Varsha Mathrani Resume
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Location: New York, NY, USA
School: University of Michihan
Major: Public Health

Varsha Mathrani Resume

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• Fulbright Alumnus backed by an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BA from Scripps College
• 10 years of experience in domestic and international public health, nonprofits and environmental justice
• Skilled at grant writing, fundraising, advocacy, international development, and project management
• Languages: Spanish (intermediate), Hindi (beginner), Mandarin (basic)
• Strengths: empathy, development of human potential, connectedness to individuals with a keen desire to learn and continuously improve
South Asian Council for Social Services – Flushing, NY
Program Manager, ESOL Classes, Summer Youth Leadership Program Coordinator June 2018 - present
• Teach Basic and Advanced ESOL classes to underserved non-English speaking adults through worksheets, emphasizing conversation and group interactions to become self-confident in reading, writing, and communication
• Lead middle and high schoolers in Summer Youth Leadership Program involving service-learning opportunities, civic engagement, leadership and public speaking, developing personality, creative writing and college readiness
• Review and edit social work case management notes and stories for Family Support Services program
• Produced Gala Journal 2019 through compiling text and photos, most office and youth field trip photos taken by me
• Update donation records of organization, and correspond with donors
• Certificate for Capacity Building Training for Council Funded Community Partners through NYC Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) (valid for 3 fiscal years) for organizations with some discretionary funding
• NY State of Health Assistor Certificate (valid for 1 year), as a health insurance Certified Application Counselor
American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
Research Intern, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation July 2018 - present
• Fact-find, and write for the Untold Stories website, focused on unsung naturalists and scientists from underrepresented groups like women and people of color
• Research and write in-depth pieces about explorers like Matthew Henson, the first black American to reach the North Pole; compile open-source images for blog; research is instrumental to update Hall of Meteorites’ panel in July 2019
Volunteer, Education Department July 2018 - Dec. 2018
• Organized files and documents for class information packets of the Master of Arts in Teaching course, EDU 610: Literacy in Content Area with Applications to Multilingual Contexts, for future Earth Science teachers at NYC public schools, using the museum as a teaching space
Manav Sadhna, Gandhi Ashram – Ahmedabad, India
Communications Associate Dec. 2016 - Dec. 2017
• Created and published bimonthly e-newsletters, sharing inspiring stories about local grassroots change and change-makers, such as children, staff and volunteers, impacted by organization’s work
• Created communication materials and compiled annual report
• Collaborated with the founder of Tyaag Nu Tiffin (“Food of Sacrifice”), serving nutritious meals to 25 elderly widows and widowers in the Ramapir No Tekro slum, photo-documenting and grant writing
• Edited and posted stories on the Huffington Post, various websites, blogs, and social media platforms
• Conducted values-based education on a weekly basis for children living in the slum
Partnerships for Parks - New York, NY
Program Assistant Sept. 2016 - Nov. 2016
• Conducted outreach and built relationships to advance equity in New York City parks through The Community Parks Initiative, a mayoral program investing in underserved, low-income area parks
• Created asset maps of parks to assist coordinators with outreach efforts for local events, clean-ups, tree plantings, and celebrations in the neighborhoods
PCI Media Impact - New York, NY
Program Assistant April 2016 - Sept. 2016
• Edited and reviewed proposals and reports, compiled memes for social media, created studio pitches about people and nature, edited bios and briefs, framed focus group questions, compiled best practices and case studies for:
o West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change communication strategy
o The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network
o PBS Hawaii HIKI NO Stories on the Environment
o IUCN #Nature For All campaign
o Communication For Development (C4D) for The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESARO) maternal and child health
o C4D and Edutainment
• Assisted with monitoring and evaluation of weekly edutainment soap opera radio series with call-in/Q&A Tim Tim (Haiti), and The Millbank’s Social Marketing Award-winning Punta Fuego (“Fire Point,” Belize) episodes that inform using public health and environmental messaging
• Compiled edits of UNICEF ESARO publications, and researched media for target audiences for UNEP’s Marine Litter Campaign Strategy on plastics from East and Southeast Asia
• Co-represented organization with UNICEF and partners of Comics Uniting Nations at NASDAQ opening

EF Education First - Shanghai, China
International Teacher, City Wide Life Club Representative Nov. 2014 - Nov. 2015
• Taught English as a Foreign Language to Chinese adults, mentored and supported their learning by providing feedback on writing samples, conversation practice, and mock interviews
• Created dynamically led educational events including cultural exchange and recreational events
• Designed and facilitated workshops and classes on business English and career development

United States Peace Corps - Bugiri, Uganda
Community Health Consultant May 2012 - Aug. 2012
• Taught reproductive health, sanitation, and hygiene for Rural Medical Services, a health clinic
• Conducted surveys and outreach regarding community health
• Improved communication between teams, increased knowledge of health, and Inventory management

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Master of Public Health April 2004
Scripps College (The Claremont Colleges), Bachelor of Arts May 2001

United Nations Environment Programme - Bangkok, Thailand
Intern July 2009 - Dec. 2009
• Produced press releases and collateral materials; organized media briefings for the Seal the Deal Campaign
• Led outreach to Asia & the Pacific region for online climate change petition, totaling 450,000+ signatures

Council for International Exchange of Scholars – New Delhi, India
Fulbright Scholar Mar. 2009 - June 2009
• Networked with public and private organizations working on grassroots environmental movement in India
• Surveyed environmental impact and important issues leading to better understanding of the movement

Environmental Leadership Program – Greenbelt, MD
Eastern Regional Network Senior Fellow Mar. 2016 - Aug. 2016
• Provided visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership guidance for a sustainable future through bimonthly retreats, trainings, collaboration, and support
• Collaborated with leadership practitioners including trainers, coaches, facilitators, and content experts

Foundation TEFL Online Certificate, UK Oct. 2014
• Superior organization, meticulous attention to detail, exceptional adaptability
• Experience working collaboratively, independently, and in diverse communities
• MS Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access
• Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker
• Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

research, writing, advocacy, outreach, environment, public health