Dakota Peterson recently completed service work at a small nongovernmental organization in Quito, Ecuador, where she developed English and entrepreneurial leadership curricula for elementary school students. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she facilitated the promotion of food security for the organization’s 335 families and other under-resourced communities. She also collaborated on project design and created a database to analyze risk factors and create a strategic plan.
Before moving to Ecuador, Dakota taught English to immigrant families in a small, low-income community in southern Spain. She holds BA degrees in sociology and Spanish literature, with a concentration in leadership studies, from Gonzaga University. As a master of global affairs student, Dakota is the recipient of a Keough Family Fellowship.