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Summary

I am a self motivated, diligent person with a passion for developing the sustainable intersection between people and the environment. I see an increasing need for preservation of and access to healthy environments for all communities as well as viable livelihoods that support long term environmental health. I am dedicated to work that is in line with this mission and I hope to expand my working knowledge of and experience in the different ways we can achieve this.

Education

Sep 2010Jun 2014

Bachelor of Art in Environmental Science

Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences - Evanston IL
Sep 2009Jun 2010

Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

University of Salamanca - Salamanca Spain

DELE Level B2 Certification ("Vantage")

Aug 2005Jun 2009

High School Diploma

Skyline High School - Oakland, CA

Work experience

June 2016July 2017

Farmers Market Sales Associate

The Phoenix Pastificio - Berkeley CA
  • Run farm stand at three markets weekly (load up products and supplies, drive to market, set up booth, sell product for duration of market, post market break down, unload everything back into shop, sales accounting and clean up) 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other market vendors,  market managers, chefs and customers. 
Apr 2014April 2016

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program Coordinator

The Urban Canopy - Chicago IL

A collaboratively minded, small start up business with the mission of creating a sustainable and equitable food system in Chicago. 

Experiences/Accomplishments:

  • Managed CSA program for two consecutive seasons (Winter 2014-15, Summer 2015).
    • Responsible for budgeting, marketing, member services, ordering, prep, harvesting, packaging, delivery, data tracking and data analysis of CSA shares.
    • Initiated and developed relationships with local food producers, farmers, and chefs. 
    • Expanded this branch of the business by doubling our members served from 25-50, offering a winter CSA for the first time, and sending out weekly newsletters to CSA members via Mailchimp.
    • Organized annual Fall Harvest Dinner Celebration for our CSA members and local food partners.
  • Operated company farm stand at three markets weekly, all located in food deserts and subsidized by a grant from the City of Chicago.
  • Helped maintain and harvest crops at indoor and outdoor farms.
  • Supported other branches of business (Compost Club, Deliveries) as needed.
  • Participated in weekly meetings with core crew members in which we used a collaborative meeting structure and voting system to make decisions and delegate tasks. 
Jun 2013Jul 2013

Research Assistant

Sustainable Coffee Agroforestry Survey- Intag Cloud Forest, Ecuador

Conducted a 6-week ecological and anthropological study in the cloud forest region of Ecuador, in collaboration with Cornell University and an Ecuadorian NGO - AACRI (Asociación Agroartesanal de Caficultores Río Intag)

Experiences/Accomplishments:

  • Evaluated an agroforestry initiative implemented ten years prior in several rural communities as an alternative livelihood to practices that contribute to deforestation (cattle ranching & sugar cane farming)
  • Evaluated ecological health of coffee farms.
    • Mapped coffee plots using GIS technology
    • Measured biodiversity of coffee plots vs sugar cane farms
    • Tested soil for nutrient levels
    • Recorded prevalence of diseases in coffee plants
    • Data entry
  • Evaluated social/cultural impacts of initiative
    • Hiked to other farms daily (about 30 total) to interview farmers and tour coffee plots
  • Crafted a written report summarizing research findings.