Virginia Frediani

Virginia Frediani

Career Interests

wildlife conservation, conservation policy, endangered species, community engagement
Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

Masters of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
 
Bachelor of Arts, May 2015
University of Richmond
Major: Environmental Studies

Professional Experience

Administrative Legislative Assistant, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Washington D.C. 
Tracked environmental bills from the U.S. Senate and House using CQ Roll Call and drafted reports on latest developments to determine their impact on the Southeast. Observed and reported on hearings in the U.S. Senate and House to update SELC staff members regarding pertinent environmental issues. Engaged in and coordinated federal response discussions within SELC to plan out next moves regarding federal environmental issues
. Researched and sent daily environmental news clips relevant to SELC focus areas and priority projects to inform the office about environmental news throughout the Southeast. Assisted the Director of Federal Affairs and the Federal Legislative Director with research and arranging meetings in order to maintain awareness of relevant environmental issues both in Washington D.C. and the Southeast. Managed office responsibilities, which included moving to a new office and coordinating with movers, construction managers, SELC headquarters and designers. April 2016 – June 2017
 
Intern, Virginia Environmental EndowmentRichmond, VA 
Researched and prepared documents on potential grant recipients and reviewed grant proposals to analyze the feasibility and impacts of potential projects. Organized a forum for thirty people to discuss land conservation needs in Southern Virginia that resulted in better communication between local environmental organizations in the area. Led logistic planning for bi-annual board meeting for fifteen attendees to provide data on the potential grant recipients to enable the board to make a final selection of grantees for the upcoming year. Interacted in environmental forums and conferences on behalf of VEE. Managed and monitored grant payments and progress of grantee projects to ensure contracts were upheld. June 2015 – February 2016
 
Conservation Intern, DeBeers Ecology Division, Kimberley and Kalahari, South Africa 
Measured activity level of Aardvarks, a keystone specie, to determine the impacts of global warming. Documented ecology of fear on herbivores to understand trends in animal behavior. Coordinated with a BBC film crew to scout wildlife for Planet Earth II on desert animals. Educated local children on environmental stewardship by explaining what items can be reused instead of discarded. Wrote an article for the Diamond Route Newsletter on Sable and Roan breeding statistics, hunting results, game capture success and extreme weather changes to inform recipients on the success of the game reserves. June – July 2014
 
Environmental Design & Development Department Intern, Luck Stone Corporation, Richmond, VA
Conducted field work and analyzed water output for all Virginia-based stone quarries to enable Luck Stone to better understand water output into the surrounding watersheds. Evaluated and updated requirements on permits leading to a higher LEED certification. Developed a corporate human rights statement. June – July 2013

Projects

Information Technology: Microsoft Office Suite; PhotoShop; Adobe Lightroom; ArcGIS Pro; MicroEdge GIFTS Online; Citrix; Concur; CQ Roll Call
 
Student Groups: Duke Conservation Society, African Environment Initiaitive, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women
 
Professional Presentations: Proposal to the Governor of Virginia's Climate and Resiliency Commission on invasive species

Skills

community-based management
program management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019

Languages

Spanish

Preferred Location

Northeast
Southeast

Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO