Samantha Grasso-User Experience Analyst
Samantha Grasso is from Buffalo, New York, and is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. She was valedictorian of her high school class and a Girl Scout for ten years. Samantha is the founder of a non-profit organization called Looking aHEAD for Kids in which she makes and sells headbands whose proceeds are used to purchase athletic games and equipment for impoverished children. Samantha is involved with various organizations, such as the Young Entrepreneurs Society, Student Activities Board, J-Walkers, GIVE club, and Mock trial. Samantha is passionate about empowering girls and hopes to see more female leaders in the political world.
Ashni Nadgauda-West Coast Outreach/Contributor
Ashni Nadgauda, a current junior from southern California, is studying biology, as part of the 7 year accelerated medical program at Drexel University. After graduating from Drexel Medicine with an M.D., she plans to work as either an OB/GYN or neonatal physician. Ashni is currently involved with Drexel’s chapter of Global Brigades and recently traveled to Panama on a medical brigade, spent her summer working with research on gliomablastoma multiforme with Dr. Yinghui Zhong, and is on an all girls Bollywood fusion dance team called Jhalak. In the upcoming year, Ashni hopes to help start a chapter of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative at Drexel University with fellow GenHERation team member Chelsea Edirisuriya. In addition to empowering women, Ashni loves to experiment with baking, is currently obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy, and adores all things coffee and chocolate. Ashni is extremely excited to be working on the GenHERation team, and is determined to do her best helping to empower women and girls throughout the nation.
Chelsea Edirisuriya-West Coast Outreach/Contributor
Born and raised in California, Chelsea Edirisuriya is a sophomore in Drexel University’s 7-year BS/MD Accelerated Degree program in Philadelphia. Her primary medical interest is hematology/oncology after her past summer research internship at the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital. Since high school, her passions have ranged from sports to culture. She is currently Vice President of the Drexel University Women’s Club Basketball Team, Programming Chair for the Club Sports Council, and Vice President of Drexel Voice, an organization that unites the South Asian Community in the Philadelphia region through cultural events. She is thrilled to be a new member of GenHERation and advocate female empowerment through this company!
Ally Massimi is currently is a second year Dietetics Major at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. At Ashland Ally is a dedicated member to her Student Dietetics Association, where she also is a contributor for their blog. After she receives her RDN she plans on eventually opening her own business that helps young girls to have fun with nutrition and inspire them to have a positive body image. In her spare time she likes to hang out with friends (especially during Bachelor Mondays), workout, hike, and go bike riding. She also really enjoys sports and loves to support her school’s athletic teams, as well as her favorite team the Buffalo Sabres. She is excited to be a contributor for GenHERation and spread the message of female empowerment that it embodies.
Celeste recently graduated with cum laude honors from UCLA, where she double-majored in English and Spanish. During the last three years, she has nurtured a passion for activism and mentorship as part of the girl-fueled organization SPARK Movement, which lent Celeste the resources to spearhead a successful online campaign petitioning Google to celebrate more historical women and people of color on their front page. She also participated in the subsequent partnership between SPARK, Google, and Google’s Field Trip app in order to increase visibility of overlooked women in history. This past May, she completed an internship with LA-based nonprofit WriteGirl and contributed to the organization’s biennial printed anthology. Celeste’s favorite pastimes include fangirling about musical theatre and browsing tumblr—although now that she’s no longer in school, she’s also rediscovering what it’s like to read and write for fun.
Carina Oriel is a senior at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. Along with serving as a National Ambassador for GenHERation, she actively engages in her school community as President of Diversity Club, Director of the Eastern Star Gallery, Director of Human Resources of student store The Arrow, and the News and Features Editor for the student-run online newspaper, The Oracle. Last fall, she started a chapter of an organization called Feed2Succeed Fund which feeds malnourished children in the Philippines. As a product of an all-girls school, Carina has seen the power of empowering girls firsthand and hopes to continue that empowerment through GenHERation and beyond.
Clare is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations, and Urban Studies. At Penn, Clare is involved with Civic House, Penn’s hub for student-led community service and social advocacy, as a Programming Assistant. She is a member of the Civic Scholars program, which connects scholarship and civic engagement, and culminates in a capstone project on a social issue, and is also the cofounder of Beautiful Minds Magazine, an online literary magazine to combat mental health issues. Clare has always loved the written word, and is excited to join the team at GenHERation.
Cristina was born in Venezuela and is currently a senior at Stanford University, pursuing a major in English with Creative Writing Emphasis and a double minor in Translation Studies and Modern Languages. As president of the National Honor Society at her high school in Venezuela, Cristina was lucky enough to help her community by organizing charity drives with the members of the society and by attending community service outings with local orphanages. At Stanford University, she is one of the founding members and current president of the Stanford Creative Writing Society. Last summer, Cristina interviewed kidnapping victims in Venezuela for a book she is writing (and which will take many years to mature into publishable material). She is also participating in a schooling internship while abroad, teaching English to students of an elementary school in Paris. Through her writing, she hopes to be a voice both for her country, which is undergoing many different types of hardships, and for women. Cristina has a long-lasting addiction for dark chocolate, and a newfound addiction for bubble tea. Taking long showers, going to bed late, and being frequently late to events are habits that she still hasn’t been able to change.
Evangeline is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Communication and Consumer Psychology. On Penn’s campus, Evangeline is the Outreach Coordinator of Alternate Spring Break, a committee head for Women in Leadership Series, and a campus ambassador for the startup LOLA. As a Girl Scout for life, Evangeline has always had a penchant for making a meaningful difference in this world and has specifically evolved a deep passion for gender rights. She admires the mission of GenHERation and is thrilled to be a part of the team as a contributor.
Judy is a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently majoring in English. Judy is currently the Graduation Records Coordinator at Temple University and is also the Skating Director at Bucks County Ice Rink in Warminster, PA. Judy loves working with children and being a mentor for young girls. She really enjoys sports and loves to ice-skate, dance, read and spend time with her family and friends. She is thrilled to be a contributor and part of the team at GenHERation .
Born and raised in Texas, Ricky Rajani is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Digital Media Design in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. After attending and later working at an all-female computer science camp in Austin, she became interested in programming and encouraging women empowerment in the technology sector. Along with computer science, Ricky is also interested in art and design and how they can merge with science and technology in order to create STEAM (STEM + Art) programming. She was elected as the Engineering Class Chair of the Class Board of 2018 and is involved in Women in Computer Science and Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys Bollywood and Hip Hop dance, drinking tea, and catching up on the latest trends in technology. Ricky is incredibly excited to join the GenHERation team and is looking forward to empowering girls throughout the nation!