Elizabeth Duncan (she/her) is AALEAD’s Maryland/Virginia Programs Manager. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Elizabeth attended after-school programs throughout elementary and middle school, and understands their impact. She firmly believes in their ability to empower youth as leaders, community members, and individuals. While a student at the University of Virginia, Elizabeth was involved in Asian American student groups and went on to write a thesis about Asian American kinship in contemporary literature. She was also engaged in community education efforts through her work as a historical tour guide. After graduating in 2022, she taught English in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam, through the Fulbright Program. She cherished her time working with university students and forming connections with people of all ages and walks of life. This experience deepened her commitment to advancing social equity and expanding underserved students’ access to robust support systems and educational opportunities. She is happy to be in the DMV now and continuing this work through AALEAD. In her free time, you can find her taking a walk, caffeinating, thinking about aquariums, or exploring the city with friends.