Gloria Aldana

Gloria Aldana

What is your previous work experience?
Much of my experience has been as a volunteer. I was a volunteer for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, a national nonprofit, in their Baltimore office coordinating their Summer Research Institute 2016 where students researched what kind of resources exist in Maryland to ameliorate health and safety hazards in low-income households. I also spent my four years at Hopkins on the Engineers Without Borders team for a solar-powered water pump in a rural village in the Guatemalan highlands.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
The Nicholas School provides the perfect opportunity for me to get more in-depth knowledge about my field with a focus on gaining applied experience, unlike schools centered on preparing their students for careers in research. 

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
In addition to my MEM degree from the Nicholas School, I'd like to earn a certificate in International Development from the School of Public Policy, likely with a focus on water access or renewable energy.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
As a new Nicholas School student, I'm looking forward to getting to know the other students and professors who share my passions and learning from them outside the classroom.

What are you doing this summer before you arrive at the Nicholas School?
I'm extremely close to my family and also wanted a break from the intensity at Hopkins, so I'll be spending this summer at homein Miami

What are your plans for future work of employment?
I think I would like to begin working in local NGOs in Latin America and eventually transition to an organization like the UN or World Bank when I'm older.

Career Interests

International development, water access, global health, climate change, public policy

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Certificate: International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy
 
Bachelor of Arts, 2016
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Global Environmental Change and Sustainability
Concentration: Economics
 

Professional Experience

Student Consultant, USAID / Durham, NC 
Literature review on green infrastructure for water management in Peru. Conduct cost-benefit analyses of USAID cattle exclusion water management project in Peru for comparison with its traditional infrastructure counterpart and sensitivity analyses as a basis for preliminary conclusions about the value of the green infrastructure approach. Communicate with in-country contractors in Spanish to gather data and discuss methodology. Contribute to USAID’s evidence-base to support green infrastructure projects in Peru to regulate water supply and increase resilience. 2017-2018

Policy Intern, North Carolina Conservation Network / Raleigh, NC
Wrote policy toolkit for environmental justice advocates in NC. Wrote comment letter advocating for marginalized communities in a permitting decision. Wrote fact sheet on environmental justice for legislators. 2017

Research Assistant, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment / Durham, NC
Identified trends in Carbon Disclosure Project data from 67 companies for UN Global Compact’s Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing. Wrote fact sheet to be used to recruit new companies with metrics such as price range, average savings of greenhouse gas emissions, and types of methods used across sectors. Managed 8 students working on 3 distinct projects. 2016-2017

Team Leader, Engineers Without Borders, JHU / Baltimore, MD
Led student team designing solar-powered water pump in rural highlands of Guatemala, providing 9 m3 water per household per month in community of 120 people. Held weekly project management meetings and oversaw construction progress for two years. Established rapport with in-country government officials, professional partners, and community leaders for technical and legal problems as EWB representative. Traveled to Guatemala to conduct 21 qualitative community surveys and supported quantitative system monitoring. 2012-2016

Additional Information

Co-President of Working Group for the Environment in Latin America
Stata, Excel, Word, Powerpoint

Award Dean ● Scholar

Hometown ● Miami, Florida

Undergraduate Institute ● John Hopkins University

Skills

environmental economics
environmental health
international development policy
public health
statistics

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Languages

Spanish

Preferred Location

Mid-Atlantic

Preferred Sector

Consulting
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank