Master’s of Applied Anthropology - May 2020

Faculty Advisor: L. Jen Shaffer, Ph.D.Thesis Project: Ethnobotanical Education at the San Antonio Botanical GardenFocus: Applied Ethnobotany, Food Anthropology, Museum Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy - May 2014

Thesis: Growing Roots: Gardening as a means to mitigate urban poverty and its symptoms


Virtual exhibit exploring Texas native plants, ways they have been preserved, and their importance to the peoples of Central Texas.
  • Conservation Programming: 2021- 387% of goal; 2022 - 513% of goal

(t.d. 7/14/22)
  • Increased Program Diversity: Age, Gender, Racial, Economic Level

  • Engagement Expansion: Self-Guided Tours, QR Videos, Ephemeral Signs, Event Interpretation

  • Transitioned art museum to all online presence during COVID-19 pandemic

Organizations/ Affiliations

American Public Gardens Association

Editorial Advisory Group - Public Garden! Magazine

07/2022 - Present

Emerging Professionals Advisory Group

09/22 - Present

American Anthropological Association

Work Experience

San Antonio, TX (Sept 2020-Present)

Conservation Programs Specialist (5/22-Present): Manage conservation and adult education programming. Facilitate relationship between plants and people through research, writing, program development, and interpretation.

Conservation and Volunteer Programs Specialist (9/20-5/22): Managed conservation programs & volunteers through GivePulse system.

College Park, MD (Aug 2018-Sept 2020)

Editor & Content Manager (5/20-8/20): Operations, website management, and development of “David C. Driskell Papers” online archival exhibition celebrating the legacy of Prof. Driskell.

Graduate Assistant (8/18-5/20): Office administration, staff management, website management, student engagement, and development. Completion of 6 art exhibitions and planning future exhibitions.

Baltimore, MD (March 2016-Aug 2018)

New Roots Specialist: Managed branch of a refugee health program. Ran urban gardens, managed farmers’ market partnerships, programming (mental health, nutrition), and grant development. Managed part-time staff and extensive, highly rated, internship program.

San Rafael, CA (June 2015 – March 2016)

Business Development Manager: Office operations, media production, assisting CEO; my focus was museum collaboration and development.

Scanning Technician: Editing 3D data in GeoMagic Studio for 3D printing, reverse engineering, digital use, etc.

Lagunitas, CA (Dec 2014 – April 2015)

Tea Associate: Chinese tea import and distribution company with education, purchasing, marketing, packaging, and tea tasting/analysis.

Rensselaerville, NY (June- Aug 2014)

Residential Coordinator and Field Teaching Assistant: Supervised High School Ecological Research camp.

Research Assistant: Surveyed deer exclosures for the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance.

Bronx, NY - Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden (Mar-Nov 2013)

Gardening Workshop Instructor: Maintenance, education, and program development of an urban educational vegetable garden.

Dig, Plant, Grow Instructor: Developed programs and guided families through garden activities.

Bronx, NY - Wild Medicine Exhibition (May-Sept 2013)

Public Education Interpretive Station Intern: Planner and interpreter for conservatory ethnobotanical exhibit.