Carlhey is a program officer with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.
In this role, Carlhey leads the programmatic and administrative details surrounding YLAI communications and congressional outreach. She also collaborates with partner organizations to design and integrate leadership practices into the Entrepreneurial Leadership Curriculum and manages the overall program events strategy.
Before joining the YLAI Professional Fellows Program, Carlhey worked at WEConnect International, a global network that identifies, educates, and connects women-owned businesses to multinational buyers to diversify their supply chains. Previously she co-managed a service-learning program in Kauai, collaborating with community-based organizations to restore ecological diversity and provide sustainably grown food to local communities. Additionally, Carlhey spent over two years in Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with rural youth to promote leadership, gender equality, and higher education.
Carlhey holds a master of international development policy—with specializations in Latin American and Caribbean studies and peace and conflict resolution—from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, as well as a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Arizona. Carlhey is originally from Tucson, Arizona and is an avid appreciator of live music, diverse cultures, and travel.