Meet Our Team: Leah

Leah Caragol is the Grassroots Advocacy Intern for the Shot@Life campaign this spring. Learn more about her in this Q&A!

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What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?

First, I love global health! It’s serendipitous that I was given this incredible opportunity because my go-to answer for the last ten years to the dreaded question, “what do you want to do?” was always “it would be so cool to work for the UN.” The possibility seemed so far-fetched. After only a few weeks working with the United Nations Foundation, I can tell that it will be the perfect fit! I’m so excited to join the cause and advocate with Shot@Life because vaccines are such an overlooked superpower to prevent death and disease.

Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?

I am from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but I have been living in Seattle, Washington, for five years. I attended the University of Washington with a BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health.

Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?

In addition to working at the UN Foundation, I am a program assistant at a small nonprofit, The Borgen Project. I started as an intern, where I advocated for increasing United States Foreign Policy budgets by virtually meeting with members of Congress, fundraising, and writing a letter to the editor. Now, I manage our donors and help all around the organization.

What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign, and what are you most looking forward to this semester?

After just two weeks at Shot@Life, I am so excited for the connections to come and to collaborate with the staff. It is so interesting to virtually engage in discussions about real-world global health issues. I also look forward to participating in the 2022 Summit and meeting our advocates! 

What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?

Misinformation surrounding vaccines has prevented progress in vaccine coverage that is needed around the world. This causes hesitancy towards vaccines, which creates reluctance, even when vaccines are widely available. Continued advocacy is so important for access to lifesaving vaccines.  

Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?

I lived in Sweden for a year when I was 15, so I will always enjoy a Fika – a Swedish social coffee break with sweets 

  • Leah Caragol is the Grassroots Advocacy Intern for Shot@Life this spring. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Leah is also a program manager for the nonprofit, The Borgen Project.   Her interests include global health, sustainability, and advocacy. In her free time, Leah loves...