It’s no surprise that Lauren Graybill, BA’12, was drawn to Northeastern’s global focus and co-op program. From a family that works and serves all over the world, the economics major and international affairs minor deftly combined the two.

On co-op with the Watertown, Mass., office of Pathfinder International, a global leader in reproductive health, she researched the impact of gender-based roles on health outcomes, such as infant mortality in Uganda. Then, at John Snow Inc., a public-health management consultant and research organization in Boston, she helped the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare develop assessment tools to identify priority areas for strengthening their health system at county and national levels.

Drawn to a career in international health, Lauren is pursuing a master’s in public health. Her goals are lofty: changing the world, inspired, in large part, by her parents, who raised their family in Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zambia.

Ed and Maureen Graybill currently live and work in Ethiopia, where Ed is director of the USAID-funded Improving the Quality of Primary Education Program, and Maureen is country director of ZOA, an international NGO that helps refugees and persons affected by conflict or natural disasters around the world.

Generous contributors to the Parents Fund and the Catalyst-Youth Action Africa Fund, which supports Northeastern student-service projects on that continent, the Graybills are thrilled with Lauren’s Northeastern experience. “Through the university’s international focus, strong community-service programs, and emphasis on academic excellence and leadership, we could not have dreamed for a more positive learning environment,” says Maureen.