Sophia Kecskes

Sophia Kecskes, a Portland, Oregon native who speaks Spanish and French, is majoring in Political Science with an international development concentration. In high school, Sophia spent a summer teaching community health at an elementary school in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains; it was through this experience that her passion for global health first emerged. Now, she is specifically interested in working to improve the health of children and mothers, as well as addressing mental health challenges in developing nations. Sophia has extensive experience with community organizing, having served for five years on the Multnomah Youth Commission, the official youth advisory body for the City of Portland. On campus she is President of the Uganda Hope Network, works at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, serves as an editor for the Yale Global Health Review and the Yale Review of International Studies, and is involved with the Roosevelt Institute’s International Development Center (an undergraduate policy think-tank). When not on campus, you can find Sophia backpacking with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • Fragility Policy Internship


    My primary assignment while working with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Geneva was to create a monitoring system for the organization's new fragility policy. I conducted interviews with key stakeholders throughout the organization and crafted a system to enable future evaluation of the new policy, which was designed to afford flexibility in Gavi policies to countries facing fragility, hosting refugees, or that experience an emergency. Also, I conducted an evaluation of the policy creation process and crafted language for external and internal communications about the new policy.

Political Science