Lily studied English and Anthropology at the University of Virginia, graduating in 2008. She wrote her senior thesis on the effects of urban renewal on the health, specifically infectious diseases, in Charlottesville, Virginia. An interest in public health and human rights inspired several trips, including a summer in Nairobi where she volunteered in a clinic. After graduating, she worked with two small HIV/AIDS Service Groups, the first in Charlottesville, and the second in Boulder, Colorado. After a long trip through southeast Asia, Lily landed in New York City in 2011, where she began an internship with MADRE, an international women's human rights organization. With MADRE, she was able to work on projects all over the world (from New York) with our sister organizations. Perhaps it was the pulse of the city, but over time Lily felt herself drawn towards New York City politics. She left MADRE to work with Citizens Union of New York, a good government watchdog organization. Here, she had the opportunity to work with city councilmembers, the borough president's office, state senators and assembly members, and other advocacy groups in New York. She continues to volunteer with Citizens Union as a member of their Local Candidates Committee, interviewing candidates for office in NYC and helping the board to issue endorsements for a voting guide. She also recently finished a year of tutoring at P.S. 188 on the Lower East Side through Reading Partners. Lily is also a Park Slope Food Coop member, an avid crossfitter, and a runner (NYC Marathon 2014!). Through the Sparer program, Lily hopes to pursue her interests in government and politics, wherever they may lead.