Policy and Constituent Affairs Analyst for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
OIMB created wonderful experiences and prepared me well for the world after an undergraduate degree. While at OIMB, I never really thought about pursuing a Master’s degree. Once out of college and while working as a Marine Science Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, I realized how much I missed learning in a classroom. I knew I didn’t want to pursue a Ph.D., so I pursued a professional degree in the environmental field.
In May of 2021, I earned a degree in Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University. In addition, I am pursuing certificates in Geospatial Analysis, Community-Based Environmental Management, and International Development Policy. My studies at Duke included using drones and remote sensing to map the human impacts on sea turtles on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and researching the intersection of the blue economy and climate change. While at Duke I interned at the Marine Conservation Institute and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Currently, I am the Policy and Constituent Affairs Analyst for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) contracted through Integrated Systems Solutions. In this role, I am the lead for Constituent Outreach and Engagement for NOS and support NOS headquarters with their efforts on coastal resilience. I also provide support to NOS program offices as well as interagency and congressional work.