VP - Enschede, the Netherlands
Margaret Curtis is a Bay Area native with long ties to the Palo Alto community and a lifelong passion for citizen diplomacy, volunteer service, and languages. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master's degree from the UCSF School of Nursing, and a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Margaret is an oncology nurse at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and previously worked in local emergency rooms and as a nurse in a travel medicine clinic.
Prior to her career in health care, she was a professional photographer, including for the Palo Alto Weekly and its sister news publications. She won several awards for her photography and writing.
Margaret has traveled, worked, and volunteered in a number of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. After college, she taught English in Prague and later lived in Greece. She worked as a nurse in Malawi and Afghanistan and volunteered as a photographer with Interplast and Operation Smile in Vietnam, Morocco, and Bangladesh. Both of these organizations perform free reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries.
A vegan for the last decade, Margaret is strongly focused on issues of sustainability and combatting climate change and is inspired by the opportunity to work with like-minded people in Palo Alto's Sister and Sibling Cities on projects that encourage plant-based eating and environmental awareness. She is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer.