Phoenix, AZ / Portland, OR

Bio: I am a long distance hiker, a gardener, an educator, and now a grad student at Evans. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ and then Portland, OR and got my BA from University of Washington in International Studies (I think I'm called a "double dawg"). I studied international human rights in school but, like a lot of people, didn't end up pursuing what I had studied in undergrad. After graduating in 2013, I traveled around Southeast Asia a bit, worked and volunteered in several youth development nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.

I returned to school in 2017 to pursue my MPA in environmental management because [two AmeriCorps terms were enough] I wanted to shift gears and gain the skills I needed to manage and lead. I am passionate about national scenic trails and communicating outdoor recreation risk as well as preserving and growing urban open spaces and gardens. Aside from Evans classes, I am on the leadership team for GreenEvans (the environmental policy student interest group) and work as a teaching assistant at the University. In my free time I like to hike, garden, and catch up on Parks and Rec (Leslie Knope is my #1 idol).

Why did you choose Evans?: I want to work in the Pacific Northwest, so Evans was an obvious choice for me. But, to be truthful, I have always wanted to go here. I had a class in Parrington (our building!) in undergrad and remember walking up the grand staircase every week and gawking with awe at these grad students who looked so smart and driven. I always wanted to come back after that and be one of those grad students studying real world solutions to actual problems... and now here I am! Aside from romantic sentimentality and location, I was attracted to Evans for the amazing faculty, the great reputation, equity and justice lens, and the passionate and engaged student body.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ask me about: Outdoor recreation management and the environmental policy work we are doing right now at Evans! But be advised, I'm hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail this summer and will only have internet access about once per week. So if you're alright with a slow response, feel free to reach out!

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