Jacinta Ifunanya Azie is a first-year MPH student in the department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She received her Bachelor's degree in Public Health Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. Ifunanya describes herself as a passionate advocate for adolescent and women’s sexual and reproductive health, and girl's education. Most recently she worked with Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI) - an international non-profit organization that empowers adolescent girls and young women through education (formal & informal), mentorship, and life skills development as a program coordinator where she oversaw the mentorship arm of the non-profit. Through the START Center, she hopes to apply her research and analytical skills to push for better policies that impact positively on the lives of girls and women. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young women, gender equality, HIV/AIDS and health policy.