What is your previous work experience?
I have previously worked at the University of California Office of the President as the Energy and Sustainability office's Operations Coordinator and UCOP Sustainability Lead. At UCOP, I did several activities including managing campus natural gas account, completing sustainability data collection and analysis for our systemwide office, and assisted in UCOP's clean electric service for campuses known as the Clean Power Program. Previous to my time at UCOP, I worked for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission as a research assistant where I tagged Chinook salmon in the Merced River to assist in tracking of breeding patterns.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School because of the plethora of opportunities offered in campus and the interdisciplinary approach to teaching. The Nicholas School offers several certificate programs that fit my interests and the exceptional staff and faculty at the Nicholas School offer resources invaluable to students.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
As a new Nicholas School student, I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of natural sciences in the environmental field and taking advantage of the opportunities offered. I hope to get into research with professors and expand my professional network.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
My areas of interest include policy, specifically coastal and marine ocean policy as well as incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in environmental work being completed by government institutions.
What plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
Post graduation, I hope to work for the NOAA or EPA to conduct projects focused on creating resilience for populations vulnerable to climate change and advocating for policy to make natural spaces more accessible. My long-term career goal is to create a non-profit focused on environmental education and experiences for queer BIPOC youth in underserved neighborhoods. I want the next generation of environmentalists to be more diverse than it is now and aspire to be a reminder that queer people should be included in conversations around environmentalism.