Bachelor’s degree, Environmental Studies and Spanish, University of Oregon, 2014
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I worked for the University of Washington Children’s Center at Portage Bay where I was an Assistant Preschool Teacher. I’ve also been travelling when I am able to.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was drawn to the MAPP program because it felt like a perfect fit for what I am looking to do in my life. It seems to be a well-rounded program that offers a variety of pathways and that sufficiently equip students to create legitimate change in the intersection between humans and animals. I have been searching for a means of breaking into the field of animal welfare and I discovered the MAPP program at the perfect time.
Interests in and experience with animals
In the past, I have spent a lot of time interning and volunteering in various animal sanctuaries around the world. Most notably, I completed an 8-week internship at a chimpanzee sanctuary in Bend, Oregon, which was a life-changing experience for me.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I have always found animals to be extremely intriguing and underrepresented, especially exotic animals, and I want to focus on projects that help establish legitimate change in the realms of rescue, trafficking, retirement and animal tourism.
What are your career goals?
My career goals are to work with organizations that are creating lasting, meaningful changes around the world. I believe that this does not simply mean writing new laws, but also educating people about why it is important to treat animals with respect and not simply as resources for humans to use. One day, I hope to create a sanctuary and education center to further my ability to give a home to animals in need and teach about animal welfare.
What are your outside interests?
I like being outside. Hiking, climbing and camping are a few of my interests. I also enjoy music and always love to try new things.
Number of pets? What?
I don’t have any pets of my own because I tend to move around too much, but as soon as I am settled somewhere, I will get a dog!