Maddi Lynch is an International Business and Economics double major from Fort Collins, Colorado. She got the traveling bug after studying economic and corporate governance in the EU on the Albers EU Study Tour. Studying economic systems and business culture abroad made Maddi want to go deeper to apply knowledge gained in Albers classes to achieve a greater understanding of the impact of economic and government policies on the most underprivileged people, which is why she decided to join the 2015-2016 IDIP cohort.
Maddi is interning in Lusaka, Zambia, where she is helping develop and implement strategic objectives in building a Leopard Hill Jesuit School. The school works to fill the gap in secondary education in Zambia, in which dropout rates for girls is significantly higher, many of the poorest cannot afford school fees, and the quality of education results in painfully low literacy and numeracy rates in the country. Leopard Hill aims to improve the education and futures for children who can then drive future economic development in Zambia. After graduating from SU, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in economics.