International Women’s Day, which was celebrated on March 8, recognizes the strength, resilience and true character women embody.
While acknowledging women around us, we direct your attention to a special SOWF college graduate, Ella Downs. Ella earned a Bachelor of Arts in International and Global Studies with a minor in Diplomacy from the University of Central Florida in 2018. She has also studied International Development at Sciences Politiques and is certified in Intelligence and National Security, Anthropology of Global Health, Trauma-Informed Care for OSEC, and Intercultural Communications.
Ella currently serves as the Communications Manager for The Network, an intelligence-driven, counter-human trafficking organization focused on defeating the illicit behavior in specific settings. She ensures that the organization’s practical methodologies and tactics are contextualized to eradicate harmful narratives about trafficking. Ella’s deepest passion is seeking justice for underrepresented people. “You are stronger and smarter than imposter syndrome and society may tell you. Doubting yourself is natural – take a leap of faith, pursue excellence, and speak up for yourself and others. The scariest moments are often the most important. Be relentless about your passion – you can affect more change than you know,” stated Ella.
Ella’s words and actions have touched the hearts of many. Her commitment to empowering women and seeking justice for the underrepresented is honorable. Thank you to Ella and all women who provide inspiration to those in need.
Ella is the daughter of U.S. Air Force Major William Downs, who was KIA in Iraq on 05/30/2005 while serving with the 6th Special Operations Squadron.