As a Restoration and Outreach Technician with STRAW, I assist our Project Managers in the planning, implementation, and maintenance of our wetland and riparian restoration sites throughout the Bay Area. Additionally, I manage the native plant nursery for the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where we grow plants that are used to revegetate tidal marsh transition zones in order to provide habitat for the endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse and Ridgway's Rail. My position is mostly field-based, and a typical work day for me could be assisting a volunteer planting day, leading interns in the field, or tending to growing plants in the nursery.

I grew up in Walnut Creek, CA surrounded by the Mount Diablo foothills. Exploring the vast trails and parks of the East Bay inspired an early interest in nature and ecology that helped prompt me to pursue a career in ecological restoration. I briefly left the Bay Area to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of California at Riverside, where I also worked as a tutor for entry level chemistry and biology courses. Before joining STRAW in 2014, I held internships and seasonal positions with US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Presidio Trust of San Francisco restoring habitat for endangered butterflies and plants.