Ariel is one of two Gerhardt Interns at 1000 Friends of Oregon for Summer 2019. As a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College, she is putting her Environmental Studies degree to good use by combining GIS mapping with research and narrative to inform land use planning programs around the state. She has been working on maps and research that range in scope from transportation planning to farmland development.
Ariel was born and raised in Alameda, California, a small island in the bay across from San Francisco. She has been a fiery environmentalist for as long as she can remember. As a high schooler, her leadership in a campaign to power her school district with solar secured her role within the environmental movement. Ariel's senior thesis -- which she will not look at again for many, many years -- was focused on collaborative land use decision-making between New Zealand's government and the native Maori population. Through this research she was able to explore her passion for environmental justice and land-use policy, and is excited to continue this interest as she enters into the working world.
As Governor Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." Ariel found this to be magnificently true as an outdoor guide for her college, where she was able to explore and lead people on trips throughout the whole state, and witness first-hand the beautiful city-nature balance that strategic land use planning has enabled to flourish. Ariel is always looking for a new swim spot, and her favorite place in Oregon is Echo Lake in the Wallowas. After this Summer, she will be heading to New Orleans to work on criminal justice reform efforts.