As a science and nature enthusiast, I began my career in chemistry, earning a Bachelor of Science in 2007 and discovering my love of communicating science and bridging the science-policy gap along the way. I pursued this passion at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I graduated with a Master of Public Policy and Administration specializing in Environmental and Science Policy in 2010. While at UMass, I interned with the World Wildlife Fund and Natural Capital Project, providing strategic recommendations to improve the use of scientific and technical information in decision making. With the National Wildlife Federation, I collaborated with a range of natural and cultural resource professionals, conservationists, and scientists who work to preserve, manage, understand, and protect the spectacular coastal temperate rainforest ecosystems of western North America. My work focused in two areas: 1) understanding and communicating how climate change is or may affect these ecosystems, including options for responding to impacts; and, 2) understanding the challenges and opportunities climate change presents for those working to preserve, manage, and protect ecosystems, habitats, and species in the region. This work informed the selection of strategic goals and funding priorities for science and traditional ecological knowledge in the region.
My goal in 2014 is to expand my focus from climate change and conservation to include clean energy and environmental justice in my portfolio. I would like to work with a strategic planning/consulting firm, a small direct service community NGO, in city or county government, or perhaps in a science-based political advocacy organization. I am also considering starting my own consulting business. When not working, I enjoy biking, most sports, gardening, reading, hiking, dancing, and lots of other things!