Fellows List

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Sacha-Rose Phillips

Fellowship Year: 
2019
Sacha-Rose Phillips is a second-year dual degree student at the School for Environment and Sustainability and at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her interests span the areas of environmental justice, energy access and smart technologies in the Caribbean and Latin America. Currently, she is conducting research on the impact of smart metering on informal energy access in Jamaica.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Environmental Defense Fund
Host Organization: 
New York Community Trust

Jeffrey Wong

Fellowship Year: 
2019
As a third-generation Chinese American from San Francisco, Jeffrey Wong is a proud son of a middle-class nurse and architect. His parents imbued him with their spirit of community service and love of natural wonders to become the person he is today. As an Environmental Fellow, Jeffrey hopes to ensure that as society adapts to the impacts of climate change, all solutions are equitable and just, protecting the most vulnerable as much if not more than the most privileged. When he is not thinking about the future of climate resilience, Jeffrey can be found in the kitchen or karaoke booth, experimenting with different recipes while singing a rendition of “Party for One” by the great Carly Rae Jepsen.
Foundation Sponsor: 
The JPB Foundation
Host Organization: 
Institute for Sustainable Communities
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Cally Xi

Fellowship Year: 
2019
Cally Xi is a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has a concentration in Environmental Quality, Sustainability, and Health and is working on a certificate in Risk Science. Cally is passionate about alleviating environmental health inequities, particularly in regards to water contamination and air pollution.
Foundation Sponsor: 
The JPB Foundation
Host Organization: 
Air Alliance Houston
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Sahar Arbab

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Sahar will complete her master’s degree in environmental studies at Western Washington University this spring. At Western, she has focused her studies and research on environmental justice, environmental education, and youth-led action. Previously, Sahar was the High School Program Coordinator at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical gardens in Pittsburgh, PA where she oversaw an environmental challenge for K-12 public and private schools and a high school internship program. Sahar’s work is motivated by the desire to create a more just and inclusive environmental movement.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Overbrook Foundation
Host Organization: 
Grist
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Chris Askew-Merwin

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Chris is a dual-degree MS/MPP student at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He also received his BS from the University of Michigan in the Program in the Environment. Chris studies environmental policy with a focus on environmental justice and climate change adaptation. He hopes to someday help frontline communities in their efforts to plan and prepare for climate change.
Foundation Sponsor: 
New York Community Trust
Host Organization: 
Natural Resources Defense Council

Amber Carter

Fellowship Year: 
2018
My name is Amber and I’m a master’s student at Villanova University, currently working on finishing up my degree in environmental science! I’m interested in the environmental non-profit sector as well as land and watershed conservation. I love exploring the outdoors and adventuring to new places, particularly in and around my city of Philadelphia.
Foundation Sponsor: 
William Penn Foundation
Host Organization: 
Watershed Protection Grant Center
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Lorena Cortés Torres

Fellowship Year: 
2018
I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Conservation Ecology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I am originally from Puerto Rico, where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Puerto Rico I am very passionate about the environment and am interested in topics such as wildlife management, endangered species conservation, environmental awareness and community and biodiversity resilience towards natural disasters.
Foundation Sponsor: 
C.S. Mott Foundation
Host Organization: 
Clean Wisconsin
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Gloria Desanker

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Gloria Desanker is working as an environmental analyst for the San Francisco Estuary Institute. She uses remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) to facilitate environmental restoration and conservation. She received her master’s degree from the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University and her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia. 
Foundation Sponsor: 
New York Community Trust
Host Organization: 
The Nature Conservancy
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Jon Espitia

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Jon is pursuing an MEM/MBA dual degree from Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. Jon loves engaging with people and has worked as an anthropologist in Peru and has experience cooking in NYC farm-to-table restaurants. He is passionate about creating sustainable, climate change resilient food systems and supply chains, and wants to pursue a career in corporate sustainability.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Barr Foundation
Host Organization: 
Ceres

Rashidah Farid

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Rashidah H. Farid is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida where she studies Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Her dissertation focuses on the population dynamics of Gunnison’s prairie dogs. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Tuskegee University in Animal Science and a Master of Science at Alabama A&M University in Plant and Soil Science. She is also a 2018 Environmental Fellow. Farid is also the president of the Natural Resources Diversity Initiative (NRDI) in Gainesville, Florida.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Island Foundation
Host Organization: 
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
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