Inger Nilsson


Inger joined the WISE Board in 2018, not long after her first visit to Kaoma and outlying areas. She is a retired Army officer currently residing in Alexandria, VA. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Inger received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in German from Metropolitan State College. While studying Mandarin Chinese in the Peoples’ Republic of China, she was awarded an Iowa Critical Languages Program scholarship, and completed her Masters in Arts degree in Asian Civilization with an emphasis on China from the University of Iowa. As a result, she has lived, worked, studied and traveled in China for over five years.

During her military career Inger served as an Operations Officer and Defense Attaché, and has been deployed to over ten countries. She is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. Because of both professional and personal interests, she has traveled to just under thirty countries, to include: Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Inger served as Lead Coordinator for Veterans of Northern Virginia in a recent election, inspiring over 300 veterans to canvas and phone bank.

She is very passionate about helping women and children who may not have been afforded the same opportunities that she has. Excited to be one of the “pioneers” in developing WISE’s English learning program, Inger looks forward to contributing to WISE’s success as she begins her work on the Board.






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