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Camellia.

Camellia Mortezazadeh knows a thing or two about global affairs. After finishing her undergrad in African Studies at UW-Madison, followed by a stint in Kenya, she earned her MPH at Yale in Public Health–yeah YALE. Cutting her teeth in NYC, Camellia headed west working on vital initiatives in San Diego, and living her best family life.

When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lawyer. Specifically, a public defender.

A social cause you care deeply about and why?

Refugee health issues, and anything related to children. My father and his family were refugees displaced by the Iran-Iraq war, which set forth a trajectory of events and life choices. The stories of what he and his family went through always remind me to not take any opportunities or privileges that come my way for granted, and ultimately to remain grateful.

If you could earn a living doing anything else, what would it be?

Traveling! But perhaps more realistically as an enterprise, selling antique rugs. Selling rugs I collect while traveling!

You can invite 3 people from either present day or history to break bread with, who would it be and why?

My maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather and uncle. I never had a chance to meet or fully know them.

In 5 words, describe yourself? (must use all 5….no more…no less)

Five words is not enough!

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