Bethany Beachum graduated from the Stone Center's M.A. Program in Latin American Studies in May 2020. She earned her B.A. in International Development Studies from Calvin College in 2011 and upon graduating, moved to Managua, Nicaragua for five years where she worked with an international NGO that supports rural food security and public health organizations. While in Nicaragua, she also earned a graduate certificate in Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change from the Universidad Centroamericana. After returning to the U.S., she worked in several nonprofit roles, including as a regional consultant for the Central America programs of a Washington D.C.-based NGO. While at the Stone Center, she focused her thesis research on studying the power dynamics in funding relationships between international donor organizations and national-level NGOs in Guatemala. Post-graduation, Bethany plans to continue working in the civil society sector in a grants management role with a local New Orleans nonprofit.