Work Experience

Commissioner, Lacey Historical Commission, May 2017 – present

  • Review nominations to the Lacey Register of Historic Places
  • Work with other commissioners to conserve places and properties of historic significance
  • Plan events, activities, and projects

Instructor, GHF Online, Jan 2015 – present

  • Develop & teach environmental science classes to 7-12 year olds from around the world
  • Classes include: Introduction to Planet Earth; Welcome to the Biosphere; Ecosystems of the World; Environmental History in the U.S.; Beyond the Harry Potter Universe: Science, Languages, and More.

Owner, Master Minds Tutoring & Mentoring Services, Sept 2012 – present

  • Provide tutoring services in science, math, writing, geography, and study skills
  • Provide mentoring to neurodiverse youth, young women, and women in science
  • Manage business affairs including marketing, budget, etc.

Legislative Chair & Outreach Specialist, GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, July 2008 – present

  • Manage legislative committee of this international nonprofit
  • Co-authored published paper on neurodiversity and education; presented to members of Congress
  • Prepared and provided testimony for the Oregon State Senate Education Committee on gifted education and dual enrollment
  • Prepare and present conference sessions & outreach materials on education & neurodiversity issues for a variety of live and online venues around the world.
  • Includes writing, blogging, presentations, and representing GHF at events.
  • Coordinate event logistics, budgeting, and departmental tasks

Vice-Chair, Thurston County Young Democrats, Dec 2016 – June 2017

  • Outreach to elected officials to arrange meetings, lobby on specific issues
  • Assist chair with preparation for meetings, develop agenda, etc
  • Managed social media – boosted average Facebook reach by 50%

Senior Coordinator, Masters of Environmental Studies Association, Feb 2015 – June 2016
Organized student events including 2015 and 2016 Rachel Carson Forums: managed budgets; hired speakers; arranged location & media services, advertising, sponsor outreach, event tabling, supervising graphic design

Environmental Policy Intern, League of Women Voters of WA, Nov 2015 – March 2016

  • Attend and report back on hearings, work sessions, and meetings of WA State House and -Senate committees and workgroups
  • Attend and participate in meetings with legislators

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analyst, Thurston Climate Action Team, Oct 2014 – May 2015

  • Analyzed data on greenhouse gas emissions from Thurston County and its incorporated areas.
  • Produced and presented report on emissions data between 2010-2013, including trends and opportunities for reduction.

Founding Member, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN), Sept 2012 – June 2014

  • Participated in general & committee meetings & attended legislative outreach activities.
  • Presented on climate change in a variety of venues.
  • Participated in Writing Corps, writing/submitting letters to local and regional newspapers.
  • Researched climate outreach methods and their effectiveness.
  • Participated in lobbying efforts on Oregon Climate Action Day (June 2013).

Researcher, GEOS Institute, Jan – Dec 2012

  • Researched the impacts of climate change on the Rogue Basin in Oregon.
  • Researched and recommended potential organizational partnerships.

Secretary, JoCo Renewable Energy Task Force, Dec 2008 – June 2009
Josephine County Renewable Energy Task Force (RETF) is a citizen task force which partnered with city and county officials to promote and encourage renewable energy within the region. This was a revitalization effort with a heavy emphasis on small business development.

  • Organized meetings by adding structure, including formal agenda, motions, etc.
  • Contributed to discussion at general meetings and within in solar subgroup
  • Responsible for taking meeting minutes and disseminating to task force members.
  • Facilitated effective communications among members and subcommittees.

Intern, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, regional office for Southern Oregon, Jan – Oct 2008

  • Responsible for sorting and drafting responses to constituent mail.
  • Researched various policy issues, including forestry, a liquid natural gas pipeline, free lunch programs.
  • Monitored media in five county regions for key topics. Summarized relevant coverage.

Education & Credentials

Certified Climate Reality Leader, Climate Reality Leadership Corps, March 2017

The Evergreen State College: Master’s of Environmental Studies – August 2016
Coursework: Environmental policy; Environmental education; Washington state fiscal policy; Climate change science, education, and policy
Thesis: Climate Change Education in the United States: An analysis of climate science inclusion in K-12 state science standards

Southern Oregon University:  B.Sc., Cum Laude, Environmental Studies & Biology – June 2014
Capstone: Climate change communication methods in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Volunteer of the Quarter, Q2 2015, LOTT WET Science Center, Olympia, WA
  • “Above and Beyond” Achievement Award, May 2014, Environmental Studies Department, Southern Oregon University
  • John Muir Memorial Service Award, May 2013, Environmental Studies Department, Southern Oregon University

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