What you do at STEMconnector: My core passion lies in transforming global foods systems to offer equitable access to diverse foods that are sustainably produced and ethically sourced. Growing up in a low-income household in Queens, New York, I found my career ambition as a result of quality public education that fostered by inherent curiosities. STEM talent must be fostered to solve the greater challenges of today ranging from food insecurity to economic inequity. Here at STEMconnector I can help promote equal access to STEM education so that more individuals, like myself, can dedicate themselves to create a better future. As a Client Services Associate at STEMconnector, I engage with a network of corporations, higher educational institutions and nonprofits to identify and build relationships that increase access to quality STEM skill development resources. As a convener and ambassador for STEM, I help our members identify strategies and partners that align with their resources and goals, as well as promote public understanding of the breadth and importance of STEM.
What you were doing before STEMconnector: I am recent graduate of Cornell University where I studied International Agriculture and Rural Development. During my education, I conducted ethnographic research with an indigenous partner at the Keystone Foundation, located in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve of Tamil Nadu, India. I wrote my honors thesis evaluating allopathic healthcare utilization and identifying underlying social determinants that affected the indigenous Irula community.
Currently, as Community Wellbeing Chair in the nonprofit, Reserva: Youth Land Trust, I am working towards this goal. Reserva’s flagship project is to create the world’s first entirely youth-funded nature reserve in the Chocó Rainforest of Ecuador. In my role, I am focused on identifying how the livelihoods of those dependent on the reserve can sustain lands, provide a livable income, and ensure access to nutritious foods. I also volunteer for #savethefrontline, an organization working to provide PPE equipment to hospitals serving vulnerable communities in New York.
Education: B.S. in International Agriculture and Rural Development – Cornell University ‘18
Hobbies: I enjoy singing Carnatic and Western music, writing creative non-fiction, and reading whilst drinking copious amounts of tea.