What is your previous work experience? 

I have been an environmental consultant for the past seven years, providing air quality and water quality support to clients in various industries. I have managed projects involving state and federal permitting, compliance strategy development, conducting regulatory applicability analyses, and day-to-day environmental compliance support. Due to my interest in sustainability, I have more recently conducted Scope 3 evaluations, GHG verifications and ESG disclosures.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?

I was attracted to the program because it is interdisciplinary, which provides a flexible approach to learning and allows me to adopt broader perspectives. The cumulative breadth of knowledge and experience available through faculty and my peers made me realize this was a place where I could truly challenge myself. In addition, the expertise amongst the professors within the Marine Science and Conservation division, especially in the area of community-based environmental management, was another factor that played a role in my decision. 

I would also like to mention that I truly felt welcome at Duke when I began looking into the MEM program. I instantly realized I would be surrounded by an extremely supportive team during my conversations with the admissions office, current students, and alumni. 

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?

I am excited to meet all the other Nicholas School students, especially since we are coming from different backgrounds and work experiences. I hope to widen my horizons through our interactions and group work. I am also looking forward to joining some of the student clubs and getting to interact with the wider Duke community. 

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?

I am interested in learning about marine conservation and ecotourism and would like to explore the idea of integrating ocean responsibility into a company’s sustainability strategy. In addition, I will be pursuing a Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management as I believe communities are vital to being a part of the solution for the environmental issues that are directly affecting them. I would like to better understand how I can play a role in facilitating collaborations between businesses and communities when developing environmental solutions.

What plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?

I am interested in applying sustainability strategy to focus on driving positive outcomes in the ocean-based economy. I see myself as someone who will be working directly with a community on the environmental issues they are facing. I also hope to be in a position where I am able to advocate for the environmental protection of underrepresented communities.