My interests lie at the intersection of communication, community, and sustainability. I believe sharing information and bringing a wide variety of people to the table is how we find ways to create a more sustainable and equitable future.  

My professional background is primarily in journalism; I’ve reported for five newspapers throughout the state of Minnesota. In these roles, I met and interviewed people from all walks of life who have found ways to engage others to solve problems — such as responding to a flood, figuring out how to reduce fertilizer run-off, and looking for ways to reduce air pollution from vehicle emissions in communities. I was able to share their stories, which helped bring others to this work. I find joy in learning and listening to people with a variety of perspectives. Environmental Initiative brings together people with different experiences and knowledge to find solutions, and I love that I get to help synthesize this information and share it with the world. 

“We need acts of restoration, not only for polluted waters and degraded lands, but also for our relationship to the world. We need to restore honor to the way we live, so that when we walk through the world we don’t have to avert our eyes with shame, so that we can hold our heads up high and receive the respectful acknowledgment of the rest of the earth’s beings.” ~Robin Kimmerer