student : Michelle SimsMS

At ERG, Michelle is interested in environmental and equity challenges within global food systems. In particular, her research focuses on how zero deforestation corporate supply chain commitments, regional policy, and climate finance (through jurisdictional REDD+) interact in tropical landscapes, and the resulting impact on deforestation and livelihoods. Prior to ERG, Michelle worked for two years at a non-profit called Pueblo a Pueblo in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, managing a project that aimed to strengthen the livelihoods of coffee farmers through beekeeping and honey production. Following this, Michelle worked for three years at EcoAgriculture Partners in Washington, D.C., on programs that utilized integrated landscape management to improve environmental, economic, and social outcomes in biodiversity-rich agricultural landscapes. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, go backpacking, paint, and travel. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of California, Davis.



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