“I grew up in west-coast Florida, with a motivating mum who was keen for us to get outdoors and be active. We did lots of things, like walks and canoeing, but it was when she took me to a climbing wall at the YMCA that my journey into climate took its first steps. After I got over my fear of heights, all I wanted to do was climb. I found a summer camp in Pennsylvania, where I discovered mountains and rocks – my first true love. It was here that I really began to feel a connection to nature and the environment.
“After attending university in Virginia, I moved to DC for my first job at Deloitte. I began in the federal practice, working on tech programme management and data visualisation for government clients. I found it interesting, but it wasn’t my passion.
I relocated to London and started working in the climate space, where my understanding of what we’re doing to the planet and how bad the situation is really started to hit home. It’s both scary and motivating. While we have stretched the boundaries of our planet to near breaking point, we also have the answers and therefore know what to do. Nature is unbelievably resilient when we let it lead the way.”