What is your previous work experience?
After finishing my undergraduate degree, I interned in Chile at the Circular Economy Lab of a South American recycling company where I worked on developing a circular concept of a product and learned about bio-based materials. After my internship, I began working at a start-up producing cement with bacteria the way nature does. For the last three years, I have worked in production, marketing, and quality control within our scaling start-up ensuring high quality and integrity of the product.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I believe that engaging at the policy level within communities sparks innovation and measurable improvement in environmental management. I chose the Nicholas School because of the solid foundational theory and skills of the program, and the opportunity to work closely with a like-minded network on community-based projects.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to working with peers, mentors, and the greater community on projects to address community needs. I am excited to learn new techniques and skills to further the goals of facilitating equitable and resilient communities.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
While at the Nicholas School, I am also pursuing a dual degree in City and Regional Planning and intend to integrate the two programs to facilitate my interest areas. One of my interests is community development through placemaking. In an increasingly globalized world, creating thriving, unique places facilitates a sense of belonging that grounds people in shared stories. Placemaking through context-driven solutions and policies is important to address impending environmental issues in order to create adaptable, resilient communities.
What plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I am approaching my career on a semester-by-semester basis, and plan to allow my studies and academic experiences to guide and refine my interests and professional pursuits. My professional and personal hopes are to contribute to environmental resiliency and advocate for equitable communities in the public or private sectors.