My name is Naomi, and I’m excited to spend the summer at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay as an Environmental Policy Intern. I have an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies/Ecology from Bates College, where I spent most of my time working on water quality monitoring projects in streams and lakes throughout Maine and New Hampshire, and helping the Sustainability Office raise student awareness of environmental issues on campus. After graduation, I spent two years in Panama with the Peace Corps, where I worked in the rural town of San Andrés on projects to engage community-members in protecting their water sources: reforestation, waste management, and environmental education, in addition to organizing an environmental youth group.
I moved to Boston a year ago to continue my environmental and outdoor education work in the non-profit sector. I am eager to combine my scientific background with my community engagement skills to assist in the analysis of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s water quality data for Boston area beaches, and to support the organization’s efforts to build community consensus around improving the public beaches of Swampscott, Lynn, and Dorchester. I am thrilled to continue my work to protect our waterways with such an accomplished organization, and am looking forward to gaining new experiences in public policy.