Genie is a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with NOAA's Office of Education. As a Knauss Fellow, Genie works to advance NOAA's mission of science, service, and stewardship through education, and helps to coordinate a nation-wide Environmental Literacy Program which provides grant funding for science education projects that seek to increase community resilience to environmental hazards. Genie completed her Master's degree at California State University in Long Beach, California, where she studied human-environmental geography. Her thesis research examined the potential for utilizing green infrastructure as a means for climate adaptation and cultivating social-ecological resilience in Long Beach, California. This work analyzed disparate vulnerabilities faced by two coastal communities, identified culturally appropriate ecosystem-based adaptation methods to reduce impacts faced by each community, and sought to educate Long Beach residents about climate change and its local impacts. Genie is passionate about the intersection of environmental justice and climate adaptation planning, and aims to elevate social equity in the climate policy landscape and conversation.
Prior to her studies at CSULB, Genie engaged communities in Salt Lake City, Utah in renewable energy initiatives by helping to decrease residential dependency on fossil fuels through her work as an Outreach Associate at 3Degrees Inc. Before this, she worked as the Sustainability Ambassador and Materials Research Associate leading the design of a large-scale green infrastructure project hosted by the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning for the Marriott Library. Genie graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and B.S. in Urban Ecology. She has volunteered with a variety of urban agriculture and environmental justice non-profit organizations in Utah and California, and most recently worked with the Long Beach chapter of Building Healthy Communities to help establish Long Beach as one of the California Environmental Justice Alliance's "Green Zone" cities.