Passionate about sustainable community building, I seek to bring together my experience in design, community engagement, and environmental education to shape spaces that foster conviviality, equitable use of resources, and a love of the natural world.


Associate Director of Community Engagement
UCSC Seymour Center
Jan 2023 - Present

  • Directing the exhibit hall at a UC marine science center and aquarium
  • Executing a strategic vision centered on inclusivity and climate action
  • Creating exhibitions on climate solutions and conservation, including all project management, research, design, budget, fabrication, delegation, & maintenance
  • Stewarding academic and community partnerships to highlight in our exhibits
  • Contributing to high-level responsibilities that help keep the museum running, such as grant writing, hosting public events, volunteer engagement, etc.
  • Proposed & executed an initiative to make all signage bilingual (Eng. & Spanish)

Treasurer, Board of Directors
Mendocino Art Center
Apr 2024 - Present

  • Working with the Board and our new Executive Director to shape a new vision for the MAC, in order to make it a more inclusive community space and retreat center for exploring environmental and social activism through art
  • Working on grant-writing to fund new programming at the MAC, particularly initiatives that welcome and support queer and BIPOC artists


Yale College


Architecture & Environmental Studies
Distinction (honors) in both majors

Major in Architecture

  • Concentration: Urban Studies
  • Thesis topic: Blurring the Lines Between City, School, and the Natural World
  • Notable courses: Ecological Urban Design,
    Museum Design (collaboration with the Smithsonian), Globalization Space

Major in Environmental Studies

  • Concentration: Environmental Education 
  • Thesis topic: Forging an Ecological Civilization through a Re-imagining of Our Cities
  • Notable courses: Religion & Ecology, Coastal Ecology Field Science, Environmental Humanities


Urban Designer
Gehl Studio
May 2022 - Jan 2023

  • Played a key role in designing the masterplan and design principles for the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, which is now being executed by award-winning architecture firm Studio Gang
  • Developed urban/campus design principles and drawings for Stanford, multiple Google campuses, and the City of Rochester, Minnesota including the Mayo Clinic downtown campus.
  • Conducted field research on the use of public space, including a study of students’ sense of belonging across Stanford’s campus using a proprietary app
  • Led statistical analysis on field research data and transporation datasets
  • Made diagrams, renderings, maps, infographics, & other visual representations

Lead outdoor educator

Kids in Nature, Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 2021 - May 2022

  • Taught plant identification, responsible foraging and harvesting practices, nature crafts, and other environmental lessons to K-5 children around Santa Cruz
  • Wrote reference materials and curriculum for teachers around queer- and trans-inclusive teaching practices for a K-5 level
  • Farm & Teaching Volunteer, Yale Farm, New Haven, CT Throughout college
  • Volunteered on an organic farm and taught 2nd graders about local agriculture

Architectural Designer
DBL Architecture; Sloan Architects
Various periods

  • Served as the lead designer for Cafe One, a new 2000+ square foot sustainable and organic diner being built in Fort Bragg, California
  • Contributed to residential and commercial building designs and drafting

Fellow in Community Building
Grace Year, Millbrook, NY
Aug 2019 - Aug 2020

  • Led a “Tri-Town Coalition” of three rural towns seeking to collaborate to build affordable housing while meeting each of the towns’ Comprehensive Plans
  • Hosted regular steering committee meetings with town and non-profit leaders, as well as monthly forums to update community members and hear their voices
  • Co-founded and coordinated a 70+ member mutual aid network for the first six months of the COVID pandemic/lockdown, providing groceries, tutoring, and other services to our rural neighbors

City Parks Project Manager
URI, New Haven, CT
May - Aug 2019

  • Conducted archival research to identify names of all victims of gun violence in New Haven, to be memorialized in a memorial park started by moms of victims
  • Led volunteer workdays to plant trees and remove invasive plants in city parks
  • Used architectural drafting to design renovations to city parks

Farm & Teaching Volunteer 
Yale Farm, New Haven, CT
Throughout college

  • Volunteered on an organic farm and taught 2nd graders about local agriculture

Backpacking Trip Leader
Yale Outdoors, New Haven, CT
Throughout college

  • Led weekend backpacking trips throughout college





Bilingual exhibition overhaul at UCSC’s Aquarium

In my work at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, UC Santa Cruz’s aquarium, I led a team of volunteers, staff, and interns designing and fabricating the first full overhaul of the Center’s exhibits in 20 years. All new content for the space is bilingual in English in Spanish, wheelchair accessible, and connected to stories of local climate solutions in Santa Cruz and the Central Coast. 

Architectural design and renderings for Cafe One

Cafe One is an organic diner in Fort Bragg, CA that I am working with as lead architectural designer for a new building they will be constructing on Highway One. The new space will feature a bar that opens into a courtyard garden, a roof deck, indoor hanging herb gardens, ocean views, green roofs,and a cozy, wooden interior.

Campus plan for Stanford School of Sustainability

As part of a four-person team that created the campus plan for Stanford’s new Doerr School of Sustainability, I conducted research and created diagramatic drawings and design principles. This plan was handed off to architecture firm Studio Gang who is now designing the new school.

As part of this work, I conducted a study of students’ sense of belonging on campus, and found that students of color and queer students at Stanford feel unwelcome in spaces that use ornate, austere architecture that highlights the exclusivity of the University, and feel more like they belong when they are surrounded by nature.


Speculative sustainable design project at the Guggenheim Museum

Using the format of “patterns” developed in A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander et. al., I and co-author Jono Coles created a speculative catalog of patterns for rebuilding after climate catastrophe, or ideally, in advance of it. This project was published digitally by the Guggenheim Museum in 2020.

The full project can be viewed at patternsforrebuilding.com.


Research and advocacy for the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing for Victims of Gun Violence

The New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing for Victims of Gun Violence is a memorial garden created by a group of moms who lost their kids to gun violence. I conducted archival research to identify names of all victims of gun violence in New Haven, to be memorialized in a memorial park started by moms of victims. This included an in-depth look into newspaper records to identify victims of police shootings, who were not included in a list of shooting victims provided to us by the New Haven police.