Brook Assefa: Sustainability Implementation Intern
Brook is originally form Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to Boulder, Colorado when he was 6. He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science where he also played 4 years of varsity soccer and was part of a NCAA National Championship team. During his last year Brook attended graduate level courses on environmental politics while also working at First Southwest Bank. As a market research analyst Brook facilitated the consulting and finance of sustainability interested companies. It was having the opportunity to live and travel globally that led Brook to realize the drastic differences in the quality of life among people from a young age. This experience always lingered and made him question what development truly meant and whose environment and life it was impacting for better or worse. His curiosity eventually led him to his existing interest and passion for sustainability. In the future Brook wants to work on improving the quality of life for as many people as possible by implementing useful, comprehensive and creative projects that are highly impactful and regenerative to the environment, especially focusing on the segments of society that are most disadvantaged.
Melanie Adams: Sustainability Implementation Intern
Melanie grew up in Superior, CO and attended the University of Colorado. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and wrote an interdisciplinary Honors thesis that identified links between environmental resilience and human mental and physical health through analysis of agricultural practices.
Melanie learned about the importance of both natural and human capital as interconnected pillars of true sustainability from being a passionate landscape photographer, from learning about medical geographies, and from being exposed to conservation biology in Australia and to social dimensions of peace-building in South Africa. Melanie aspires to be a facilitator who helps diverse stakeholder groups to identify and meet common goals.
All of Melanie’s favorite extra-curricular activities relate to wellbeing through fostering human connections, spending time outdoors, enabling exercise, or promoting healthy eating. She cooks with friends, leads hiking trips, dances tango, SCUBA dives, and appreciates aesthetic environments as a photographer.