Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant

University of Washington

September 2010 – June 2015 | Seattle, Washington

  • Research Assistant for the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (2015). Coded and analyzed survey data to evaluate Washington’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP).
  • Research Assistant under Dr. Richard Zerbe (2012-2014). Completed a benefit-cost analysis for Multnomah County’s use of GIS technology; created & coded a database of 300 BCA studies.
  • Research Assistant under Dr. Ann Bostrom (2010-2011). Conducted literature reviews and synthesized data; performed content analysis and coding of interviews using ATLAS.ti to clarify mental models of decision-making; performed basic statistical analyses.
  • Teaching Assistant for 10 courses: Budgeting and Financial Management (three times), Managing Organizational Performance (twice), Quantitative Analysis I, Quantitative Analysis II (three times), and Quantitative Methods. Responsibilities included weekly discussion sections, quiz and homework assignments, proctoring and grading exams, and providing tutoring and guidance to graduate-level students.


Environmental Protection Assistant (STEP Summer Intern)

US Environmental Protection Agency

June 2012 – August 2012 | Seattle, Washington

  • Drafted the Tribal Environmental Resources Guide - a 75-page listing of technical resources, grants, and legal authority that tribal governments can receive from the EPA.
  • Developed an outreach and promotional strategy for the Guide’s rollout to tribal environmental leaders.
  • Created a password-protected, online platform that tribal governments can use to share data, grant applications, and other internal documents.


National Grassroots Organizer

National Wildlife Federation

February 2010 – August 2010 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Coordinated NWF’s 65,000-strong network of Wildlife Action Leaders utilizing email, phone, and web-based communication strategies.
  • Co-organized a 3-day phone bank operation which contacted nearly 1 million American homes and generated more than 200,000 documented calls to Senate offices in support of comprehensive climate legislation.
  • Organized nationwide opposition to the Keystone XL (Canadian Tar Sands) pipeline. This included educational events, participation in public hearings, and comments to legislators and administrators.


Special Projects Coordinator, Diesel Campaign

Clean Air Task Force

August 2009 – January 2010 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Responsible for national outreach and coalition-building within the environmental, faith-based, labor, and public health communities.
  • Designed template diesel emissions reduction policies for municipal use nationwide.
  • Performed an analysis of diesel emissions sources and remediation strategies for the DC metro area.


Environmental Health Campaign Coordinator

Clean Water Action, Michigan

February 2009 – August 2009 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

Responsible for legislative and public campaigns to reduce diesel emissions; restrict Lindane, deca-BDE, and other toxic chemicals; and to phase toxics out of toys and children’s products.

  • Co-founded the Alliance for Healthy Air, a statewide coalition designed to advance diesel emissions reduction policies through the state legislature.
  • Coordinated Michigan’s participation in a nationwide study examining the chemical “body burden” of medical professionals.
  • Utilized a portable XRF analyzer to test children’s toys for the presence of hazardous chemicals.


Executive Director & Founder

Students for Bhopal

May 2003 – June 2008 | Providence, Rhode Island & Ann Arbor, Michigan

Students for Bhopal, a US-based nonprofit with staff in the United States and India, works to support the half-million survivors of the world’s worst industrial catastrophe, the 1984 chemical gas leak in Bhopal, India.

  • In its first two years, Students for Bhopal (SfB) grew to several hundred active volunteers in nearly 70 chapters across five continents. Overall, more than 10,000 people participated in SfB actions worldwide.
  • Built a broad coalition that included human rights organizations (Amnesty International), labor unions (PACE, the Steelworkers and others), student groups (American Medical Student Association, Sierra Student Coalition, SEAC and others), Indian organizations (Association for India’s Development, Asha for Education), environmental NGOs (Greenpeace), and other pollution-impacted communities worldwide.
  • Organized an international Day of Action that led to an additional $330 million for Bhopal survivors.



Clean Car Campaign Intern

Ecology Center

1999 – 2003 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Helped research and edit a nationally-released report on end-of-life vehicles and mercury emissions (Toxics in Vehicles: Mercury).
  • Conducted a national assessment of automotive mercury switch removal programs.
  • Used U.S. Census and TRI data to complete an environmental justice evaluation of southern vehicle assembly facilities.


Toxics Campaign Intern


June 2002 – August 2002 | Washington, DC

  • Lobbied congressional representatives to support chemical security legislation.
  • Used Library of Congress research to develop profiles of major PVC manufacturers, their business strategies and corporate histories.
  • Wrote briefing memos and reports on worst-case scenario chemical train derailments, computer software manufacturers, and the Bhopal disaster.