Aruna Cadambi is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College. Graduating in 2012, she holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and Management. She was a Public Policy International Affairs Fellow while at Heinz. Cadambi is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned a B.A. in International Development studies with minors in public policy and South Asian studies.
In addition to her research experience, she worked for the Asia America Initiative and the U.S. Department of State’s Los Angeles Passport Agency. She was the UCLA chapter director of Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment (FORGE), an Operating Partner of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. At FORGE, she raised awareness and funds for refugee situations in Africa. At CIPI, Cadambi’s research was focused on the United States’ foreign policy towards Africa. She examined the policy tools developed by the U.S. government during 2001-2009 that were used to partner with African governments to help those governments realize economic development, promote good governance, and combat health epidemics.