I’m a graduate of International Environmental Policy at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. I’m interested in where food, business, and sustainability intersect; specifically through efficient and sustainable food systems, sustainable agriculture, seafood traceability, and environmental education. I most recently worked at CCOF, where I started off as a Handler Certification Specialist reviewing new and existing client files for compliance to the USDA National Organic Program and other applicable international standards. I then worked for the CCOF Foundation as the Events Coordinator, planning the annual conference and food safety trainings as well as supporting developmental goals.
Courses during my two years at MIIS:
- Natural Resource Project Management
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Ag/Water Nexus: Lessons from the Central Coast
- Analytica for Environmental Policy
- Cuba: Changing Course, Changing Times
- Conservation Project Design and Evaluation
- Conservation Management and Leadership
- Protected Area Policy
- Environmental Conflict Management
- Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
- Quantitative Analysis for Business
- Business, Sustainability and Society
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Grants & Contracts
- Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science and Policy
- Public Policy and the Environment
- Research Strategies for Environmental Policy
- International Environmental Law and Politics
- Language: Spanish (three semesters of classes)
Before starting at MIIS, I earned my BA in Environmental Studies & Biology from UC Santa Cruz. While at UCSC I worked at the Seymour Center at LML teaching school children, working on environmental curriculum, and assisting with a variety of events and projects.
After graduation I worked at the Oakland Zoo in the Education and Conservation department, teaching field trips and educational programs, organizing events, and developing curriculum. I worked in Rome, Italy for a year teaching English as a second language, enjoying the food, and appreciating the history of the country. After my time in Europe, I traveled and volunteered internationally with various organizations working on issues ranging from literacy to weaving collectives to wildlife rehabilitation in Lao PDR, Peru, and Guatemala (respectively). While traveling I express myself through photography, in the form of social documentation and travel photographs, but back in California I work more in the culinary arts, and food photography.
I quickly realized that all my passions—food, art, and the environment—could come together but I needed a diverse and rigorous curriculum to make that happen. At MIIS I focused my coursework and internships on food systems (specifically agriculture), conservation design and management, and how green businesses can create sustainable solutions to current problems.
Summer of 2012 I worked on seafood traceability with FishWise, which provided me with major insight into a whole different food system. During my fellowship there, I produced a white paper that summarized the current traceability efforts, and concluded with recommendations for each sector of the seafood industry. After graduating from MIIS I worked with FishWise researching IUU fishing and human rights violations in the fishing supply chain.