Kennedy’s shadow: Marietta resident parlays Peace Corps experience into Capitol Hill opportunity
The Marietta Daily Journal, Marietta, Georgia
Shelley Nweke of Marietta recently spent a day on Capitol Hill shadowing Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, a congressman with whom she shares an alma mater and a passion for the Peace Corps.
Nweke is a first-generation Nigerian American born to naturalized immigrant parents and is a former basketball standout at Marietta High School and Stanford University.
After attending Stanford on a basketball scholarship in 2006, earning her bachelor’s in management science and engineering, she later joined the Peace Corps.
She was given the opportunity to shadow Kennedy on Feb. 26 through “Take a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to Work Day,” an annual Peace Corps Week initiative that gives returned volunteers an opportunity to network with potential employers.
After college, Nweke served in the Peace Corps as a community development volunteer in Suriname from 2009 to 2012.
She created illustrated stories for the country’s Ministry of Education, as well as designed and implemented a plan to combat energy poverty. She also collaborated with the Bay Area Basketball Academy to organize basketball clinics that empower women through sports.
While she enjoyed working to improve life in Suriname, Nweke’s favorite part was learning about the local culture.
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