Sarah is a sophomore at George Washington University pursuing a double major in Biology and International Affairs. She is from Hillsdale, NJ, where she loves to visit the nearby beach and New York City as often as possible. In the past, Sarah has worked on independent, climate change research projects and interned in a Microbiology lab. However, she is looking forward to combining a science background with new skills on policy and public outreach to make change in the environmental field.
Samantha Liptak is a junior at American University studying journalism and environmental studies. She moved to D.C. from Killingworth, C.T. in 2017. When she’s not at school or working, she’s exploring. She loves hiking, running, and spending time outside in any capacity (even reading.) Sam’s interests in environmental affairs include advocating for protected lands and endangered species while also bridging the gap between science and the general public. Last spring, she worked at the Elements D.C., where she got to teach young children about the benefits of getting outside and the importance of preservation in our nation’s capital. She’s excited to be here.
Nicole is a senior at American University where she is pursuing a major in public health and a minor in sustainability. Growing up in Vermont inspired her to turn her passion for the outdoors into being an aspiring climate activist. After studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nicole developed an interest in sustainable urban design which leads to her recent completion of a summer program at the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. A few of her favorite activities include alpine skiing, taking her dog for hikes, trail running, and paddleboarding. She is currently training to bike across the country next summer with the Ulman Foundation’s 4k For Cancer.
Richard Acevedo hails from the island of Oahu. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was raised across the globe. He comes from a military family and lived in Germany for 12 years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and is pursuing his Masters in Environmental science. His background experience has given him an understanding on the importance of an environments’ resiliency and diversity as well as how to analyze and synthesize large data sets. His hobbies include going to the gym, and enjoying the outdoors. He aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon in the future.
Daniel, who is pursuing his Master of Arts in international affairs and a certificate in geographic information systems at Penn State University, became an Earth Day Network intern in the Fall 2019. Prior to that, he completed an immersion program with the Youth Climate Leaders, an organization that helps students and young professionals kick-start their careers in climate change. He is currently preparing for the upcoming meeting at The World Bank, where he will represent SustainUS, a youth-led advocacy group calling for climate action.
Hannah is a rising senior at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she is pursuing a double major in environmental science and economics. Although she has lived in California her whole life, Hannah loves traveling, recently spending a year abroad in Madrid, Spain, and Berlin, Germany.
Mohammad joined Earth Day Network in 2019 as a lead intern, with an interest in organizing the Middle East/North Africa region 2020 campaigns. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Dammam University in Saudi Arabia and a Master of Environmental Sustainability with a focus on environmental quality and toxicology from Indiana University. He previously worked overseas as an environmental coordinator, environmental engineer and an environmental scientist. When he is not glued to a computer screen, he enjoys working in a bakery where he developed a passion for food entrepreneurship.
Cyrus is an energetic and strategic 4th year college student working towards a BS in biology at Virginia Tech. Originally from Belgium, Cyrus’s family moved to the United States for his education. Currently at Virginia Tech, he is doing research with white nose syndrome in bats, working to save the bat populations in the US.
My name is Lindsey Jordan and I am an Environmental Studies major at the University of Redlands, a small school in Southern California. I am originally from San Fransisco, but my family just moved to Maryland. I am particularly passionate about how the animal agriculture industry and our dietary choices impact environmental health, as well as how the agriculture industry creates environmental social injustice. My personal hobbies include hiking, being outdoors, and participating in all forms of exercise. I am so excited to be part of the Earth Day Network team for the summer!
Matt Colwill grew up in Baltimore Maryland. He later attended and graduated from Lynn University with a major in Political Science, as well as a minor in education. He has been an environmentalist since he was 15 and started working at nature centers part time helping all sorts of animals including birds of prey, and a variety of reptiles. Matt hopes to use his political knowledge to change the hearts and minds of those who could make environmental policies, to make laws surrounding environmental protection. Some of Matt’s hobbies include playing his violin, video editing, and improvisational acting.
Cory is a rising senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he majors in Political Science and Communications with a minor in Management. Growing up in Roslyn, New York, Cory has always held a strong interest in public policy and politics. He hopes to apply his interests and disciplines in a meaningful way to aid in the environmental movement at Earth Day Network. Some of his hobbies include listening to music, playing guitar, as well as watching standup comedy.
Chris attends the University of Vermont, where he studies Environmental Science and works as a Writing Tutor. He was first motivated to protect the environment in high school when he worked for the Youth Conservation Corps in Springfield, Ma to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on his community. In the future, Chris hopes to merge his two academic interests, Environmental Science and Writing, to participate in public environmental outreach and education. In his free time, Chris enjoys biking, rock climbing, hiking, and writing science fiction stories.
Pedro was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in computer science during the fall of 2019. Having spent many years abroad: Dominican Republic, Spain and lived in various states: Florida, California, Massachuetts, Vermont and Virginia has reinenforced the idea of how vital private and governmental policies pertaining to the protection of the environment, recycling and climate change are for society as a whole. When he is not listening to his favorite Tech podcasts, Youtube videos/Tedx talks he enjoys sailing or being in nature.