Alumni of Color Volunteers
Angela Meng '12
Angela graduated with high honors in economics and sociology/anthropology. At Swarthmore, she was a Philip Evans Scholar and president of Swarthmore Asian Organization. After college, she worked for Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm in New York, and in customer analytics at Anthropologie in Philadelphia. She then returned to school for her MBA at Wharton School of Business. Since graduating from Wharton in 2018, she has been an associate marketing manager at General Mills on the cereal innovation team. She lives in Minneapolis and is married to James Mao '12. Angela enjoys reading, consuming pop culture, and watching sitcoms. She is also passionate about increasing the visibility of alumni of color in the Swarthmore community through initiatives and partnerships with the alumni office, student body, and college administration.
Anna Mello '08
Anna is Brazilian-American and grew up between Washington Heights and her family's farm in Brazil. At Swarthmore, she majored in biology, minored in education, and was an active member of Multi. After graduating, Anna was a middle and high school science teacher in Costa Rica. She earned her master's in ecology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and a postgraduate specialization in special education in Florianópolis, Brazil. She then taught middle school for five years at the International School of Florianópolis. Anna is currently a Class 5 Science teacher at the all-girls Chapin School in New York City. She advises students and works on sustainability efforts. Anna enjoys learning new languages, reading, traveling abroad, cooking, painting, and cuddling with her dog.
Kevin Li '08
Kevin’s pronouns are he/him/his. He was a double major in economics and computer science at Swarthmore. He has been working in San Francisco for the past four years at several tech startups as well as at Salesforce. He spends his free time camping, hiking, playing basketball and board games, and dancing as much as he can.
Kimberly Mealy '93
Kimberly earned her degree in history with a concentration in Black Studies at Swarthmore where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, member of SASS and the college chorus, and a tour guide. She earned an M.A. in political science from Stony Brook University and a Ph.D. in political science and political cognition from Indiana University, where she taught political science and directed mentoring and professional development programs. She also taught at Wellesley College before joining the staff of the American Political Science Association (APSA), where she now serves as senior director of diversity and inclusion and has worked as the lead staff on two APSA presidential task forces. She resides in Washington, D.C. and enjoys attending concerts at the Kennedy Center, taking photos of the monuments, and visiting the Smithsonian museums.
Kimberly Rosa-Perez '18
Kim earned her B.A. in economics and Spanish. While at Swarthmore, she was dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment for low-income, first-generation students as the Quest Scholars Network chapter president. She was involved with Enlace, helping to plan La Gala, an annual TriCo event celebrating hispanic culture. She also ran on the women's varsity cross country and track team. After graduating, Kim moved to Washington D.C. where she currently works as a consulting analyst at Accenture. Outside of work, she enjoys running outdoors, listening to podcasts and exploring the city.
Kira Alvarez '05
Kira majored in religion at Swarthmore and earned M.A.s in music and history from Stanford University, and an M.A. in religious studies from Hebrew University. Kira lives and works in Berlin where she completed her Ph.D. in history at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research, which has been featured in German media, focuses broadly on immigration and migration networks. Kira uses her expertise to advise NGOs and music agencies throughout the US and EU, as well as memorial sites in Germany. She also enjoys performing violin and piano in several orchestra and chamber music groups.
Laura Damerville '03
Laura was a co-founder and an active member of Multi at Swarthmore. After graduating with a double major in art and economics, Laura worked at the Royal Institute of British Architects and the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London before attending Harvard Law School with the goal of becoming a museum lawyer. After spending seven years in private practice representing nonprofit organizations at Ropes & Gray LLP (New York), Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered (Washington, D.C.), and as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow (Germany), Laura joined the Smithsonian Institution as an assistant general counsel in 2015. Laura enjoys speaking with students about careers in law and the arts.
Louis Lainé '16
Louis majored in political science and minored in philosophy at Swarthmore where he was a Philip Evans Scholar, a Richard Rubin Scholar, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar for New Jersey. At Swat, he co-founded Race To Action, an organization committed to curtailing race-based social ills, intersectional inequities, and issues of identity. He also served as a youth courts coordinator and a behavioral economics research fellow for the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. He now serves as the program director of the Vox Institute at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark where he advises schools on how to foster educational communities committed to developing student voices. Louis is a proud immigrant from Port-au-Prince, Haïti. Louis also enjoys writing, (occasionally) rapping and writing poetry.
Tuan-Linh Nguyen '02
After Swarthmore, Tuan graduated from Villanova University with a master’s in chemistry. He taughtat Harrisburg Area Community College before taking a position as a chemical terrorism chemist/specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Tuan then became a research scientist at Becton, Dickinson, and Company and, later, a sales specialist in chromatography at VWR International LLC. He is currently an account manager at Chiral Technologies, part of Daicel Corporation. Tuan is also a member of the HACC Foundation Board of Directors. He resides in Pennsylvania.