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Education

Sep 2010Jun 2014

Bachelor of Art in Environmental Science

Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences - Evanston, IL

Cumulative GPA: 3.28

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 Crew Member

The Phoenix Pastificio - Berkeley, CA
  • Run farm stand at two markets weekly (arrive at shop two hours before market start time, 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 Coordinator and Core Crew Member

The Urban Canopy - Chicago, IL

An urban agriculture business focused on food access and job creation in under served communities in Chicago employing a collaborative internal operational structure. As one of the first members I participated in the establishment and development of the company's mission and group decision making practices while gaining extensive experience in the backend coordination and daily operations of all branches of the business - deliveries, compost club, indoor farm, outdoor farm, farmers markets, and CSA. My main role in the business soon became manager and developer of our CSA program.

Experiences/Accomplishments:

  • As a company we ran several outdoor farm sites in under served communities where we grew food and worked closely with residents of the neighboring public housing developments with the goal of the sites eventually being completely run by local residents.
  • As a company we ran farm stands at nine markets weekly, six of which were located in food deserts and funded by a grant from the City of Chicago. These grant-funded markets were established in just the last three years - at most of which we were the only food vendors, two of which we established ourselves on our own farm sites in the past year.
  • I managed our booth at two to four markets weekly, all but one being in food deserts.
  • I managed our CSA program for two consecutive seasons (Winter 2014-15, Summer 2015). My responsibilities as CSA manager included budgeting, marketing, ordering, prep, 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, offered a winter CSA for the first time, started sending out weekly newsletters to CSA members, and created infrastructure for improved data tracking and analysis of our CSA.
  • Participated in weekly meetings with core crew members in which we used a cooperative meeting structure and voting to collaborate on decision making and delegation of tasks.
  • Worked with local youth and high school job training program Green Corps, collaborating on work days at the farm and employment/mentorship for high schoolers who demonstrated a strong interest in our organization. 
Jun 2013Jul 2013

Research Assistant

Sustainable Coffee Production Survey - Intag Cloud Forest, Ecuador

After completing a study abroad program in Ecuador a student from Cornell University and I conducted a 6-week ecological and anthropological study in the cloud forests of Ecuador, a highly ecologically diverse but still unprotected ecosystem.

Experiences/Accomplishments:

  • Evaluated an organic coffee initiative implemented by an NGO ten years ago in several rural communities, originally intended to offer a viable alternative to sugar cane cultivation and cattle ranching - two practices that contribute to deforestation.
  • Employed anthropological and ecological methods - interviewing coffee farmers, mapping coffee plots using GIS technology, and conducting ecological surveys of coffee plots measuring aspects such as biodiversity, soil quality, and prevalence of diseases in coffee plants.
  • Crafted a written report summarizing our research findings and offering advice and suggestions for improvement to the project implemented by the NGO.
Apr 2013May 2013

Community Organizer

El Achiote Primary School Beautification Project - Puerto Quito, Ecuador

While conducting an independent research project I came to know a local school teacher with whom I partnered with to build a bench on the school campus made of waste generated in the community. The bench still serves as a symbol of dedication to community beautification and an environmental education tool for students.

Experiences/Accomplishments:

  • Made personal home visits to families of students to gain their support in the project.
  • Organized community workdays in which families worked together to build the bench.
  • Successfully completed the project in just four weeks due to relevance of waste disposal problem in the village, school teacher's connections with local families, and my own experience with a similar project in Argentina.
Jun 2012Aug 2012

Community Organizer

The Davis Foundation, 100 Projects for Peace - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sophomore year of college a friend and I applied for and were awarded a $10,000 grant to design and lead a community service project focused on environmental education and place making in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Spent 2 months prior to on site arrival grant writing, budgeting, and planning project.
  • Spent 8 weeks constructing a bench at a recycling center made completely from landfill waste and found building materials.
  • Drew upon established relationships with community leaders and did outreach to forge new partnerships with other environmental activists and builders in the community to reach our goals. 
  • Crafted a written summary and evaluation of our project and experiences after returning.
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.
  • 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.
  • Ordered, compiled shopping lists and coordinated overall purchasing and budgeting of house food. 
  • Practiced group consensus decision making with 20 other residents through weekly meetings to manage house maintenance, events and recruitment.
Jun 2011Sep 2011

Environmental Intern

Chabot Space and Science Center - Oakland, CA
  • Helped develop a Zero Waste exhibit and run the Zero Waste Lunch program in order to help meet museum's waste reduction goals.
  • Educated the public and camp groups about how to sort their waste after lunch, tracked waste output data, and performed interactive educational skits for camp kids focused on "Zero Waste".
  • Led interpretive nature hikes with camp groups in the regional parks neighboring the center.
  • Learned about city waste disposal infrastructure through several field trips to local landfills and recycling centers.
October 2010June 2014

Gymnastics Coach

Chandler Newberger Recreation Center - Evanston, IL
  • Led gymnastics classes for local students ages 3-12
  • Responsibilities included creating curriculum based on skill goals set by students and instructors, leading games and activities, demonstrating skills, explaining techniques and supervising/spotting children to help them safely master skills over time
October 2009June 2010

English Language Tutor

English Language Academy - Salamanca, Spain
  • Taught private and small group tutoring sessions to local Spanish students ages 5-16.
  • Followed curriculum set by the ELA and course books covering grammar, conversation, vocabulary, culture and writing skills.
  • Led educational exercises and games, and helped with correction/completion of homework assignments.

Skills

Spanish Language

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

Computer Literacy

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

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