Avery was born and raised in the suburbs of New York (though she did spend a few years living in London as a child). She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University, where she studied Public Policy and Global Health. Avery’s passion for ensuring access to quality healthcare for people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) led her to work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington D.C. There, she managed a portfolio of 40 innovations that aimed to help prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks more effectively. After almost four years, Avery left USAID and joined the Global Markets Team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she currently negotiates pricing deals with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to ensure expanded access to critical drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and medical equipment in LMICs. After completing her MPH at Johns Hopkins University as a Sommer Scholar, she will pursue her MBA at the University of Michigan as a Dean’s Impact Scholar and Pinkert Scholar.
After spending a summer in Kenya teaching math, science, English, and history to eighth graders, Avery discovered her passion for teaching. As an undergraduate, she ran a one-on-one college preparation mentoring program for low-income high school students in Durham, NC. Since graduating from Duke, Avery has continued supporting applicants with the college and graduate admissions processes, helping students gain admission into leading undergraduate universities and top business, public health, and public policy masters programs. Avery takes great pride in seeing her students succeed, and tailors her approach based on the specific needs of each individual. She loves working with students to understand the unique parts of their stories and helping them craft compelling, thoughtful, and genuine narratives.
When she’s not working, Avery loves going for long hikes with her dog, discovering a new restaurant or bakery, and learning about new cultures through travel. She is an avid cook and baker, photographer, and Duke basketball fan.