Penelope Shvarts is passionate about both government and public policy, and as a content producer at the Foreign Policy Youth Collaborative (FPYC), she aims to use her voice to spark productive discourse regarding current issues and events. Prior to joining the content team at FPYC, Penelope mainly focused on advancing her skills in music. Starting at the age of five, she has played both Classical and Flamenco guitar for close to 12 years. She had the opportunity to play at several prestigious halls as a young child, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, both as a soloist and ensemble player. While continuing her studies in music, Penelope is now an active member of several organizations, including Strings4Smiles, Notelove, and Midori and Friends as a NextGen Musician.