I’m a recent 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 work at CCOF, where I started off as a Handler Certification Specialist, where I reviewed new and existing client files for compliance to the USDA National Organic Program and other applicable international standards. I now work for the CCOF Foundation as the Events Coordinator.
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 branched out, traveling and volunteering 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, women’s empowerment, and the environment–could come together but I needed a bit more 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.