How to market your global development skills to a Silicon Valley startup

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Like many of her American colleagues committed to social impact, Nov. 8, 2016 was a huge wake-up call for Leila Makarechi, now head of international government partnerships at ‎Coursera.

“I had to find some way to actively address what’s happening in our country,” she told Devex. “Right around the time of the election, regardless of who you voted for, I think it’s pretty safe to say you could take a look at the country and feel like we’re not super unified, and a lot of people are in a really difficult position and really hurting, and that’s something I wanted to address in my next role.”

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.