Amy J. Barnes

Reciprocal Exchange Year: 2019

Destination Country: The Gambia

Amy is the director of marketing in the division of marketing and communications at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and has an MBA in management. As part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange, Amy traveled to the Gambia to convene a two-week project with a Fellow and member of the Gambian Policy Force. Amy has lent her expertise in marketing and communications to help Mariama end gender-based violence, specifically female genital mutilation. Mariama and Amy met with key members of the government and civil society during the project, and launched an set-up an advisory group to continue their work beyond the span of the trip.