Trained as an anthropologist with a background in environmental studies, I have three years of experience in ethnographic research and applied work. My focus has been on rural community development in Ecuador, including projects in community-based ecotourism, local food systems, education, and ancestral knowledge recovery. More recently, I have worked with a small US-based planning firm on helping communities create sustainability plans and developing tracking systems to chart their progress. I am now pursuing a masters degree with SCARP so that I may work more effectively and on a broader scale of community development. More specifically, I would like to help rapidly urbanizing regions of the developing world create strategies to accommodate and direct new population and economic growth, improve urban and rural services and quality of life, and establish collaborative, participatory, and inclusive regional governance.
Undergraduate Thesis: The Development and Dilemmas of a Community-Based Ecotourism Project, Portovelo, Ecuador, ,
Municipality of Diadema, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, , Housing and Urban Development Department