The 10-DC-Commandments

I’ve also shared this advise during a welcoming ceremony of one of our newcomer Atlas Corps Classes in DC, but I’d like to become repetitive in this case: be shameless. Ask for tips, clothes, free events, contacts, local hints, help, information, ask, ask, ask! Following this mindset, I was asking one of the most Senior people at my Host Organization if he could give me some good advise as I was trying to get around Washington DC in the best way possible, in order to serve me well not just for the time being, but also for the years ahead. What I received as a gift was his beautiful personal list of “10 Hard-Earned Lessons”, which I will call “The 10-DC-Commandments” and I will share here with you:


Less than one month ago, on June 12th, as an Atlas Corps Fellow attendee I had the privilege to experience one of the best curated and innovative conferences, such as DEVEX World. Happening once every two years, this edition was a a full day of inspiring and interactive sessions dedicated to turning global development ideas into action. More than 1000 experts, motivated young professionals, experienced leaders, were there as change-makers, thinkers and doers.

Through nearly 30 sessions to explore, some shaped as workshops and some as “TED-talks” format, the audience had the chance to learn from themes, such: data revolution,  story-telling and movement building, new funding models, innovating at scale, business transforming development, etc.

The role of Media in combating Human Trafficking

According to the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) assessment of Human Trafficking victims in worldwide, around 21 million victims are exploited in all the forms of this crime. The biggest motivation for those combating Human trafficking through media to be so tech savvy is that a great portion of trafficking happens through and on the internet. So, what can media do in combating Human Trafficking? 

Enabling Public Visibility through the “right” images

Using images as a powerful tool in helping audience visualize the crime, is a big responsibility of the media outlets, which should have the right knowledge and cautiousness regarding the symbolism and sensitivities that they represent. Attaching images to human trafficking coverage should cultivate in public the principle of un-commodify of human beings.

Best DC vistas from the Top (with a glass of wine in your hand)

This Blog is dedicated to all urbanites that love rooftops. We adore rooftops for the fresh air, the stargazing and pleasing aerial views, especially when it comes to a city like DC, with a European touch in architecture, low buildings and its natural beauty. Spring should be around the corner, unless it has decided to completely abandon us this year. Eitherway, I’m getting you rooftop lovers ready to enjoy springtime with a glass of wine in your hand (or not – #fellowlife). Some of these DC spots do not require wine, so feel free to enter for free! 😛

Navigating Women’s Health Services in Washington DC – Tips


This blog post is inspired by my personal experience, as a female Atlas Corps Fellow, in her sixth month of Fellowship in D.C, on a “travel plan” insurance (our insurance is as basic as a travel insurance). Therefore, I’m writing to share with you what I learned from a broad “market research” while browsing many different options of Health Clinics to find out their prices and services regarding Women’s health issues (precisely, consultation about Birth Control pills and Pap Smear Test). Hope this post helps to guide you through a smoother journey to your health needs as a woman, prior and post arrival in the States, especially if you’re serving in DC. 

Enhancing Communication between elements of Atlas Corps Fellowship

Being an Atlas Corps Fellow means being part of a community that expands every day in staff and Fellows, but that is also keen on cultivating an “Atlas Corps Fellow” identity as we go through this experience, all together.
As a relatively new Atlas Corps Fellow I found it confusing to correlate faces with positions and communication channels for Atlas Corps staff or Fellows. I really wanted to create a sense of an Atlas Corps community that shares and connect with all stakeholders, perceiving this as the core to shape my own identity as an Atlas Corps FELLOW.
Also, this was for me part of the process of creating my own home in a foreign country and culture for the upcoming 12 months.
Furthermore, in order to get a clear idea of what we have become through the work of the current fellow committees, I decided to search for the missing pieces in my mind of the Atlas Corps puzzle. What I came up with is a visual scheme, given that I really enjoyed drawing as a kid (:P).
I want you to see my blog not only as a simple diagnosis of a structure but rather as the mapping of communication channels between Fellows and Atlas Corps. Being able to spot where your bridges with Atlas Corps are, means recognizing a space, to enhance your experience and impact the fellow community.
Here are some key contacts of Fellow Committees and Staff Liaisons:
(Email) – Fellow Committees (all committees)
Executive Committee
Partnerships Committee
Social and Cultural Committee
Training and Talent Management Committee
Communications Committee
(CC:)- Staff Liaisons
– Executive Committee Liaisons: Scott Beale & Kelly Reid
– Partnerships Committee Liaisons: Alissa Fenandez
– Social and Cultural Committee Liaisons: Emma Almon & Zachary Morrice
– Training and Talent Management Committee Liaisons: Sara Tariq
– Communications Committee Liaisons:
PDF Copy of the Image: Atlas Corps Org Chart