Nira Sheppard

Regional Network: 
Chesapeake Regional Network
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Military Services Coordinator
Department of Veterans Affairs
Manassas, VA

Nira grew up in Philadelphia, PA and fell in love with the environment as a young girl while attending summer camp at College Settlement in the suburbs of her city.  Since then, she has been passionate about recycling, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and waste reduction and she deeply desires to contribute to environmental sustainability and hopes to make a career transition to this field in the near future. Currently, create professional development programs for women in the environmental field as an Executive Board Member of DC EcoWomen

Nira received her BA from Soka University of America. She lived in China for two years, first studying abroad during college and then returning after graduation to teach English and study Mandarin. She holds an MA in Global Environment Policy from American University and a LEED Green Associate credential. Nira has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 10 years, assisting disabled service members and veterans in applying for benefits.

When she is not rescuing recyclables out of trashbins she can be found traveling the world, supporting young women in her Buddhist community, and eating good chocolate. She also enjoys reading self-help, sci-fi, and fantasy books, wearing fabulous earrings, and enjoying good food with family and friends.