Consultant on Environmental and Non Profit
Qualification Summary: Experienced at delivering and managing projects with multiple stakeholders, collaborating at the local, national and international level. Skilled in adapting quickly to new environments, developing projects that incorporate the needs of beneficiaries/customers and embodies the organization’s mission through assessments, surveys and data analysis. Extensive knowledge on environmental processes in relationship to conservation and restoration and research skills in the field and in a lab. Highly organized individual, with great leadership and team development skills to ensure that all tasks are met efficiently and effectively with great success.
• University of California, Santa Barbara September 2009 - September 2013
- Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies
• University of Ghana, Legon UC Education Abroad Program, July - December 2011
- Focus: Animal Science and Conservation Biology
Proficient with Windows and Macintosh • Microsoft Office • iMovie • Final CutPro •
Photo Shop • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram • LinkedIn • Skype • Tech Savvy
• Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, November 2015
• Coastal Fund Scholarship for Independent Research, January 2013
• Tom Rogers Scholarship, Civil and Environmental Leadership, September 2012
• Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, Study Abroad in Ghana, July 2011
• Student Leadership Challenge, June 2011
• Spanish- advanced level • Guarani- conversational level • Bengali- basic conversation
• In Country Director December 2015 – April 2017
PACE Universal Kolkata, India
Summary: Served as the Director of the largest anti-trafficking initiative in West Bengal, India that focuses on girls education, vocational training, and village rehabilitation. Led the planning, management and development of the learning center complex. Ensured that the team contributes effectively and efficiently towards meeting the short, medium and long term goals of PACE (US based) and its local Rotary Club partner (India based) within the framework of organizational and regional objectives. This included day-to-day operations, human resources management, project and program development, budgeting, fundraising, grant writing and social media and marketing.
- Established myself as a trusted leader for the 30+ staff, 300+ beneficiaries and also the large network of international donors, despite expected adversity due to my age, gender, and nationality
- Proposed an annual budget for the program taking into consideration of all expenses of the project and secured numerous local contacts that contributed with both in- kind and monetary donations that helped fund projects and significantly reduced our annual expenses- Organized international visits for donors, visitors and volunteers, ensuring safety, customer service and developing multi-national projects- Analyzed all existing projects and created action plans for how they can be improved and/or implemented in a more efficient way that worked with the strength of each team member
- Achieved great local support for the organization by presenting and speaking in ways that were relatable to the individual, corporations and non-profit organizations
• Environmental Conservation Education Specialist September 2013 - December 2015
Peace Corps Campo 9, Paraguay Summary: Adapted into a rural community to help create sustainable projects based on a community needs assessment, which included visiting 185 families to introduce myself, the Peace Corps and potential community projects. Analyzed data to determine my primary focus of work, which was as an Environmental Teacher; created and installed a Middle School and High School curriculum on Organic Gardening in a community dominated by large agro companies, as well as class content and workshops on conservation, self-esteem, health and international relations.
- Integrated into the Paraguayan culture through fluency in two local languages (Spanish and Guarani) and customs; maintaining professionalism as a representative of the United States and Peace Corps”
- Designed and managed projects with consideration of local (School District and Mayor), national (Department of Education) and global (Peace Corps, Paraguay and U.S.) expectations and guidelines
- Networked with local and national agencies to help achieve common goals, create projects and secure full funding of all self-initiated primary and secondary projects
- Communication Head for the planning of a national wide Environmental Camp, Paraguay Verde, for more than 200 youth and volunteers. Lead all social media advertisement, and created multiple videos and served as the photographer for promotional purposes
- Reported to Peace Corps Paraguay Staff, and Headquarters on tri-annual reports that include numerical data for our achievements with annual objectives
- Maintained a blog to share with the public on my experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer
• Researcher June 2012 - August 2013
Independent Research Project, RIVR Lab UC, Santa Barbara
Summary: Designed a grant and project proposal to secure funding for a research project on an endangered species of butterfly. Created, implemented and presented the project results to help with future restoration plans. Accompanied head researchers in research projects in the field on an invasive species of plant, helped lead lab meetings and with entry and analysis of data.
- Secured a major funding grant for my research project through successful layout of project plans, grant proposal, timelines and in interviews
- Learned how to use GPS/GIS technology to create map of data using mapping software
- Familiarized myself with governmental legislation like NEPA/CEQA
- Collaborated with multiple private and governmental agencies through cold calling, sharing data and information, consistent and concise meetings and updates on research
•Wildlife Care Intern August 2010 - June 2011; April 2012 - September 2012
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network Santa Barbara, CA
Summary: Managed an NGO through animal intake, data collection and animal care. Assisted with outreach for community wide education programs and marketing development in the community.
- Developed and delivered presentations; patient, comfortable talking to people one-on-one and in large groups; Assisted distressed customers seeking services or referrals of care for animals
- Cared for wildlife patients ensuring that all practices followed the local, State and Federal regulations and that the animals were handled properly to ensure their transition into the wild