Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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A BIOGRAPHY Towards Theory + Practice:
As an engaged scholar, I investigate through the fields of urban planning, public health, and Science & Technology Studies (STS) how the built environment, policymaking process, and social movements influence sustainability and population health in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
I currently serve as a faculty fellow and associate research scientist at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. As the inaugural James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies, I teach graduate courses on environmental policy and social equity and conduct independent research.
My academic background is strongly motivated by more than a decade of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors. This includes working for the California State Legislature as a senior consultant, lobbyist, vice chair of Sacramento’s Planning Commission, and as the legislative director of agricultural & natural resources and academic/biomedical research for the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). In these positions, I conducted applied research and actively engaged in the policymaking process.
Most recently, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed me to the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB). On the SMGB, I held the Environmental Protection/Ecosystems board position.