I am thrilled to not only be back in Boston but to also be a member of the Greenovate team here at the City of Boston!

Huisman-Elena_(1)_(1).jpgMy first introduction to Boston was on a family vacation when I was eight years old. My older brother went on to attend college here, and thus every September we made the trek from Austin, Texas to Boston for “move-in weekend”. Four years later, I followed in his footsteps and went to Northeastern University majoring in environmental studies and international affairs. I fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to make Boston my home after graduation. In 2014 I left Boston for a short stint in Ann Arbor, Michigan to earn my master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (Go Blue!).

In the years since my undergraduate studies, I’ve gained experience in a wide range of fields including education, environmental policy, food policy research, and conservation sciences. My research in graduate school focused on food security and sustainable food systems. The summer between the two years of my graduate program I returned home to intern in the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department where I worked on a team to deliver education and public outreach. And most recently I completed a fellowship in Washington D.C. at the National Environmental Education Foundation. In my spare time you can find me riding my bike around town, binge watching Netflix, or exploring one of the many small towns in New England.

 

I am eager to apply all that I’ve learned thus far to my work with Greenovate, and continue learning while working alongside the dedicated Greenovate team. I can’t wait to jump in and start connecting more Bostonians to sustainability resources, events, and information—so feel free to contact me!

 


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