David is currently a candidate to earn his Master of Environmental Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Government and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia, where he studied the impacts of community advocacy on policymaking in both historical and contemporary contexts. Drawing from recent examples of environmental and geo-political humanitarian crises, he worked with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to conduct a policy analysis to recommend how best to define the military’s role in relief efforts. Prior to enrolling at VCU, David served as a research director for a top-50 information services firm consulting with and designing research projects for college and university administrators to help them achieve their strategic goals. As an EFI Fellow, David’s work examines how sustainability practices and initiatives are incorporated and pursued at the local level and how these priorities can support new green economies, workforce development, and community engagement and empowerment. He currently lives in Richmond, VA with his partner and four-year-old beagle, Izzy.