Allie graduated with a BS in Environmental Management and Protection, concentrating in Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and Spanish from Cal Poly, SLO. Allie is passionate about supporting individuals, communities, and their natural environments in finding resilience and regeneration through understanding and strengthening their interdependent relationships with each other. This passion was confirmed when she worked with a team from Latin America, to support agroforestry, water infrastructure, and environmental education projects in the indigenous community of BriBriPa Kaneblo, in the rainforest of Costa Rica. She subsequently worked with a similar international team, supporting environmental education in a rural community in the north of Argentina. She was inspired and humbled by the traditional ecological knowledge in both of these communities. These experiences, along with her exploration of her own family's diverse cultural background and traditional ecological knowledge, set the course for the rest of Allie's career.
Allie continued cultivating her commitment to environmental education and environmental justice on the central coast, where she worked for a non-profit as a Garden Educator Manager, managing and teaching in local elementary school food gardens, teaching culturally appropriate, garden-based science and nutrition lessons in Spanish and English to K-6 students.
Allie then moved to San Rafael to serve as an Americorps CivicSpark climate fellow for the County of Marin. Here she served the Housing and Federal Grants Department and Drawdown: Marin, a community-based climate action initiative, to build their capacity in racial equity through a grant-funded project designed with community leaders of color to assess and improve equity in internal group culture and the community climate solutions they created. Allie's work focused on equitable community engagement focusing on traditionally marginalized communities, through a community ambassador program, and the development of internal diversity, equity, inclusion programming, and accountability tools.
Allie is excited to continue supporting the San Diego community in becoming sustainable, resilient, and equitable through her role as an environmental educator at Solana Center.