I was raised on Long Island in your typical middle class community. I attended the University of Massachusetts for both my undergraduate degree in History and my graduate degree in Regional Planning. Living in New England had a significant impact on how I viewed the world around me. Expanding my knowledge base, in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful places in the country (granting that I have not travelled much) changed the way I related to the earth and the people that inhabit it. Upon completion of my graduate degree I worked for a Regional Planning Commission in New Hampshire where I was responsible for managing the Brownfields Program and for municipal planning support for 36 communities. After leaving New Hampshire and taking a short work hiatus to explore life as a Starbuck's barista, I am now employed by the Township of Cherry Hill in South Jersey (right outside Philadelphia). Here I have been given the opportunity to jump in feet first to help the Township achieve its Sustainability goals. I have learned so much in such a short period of time with the help of a great community organization and great co-workers that are dedicated to see Sustainability become the cornerstone of the Township.