University: Meredith College
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Berekia Divanga is a Lead for North Carolina Fellow, working for the City of Washington in the City Manager’s office. In her position, she assists different departments with public relations and intergovernmental communication. She graduated cum laude from Meredith College with a BA in Environmental Sustainability and Economics and a minor in Geoscience. While at Meredith College, Berekia served as the Vice President and inducted member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Student Life Representative of Meredith International Association, and an inducted member of Pi Delta Phi. She also interned with Triangle Land Conservancy as a Community Asset Analyst. Berekia also served as a translator in the writing process of the academic book Becoming Gold: Zosimos of Panopolis and the Alchemical Arts in Roman Egypt. Berekia has acquired professional experience through diverse leadership opportunities, including her role as a volunteer interpreter and a young reporter for Pona Bana, which is a program working in partnership with UNICEF DRC to defend children’s rights.
On where she calls home: I call home any place where I feel safe and loved. Home is a place of refuge where there is at least one person whom I love and at least one person who loves me.
Recent Work Accomplishments:
Berekia played a pivotal role in the application to name Washington as a Small Town of the Year by the NC Rural Center. She also assisted with a $5 million grant application to secure funding for the Washington Medical District Stormwater Project. She has been meeting with identified beneficiaries to solicit their support. She has contacted authorized representatives of businesses to receive feedback to guide the grant and application.