CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Global Affairs

CHSS Distinguished Alumni 

Priscilla Akayla Forde

BA Global Affairs '20, BA Government and International Politics '20

Priscilla Forde is a Caribbean American international development professional dedicated to nurturing healthy, sustainable, and resilient communities and serving historically marginalized and vulnerable populations and geographies. She is currently pursuing a master’s in professional studies in urban and regional planning at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. She also serves as a project specialist II for the World Resources Institute’s Climate Resilience Practice in the Center for Equitable Development. 
Previously, Forde was the senior practice associate for the Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities Practice at Chemonics International, where she assisted in advancing the company’s technical excellence globally in these sectors through support for project performance, program development, and industry outreach. Since 2019, she has contributed to multi-million-dollar proposals that focus on an array of urban, social, environmental, and service delivery issues in different regions, such as Southern Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. 

To date, she has focused on technical sectors including climate change adaptation, water resources and governance, renewable energy, and urban resilience. She is especially passionate about confronting global inequality and spatial injustice, advancing resilience in vulnerable geographies, and exploring liberatory approaches to social and environmental justice within global development. 

Forde graduated from Mason in 2020, double majoring in government and international politics and global affairs, concentrating in international development. During her time at Mason, she studied abroad twice, at Mason Korea, serving as an international peer advisor and at the University of Malta.