2016 Albright Fellow
Sophia Sokolowski is a professional fellow at the National Democratic Institute and recent graduate from Wellesley College who majored in biological sciences and minored in psychology. She specializes in scientific knowledge that underlies problems affecting marine and land environments, human health, education, and psychology. She plans to harmonize her passion for domestic and global affairs in pursuit of a career in public policy.
Her interactions with peers from 65 countries at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair provided her with new perspectives emphasizing worldwide enhancement and the promotion of democracy through technology. Sophia spent her junior year aboard a Woods Hole scientific research vessel, collecting and analyzing the accumulation of microplastics in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean. She showcased her findings as a TEDxWellesleyCollege speaker and, as a Fellow of the 2016 Albright Institute for Global Affairs, she presented the universal urgency to conserve environments through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Climate Action to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
To mirror her action at the global level, Sophia understands that change starts with the individual. The medical and educational work that Sophia and her team provided to patients in Honduras during her first year at Wellesley reinforced her fervor for enhancing communities’ prospects by enabling access to invaluable resources, such as DemTools.
Her passion extends to the universal language of music, having performed with Opera Tampa under the direction of Maestro Anton Coppola for seven years. Sophia will continue pursuing music along with her diplomatic, scientific, and technological endeavors at NDI.