I am currently serving as the Community Engagement Specialist for the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI EPSCoR). In 2018, I graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a BS in marine biology. While I was an undergraduate, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service, where I assisted with numerous education and outreach initiatives. That is where my passion for outreach and community engagement began, and the reason that I am currently working as a community engagement specialist. In my current capacity, it is my mission to educate underrepresented and underserved communities about the importance of, and need to preserve, our vital natural resources.
Being a native Virgin Islander, I have a vested interest in not only promoting environmental literacy and stewardship within my community, but preparedness, resilience and sustainability as well. The USVI Storm Strong program provides engagement specialists like myself with the opportunity to educate and empower the territory by instilling a culture of preparedness within USVI families.