Originally from Seattle WA, I am currently a senior and Cornelius Vanderbilt scholar at Vanderbilt University. Studying public policy and tech entrepreneurship, I realized a passion for sustainability work during the pandemic and haven’t looked back since.
I grew up backpacking, skiing, hiking, and kayaking in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest which was undoubtedly a part of my environmental motivation. When not outdoors, I organized multiple Model United Nations conferences in every secretariat position imaginable. Hundreds of hours of organizational work paid off– I was offered a prestigious scholarship at Vanderbilt University and accepted.
Majoring in pubic policy with minors in entrepreneurship and computer science, Vanderbilt has been an amazing experience for me. Outside of school, I am involved in the honors college council, tour guides, a non-profit coding organization, a fraternity, and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Initiative.
After a summer of backpacking and working restaurants, junior year I participated in two separate summer internships. The first of these was a research position with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, where I spent three months drafting policy recommendations and a brief on extended producer responsibility. I balanced this against my work with Professor Leah Dundon, who I helped write a climate change textbook aimed at high schoolers.
In fall of 2021, I had the amazing opportunity to work as a sustainability intern at a local startup, Daily Crunch Snacks. After analyzing our plastic footprint, I am leading the charge towards a packaging transition and carbon neutral shipping.