Emma Lietz Bilecky

Emma Lietz Bilecky

Career Interests

Food systems, Land use, Regenerative agriculture, Environmental justice, Capacity building
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Environmental Economics & Policy Concentration
Master of Theological Studies, Duke Divinity School
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, May 2015
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Philosophy and Theology
School of Theology Outstanding Senior Award, Honors Program

Professional Experience

Research Team, Democracy Lab Duke University Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide on the Environment
Designed, conducted and analyzed a study assessing rural attitudes toward environmental policy in North Carolina to inform policymaking in a climate of political polarization. Fall 2017
U.S. Environmental Policy Teaching Assistant, Duke University, Durham, NC
January 2018-Present
Student Editor, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Durham, NC
January 2018-Present
Farm Crew Member, Duke Campus Farm, Durham, NC,
August 2016-Present
Project Support Team, Mad Agriculture Boulder, CO 
Encouraged knowledge-sharing amongst farmers, academics, and food entrepreneurs by integrating research & food production, connecting actors with varying needs, & hosting food-focused events to strengthen an innovative & regenerative agriculture system. May 2017-Present
Writing Center Editor, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, Durham, NC
August 2016-May 2017
Work Trade Assistant, Impact Hub Boulder, CO  
Facilitated networking at a co-working space housing several green startups by planning and executing weekly events to promote sustainability, community collaboration & global engagement across multiple sectors. Fall 2015
Grant Writing Manager, L.A. Compost Los Angeles, CA
Supervised grant-writing & created marketing materials by synthesizing the environmental, communal, and theological importance of compost to gain funding and facilitate lasting partnerships with L.A. churches, schools and Patagonia, Pasadena. 2014-2015
Senior Thesis, Genetic Modification and Epistemic Injustice, Azusa Pacific University  
Argued that the GMO debate in the United States and its ramifications in Indian farming communities is a case of epistemic injustice and exposed the philosophical assumptions upholding Monsanto's international business policies to demonstrate their role in systematically disempowering small farmers and women disproportionately. Spring 2015

Additional Information

Environmental Law and Policy Forum (Student Editor), Durham County Beekeepers Association (Certified Beekeeper), Stata, Microsoft Office


community-based management
environmental education
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank