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Jurisdiction: Washington

University: Meredith College

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Berekia Divanga worked for the City of Washington in the city manager’s office. In her position, she assisted departments with public relations and intergovernmental communication. Divanga played a pivotal role in the application process that named Washington a Small Town of the Year by the NC Rural Center. She assisted with a $5 million grant application to secure funding for the Washington Medical District Stormwater Project, gathering feedback from local businesses to guide the application. Divanga’s work helped secure more than $3.2 million to improve infrastructure and mitigate the impace of future storms.

Divanga graduated cum laude from Meredith College with bachelor’s degrees in environmental sustainability and economics and a minor in geoscience. While at Meredith College, she served as the vice president of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Student Life Representative for the Meredith International Association, and an inducted member of Pi Delta Phi honor society. She also interned with Triangle Land Conservancy as a community asset analyst. Divanga acquired professional experience through diverse leadership opportunities, including her role as a volunteer interpreter and a young reporter for Pona Bana, a program working in partnership with UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to defend children’s rights.

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