Rachel (Dunlap) Sayre '03, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has served for the past two years as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. Sayre was selected for the highly competitive postgraduate program from a pool of more than 9,000 applicants.
In her fellowship position, Sayre leads change management in technology for the worldwide organization. Last fall she traveled to Thailand to run a mobile technology contest for local students.
Prior to her fellowship at USAID, Sayre earned a master's degree in international affairs from Penn State's School of International Affairs, where she was awarded a Spirit of Internationalization Award in 2011. She spent a semester in Bhutan completing her master's capstone project at the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, the country's first environmental nongovernmental organization.
"Studying abroad while attending UW-Eau Claire opened doors I didn't even know existed," Sayre said. "I discovered a great passion for living in and working with cultures different from my own. The one piece of advice I always give to undergrads: Go study abroad!"