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American University, School of International Service (Washington, DC)
- Master of Arts, Global Environmental Policy (May 2013)
- Relevant Coursework: Policy Analysis for Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Peacemaking, Post-War Peacebuilding, Climate Change and Violent Conflict, Environmental Diplomacy, Environmental Economics, Environmental Science, Urban Development
- Faculty Assistant to Dr. Ken Conca, Global Environmental Politics Program
Baldwin-Wallace College (currently Baldwin Wallace University; Berea, Ohio)
- B.A. in Political Science & History (December 2009)
- Relevant Coursework: Arms & Global Security, International Politics, International Organizations, Human Rights, Political Analysis
- Semester Abroad, Kent State Geneva Semester (Spring 2009)
Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. (Cleveland, OH)
Research and Communications Consultant (November 2014-July 2015)
- Manages DLDT blog, producing at least two original posts on water and environmental issues per month in order to further the organization’s mission to educate the public on water issues in order to raise awareness and promote positive change.
- Oversees organization’s social media accounts (Facebook & Twitter), regularly posting relevant content and engaging with followers.
- Conducts research and provides support for special projects, including ongoing project exploring the impacts of climate change on water resources in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region.
Cleveland Special Events Corporation (Cleveland, OH)
Project and Volunteer Manager, 2014 Gay Games Cleveland + Akron (September 2013-December 2014)
- Developed and oversaw implementation of a comprehensive sustainability plan for the Games, the first sustainability plan in the 32-year history of the Gay Games.
- Supported Community Partners outreach program and engaged several local organizations and businesses as sustainability partners for the Games.
- Supervised Volunteer Coordinator and five interns in order to recruit, register, train, and manage 3,017 volunteers for the Games, while coming in under budget by 40%.
- Acted as liaison to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Games, taking minutes, provided regular updates, and served as the main point of contact on staff.
- Created and oversees financial procedures, including invoices, check requests and purchase orders, credit cards, deposits, and ticket sales for an event with a $5 million budget.
American University, School of International Service (Washington, DC)
Research Assistant, Global Environmental Politics Program (August 2011-June 2013)
- Partnered on research projects exploring the environmental dynamics of the conflict in Syria and how the United Nations addresses environmental issues in post-conflict contexts.
- Managed and coordinated logistics for workshop bringing together humanitarian actors and donor organizations for grant program funded by the United States Institute of Peace.
- Recruited, trained, and supervised two undergraduate research assistants in order to complete textual analysis of United Nations reports from post-conflict states.
Environmental Law Institute (Washington, DC)
Research Intern, Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management Project (November 2011-February 2013)
- Participate in fact-checking, editing, and developing text for seven-volume research project on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management.
- Assist in the management of the Livelihoods Volume, including tracking progress of each chapter, coordinating with volume editors, and troubleshooting issues that arise.
- Conduct research on potential market demand for an academic journal on environmental security and helping develop framework for the journal.
British Embassy in the United States (Washington, DC)
Research Intern, Energy, Environment & Resource Security Division (June-August 2012)
- Conducted research and drafted a report for Embassy staff on the impacts of climate change and its national security implications for the United States.
- Provided periodic updates to DC Embassy staff and London on U.S. EPA regulations.
The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) (Cleveland, Ohio)
Product Coordinator, Energy Programs (March 2010–July 2011)
Energy Consultant (Remote from Washington, D.C.) (July-December 2011)
- Assisted in completion and oversight of more than 200 small business applications to the FirstEnergy energy efficiency rebate and incentives program.
- Participated in the execution of an organizational research project creating an Energy Resource Guide for small businesses.
- Wrote articles discussing energy efficiency & sustainability for organizational website. Managed Energy Program’s social media efforts, including COSEenergy Twitter account.
- Educated members on the benefits of energy efficiency and sustainability and coordinated related programs, including the Green Plus™ sustainability certification program.
- Helped oversee energy savings programs for over 13,000 COSE member businesses and employees, helping participants save hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy costs.
International Commission of Jurists (Geneva, Switzerland)
Intern, International Economic Relations (January-May 2009)
- Researched methods of redress for corporate human rights violations, focusing on independent third-party research and arbitration.
- Read and summarized reports on these issues in order to help International Economic Relations staff prepare publication discussing multinational corporations and human rights.
- Analyzed the consequences that arbitration may have on an individual’s human rights.
City Year Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio)
Corps Member, RPM Initiatives Team (August 2005-June 2006)
- Created and managed databases to collect and record service data and project evaluations.
- Served as Public Relations/Media Coordinator for the RPM Initiatives Team, producing external newsletters, press releases, and press kits.
- Coordinated recruitment and registration of Camp City Year 2006, a spring break day camp for over 300 first to fifth graders.
- Planned and supervised service day in which more than 100 volunteers painted 50 rooms at three sites in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.
- Executive Committee & Communications Committee Member, Northeast Ohio Sierra Club
- Completed online course through University of Wisconsin-Madison on climate change in the Great Lakes region
- Volunteers and maintains plot at Kentucky Garden on Cleveland’s west side
- Completed LGBTQ cultural competency training through Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
- Second place, Center for International Policy Student National Security Policy Blog Contes
- Participant, 2010 Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit
- Completed grant writing workshop through Baldwin-Wallace Arts Management Association
- Member, Environmental Peacebuilding Working Group (Washington, DC)
- Vice President, Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science Honors Society
- Cornelius D. Penner Memorial Award (History)
- Phi Alpha Theta – History Honors Society
- Dayton C. Miller Honors Society
- Recipient, AmeriCorps Education Award
- “Environmental Priorities in Post-Conflict Recovery: Efficacy of the Needs-Assessment Process” (2016). Journal of Peacebuilding and Development Vol. 11, No. 2: 4-24. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15423166.2016.1181002
- “Stop Using the Term ‘Environmental Refugee'” (2014). In The Ocean (Vol. 86, No. 3, pp. 169-170). Ipswich, MA: H. W. Wilson. Available at http://people.stfx.ca/rscrosat/trs14.pdf#page=175.
- The Politics of Disaster Response: Disaster Diplomacy and the Responsibility to Protect after Cyclone Nargis. Completed for American University School of International Service, Washington, DC (April 2013). Available at http://www.disasterdiplomacy.org/pb/kovachnargis2013.pdf.
- “Disasters as Conflict Triggers: A New Framework for Analysis in Conflict-Affected and Post-Conflict States” Spring Symposium on Development & Human Security, American University School of International Service, Washington, DC (March 2013).
- “Breaking the Conflict Trap: On the Factors Contributing to Civil War Recurrence” Graduate Student Research Conference, George Mason University School of Public Policy, Arlington, VA (March 2013).