Questions and Reflections: An Environmental Policy Dialogue with Reilly Scholars
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:00pm - 7:15pm (Eastern)
In this interactive dialogue, Center for Environmental Policy Director Dan Fiorino will facilitate a dialogue with Bill Reilly and select winners of the William K. Reilly scholarship at American University to address their visions for the future of environmental policy. Sabina Blanco Vecchi (SPA/MPP '20), Kavita Mak (SPA/MPP '15), Nick Nayak (SPA/MPP '18), and Caroline Nickerson (SPA/MPP '20) were selected through a competitive process and have contributed to an edited volume of essays on environmental policy topics.
The William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance & Leadership provides funding for the training and mentorship of our next generation of environmental leaders. We're proud to recognize our scholarship awardees and interns.
Carrie Cook, SPA/MPP
Carrie Cook is a Master's of Public Policy (MPP) student with a concentration in Science, Technology, and the Environment. She grew up in Sykesville, Maryland and graduated summa cum laude from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a BA in Political Science. During her time at UMBC, she spoke about her research at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day and represented the university at the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point Military Academy.
After graduation, Carrie began working in Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's office for Deputy Chief of Staff Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. In this role, she coordinated the efforts of state environmental agencies, including the Maryland Department of the Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and the Maryland Energy Administration. In early 2019, Haddaway-Riccio was appointed Secretary of Natural Resources, and Carrie continued to support her in that role. Carrie's particular interests include climate change adaptation, sustainable development, and ensuring equitable access to outdoor recreation.
Carrie enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, running, and exploring the beauty and history of our National and State Parks. After earning her Master's, she hopes to continue her career of public service and explore opportunities in environmental policy at the federal level.
Julia Singer SPA/MPP
Julia Singer is a student in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program in the School of Public Affairs concentrating in Science, Technology and the Environment. Julia grew up in Bucks County, PA, and enjoyed spending time in nature throughout her childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology with a minor in Sustainability from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she discovered her passion for environmental policy through a natural resource policy elective. During her undergraduate career, she participated in a variety of undergraduate research projects on environmental psychology, coral reef monitoring, mangrove restoration, rural environmental impact assessments, and an undergraduate honors thesis titled, "Utilizing Blue Crab morphometric analyses to inform bycatch reduction strategy." Following graduation from AU, Julia plans to focus on marine conservation policy, fisheries management, or any topic related to ocean policy with the ultimate goal of working in bycatch reduction policy.