About Me

Oh Sydney!

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville

I’m a project management consultant focused on innovative approaches to building sustainable, resilient communities, which leads to improved livelihoods and a healthier environment. My professional adventures include international environmental policy, energy economics, documentary filmmaking, high-level event planning, business strategy, fundraising, investor relations, and startup growth planning. To borrow an idea from a close friend and mentor, I like to think of myself as an intellectual taxi driver, taking fares to new destinations and making the world a better place while in route. As such, I often arrive in new neighborhoods and I always take a new path home. 

I was born in San Diego, California. I have a B.A. and Master’s from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a undergraduate degree in international political science and physics. Shortly after my undergraduate studies, I interned at The Carter Center in Atlanta, working with President Carter and his staff, promoting fair electoral systems and democratic governance in Bolivia.

In 2011 I received Master’s from UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), where I focused on corporate social responsibility, energy economics, and economic development. I also had several leadership roles on campus, earning me the 2010 Doming Liu Award. As the President of Net Impact (IR/PS), I furthered the organization’s commitment to advancing sustainability through private enterprise. During 18 months in the Baja Project, I implemented a community-wide solar project and developed an aquaculture business model to catalyze sustainable development in the community of El Barril, Mexico. I interned with CB Richard Ellis in São Paulo, Brazil, helping the world’s largest commercial real estate management company develop a new carbon-reduction service for its clients. I was contracted by the City of San Diego Vehicle Fleet Manager and UCSD’s Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives for two different electric vehicle integration projects. I also launched the COP Dialogue Initiative, the inaugural IR/PS student delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico, with subsequent delegations to South Africa and Qatar.

After graduate school, I taught a 2-month course, “Sustaining humans and the environment” across North Queensland, Australia for San Diego State University. I later joined a research collaboration between UCSD, the United Kingdom’s Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and two Brazilian nongovernment organizations (Adapta Sertão and REDEH) that increases climate resilience across a rural territory of 250,000 people through technical and social innovations. I’ve also performed due diligence for angel investors in Rancho Santa Fe that we considering investing in an international nutrition startup called NutritionStn. Currently, my clients are UCSD’s Public Programs department and a Brazilian NGO called the Human Development Network.

You can view my resume and profile on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Disclaimer: The information on this personal website, including, but not limited to, images, links and comments left by readers, are not those of any of my employers, and do not necessarily represent my employers’ positions, strategies or opinions.


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