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Summary

I am a self motivated, diligent person with a passion for community development 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
Jan 2013May 2013

Comparative Ecology and Conservation

SIT Study Abroad - Ecuador
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 History

Jan 2016Present

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/maintain relationships with other market vendors, market managers, and customers. 
Apr 2014Nov 2015

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:

  • As one of the first members I contributed to the establishment and development of the company's mission and internal operational structure while gaining extensive experience in backend coordination and daily operations of all branches of the business - deliveries, compost club, indoor farm, outdoor farm, farmers markets, and CSA.
  • I operated our farm stand at three markets weekly, all located in food deserts and subsidized by a grant from the City of Chicago.
  • I managed our CSA program for two consecutive seasons (Winter 2014-15, Summer 2015). My responsibilities included budgeting, marketing, ordering, prep, harvesting, packaging, delivery, data tracking and data analysis of CSA shares as well as communication with CSA members and the core crew. During the time I was managing the CSA I doubled our members served (from 25-50), offered a winter CSA for the first time, started sending out weekly newsletters to CSA members via Mailchimp, and created infrastructure for improved data tracking and analysis of our CSA using Excel.
  • Participated in weekly meetings with core crew members in which we used a cooperative meeting structure and voting system to collaborate on decision making and delegation of tasks. Gained extensive experience in collaborative work platforms such as GoogleDrive.
  • Helped organize our annual end-of-season Harvest Dinner Celebration for two seasons, an event used to show our gratitude for and build community with all our CSA members and local food partners.
Jun 2013Jul 2013

Research Assistant

Sustainable Coffee Agroforestry Production 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 organic coffee initiative implemented by AACRI ten years prior in several rural communities, originally intended to offer a viable alternative to sugar cane cultivation and cattle ranching - two practices that contribute to deforestation.
  • Used scientific research methods to evaluate 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
    • Input all data into spreadsheets
  • Used anthropological research methods to evaluate social/cultural impacts of initiative
    • Lived with families that participated in initiative, built rapport and trust with them to be able to learn their opinions & experiences with the initiative
    • Hiked to other farms daily (about 30 total) to interview farmers and tour coffee plots
  • Crafted a written report summarizing our research findings and offering advice and suggestions for future improvement to the initiative implemented by AACRI.
Sep 2011Jun 2014

Food Coordinator and Resident Member

MOSAIC Co-op - Evanston, IL
  • For 2 years led and coordinated the house "food team" (shoppers, meal cooks, and bulk cooks) which fed all 20 residents.
  • Responsibilities included sourcing and ordering food, assessing house food needs on a biweekly basis, compiling shopping lists and coordinating overall purchasing and budgeting of house food. 
  • Prioritized local, organic food sources and initiated relationships with local food co-ops and a local farm through which we started buying about 80% of our produce without having to raise our food budget.
  • Practiced group consensus decision making with 20 other residents through weekly meetings to manage house maintenance, food, events and recruitment.
  • Gained experience using Excel, communicating through email to coordinate food teams and ensure recipes & shopping lists were submitted in a timely manner.

Skills/Certificates

Computer Literacy

Experience and fluency in Excel, MS Word, InDesign, ArcGIS, GoogleDocs, Mailchimp, Wordpress, Squarespace, and Social Media platforms.

Spanish Language

Fluent, semi-native speaker. DELE Level B2 certification in proficiency.

Permaculture Design Course

Completed certificate in Permaculture Design through the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco (Feb-Apr 2016)

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