Hello Columbans! My name is Elizabeth Nye, and I am the new Advocacy Associate at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. I come to this position having been an intern with the CCAO during the summer of 2013 and, for a brief time, the Columban Volunteer U.S.A. I am so happy to be back working for the greater JPIC Mission here in Washington, DC!
Born and raised in the California San Francisco Bay Area, I grew up in a diverse community that exposed me to various languages, cultures, religions, foods, and perspectives. In 2013, I graduated with a degree in Politics from the University of San Francisco. There, I learned about the world through a social justice lens, and knew that I wanted to work toward a more just world in my future career.
During my time as an undergraduate, I was active in the community as an organizer for rights to fair housing access, specifically for the immigrant population in the Bay Area. I was also the Co-Philanthropy Chair for my sorority, a position that allowed me to organize volunteer work throughout San Francisco, and work on a number of fundraising projects. When I came to DC to intern for the Columbans, my passion for advocacy grew from outside my own community to that of the greater global community.
Today, through my role with the CCAO, I continue to work on the rights of migrants, human trafficking issues, care for God’s creation, and peace. I am so excited to work with all of you and hear your stories from mission work throughout the world, or here in the United States.