Advisors: Julia Novy and Saumitra Jha
Class of 2022
Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Holly graduated from Kings College London in 2019 with First Class Honors in Spanish and French, with a focus on Latin America. She spent a year studying at UNAM in Mexico City, and during this time took classes in Nahuatl. Her research focused on the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Oaxaca and how technology can be a tool of empowerment for Indigenous communities.
During her time at Kings, Holly worked as a seminar coordinator for Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) where she collaboratively organised group seminars to inspire young Latin American women in the UK to strive for empowerment through higher education. She is passionate about making education inclusive for first-generation, low-income students, being the first in her family to have attended university. Since graduation, she has worked as a Spanish data analyst for Language Acts and Worldmaking, and as a data governance consultant at Forensic Risk Alliance. These positions have led her to an interest in technology and innovation, and a desire to gain a deeper understanding of environmental, social and corporate governance in the Latin America region through graduate study.
While at Stanford, Holly plans to combine her interests of indigenous empowerment and Latin American development, while building the skill sets to implement innovative solutions in the region through sustainable business practices. She hopes to also take classes in Portuguese language and continue advocating for equitable access to education for low-income or minority students.
In her free time, Holly enjoys travelling, hiking, salsa dancing, and has recently taken up rock climbing.