Alison Boland-Reeves is the program officer for Reciprocal Exchanges for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
In this role, she oversees all programmatic and administrative details surrounding the Reciprocal Exchange (RE) Component, which provides Americans with the opportunity to travel to Africa to build upon strategic partnerships and professional connections developed during the Mandela Washington Fellowship. She is especially focused on expanding American impact and developing data collection processes for the newest iteration of the Reciprocal Exchange Component.
Prior to IREX, Alison worked for the International Office at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the Administrative Director for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Business & Entrepreneurship Institute for three grant cycles. She continued working directly with the Fellows on the ground as a 2018 Reciprocal Exchange Awardee. For her Reciprocal Exchange project, she traveled to Zimbabwe to implement a filmmaker’s workshop with a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow.
Alison’s previous experience includes three years of Peace Corps service in Mongolia (2009-2012), as well as extensive documentary film production experience. She brings this media production sensibility to her strategic communications work at IREX.
Alison graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a BA in Liberal Arts in 2007. She finished her MFA in Film & Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 along with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Studies. She is fluent in German and Mongolian and is currently learning Spanish.