As a speechwriter at the American University in Cairo, Ramya mobilized the power of words to unite students and professors, activists and diplomats, Egyptians and Americans. Now, she brings her skill in helping leaders connect with diverse audiences to her work at West Wing Writers.
Ramya penned her first speech — for former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg — as an intern at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since then, her words have been delivered by and to philanthropists, business leaders, diplomats, and politicians. Most recently, she drafted speeches and other written communications for President Francis Ricciardone at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Ramya graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a Bloomberg Scholar. As an International Studies major, she studied Arabic, conducted fieldwork in Jordan on education policies for Syrian refugees, and later returned to Jordan to research her honors thesis on Palestinian national identity. Along the way, she captained the mock trial team, sang with a competitive a cappella group, and finally learned to enjoy lacrosse.
An amateur chef, Ramya is the proud owner of a spice box filled with flavors from her South Indian upbringing, which — to the horror of her family — she uses in every recipe, Indian or otherwise. You can often find her poring over Arabic poetry, belting out a Bollywood tune, or scouring grocery stalls in search of the perfect tomato.