After graduating from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences cum laude with a bachelor of science in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior (concentration in U.S. Policy and Resources), I continued my studies and graduated May 2017 from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with a Masters in Public Policy degree (concentration in Economics and Energy Policy). I had the great honor of becoming a Fellow with the Eagleton Institute of Politics where I served as an intern with the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel. Additionally, I have served as an environmental intern for two state Legislators.
I work to make a positive contribution to society on critical issues related to climate change (i.e. equitable and affordable access to electricity and clean water, as well as, natural resource governance and transparency issues).
My dreams of working in conservation were first realized during my undergraduate years when I traveled to Iceland with The GREEN Program in 2014 to learn about renewable energy technology and sustainability at Reykjavik University. I traveled again with The GREEN Program in 2015 where I studied at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Cusco, Peru.
Though I am passionate about the energy field, I am equally passionate about criminal justice reform. From 2013-15, I served as Chair to the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) Student Advisory Committee at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and provided mentorship services to people who have been previously incarcerated and now have dreams of completing their education at Rutgers. NJ-STEP is a re-entry initiative aimed at providing tutoring services in prisons and additional resources and counseling to people who want to receive a higher education coming out of prison.
I have been honored to receive multiple awards and scholarships for my academic achievements and dedication to education, public service and my community.
Awards & Achievements
• Certificate in Urban Planning, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy 2017 • Columbia University, Center on Global Energy Policy, Women in Energy Award: Spring 2017 • Harold & Reba Martin Award 2016 - 2017 • Bloustein Excellence Scholarship in Public Policy 2015-2017 • Dean’s List (GPA of 3.5 or greater): 4 consecutive semesters 2013-2015 • Class of 1962 Public Service Scholarship 2015 • Dr. Bonnie J. McCay Environmental Leadership Award 2015 • Leah Boddie Award for Outstanding Community Service 2015 • Charlotte Hendershot Denton Scholarship 2014-15 • Agnes McDede Murray Fellowship 2015-16 • Associate Alumnae Scholarship 2014-15 • Mary & John Bucklin Scholarship 2014 • Opinion Research Scholarship 2014 • Martin, William 'Doc' Scholarship 2014 • Foxcroft Scholarship 2013 • Millard Family Fund 2013
An Aspiring Youth, Discovering New Challenges
I often turn to recreational activities like rock climbing and yoga to strengthen my mind and body. Keeping active through sports is a great way to maintain a healthy life-work balance, develop patience, learn new skills, solve difficult problems, and meet new people.
Corporate Water Stewardship and the Case for Green Infrastructure
I contributed to a co-authored report, by Conservation International, which makes the case for private sector investment in green infrastructure as part of a broader water stewardship approach that benefits companies, stakeholders in watersheds where those companies operate and source their materials, and the global community committed to sustainable development. The publication was recognized by the United Nations CEO Water Mandate for its articulation of how private sector investment in green infrastructure can reduce water-related risks and help to fill infrastructure needs.
Policy Brief: Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards in New Jersey
Across the nation, energy portfolio standards have led to increases in renewable energy use and energy efficiencies. When portfolio standards are used in conjunction with Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) tools, we can expect the best programs and practices in the industry. Here, I have written about how New Jersey should develop an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) that includes requires gas and electric utility companies to reduce annual energy usage via energy efficiency and proper use of EM&V tests be performed to ensure they are meeting their targets.
New Jersey Policy Perspective
As part of a graduate level capstone project at Rutgers University, our team worked with New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) to explore low-level arrests and its relationship with government spending.
Site Survey and Analysis of Electric Vehicle Stations in Piscataway, New Jersey
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate my knowledge of ArcGIS software. This is a presentation I gave to my peers at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy during my Geographic Information Systems class fall 2016. Included are cartographic images of population density, socioeconomic variables(i.e. race, education and median income), known contaminated sites, land use change, major roadways, and alternative fueling stations. Data was gathered from U.S. Census Bureau, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), and NJ Geospatial Data Clearinghouse (NJGIN). At the end of the presentation, I propose site locations for future station sites at small and medium scale solar projects and within a 1-mile radius of major roadways in Piscataway Township using a GoogleMaps application.