I hold two masters degrees (MPIA and MSc). I have UK training in aquatic resource management for marine and freshwater systems and international experience with policy analysis and environmental economics.
My work experience highlights nearly three years of government experience at the US Department of State. I have also served as a research assistant and interned in multiple private sector and non-profit organisations.
09.2014 | MSc in Aquatic Resource Management
Kings College London SSPP | London, England | 3.3 GPA; Merit
• Ability to perform management and programme analyses using qualitative and qualitative methods
• Experience performing programme and management analysis; preparing written and oral analyses and assessments
• Ability to review, analyse, index and retrieve information
• Functioning, Assessment and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems
• Marine and Freshwater Fishery Management and Aquaculture
• Theoretical and practical application of river restoration techniques
• Thorough understanding of the EU Water Framework Directive and its legal and scientific UK implementation
• Intensive laboratory experience including: chemical, biological and ecological testing
• Rigorous field research and training including: survey design, project management and programme analysis
• Thesis: “A Peace Corps volunteer’s perspective of coastal resource management efforts in Ecuador: policy, involvement and lessons”
04.2013 | MPIA in Human Security
University of Pittsburgh GSPIA | Pittsburgh, PA | 3.6 GPA; Merit
• Focus in environmental economics and water security
• Quantitative and qualitative training in regulatory compliance policy, impact assessment and programme analysis
• Selected for a Masters exchange: Sciences Po École des Affaires Internationales; Paris, France
• Thesis: “A rights based approach to land acquisitions: a guide to practitioners”
12.2010 | BA in International Politics
Westminster College | New Wilmington, PA | 3.3 GPA; Merit
• Minor in Political Science
• Young Presbyterian Scholarship Recipient
• Co-Founder and President of Model United Nations at Westminster College
• Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority (Chaplin of 2 years)
• Thesis: “A comprehensive look at United States deficit spending using Q-Methodology and what this means for future generations”
06.2014-o8.2014 | Global Engagement Assistant
US Department of State | Washington, DC
• Global Engagement Assistant for the Bureau of Oceans, International, Environmental, and Scientific Affairs Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/STC) Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative
• Coordination and implementation team member for the 2014 Our Ocean Conference hosted by Secretary Kerry
• Experience with analysis and drafting recommendations as to the need for programme and project enhancement, problem solving or policy implementation
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbal
• Ability to identify Global Innovation through Science and Technology initiative requirements and deficiencies and make appropriate changes to improve office and programme operations
• Knowledge of programme and project management techniques
• Usage of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods and software to analyse, assess and improve programme effectiveness
• Proficiency communicating (written and verbal) with government interlocutors, public and private sector organisations
• Skill drafting correspondence, developing and maintaining databases for statistical analysis
01.2011-05.2013 | Staff Assistant
US Department of State | Washington, DC
• Staff Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R/FO)
• Special event coordinator
• Skill in clearly articulating the Department’s established policies, and keeping managers apprised of progress and potential problems
• Involvement working in international education and cultural affairs, and international information programmes
• Skill planning, organizing and overseeing public diplomacy front office operations on a regular basis
• Ability to interpret and apply knowledge or policy, legislation, and practices to assess overall effectiveness in programme management
• Experience acting as an internal and external liaison and providing facilitative assistance to management
• Provide technical advice and guidance to managers, co-workers, staff and decision-makers on undefined issues and elements for programmes critical to the Department’s mission
• Plan, initiate, organise and coordinate activities within and outside the Department
08. 2009-12.2009 | Research Assistant
Johns Hopkins SAIS | Washington, DC
• Research Assistant for Human Rights and Islamic Law at the John Hopkins SAIS Protection Project
• Compose country reports for the annual U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report
• Contributed to organization of the 2009 Fourth Annual Symposium on Trafficking in Persons: “Trafficking in Persons as a Form of Violence Against Women” in Washington, DC
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