Mikaela Bona holds degrees in political science from Ateneo de Manila University. While on scholarship, she finished undergraduate and graduate coursework in global politics and earned minors in economics and Southeast Asian studies. As the school representative for more than 2,200 students, Mikaela successfully lobbied for tuition reform that resulted in significant aggregate savings for students. She also has been awarded study grants in Japan and Brunei Darussalam.
Mikaela has interned for Filipino nonprofits and government offices that advocate for indigenous peoples and agricultural workers’ rights, gender equality, and labor migrant protection. Through these experiences, she developed an interest in the intersectional relationship between misogyny, racism and economic underdevelopment. As a feminist and MGA candidate, she hopes to develop analytical skills that will better equip her in dismantling institutions of oppression and creating new structures that empower women of color. Mikaela is a recipient of a Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies Fellowship.