I’m really excited about our trip up the coast! I’ll get to see all kinds of beautiful birds, sights, and locations. Jean and I are going to be making memories we remember for years and hopefully get tons of people thinking about protecting birds!
I’m originally from Rota, Spain. Ultimately, though, I’ve never been able to determine exactly where home is and have made my ‘hometown’ both Rota, where I have so many memories from awesome years with my family, and Norfolk, VA – where I regularly share great coffee, beer, and board game matches with friends. In many ways this loss of a set nationality, and my multicultural background, made it only natural for me to consider myself a citizen of earth – and the importance of issues that matter to all of us.
I graduated of George Mason University with a Bachelors of Science in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution. That said, my interests have always been focused on conservation efforts and the conflicts of interest found in them. My professional background is mostly in communications working with various environmentally focused organizations including Empire Clean Cities in New York City, NY, Forest Trends in Washington, DC, and WRI India in Mumbai, India.
My time in those cities all affected me in their own ways. D.C. taught me so much about policy, made me realize the overwhelming complexity of the world’s problems, and was my first major city alone. Getting up every day, riding the metro to class or an internship, was some of the best learning experience of my life.
Mumbai, on the other hand, absolutely shattered expectations. There is nothing you can say about the city that isn’t true. It’s gorgeous. It’s dirty. It’s alive. It challenged me with every breath I took, and taught me lessons I am forever grateful for. Often times when people here about my India trip they think I was hiking and in Ashrams, but truth be told, Mumbai is where I learned how to wear a suit. It’s where I learned about foriegn policy. It’s where I learned to let things go that don’t matter, and how important getting out of your comfort zone is. If you ever find yourself with a chance to jump to a big unknown adventure – Do it!
That’s where I am now. Taking another great opportunity. One that resonates really strong with me, and hopefully others. Join Jean and I as we celebrate the 100th year of the International Migratory Bird Treaty!