How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
Sustainability and social justice are intertwined. I hope to bring clean energy solutions to the most marginalized communities of America. Through empowerment, education and grit, we can revive our inner cities into innovative hubs for green solutions.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
Being born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, I've always compared myself to, and been surrounded by some of the most innovative minds in the nation. But unlike those around me, I struggled with school. My friends and colleagues were getting into Ivy League schools and high caliber UC's, as I went to a big public school (thank you to the University of Oregon for seeing something in me). I left high school with a chip on my shoulder and no direction as to what I really wanted to do.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our team developed an educational module for an impoverished community of Cusco. By collecting data from interviews, site visits and local projects, we introduced a sustainability agenda that focused on empowering the youth of the community. We made it clear to community leaders that education and empowerment are critical to achieving sustainability goals and ultimately reviving the community. Our proposal accounted for data driven budgeting, fundraising and investments for the initiatives we presented. After spending some time in the community, we saw how forgotten/isolated the part of town was compared to the rest of Cusco. We saw that the lack of education and empowerment keeps the community in its viscous poverty cycle. We also realized that the only way to charter a sustainable path forward was to make the kids passionate about sustainability and taking care of their community for generations to come. A simple cleanup project would have temporarily fixed current problems. By making the kids passionate about the issues, and empowering them to make the difference, the community would be in good hands for generations to come. Sustainability and envrionmental stewardship would become a part of their culture instead of a civic duty.
Describe your dream job or career.
Working for a B Corporation or B Lab
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
- Varsity lacrosse captain - As a skinny Arab kid with zero previous lacrosse experience, I was riding bench as a fourth string midfielder lucky to have made the JV team. I built myself up the next couple years and by my senior year found myself as a varsity captain.
- Head Lacrosse Coach - Tomahawks u13 team As head coach I taught new players to the game, advanced experienced players skills and got them to gel together as a team. Made sure they were caught up with their homework and to respect their parents
- GREEN Program Student Ambassador Executive member of Net Impact - University of Oregon Chapter -I am leading a small team that is responsible for organization of our 2017 SPRNG conference. We have landed speakers from Nike, Patagonia and several local Oregonian B Corporations.
- WSEN 2016 Delegate Was one of two U.S. representatives to WSEN's annual global summit in the summer of 2016.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
The Green Program compeltely changed my life but that's a given... My senior year, I blew out my ACL, MCL and meniscus. The injury and it's subsequent recovery has taught my unteachable lessons of pure grit and determination.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
The intersection of the program as it applies to sustainability - I really appreciated being able to hear from a variety of different educational backgrounds relevant to topics of cleantech.
Where and when would you go in a time machine? Why?
San Fransisco in the 60's because that was an insane time to be an American.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
Bernie Sanders, Muhammad Ali, Tupac.