MS Environmental policy and planningSNRE- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, August 2008
Relevant course work: Environmental Justice, Water Resource Policy, Urban Planning Thesis: “Environmental Justice and Fish Consumption in the Detroit River Area of Concern.” Internships: Dr. Arun Agrawal, IFRI; Dr. Donna Kashian, NOAA; Michigan State Senate Democratic Caucus
BA English Literature and LanguageLS&A, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2003
Major: English Literature and Language Minor: Social Anthropology
My Skills & Abilities
Strengths in project management and design, budget outlook, and vision and mission alignment; data management, calendar and event planning.
Design of program communications, excellent verbal and written, public speaking, multi-media including online communications, media and narrative formation.
Community Relations and Coalition Building
Skills in outreach, relationship and coalition building; planning, design and facilitation of community meetings and multi-stakeholder collaborative groups.
Ascribes to servant leadership model, to which those around you are equal participants in the design and implementation of collaborative planning.
Third Horizon ConsultingNovember 2016- current
Facilitated strategic planning with organizations to assist in organizational.Engaged in public speaking events, academic talks and community dialogues on race, environment, and more; Participated in collaborative and creative designs in community outreach, media and issue research to support media
Center for Whole CommunitiesMarch 2016-October 2016
Directed national programming for non-profit environmental groups seeking assistance in organizational development; Designed programming, budget forecasting, online and in-person staff communications; Spearheaded the implementation of organizational dialogue, tours, planning and evaluation; Managed program logistics for company retreats, meetings, agendas and curriculum
Consortium of Hispanic AgenciesMay 2012-March 2014
Developed and authored policy reports for 6 Latino-led non-profit agencies in SW Detroit; also utilized popular education techniques to translate complex policy agendas into simple, translatable materials; Designed and implemented multi-stakeholder 3-year strategic framework model for a new Latino-led policy think tank; Spearheaded voter engagement and outreach plan for 2013 Get Out the Vote, and voter education collaborative WRD6; Assisted in launch of the 2012 Latino Agenda at University of Michigan-Dearborn, 250 person event; Participated in Latino Leadership Institute on non-profit management
Sierra ClubSeptember 2009-May 2012
Organized leaders from SE Michigan to advocate for GHG emissions reductions, and cost-saving technologies in regional SE Michigan; Met with key decision-makers in the public and private sector at the state, local, and federal level to discuss clean energy solutions; Developed media stratagem and online networks advancing environmental justice messages in online and print media; Advocated for local policies to advance economic development in clean energy solutions in Detroit, particularly SW Detroit.
Michigan Environmental Justice CoalitionMember | May 2012-current
Work with academic experts, community members, and private professionals to create multi-stakeholder coalition to advance EJ Designed and hosted first Michigan Environmental Justice Statewide Summit, in which 250+ participants convened to discuss race and the environment in Michigan Managed the Strategy Committee to advance the goal of a clean environment for all vulnerable populations Met with MDEQ to discuss equal protection with vulnerable populations
Swimming in the Detroit RiverFounder and Curator | Swimming in the Detroit River | September 2014-current
Designed two-year project to grow leadership and camaraderie among environmental justice advocates in Detroit through storytelling; Facilitated dialogues with multi-generational group to generate new connections across issues, and proliferate social learning opportunities across race, class, and gender.