The East Regional Representative covers Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, & West Virginia.
I have been a member of WiN since 2019 and was inspired to get more involved after attending the Joint Employee Organizations conference in Spokane and meeting a number of people working to improve access to opportunities across the country. I now serve as the East Regional Representative to support my fellow WiN members and encourage others to join us.
I’ve been with NRCS since 2011 and am currently a Natural Resources Specialist on the RIAD Outcomes Team, which is charged with assessing the impact of conservation programs. In this position, I hope to help bridge the divide between resource assessment science and program planning and implementation.
My career path is atypical for NRCS—after starting out as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Regional Conservationists’ Office, I’ve held various long- and short-term positions at national headquarters. I also served as Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs while on detail to the West Virginia State Office, and I have had the opportunity to visit a number of field, state, and national center offices over the years. I have a Masters in Agriculture & Environmental Policy from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, Massachusetts. Before that, my work involved supporting Food for Development projects based in East Africa.
While originally from upstate New York, I now live in Washington, DC with my puppy, Spike. In my spare time, I enjoy all things food-related, whether it be tending my garden, cooking comfort food, or learning about the cuisine of a different culture.