youth development programs; during this time she also supported programs in Belize, Costa Rica, and Panama. Throughout her time in Peru, she trained volunteers and negotiated agreements with community organizations and local governments to host volunteers and collaborate on programs together. She also worked for Oxfam America, supporting their South American Regional Office, and spent a year working for former IAF grantee Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, a nonprofit focused on women’s empowerment through the support of indigenous communities’ textile preservation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Tulane University.