On Tuesday, September 5, Emily Janoch will bring her Peace Corps and CARE International experiences to her Midland, Michigan home town to discuss the things we can each do to make a difference in the world. Her presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St. Admission is $5.
As Deputy Director for Knowledge Management for the CARE USA Food and Nutrition Security team, Janoch directs efforts in knowledge management, learning, and communications across a portfolio of more than 600 projects in 90 countries. She travels around the world to learn and help implement the tools and techniques that work to make the world a better place with a focus on eradicating poverty through empowering women and girls. Her work focuses on making sure that communities can engage in their own development for sustainable, appropriate results.
“People can improve their lives and help others even under the most difficult circumstances,” explained Janoch.
Janoch has been interested in the world and its problems nearly her entire life. As a child in Midland, she sought out new ideas from everyone she met. She was especially fascinated with the stories her father (Greg Janoch) shared about his time with the Peace Corps in Ghana in the 1970s.
Her expanding world view grew even further when she got acquainted with new neighbors who had fled apartheid from South Africa. When she watched the movie Cry Freedom with them, she was shocked and mystified by the fact that it was their government they feared most.
Janoch’s growing awareness and interest in world problems put her on the Midland High Model U.N. team, an interest she continued beyond her 2001 graduation and throughout her years at the University of Chicago where she earned a BA in international studies with a concentration on Africa. She received her degree in 2005, and went directly to serve four years in the Peace Corps in Mali. A Master’s in Public Policy, International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School rounded out her education in 2008.
Janoch has been associated with CARE international, a global confederation of 14 member organizations working together to end poverty, since 2007. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries around the world, implementing 962 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, to reach more than 80 million people directly and 256 million people indirectly.