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

Varsha Mathrani Resume

VARSHA C. MATHRANI, MPH
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SUMMARY & QUALIFICATIONS
• 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, developing human potential, connectedness to individuals with a desire to learn and improve
• MS Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access
• Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
South Asian Council for Social Services – Flushing, NY
Program Manager June 2019 - present
• Teach Basic and Advanced ESOL to adults for them to be self-confident in reading, writing, and communication
• Lead teens in Summer Youth Leadership Program involving civic engagement, 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
• NY State of Health Assistor Certificate 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; compile open-source images for blog; research is instrumental to update Hall of Meteorites’ panel in July 2019
• Organized files and documents and assembled class information packets for Master of Arts in Teaching course students, Earth Science teachers, in EDU 610: Literacy in Content Area with Applications to Multilingual Contexts
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
• Assisted with monitoring and evaluation of weekly edutainment soap opera radio series Tim Tim, Haiti, and The Millbank’s Social Marketing Award-winning Punta Fuego/Fire Point, Belize 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

EDUCATION
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Master of Public Health
Scripps College (The Claremont Colleges), Bachelor of Arts

INTERNSHIPS
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

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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

TRAININGS & CERTIFICATIONS
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

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