Avonda is Special Assistant to the CEO and President at the US-China Strong Foundation. She also assists with event coordinating and office management. Prior to this position, Avonda served as a Research Assistant for the Foundation while finishing her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature and International Affairs at the George Washington University. Her passion for the Chinese language and culture started when she spent two semesters studying Chinese at the Associated Colleges in China program at Minzu University in Beijing, China in 2014.