Currently, I am employed as the Coordinator of the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative for the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

As Initiative Coordinator, these are my areas of focus:

  • Market-based approaches to litter prevention and environmentally responsible waste management
    • Organizer of the Trash Free Potomac Facility Program
    • Co-Chair of the Organics Task Force alongside the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)
    • Support the Trash Free Schools Project
  • Litter and Illegal dumping enforcement
    • Co-Chair of the Litter Enforcement Working Group alongside the City of Alexandria
    • Organizer of Litter Enforcement Month 2011
  • Trash Summit in the Fall
    • Organize roundtables 
    • Assist with general logistics
  • Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
    • Provide support and recruit sites
  • Litter Prevention campaign 
    • Assist with out pilot program in Deanwood
    • Assist with visual communications (utilizing InDesign, MS Publisher, etc)
  • Networking, fundraising, and recruiting partners for the Alice Ferguson Foundation

In addition to my regular responsibilities, the following topics are areas of interest to me:

  • Environmentally Responsible Waste Management Program Development
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Networking Professionally
  • Social Media and Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Campaigns, Research and Outreach
More information about the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative and information on how to partner with the Alice Ferguson Foundation can be found at

Work History

Work History
Feb 2010 - Present

Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Coordinator

Alice Ferguson Foundation

The Trash Free Potomac Watershed (TFPWI) Initiative, formed in 2005, seeks to address the trash problem from a watershed-wide approach to benefit the entire region. Currently, there is a lack of effective collaboration occurring between jurisdictions in the region to address this problem. AFF's objectives are to challenge regional leaders to work collaboratively; to bring together key stakeholders to research and explore alternative, innovative, cost-effective solutions that will have long term impact; and to improve general public education and awareness that can shift individual behaviors. Numerous federal and regional agencies including EPA, NOAA, Metropolitan Washington COG and ICPRB are providing financial, human and technical resources.

Example Activities include:

  • Provide technical assistance to Trash Free Potomac Facility Partners ( Newest facilities: the Pentagon, PickUp America, District Department of Environment
  • Trainer for the Material Resource Sustainability Internship (MRSI ), summers of 2010 and 2011
  • Organized high-profile roundtable discussions and the 5th annual Trash Summit, September 22nd, 2010 (
  • Organizing NCR Federal Facilities Composting Roundtable (April 2011)
  • Organized Litter Enforcement Month 2011 (April 9th to May 7th, 2011)
  • Outreach to local governments, regional partners, and advocacy groups
Apr 2001 - Nov 2010

Maitre'D, Manager's Assistant, Trainer

Clydes of Reston, Inc.

Clyde's of Reston is an upscale restaurant in Reston, VA. While balancing school and work can be a difficult task, working at Clyde's enabled me to live independently while attending university.

Points worth mentioning:

  • Promotion to Trainer
  • Maitre'D on busiest nights
  • T.I.P.S. Trained
  • Assist management by monitoring client traffic and suggesting appropriate staffing
  • Structured reservations to maximize business
  • Created consolidation forms to centralize important daily information such as local events, shopping center updates, contacts, and shift information to benefit hosts, servers, bussers, bar staff, management and clients.
  • Attended "One Minute Manager" Training- a workshop focused on managing staff effectively.
  • Attended many workshops on wine and food knowledge.
  • Selected yearly to represent Clyde's at public events 

Skills required:

  • Multi-tasking in a fast paced work environment, 
  • Present graciousness in stressful situations
  • Reception: organization, professional etiquette
  • Customer relations
  • Teamwork
Jun 2009 - Sep 2010

Internship Co-Organizer and former Intern

District of Columbia Department of Public Works

During the Summer of 2009, I participated in the Material Resources Sustainability Internship (MRSI) which focused on the comprehensive cycle of product manufacture, consumption, and responsible disposal. In conjunction with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and DC Public Schools, we experienced many facets of recycling process first-hand, and were introduced to the industry's best practices. In turn, we implemented our new found knowledge into expanding recycling and composting at the convention center and in various DC Public elementary and middle schools. 

Based on exemplary participation in the 2009 summer internship then followed by successful employment with a local non-profit organization with whom my job focus is the promotion of environmentally responsible waste management- I was selected to serve as a co-organizer for the 2010 MRSI. As organizer, I developed a curriculum for waste management trainings, coordinated with the other Internship Organizer (Russell Klein, DC Dept. of Public Works, Office of Recycling), scheduled guest lecturers, organized meetings, secured classrooms and arranged site visits. 

Oct 2009 - Apr 2010

Volunteer Recycling Program Project Manager

DC Public Schools

In Conjunction with the the DC Dept. of Public Works and the DC Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, as well as three other volunteers, I offered technical assistance and helped organize recycling programs in two DC Public Schools.

Oct 2009 - Mar 2010

Independant Recycling Consultant

Clark Realty, Columbia Heights Village

Columbia Heights Village is a 400+ unit low-income housing complex in Northwest DC. In conjunction with Councilmember Jim Graham's office (Ward 1), Clark Realty and DC Public Works's Office of Recycling, I helped organize a successful recycling program across the 5-block campus.

Jun 2008 - Dec 2009

Intern, Research Assistant

Office of Sustainability, George Mason Univeristy

The Office of Sustainability at George Mason University offers internships to students and graduates who have an interest in being part of a bigger plan to make GMU a more sustainable university and desirable place to study.

Various Internship Activities:

·Creation of a campus ten-year recycling and waste minimization strategy

·Project Lead for the design, construction, and placement of Mobile Recycling Centers 

·        Sustainability Internship Coordinator

·Rock the Runway Fashion Remix- Co-organizer for an environmentally friendly fashion show 

·Creator of the Go Green at Mason Online Green Guide 

·Strategic Planner for the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) 

·Assistant to the Recycling Coordinator- with website content, outreach, and strategic planning

·Member of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) Residence Subgroup

·Student Sustainability Orientation- Co-project manager

·Earth Day 2009 Trash Audit- Organizer and Participant 

·        Creation of Press Releases for local and campus newpapers

Skills required for this position:

·Communication: public speaking, journalism, email, and meetings, 

·MS Office 2007 and 3D Technical Drawing 

·Organizational: multi-tasking, minute writing, research, scheduling

·Project Management

·Recruitment: Tabling, Canvasing

·Proposal-writing and Problem-solving

Mar 2007 - Sep 2008

Independent Contractor

The Mascot Association, inc.

Various characters for public events.