Sydney is the co-founder and director of Mama Maji, a nonprofit that uses water as a platform to empower women. Inspired by a group of amazing women she worked with to build a water project in Kenya, Sydney was driven to build her own organization to connect the dreamers of New Orleans to the inspiring women she grew to know and love in Kenya. An avid storyteller and collaborator, Sydney uses her strengths to work with women globally to realize their visions and tell their stories. Moving from San Francisco to New Orleans in 2011, Sydney has spent the last four years working with social innovators on a local and international level. Sydney holds a B.S. in Molecular and Environmental Biology as well as a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Global Development from Tulane University. In 2015 Sydney was recognized as an Emerging Innovator by Ashoka for her work with Mama Maji.