CCC 2.0 Team – Summer 2015

006-DSC_0281Jennifer Finley Lezcano is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, with a concentration on Ecosystem Science and Conservation and a focus in Community-Based Environmental Management. A native to South Carolina, she graduated cum laude from Wofford College with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Spanish, before working in tropical ecology, conservation, and environmental education for a few years in both the Republic of Panamá and her home state. Her skills and interests include biological fieldwork and research design, social and environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, and biodiversity conservation. She enjoys visiting and working in her family’s sustainable coffee and plantain farm in the western highlands of Panamá as well as exploring the wonderful nature preserves and parks in the Triangle area.

20150101_143709Jared Ginn is a first year Masters student in Global Health at Duke University.  Before this, he received his Bachelors in Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, where after graduating, worked in the food industry for a number of years in R&D collaborating with various types of vendors on all levels of the supply chain.  Between job stints, Jared also lived in rural China and rural Nicaragua where he got exposed to different agricultural techniques, and later helped start a community garden in inner-city Oakland.  Now at Duke, Jared is interested in using his Food Science background and applying it in areas of global health, specifically, community development, food and social justice, sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition.


Ariadne Rivera is a Master of Public Policy student at Duke University, graduated from Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México (ITAM) with a BA in economics. Ariadne worked at The Competitive Intelligence Unit—as Junior Consultant, Consultant, and finally, Research Manager—on the economic analysis of cultural and creative industries, as well as in the implementation of national, state and local public policies. Also participated in projects of market analysis and regulation of telecommunications in Mexico, collaborated in studies of intellectual property and the publishing industry of Mexico and conducted regional studies on the impact of the cultural sector in the economy, design and development of digital agendas, and studies of the labor market for young artists in Mexico City.

IMG_0779Tianyu (Sapphire) Wang is a first year Master of Environmental Management student concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy and pursuing a certificate in Sustainable System Analysis at Duke University. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degrees in Finance and in Spanish. After graduation, she worked at Renmin University of China in Beijing, as a research assistant on EU-funded projects studying China’s current urbanization and sustainability practices in terms of social, economical and environmental impacts and regulations. Also, during her summer internships, she gained her knowledge in banking, insurance, and media industries in China. She has excellent understanding of climate change, sustainable development, public policy, and economics through her coursework and professional experiences. With a finance background, she will contribute greatly on financial, economic, and marketing analysis to the CCC coffee climates project. Furthermore, she feels working with CCC and CENFROCAFE will have a significant impact on her future career as a development generalist in publicizing environmental protection measures and policies in China. Understanding how the coffee smallholders in South America adapt to the climate change issues will enhance her knowledge on how to apply to agribusinesses and implement related policy in developing regions.


CCC 1.0 Team – Summer 2014

Claire Fox is a Duke graduate student pursuing concurrent Masters’ degrees in Environmental Management and in Forestry. Claire graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Environmental Studies and International Studies with a concentration in sustainable development in Latin America. Claire’s previous research has been predominantly in agro-forestry systems in Costa Rica and Venezuela: field work including carbon sequestration in secondary forests, integrated pest management for tropical fruit trees, and vermiculture for waste management and soil fertility. While at Duke’s Nicholas School of Environment, she also plans to earn certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management, where she can apply her dedication to sustainable solutions for localized contexts.

Joanna Furgiuele is a joint degree student pursuing her MBA at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Environmental Management at Duke. Originally from Yonkers, NY she moved west for college, graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Biology.  During the four years prior to attending graduate school she managed educational programs for the non-profit organization Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) in Reno, NV.  Over this past summer, she participated in an Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala to develop qualitative field skills, executing an independent research project using participant observation.  Through this dual degree program she hopes to develop the skills necessary to address complex environmental decisions, while effectively incorporating social justice and economic feasibility into solutions.

 Saira Haider is currently pursuing a master’s at the Nicholas School of the Environmental at Duke University. She is concentrating in Ecosystem Science and Conservation, with a focus on community-based environmental management and tropical ecology. She is particularly interested in pursuing sustainable agriculture and natural resource conservation. Saira’s undergraduate degree is in physics and she graduated magna cum laude from Knox College. Since then, she has pursued a variety of interests, including urban farming and research at a biological station in Costa Rica.

Brenda Lara is pursuing a Master’s Degree at Duke University. She is a student in the Liberal Studies Program, and is concentrating on International Development. Prior to Duke, she graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She also worked and volunteered for a nonprofit organization in which she assisted to interview low income families. As a Mexican American, with interests of interdisciplinary studies and International Development, Brenda has studied and lived abroad in Latin America and Europe, and is fluent in Spanish. She participated in a summer study abroad program in Oxford where she studied Democratization in Latin America.   This past summer she spent three months in Geneva, completing an internship with the United Nations in the Women’s Rights and Gender Section Unit, under the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where her work included analyzing data, writing, and editing different reports.   Through her interdisciplinary coursework, Brenda spent one week in Highlands NC, studying biodiversity of North Carolina and the impacts of human activities on the natural environment.

 Martin Ramirez is a current graduate student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where he is pursuing a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy and focusing on promoting corporate sustainability through community-based environmental management. Martin comes to the Nicholas School from the department of Sustainability of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC ) in Bogotá, Colombia. At HSBC, Martin developed strategies to decrease the Bogotá branch´s environmental impact as well as personalized strategies for employees. He also created and implemented internal and external sustainability communications to engage stakeholders. Prior to HSBC, Martin received a Bachelor´s degree in Biology from Universidad de los Andes with research experience in evolutionary biology and conservation biology.

 Mike Younis is a current graduate student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where he is pursuing a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy and focusing on how economic and market based incentives can be used to promote sustainable business practices. Mike comes to the Nicholas School from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) where he worked as an Associate for Policy and Programs for four years. At PSI, Mike’s projects focused on extended producer responsibility and emphasized collaboration between local, state, and federal agencies as well as private sector actors to create innovative solutions to both product and material impacts across the supply chain. Prior to PSI, Mike graduated cum laude from Boston University and during a semester abroad studying at the University of Auckland Mike interned for Oxfam New Zealand where he researched the issues and impacts of climate change on Pacific Small Island Developing States.


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