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Goula ’22 to Study Nonprofit Management at Columbia


After three years of people-centered professional and academic experience, Anna Goula ’22 is preparing to pursue a career characterized by mission and impact work. She’ll hone her communication and analytical skills after graduation at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, where she will work toward her master of science in nonprofit management.

Goula’s wide breadth of campus experience has allowed her to explore various types of nonprofit work while connecting with her peers and sharpening her personal skills. As a lead tutor at the Oral Communication Center and a student docent at the Wellin Museum, Goula has helped her fellow students find their voices, a process which she says has been inspirational and valuable.                                                                                          

anna goula '22

Majors: Philosophy and World Politics

Hometown: Moorestown, N.J.

High School: Moorestown Friends School

Campus activities: Oral Communications Center lead tutor, Wellin Museum docent

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“Part of my role working at the Oral Communication Center is helping students who have little to no experience in oral communication find their confidence,” she said. “One of my favorite parts of my job is helping to reestablish confidence in my peers; to help them realize that they have already done the hard work and now their presentation is just the culmination of their efforts.”

Off the Hill, Goula has worked remotely as a project coordinator for the international network at United Way Worldwide since a summer internship with the organization in Summer 2020. She says that while she has gained valuable insights through her work with United Way, she looks forward to taking a deeper dive into the technical aspects of nonprofit work during her graduate studies.

“In my time working for United Way Worldwide I have learned so much about the nonprofit industry, but I found that I lack practical knowledge around fundamental aspects such as fundraising, grant writing, and governance,” she said. “I soon realized that a master of science in nonprofit management would provide me with a foundation to create impact and change in the world.”

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