I study international climate change politics and global energy development. I worked on water treatment projects in Brazil and solar power in Burkina Faso through Engineers Without Borders at the University of Maryland, where I studied mechanical engineering and was a student climate change activist. During my undergraduate years, I held internships working on global energy modeling and international climate policy with the U.S. Government. From 2009 through 2011, I had an itinerant lifestyle, moving between China and Kenya to pursue a masters degree in Environmental Management at a UN Environment Program institute in Shanghai. I also worked with the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Beijing office. In my free time, I enjoy watercolor painting, playing guitar, hiking and camping. I try to reduce my environmental footprint by keeping a vegetarian diet.