Nina is the Sustainability Programs Manager and oversees the waste reduction & diversion and education & outreach initiatives in the Sustainability Programs Department. Prior to coming to Walking Mountains, she completed her graduate degree in the Masters of the Environment program at University of Colorado, Boulder. There she specialized in sustainable food systems and partnered with Vail Resorts for her capstone project to work on their zero waste to landfill sustainability goal. Through that work she focused her research on sustainable purchasing and waste infrastructure in mountain regions, developing a passion for solving large-scale waste problems and expanding zero waste programming.
Before graduate school, she completed an AmeriCorps Service Year teaching garden and nutrition education and worked as a cheese monger at a specialty cheese shop in Denver. Nina also worked with ICLEI USA to plan an event around climate change, bringing together community members and policy makers in Denver. She completed her bachelor’s degree at The George Washington University, where she studied international affairs, journalism, and anthropology. While there, she developed a passion for sustainability through working on food justice issues and volunteering at the urban farm on campus. Nina is also a TRUE Advisor.
Nina grew up in Denver and has lots of opinions about the best restaurants. She loves to cook, garden, travel, hike, and camp, and will maybe one day be an avid skier!