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Preferred Pronouns

she, her, hers

Undergraduate Institution


Current Location

Los Angeles, CA


Northridge, CA

Personal Interests

  • watching movies
  • laughing/telling jokes
  • volunteering

Professional Interests

  • Energy and Climate
  • Social/Environmental Justice and Equity
  • Sustainability
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Water Quality or Watershed Management

Hello! I am currently a third year undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering student at UCLA with a focus in water resources engineering, environmental engineering, and urban planning. In terms of my future career, I want to help make large urban cities more sustainable in terms of water usage/storage and green infrastructure.

I am a Los Angeles native who's first "real" introduction to nature and camping was through DDCSP@NAU. End result: Surprise, surprise, I'm still here! *cue Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive"* 

I want more people of color from similar urban backgrounds to experience nature the way that I did (but at an earlier age) so they understand the need to protect and care about these spaces. I'm passionate about diversity and inclusion and what that will look like in various spaces (conservation, STEM, etc.) as we move towards a more globalized future. I want to connect more people of color to nature and STEM as well as explore the roles our identities play in those connections. 

TL;DR: I'm an engineer that cares about diversity, the environment, and their entwined future. Oh, and I survived nature with humor and supportive people of color.