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Laura D. Torres

Environmental Solutions Lead
(760) 436-7986 x 712

Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Laura has been living in San Diego for the past five years and just recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD, she earned a double major in Environmental Systems- Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (B.S.) and in Global Health (B.A.). During her time at UCSD, Laura had the opportunity to be part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program (DDCSP) at Northern Arizona University. With a group of 20 other students, Laura traveled all over the Colorado Plateau learning about the different aspects of environmentalism and talking to different stakeholders such as scientists, government agencies, and grassroots organizers.

Inspired by the people and the work she saw during her time in Arizona, Laura decided to focus her work on the impact climate change has on underserved communities. During her undergraduate career, Laura had the opportunity to intern and work on a capstone project that sought to understand the non-biological benefits of consuming traditional food for the Unangan tribe in St. Paul, Alaska. During her time there, she saw how close-knit the community was, and how the foundation for such was their relationship with the land and the animals that inhabited that place.

Wanting to connect more with the community of San Diego, Laura interned at the International Rescue Committee Youth FarmWorks program where she helped low-income high school students gain transferable skills through working at the community garden in North Park. Laura’s passion eventually brought her to the Solana Center to further work for the San Diego community as an Environmental Solutions Lead. Laura is excited to be part of the center and work towards making San Diego a more sustainable place!