I am an engineer, policy analyst, and environmental scientist. I study cities and their effects on surrounding environmental systems. My background is highly interdisciplinary, with over 10 years of experience in applied research and teaching.

I work as a research engineer in the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento, and as a visiting researcher at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. I am also part of a research team that examined the potential for Los Angeles County to significantly reduce its imported water, which included development of a systems model for LA’s complex urban water management.

Through travels, I have visited many hip, beautiful, and grimy places throughout the globe. From 2005-07, I worked as a counterintelligence analyst for the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). From 2007-09, I worked as a systems engineer for the U.N. in Austria, organizing the installation of nuclear weapons monitoring stations in East Asia and Africa. In 2009, I co-organized and led the Earlham East Africa study abroad program, an experiential education program focused on urban development, rural sustainability, and ecology.

I also enjoy entrepreneurial ventures. I am a co-founder of the Philadelphia-based non-profit, the Sustainability Nexus, and Philly’s CityCoho coworking space. Sustainability involves changing economies and the way people work and make connections.

In spare time, I am a runner, hiker, home winemaker, and aspiring geek of California native plants.


My PhD is from the University of California, Davis, in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources).  I was also an NSF IGERT Trainee in the Responding to Rapid Environmental Change (REACH) IGERT at UC DAVIS.  My Master’s degree comes from George Mason University in Science and Technology Public Policy, and my Bachelor’s degree comes from the University of Hartford in Acoustical Engineering and Music.

Some Past Affiliations

University of California, Los AngelesPostdoctoral Scholar and Associate Research Director within the California Center for Sustainable Communities and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, focusing on water and energy systems analysis in Los Angeles.

Engineers Without Borders @ UC Davis:  Project manager for a project to upgrade water and energy infrastructure at DQ University, a local tribal college in Winters, CA.

Technical University of Denmark:  PhD Fellow collaborating with DTU researchers on adaptive planning approaches for urban drainage systems.

University of California, Davis:  PhD Candidate and NSF IGERT trainee.

Davis Energy Group:  Technical writer who assembled really big documents.

Sustainable Cities International:  Affiliate Researcher doing watershed-scale flood analysis for urban development planning in Los Cabos, Mexico.  The research helped inform a master plan for the El Zacatal arroyo.

TechVision 21:  Policy Analyst for federal science, technology, and innovation related to renewable energy and biofuels.

U.N. Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization:  Systems Engineer coordinating the installation of seismic monitoring stations as part of the international nuclear weapons monitoring network.

U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service:  Intelligence Analyst working on issues of international relations and technology transfer.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory:  Research Engineer

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