Melissa is a PhD student in Science, Technology, & Environmental Policy at the School of Public & International Affairs. She focuses on climate policy and behavior, with an interest in interactions between scales of government and individual decision-making in response to local environmental policies - particularly in relation to urban coastal resilience. Prior to joining the Princeton community, Melissa worked for 5 years as the first Sustainability Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability at Swarthmore College, where she developed innovative programs related to the climate crisis, zero waste, and environmental justice. During this time, she also completed a part-time MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.
"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from the Office of Sustainability! I hope to help expand graduate student opportunities to engage with sustainability at Princeton, among other projects. I'm also really grateful that my professional and academic experiences can continue to inform each other, and I appreciate that Princeton makes it possible to interweave these interests.
I am a University Administrative Fellow with the Office of Sustainability. Given my professional background, I was eager to connect with Princeton's Office of Sustainability once I started my PhD. I appreciated GradFUTURES reaching out to new graduate students, which led me to find the UAF."