As FCNL’s Advocacy Team Organiser, Mwandeyi Kamwendo works to support new and prospective members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams program in developing deep advocacy skills and connecting with the national network of Advocacy Teams around the country.
Before joining FCNL in November 2022, Mwandeyi graduated with honors from Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Political Science. As a student, she worked in youth empowerment and policy advocacy through several projects, including leading an international relations non-profit offering young people the skills and knowledge to engage with global issues. Additionally, she contributed to multiple grassroots mobilization initiatives at Beyond the Bomb, an organization empowering everyday citizens to advocate for progressive nuclear weapons policies.
Mwandeyi is a volunteer leader at European Horizons, a youth-driven policy incubator working across continental divides to foster transatlantic cooperation and dialogue on security, environment, energy, and democracy. She also holds membership in the New York Delta chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for outstanding academic and leadership achievement.
Mwandeyi strongly believes in the power of language and art to bridge cultural divides and facilitate collaboration and understanding. As such, she is an avid language learner and a passionate cartoonist. She resides in Nashville, TN, though her childhood home is in Lilongwe, Malawi.