Lena Easton-Calabria is a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, and former Urban Conservation Associate for TNC in Washington, DC. Continue reading
In this position, Lena worked to address stormwater and flooding challenges through the construction of green infrastructure, and has created a Community Designed Greenspace program. This program utilizes participatory processes to address conservation needs of cities including urban heat, stormwater, and human disconnection from nature. Lena was previously a National Geographic Young Explorer and conducted research in the Amazon rainforest, documenting traditional health systems and impacts of climate change and globalization in indigenous communities.
Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. Through her dissertation, We’re Collateral Damage: Petrochemical Impacts, Marginalization, and Resistance in Louisiana’s Industrial Corridor, Lena worked closely with environmental justice communities in Louisiana. In her free time, Lena enjoys biking, meditating, walking through woods, drawing, and meeting new people.