I am a California native with a passion for learning and empowering others to ground themselves to be capable of change. I have always been energetic in supporting my community's capacity for strength and ability to be a force for good.
Eager to further my sustainability knowledge and research topics that have been gnawing at me for years, I am pursuing my Ph.D. at SEAS, advised by Dr. Joshua Newell within the Urban Sustainability Research Group. My research interests include understanding methods to measure prevention and natural resource avoidance within the food system (e.g., food waste prevention, avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions), assessing methods for how to measure systems changes with the introduction of new agricultural technologies and business models, and assessing the implications of high-risk feedstock supply chains.
My research topics stem from my past sustainability experiences. My sustainability journey started during my undergraduate studies in the Honors College at the University of California, Santa Barbara, double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Communication. While attending university, I joined a mission-driven start-up, Apeel Sciences. I spent seven years at Apeel helping create the company's Sustainability Team and ESG Strategy, participating in the Produce Marketing Association's Sustainability Committee and the International Fresh Produce Association's Sustainability Council, and participating in the Food Waste and Sustainable Packaging Task Forces.
When I am not at my desk, you can find me paddling on the water, gleaning with the local Food Bank, browsing other people's bookshelves, or fruitlessly trying to tire out my dog Olive.
Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara, Honors Program
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (May 2017)