Contact: Linda Tighe
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Wellesley, MA 02481
United States of America

Lara Smith is the Political Affairs Ambassador and will be presenting about The Borgen Project to the Wellesley Rotary Club on August 18th. She is passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of engaging in and supporting the work of The Borgen Project.

Lara Smith, is a resident of Wellesley, and recent graduate from Wellesley High School (Class of 2016) She is currently a rising senior at NYU studying Politics and Journalism.

This summer, she is an intern as a Political Affairs Ambassador for The Borgen Project. The Borgen Project is a non-profit organization that works to push forward poverty reduction legislation within US Foreign Policy. The work that The Borgen Project does not only benefit those in need around the world, but it has direct domestic benefits. 


The Borgen Project thus works to mobilize constituents to contact their congressional leaders and urge them to support legislation that benefits impoverished countries. At the moment, the US spends just about 1% of its federal budget on foreign aid; we must change that.  Investing in global communities that are in need builds up those populations and creates more consumers for American products. This in turn benefits the US economy and creates US jobs. Furthermore, investing in impoverished communities and countries around the world only protects the US’s national security. The Borgen Project discusses many pieces of evidence and claims from US Military personnel that believe military action and/or strength is not the only answer to national security. Instead, investing in impoverished countries stabilizes them and in turn, stabilizes the countries around them and the US. 

If you are interested in attending this Zoom meeting, send an email to and the club will send you an invite to the online meeting.

The Rotary Club of Wellesley is one of Wellesley’s oldest community service groups and conducts local programs to benefit the Town of Wellesley.  The public is always invited to any Rotary program.