One of the reasons why I am the best candidate for this position is because I have the education and experience necessary to promote strong conservation efforts. I have a BA in Environmental Science from FIU and a MA and PhD in Political Science from FIU. In addition, I served for two years with AmeriCorps Florida State Parks. AmeriCorps is like the domestic Peace Corps and my civilian national service consisted of various environmental conservation projects. Finally, I have continuously volunteered with Tampa Bay Watch and the Florida Dream Center on a variety of environmental conservation projects.
Given my education credentials and my academic position at St. Petersburg College, I have the political, psychological and research skills necessary to ensure that Hillsborough County’s Soil and Water Commission places science at the forefront of public policy decision-making. I strongly believe that these are critical skills for the development and deployment of policies that will help promote environmental conservation efforts in our community.
With over 10 years of experience teaching at institutions of higher education, I bring the background and energy to promote strong conservation efforts in Hillsborough County. For instance, I plan to involve the K-12 students in the county’s environmental conservation efforts. Experiential learning experiences that are connected to environmental preservation are some of the best investments that we can make in the education of our children. They also help ensure that our future citizens are instilled with strong values for environmental conservation.