Kaitlyn earned B.A. degrees in English writing and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and also holds a public and professional writing certificate. Her interest in sustainability began at a young age and manifested when she got involved in her school environmental clubs during her middle and high school career. Through her studies of human rights theory and her experience working with the Human Rights City Alliance, a grassroots organization in Pittsburgh that supports human rights education, action, and policies, Kaitlyn has gained the understanding that sustainability goes beyond just protecting the environment. Kaitlyn currently coordinates the Grants Program of Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit organization that assists New Jersey municipalities achieve their sustainability goals in order to ensure a better tomorrow for future generations, and its sister organization, Sustainable Jersey for Schools. Sustainable Jersey identifies sustainability to be made up of three pillars: prosperity, planet, people. Each of the three pillars are needed to support a sustainable society. Her work serves as the inspiration to pursue opportunities that will advance her knowledge and skills in the sustainability field so that she can better serve the communities she works with every day.