Striving to satisfy the charge put forth by Garrison Keillor to be “above average”, Brittany Lynk, who grew up in rural Minnesota, joined the Office of International Visitors, New York Program Branch, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010 as a student career experience program intern. She is thrilled to be a part of a network focused on citizen diplomacy through the membership association, National Council for International Visitors, helping shape U.S. foreign policy one handshake at a time through the renowned International Visitor Leadership Program, currently in its 71st year.
In line with her professional goals, Ms. Lynk is currently completing her MA at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, studying international educational development with a focus on informal educational and cross-cultural exchange. Her exploration of the world began as an undergraduate at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, studying cultural anthropology, African studies, and psychology. Prior to Macalester, Ms. Lynk had never been on an airplane, but has since been to nearly 30 countries. She has studied in Jamaica and South Africa. She has worked in Minnesota, Washington, DC, New York, Albania, the Dominican Republic, and Nepal on international development, child protection, human rights advocacy, and graphic design. Brittany has also worked with various organizations such as the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), USAID, DAI, World Learning, Terre des hommes, Community Development Network, Global Potential, and BLynk Creations, her own graphic design company. As a graphic designer for social betterment, she has created a series of three cross-cultural, multilingual folktale books for children, which are located in schools and communities around the world.