Hailing from Bronxville, NY, Charlotte Gemes graduated from the University of Virginia. She studied human biology and graduated summa cum laude. While at UVA, Charlotte was the founder of Team One Love, which educates about the warning signs of relationship violence, a member of The AcHOOstics(an a Capella group), a member of the Club Horseback Riding team, and a Class Trustee.  After serving with Impact, Charlotte plans to go to medical school.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love taking long walks, going to concerts, singing along to music in the car, traveling to faraway places, and exploring in general!

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

My most meaningful activity in college was starting Team One Love at UVA. The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 after Yeardley Love, a UVA student, was tragically beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend. The foundation now educates about the warning signs of relationship violence and I am very proud to have started an official One Love club while at UVA. The club mainly educates through the Escalation workshop, a 90-minute film-based workshop that highlights the early warning signs of relationship violence. Nearly 3,000 students participated in the workshop during my time at UVA.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

One of the most memorable places I have ever been was Oloika, a small, rural village in southern Kenya. I traveled here twice in high school on through my school’s global education program. To arrive in the town, you have to drive for miles through an area that has no roads and no recognizable landmarks. The mountains in the area are breathtaking and the spirit of the Masai people who live there is electrifying.