Sylvia serves as Communications Director for Thrive Networks. She works to raise the visibility of the organization's mission in the core sectors of health, education, and water & sanitation, through electronic and print materials, social media efforts, media outreach and events. Prior to joining EMW, she spent eight years with the International Rescue Committee as a caseworker, immigration specialist and site manager, helping resettle refugees from all over the globe, including the former Yugoslavia, Myanmar, and Liberia. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Slavic languages from the University of California at Berkeley.