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Gena Omelyanenko

Project Coordinator
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Gena came to Elevate with a background in international relations and an interest in conflict resolution. Prior to joining the Elevate team, she interned at a nonprofit focused on promoting gender equality and peace through community-based projects in the Middle East and North Africa. She has experience conducting in-depth research, and enjoys turning ideas into action and supporting the administrative work needed to bring them to fruition.

Most recently, Gena earned a MPP from George Mason University. Before that, she earned a BA in Global Security and Emergency Management from Arcadia University. As an undergraduate student she had multiple chances to go abroad, and one such opportunity led her to Cyprus where she met with nonprofit leaders to discuss the challenges of reconciliation and daily life in a divided city. This experience solidified her interest in conflict resolution and encouraged her to pursue a higher degree.

During her free time, Gena enjoys writing short stories, browsing National Geographic, and playing multiplayer games with friends. (Except Uno, because that ruins friendships.)

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

An exclamation point because it always adds some excitement and lightens the mood.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Too many commas in a sentence! It's something I was guilty of before—and I think I switched to em-dashes instead—but it's a bit jarring having to pause so often while reading.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Getting a few extra hours of sleep in and catching up on TV shows with my boyfriend and cat.

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