Carlhey is a program officer with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.
In this role, Carlhey leads curriculum development and collaborates with partner organizations to design interactive learning experiences. She also manages the overall program events, communications, and congressional engagement strategies.
Before joining IREX, Carlhey worked at 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 bachelor of arts 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.