Karelle Samuda is an Advisor with Pearls of Potential. She is an emerging researcher with a focus on the political economy of local governance and citizen participation. Karelle is currently a PhD candidate of Public Policy at the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs where her dissertation evaluates the accountability mechanisms of a community-level government spending program in Jamaica and Kenya. She is a graduate of Washington & Lee University (Bachelor of Arts in Politics) and the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown (Master of Public Policy in International Development Policy). She is also among the first cohort of World Bank Africa Junior Fellows where she worked with a team of social protection specialists and economists on the intersection of natural resource wealth and human development. Karelle has volunteered extensively with diaspora groups in the United States, including the Washington, DC-based Institute of Caribbean Studies where is one of the members of the organization’s Next Generation Initiative. She is also a member of the Caribbean Youth Summits founding committee – the Caribbean Youth Summit is an independent youth-led initiative that engages Caribbean youth on issues relevant to the Caribbean and the Diaspora. She has worked or interned at the Center for Global Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Organization of American States. Karelle is an avid reader, aspiring foodie, and wannabe world traveler.