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 moved to New York to work for Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm. After two years, Angela moved to Philadelphia to work in customer analytics at Anthropologie for another two years. She 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 currently 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, growing up between Washington Heights and her family's farm in Brazil. She loved science from an early age and went on to earn her bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in education from Swarthmore College. While at Swarthmore, Anna was an active member of Multi. After Swarthmore, Anna worked for two years at the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica as a middle and high school science teacher. She went on to earn her master's degree in ecology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and a post-graduate specialization in special education in Florianópolis, Brazil. After earning her degrees, she taught for five years at the International School of Florianópolis as a middle school science teacher. Anna is currently a Class 5 Science teacher at The Chapin School, an all girls school in New York City. She is an advisor to students and works on sustainability efforts. When she isn't teaching, Anna enjoys learning new languages, reading, traveling abroad, cooking, painting, and cuddling with her dog.
Kevin Li '13
My name is Kevin and my pronouns are he/him/his. I was a double major in Economics and Computer science at Swarthmore and have been working out in San Francisco for the past 4 years at couple tech startups and Salesforce. I spend my time camping/hiking, playing basketball, board games, and dancing as much as I can!
Kimberly Mealy '93
Kimberly Mealy earned her degree in history with a concentration in Black Studies. While at Swarthmore, Kimberly was a Mellon Mays Fellow, member of SASS and the college chorus, and a college tour guide. She has fond memories of participating in the inaugural events of the ICC. After graduation, Kimberly earned a MA in political science from Stony Brook University and PhD in political science and political cognition from Indiana University in 2004. While a graduate student at Indiana University, she taught political science courses and directed mentoring and professional development programs for the Office of the Dean for Women’s Affairs. After graduate school, Kimberly taught in the political science department at Wellesley College, as a teaching fellow and a visiting assistant professor. In 2007, she joined the staff of the American Political Science Association (APSA), where she currently serves as the senior director of diversity and inclusion. Kimberly leads the development of diversity, equity and inclusion programming for faculty, students and practitioners of political science. She also develops resources for recruitment and retention, mentoring, professional ethics and climate. In 2018 Kimberly created an discipline-wide RESPECT Campaign which promotes respectful, equitable, safe, professional and ethical treatment towards all. Kimberly has worked as the lead staff on two APSA presidential task forces, Political Science in the 21st Century (2010) and Negotiating Agreement in Politics (2013). She resides in Washington, D.C. and in her free time enjoys attending concerts at the Kennedy Center, taking photos of the monuments, and visiting the Smithsonian Museums.
Kimberly Rosa-Perez '18
Kim Rosa-Perez 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 plan La Gala, an annual TriCo event celebrating hispanic culture and she 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 resides in Berlin and works at the intersection of academia, tech, and music. She is a researcher at Freie Universität Berlin where her work is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). She is also Press Lead and Partnerships Lead at Advancing Women in Product (AWIP). Her academic research focuses broadly on immigration and migration networks, and has been featured across various German media. Since moving to Berlin five years ago, Kira completed her Ph.D. in history at Freie Universität Berlin where she also served as lecturer. Kira has used her expertise to advise various NGOs and music agencies throughout the E.U., as well as memorial sites in Germany. She also enjoys performing violin and piano in a variety of orchestra and chamber music groups in Berlin. Kira majored in religion at Swarthmore, and subsequently received M.A.s in music and history from Stanford University, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hebrew University.
Laura Damerville '03
Laura was a co-founder and an active member of Multi during her four years 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 in New York and Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered in DC, and a year working in Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, 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 Lainé currently serves as the Program Director of the Vox Institute at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey. In that role, Louis advises schools on how to foster educational communities committed to developing student voice by sharing the best practices and learnings of St. Benedict’s. Louis’ passion for public service was cultivated at Swarthmore. In fact, while at Swat, Louis made it a point to be involved in engaged scholarship. In particular, Louis served as a Youth Courts Coordinator and a Behavioral Economics Research Fellow for the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.
Louis majored in Political-Science and minored in Philosophy. Outside of the classroom, he was involved in various initiatives that aimed to address social issues. He was the co-founder of “Race To Action,” an organization committed to curtailing race-based social ills, intersectional inequities and issues of identity. Louis was also a Philip Evans Scholar, Richard Rubin Scholar and, during his Junior Year, was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar for the state of New Jersey.
Beyond his academic and social endeavors, Louis is a proud immigrant. He was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haïti. He immigrated to the Irvington, NJ on Saturday August 2nd, 2003 with his mother. Louis also enjoys writing, (occasionally) rapping and writing poetry.
Tuan-Linh Nguyen '02
After Swarthmore, Tuan graduated from Villanova University with a Masters in Chemistry. Tuan taught for a year at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) before taking a position as a chemical terrorism chemist/specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He then moved onto a research scientist position at Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BD) where he was a key lead/author in several patents and trade secrets. Tuan then moved to VWR International LLC, and spent several years as a sales specialist in chromatography with a territory encompassing the East Coast and approximately 150 VWR sales representatives. He is currently at Chiral Technologies, part of Daicel Corporation, and is an account manager for the Northeast. Tuan is a director on the HACC Foundation Board of Directors. He resides in Pennsylvania.