What is your previous work experience?
Prior to starting at the Nicholas School I worked as an Analyst at Enclude where I helped direct capital to businesses around the world that have social or environmental missions. This role included supporting transactions, investment fund design, and research related to financing for social entrepreneurs. 

I also worked as an International Student Advisor for No rtheastern’s N.U.in Program in Greece, and worked with several NGOs in Port Elizabeth, South African including the South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Center. 

Previous internships include working with Catholic Charities as a Community Food Program Coordinator, and Booz Allen Hamilton as an Business Analytics Co-op.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School in Large part because the financial support provided by the school made attending graduate school affordable. I initially applied to the Nicholas School because of its excellent reputation, and the reputation of Duke University more broadly. I was stuck by the emphasis on interdisciplinary work, which I think will be very important in this field moving forward. 

I thought the Nicholas School would be a place where I could both deepen my data analytics skills while also gaining a more technical understanding of the natural, economic, and anthropogenic forces shaping the environment today.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I am interested in sustainable industrial systems. The concept of the circular economy and finding ways to re-use waste from production processes is fascinating to me. I am interested in looking at the nexus of energy, water, and agriculture to find ways to use wastes from one sector for processes in other sectors (for example, using agricultural wastes to produce biogas). 

As such, I am trying to get a flavor for all three subject areas (energy, water, and agriculture), in addition to deepening my data analytics skills and learning about life cycle assessment, supply chains, and finance.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to engaging with likeminded individuals who bring perspectives from both the business and natural sciences environments. I am excited for the opportunity to take classes and participate in research that will provide me with a better scientific and economic understanding of natural resources so that I can learn to balance environmental and societal demands. I also look forward to recreational activities (intramural soccer, Duke basketball, various social events) that help bring the Duke community closer together.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
After the Nicholas School, I hope to pursue a career that will allow me to support the design, financing, and implementation of projects related to waste management and resource recycling in production processes. Ideally, I will find a way to incorporate waste management and a circular economy philosophy in to projects relate to energy and water infrastructure development. 

While I’d like to do this work in both developed and emerging economies, initially I hope to develop projects that will allow more individuals and agricultural producers in emerging economies access to energy and water in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Personal thanks:
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to more deeply engage with the topics of natural resource economics and sustainability through the Nicholas School. Leaving my job and taking the time to do this would not have been possible without the generous contributions of donors to the Nicholas Scholars program. 

Thank you for your support. I hope to pay it forward both by giving back to future scholars and the environment!

Career interests

Sustainable Business, Natural Resource Management, Waste Management, Circular Economy, Water-Energy-Agriculture Nexus


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Major: Environmental Economics & Policy
Relevant courses: Environmental Law, Natural Resource Economics, Water Resource Management
Honors: Nicholas Scholar
Bachelor of Sciencesumma cum laude, May 2013
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Major: Economics and International Affairs
Honors: Presidential Global Scholar, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society


Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Led the review of literature at the nexus of energy, agriculture and water to draw the linkage between energy and livelihood improvements in low-income countries. September 2017 – Present
Capital Advisory Analyst, Enclude
Provided transaction management services including facilitation of communication with investors, development of marketing and due diligence materials, and preparation of investor documentation for USD 40 million in investments. Conducted research on 70 social enterprises to identify capital needs in the sustainable agriculture, clean energy, and financial sectors, and designed solutions to address identified financing gaps. February 2014 – July 2017
South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Center, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 
Rehabilitated injured and sick seabirds and educated tourists about threats to the African Penguin population. October 2012 – December 2012
Catholic Charities, Watkins Glen, New York 
Organized a directory of local agricultural products to help small farmers market their goods. June 2012 – August 2012

Additional information

Community Engagement:
Events Officer, African Environment Initiative; Water Resource Network; Nicholas School Soccer Club; Ultimate Frisbee; Catholic Student Association
Stata; SurveyGizmo; Microsoft Office
Joint publications:
Echoing Green Portfolio Segmentation: Accelerating Capital to for-profit and hybrid enterprises (June 2017)
The Missing Link: Connecting International Capital Markets with Sustainable Landscape Investments (December 2016)
Beyond Inclusion: A Strategic Approach to Investing in Financial Capability (April 2016)
Additional programs/courses:
The Course for Human-Centered Design Certificate Program by +Acumen and IDEO.org (2016)
Barker-Johst Rural Agricultural Grant Program, Nicaragua (2013)
CIEE Language and Culture Program, Senegal (2010)