Oct 09 2013
Carolyn Naifeh (M.A.1984)
After completing her M.A., Carolyn worked for 13 years in Washington, D.C., in international broadcasting at Voice of America—initially on VOA’s broadcasts in Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole, then as a Latin America regional editor and assignments editor in the central newsroom, to later helping set up a business development office, and finally as the executive assistant to the director of VOA. Throughout her time at VOA, she was able to put her LAS degree to work, covering news conferences in Spanish, interviewing most Latin American heads of state, and working on documentaries in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil addressing issues including environment, economics, drugs, political violence, and AIDS.
She worked for a year at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and then helped set up the international arm of Best Doctors. From 1999–2005, she served as the director of development at Ford’s Theatre, and then worked as a consultant for a variety of nonprofits, from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, to the Pearson Foundation, NEA Foundation, and National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
We are pleased that in April 2013, she moved back to Nashville to open an office for the Pujols Family Foundation. Albert Pujols, of the Dominican Republic, played major league baseball for the Cardinals for 10 years and is now with the Los Angeles Angels. He is one of the best players in the game: a nine-time all-star, two-time World Series champion, three-time MVP, and a recipient of the treasured Roberto Clemente Award. The Pujols Foundation promotes awareness, provides hope, and meets tangible needs for families and children who live with Down syndrome. The foundation also strives to improve the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished children in the Dominican Republic through education, medical relief, and tangible goods.