Renee is a passionate supporter of women’s rights, with family origins in the Middle East. She earned a B.A. in International Studies, with a concentration in women’s issues in the Middle East/North Africa, from UC San Diego. After graduating, Renee traveled to Muscat, Oman with the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship program. In Muscat, she studied Arabic language and culture, and experienced the challenges Omani women face in a strict gender divide. Prior to working with the Global Fund, Renee worked with Yelp! Inc. selling local advertising.