Meet the Chilombo Careers Team!


Vanessa Da Costa, MPH 

Founder/CEO & Career Consultant


Vanessa is a Data Analysis Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is a Global Health Professional with experience in data analytics, management, and visualization in the context of HIV/AIDS and family planning. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree in Global Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Minor in African Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Go Heels! She has a strong interest in career development, and has spent the past 5 years working globally (U.S, Rwanda, South Africa) while simultaneously assisting students, colleagues, and peers revise and edit job applications, resumes, cover letters, essays, and providing them with academic and career advice.


Chelsea Douglas, MPH 

Career Coach 

Chelsea is a Program Analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She currently advises functional committees within the Office of Extramural Research (OER), that focus on extramural grant policy, grant review, grant administration, and grant management. Additionally, she supports OER policy development, implementation, and analysis activities. She is a behavioral researcher trained in qualitative data methods analysis and health education sciences. Her domestic research experiences have centered on examining the social contexts and structural exposures that increase HIV/STI risk among Black/African American women. She has a strong interest in how cultural and sexual scripts guide Black women’s decision making and behavior within intimate relationships; and the strategies Black women use to understand their dating opportunities and risk, and define their priorities and goals. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Augustina Mensa-Kwao, MPH 

Career Coach


Tina is a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a PhD Student at the University of Washington. She has more than 5 years of experience in the private and public sector and academia. Tina received a Master’s in Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a versatile, savvy and passionate professional with unique international research experience in program monitoring and evaluation, qualitative research methods, community assessments, and project implementation. Her areas of expertise include mental health prevention, chronic disease, HIV/AIDS prevention, and maternal and child health.


Omome Izevbigie, MPH 

Business Grant Writer


Omo is a National Cancer Institute Communications Fellow at The National Cancer Institute (NCI) / The National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a public health and visuals enthusiast with over 4 years of public health experience, 7 years of communications experience, 6 years of graphic design experience, and 5 years of administrative experience, in global public health nonprofits, academia, and the federal government. Omo received her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion from The George Washington University, raise high! In April 2017, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Services, minor in Africana Studies, certificates in African Studies and Community Health Assessment, and learned Kiswahili (lakini anajua Kiswahili kidogo tu sasa) from the University of Pittsburgh. As a Nigerian immigrant, the move to the United States caused Omo to realize the extent of which her identity shaped an instrumental desire to improve the welfare and wellbeing of people back home. Omo is excited to utilize her acquired knowledge and skills in this role and to help Chilombo Careers continue to grow!