Globalization and technology has evolved Thomas Friedman's "Flat World" into what I have coined "The New Frontier."  -Angela R. Pashayan

The world is evolving, hold onto your hats! The evolution began with the 2008 Great Recession and continued with the Occupy and Populous movements, individualism, a hegemonic heretic, and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Economically, many industries will close forever - like dinosaurs going extinct, they will Not Be Needed in our future;

  • oil, now selling for .56/gallon

  • gas operated vehicles - only solar or electric

  • paper money - electronic transfers are easier  

  • credit and bank cards - biologics avoid theft

  • teachers - AI simulated professors for increased use of online classes

  • student loans - the rich pay for school and the poor attend online

  • airlines - social distance seating and access to oil-based fuel will be expensive

  • restaurants - social distance seating means increased prices. Food-trucks advantage! 


 Development in the New Frontier

 Digital strategy (USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, 2020) + innovative solutions 

  • paper money not needed - Kenya has used mobil money since 2007

  • bank cards not needed - biologics are already in use

  • teachers not needed - slum dwellers cannot wait for education & traditional jobs to put food on the table

  • micro-loans not needed - slum dwellers are turning to community loans

  • wired electricity not needed - solar is free

  • piped water needed- NGO's like SHOFCO and JIBU have alternatives

  • toilets needed- waste collection is an evolving business

  • meat consumption not needed -  slaughtered animals (corona-bats / ebola-monkey) cause global illness


Goal: self-reliance in the informal settlements
Analyze the effectiveness of US Foreign Aid, NGOs, Civil Society, PPPs, and Slum Dweller initiatives. ​

Available for consulting, projects, or collaborative research -



Angela R. Pashayan, BA-Psychology, MA Diplomacy, Ph.D. Political Science (ABD)

Political Science/International Relations - Poverty Reduction



  • Howard University, Washington, D.C. - Ph.D. Int’l Relations/Political Science (in progress).  Member, Golden Key International Honor Society​ 3.9GPA

  • Norwich University, VT - MA Int’l Relations & Diplomacy  / Honors Graduate

  • Richmond College, International-American University - London, England (part of UCLA BA Degree credits). 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - BA Psychology



  • 2019-20   Just-Julian Research Scholarship - Howard University 2019-20 Academic Year / $60,000 award




Conference Presentation: ​


Conferences Attended:

2020-21 as per presentations listed above
2019 SANKALP Festival - Nairobi, Kenya/ Intellecap, Impact Investors, Social Entrepreneurs

2019 AIDF Africa Summit - Nairobi, Kenya/ USAID, UN-Habitat, IOM, NGOs

2019 CSIS Global Development Forum - Washington, DC/ Tony Blair, USAID, Rockefeller Fund.

2019 World Bank Spring Meetings - Washington, DC/ State of African Address and CSO Forum

2018 Atlantic Festival - Washington, DC/ Democracy Today

2018 Wilson Center African Program/ The Role of the Business Sector in Peace-building in Africa 


2018 StartingBloc Fellow/ USC Marshall School of Business & Social Entrepreneurship

2018 Global Peoples Fellow / UN General Assembly online international forum



2010-2019    Nonprofit Programs, Global programs teaching entrepreneurship and wellbeing (        

2013-2019    Ah Haa School of the Arts - Telluride, CO. Programs for youth exploring global cultures through art. 

2013-2014    Maasai Joy Primary School - Arusha, Tanzania. Globalization, Public Speaking, Poetry, Art, Entrepreneurship/Agriculture.

2012-2014    Host/Presenter, UAE three day program on Health, moderator for cross-cultural panel interviews.

2008-2011    FIDM Private College - San Francisco Campus/ Marketing, Merchandising, Global Trends & Sourcing, Public Speaking.


Work Experience:

  • 2020-2021 - USAID Intern for Inclusive Development Chief and Food Security

  • 2019-2020 - USAID Intern for the African Union
    International Political Policy Analyst for Africa and the African Union

  • 2019 Internship Social Impact Investing- Former AU Ambassador John Simon,Total Impact Capital

  • 2012-2019 - - Poverty reduction in Kenyan slums: Agriculture, Art, and Entrepreneurship.

  • 2009-2012 - Health Dept. San Francisco, CA. Three-year contract; Stress and Wellbeing. Program development, implementation and communication across five city departments. Management (recruitment, training, and oversight of program instructors).

  • 2009-2012 Boys & Girls Club of America - San Francisco, CA. Leaders of after-school programs in character, leadership, life skills, health, education, and art. Teaching “Kids Crossing Cultures” program, Awarded Best Nationwide Program 2010. Development of curriculum and measurement of skills learned.



2018/2020 - Documentary Short on Mukuru Slum Dwellers in Nairobi

2016 - NAACP Meritorious Women of 2016 / Los Angeles Chapter

2015 - Vice President of SIR Academic Scholars, Norwich University, VT

2014 - Leadership Summit + Honors Graduate, Norwich University

2010 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Best Program Nationwide 


Public Service: 

2020-current Board Member, Telluride Progressive Women's Caucus 

2016-current Town of Mountain Village Ethics Commission Board 

2018 Habitat for Humanity - Home framing, Colorado

2016 Democratic Campaign Fellowship - Colorado



UN Association of America

World Affairs Council      

American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

International Society of Political Psychology

World Bank Civil Society Organization Participant