I’m an energy and climate professional working with UC Berkeley and the UC Office of the President to come up with the latest sustainability solutions. I’m now a master’s candidate at the Energy & Resources Group and at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley studying renewable energy and climate change policy. As part of the program, I have researched household decarbonization strategies in California, the health impacts of switching from biomass to liquefied natural gas for household cooking in rural India and the financing of energy storage.
I’m serving as a Carbon Neutrality Initiative fellow with the UC Office of the President helping to develop high-quality within UC-system carbon offsets. I worked with the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability to complete the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, or STARS, helping the campus earn a high Gold rating – coming in 11th out of 349 colleges ands universities around the world with a full STARS submission. I’m also serving as a project manager for the Global Policy Lab and Climate Impact Lab supporting research estimating climate impacts on mortality rates, energy use, agricultural yields and other factors.
Previously I worked as a journalist all over the world for two decades. I coordinated health and immigration coverage at The Sacramento Bee; served as a Beijing-based correspondent for The Associated Press; planned and edited enterprise stories in Latin America for AP; served as McClatchy’s South America bureau chief overseeing coverage all over the continent; wrote about the 2010 California gubernatorial race for The Bee; and wrote about diversity and immigration issues for the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Newspapers.