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, Community-based Environmental Management, Energy Access

Employment Sought:


Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Dean’s Scholarship, 2016-2018; Nemergut Scholarship, 2016-2017                
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Bachelor of Arts, Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, Concentration: Economics, 2016
Academic and extracurricular scholarships: Ronald M. Nordmann and Jodi E. Nordmann Scholarship, 2013-2016; Kimberly and Jeffrey Barber Family Scholarship, 2015-2016                                                                                    

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC, 2017
•    Survey carbon pricing coverage in nationally determined contributions to greenhouse gas reductions from the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change Paris Agreement
•    Research and analyze business leadership in carbon pricing including price range used, estimated savings of greenhouse gas emissions of UN Global Compact members, and types of methods used across sectors
•    Examine 5 countries and low-carbon resilient development initiatives to support Sustainable Development Goals
Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC, 2016
•    Empowered local voices in sharing their ideas about the environment
•    Community-based qualitative research through photography of locals’ connections to their environment
•    Engaged with stakeholders in documenting their opinions about favorable aspects and ways to improve their neighborhood through local businesses and affordable food
•    Organized presentation of research to the community
Team Leader, Engineers Without Borders, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2012-2016
•    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 quantitative system monitoring 
Student Consultant, Senior Capstone Project, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Baltimore, MD, 2015-2016
•    Worked with 4 peers to evaluate the 2009 Baltimore Sustainability Plan (BSP) to ensure equity in new edition
•    Conducted literature review comparing BSP and STAR Community Rating System green/sustainable economy sections
•    Identified places for BSP improvement in wage policy, workforce readiness, and local hiring
•    Trained in focus group facilitation
•    Visually characterized socioeconomic distribution of respondents to assess demographic gaps in focus groups

Additional Information

- Stata data analytics
- Project management
- International experience
- Black and Latino Club event programming

Award Dean ● Scholar

Hometown ● Miami, Florida

Undergraduate Institute ● John Hopkins University


environmental economics
international development policy
program management
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government