Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Current Interns

Ucha Abbah, 2019 Master's Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning

Ucha is a first year Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning student at the University of Virginia. Ucha earned two bachelors degrees one in Human Rights and the other in Environmental Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx. Ucha enjoys volunteering at community gardens and farms as well as travelling. 

 

Allie Arnold, College of Arts & Sciences, 2018

Allie is a fourth year undergraduate Environmental Thought and Practice student at the University of Virginia. When she is not thinking about sustainable urban design and planning, she is reading, hiking and farming at the Morven Kitchen Garden. She also directs Greens to Grounds, a student-run community supported agriculture modeled non-profit. Allie is working on the Transforming Community Spaces project with Frank Dukes.

Uhunoma Edamwen, Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, 2018

Uhunoma is a fourth year undergraduate majoring in Leadership & Public Policy, with an Engineering minor in Technology & Environment. He is interested in environmental policy, tech/media policy, and urban planning. He works on the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and Environmental Education projects.

 

Brittany Gardner, 2018 Masters Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning

Brittany is a second year Master's of Urban and Environmental Planning student, with a concentration in Environmental Management and Conservation. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hollins University. Brittany is continuing her passion for environmental health and sustainability at the IEN after working for like-minded institutions like the Green Infrastructure Center and Biophilic Cities Project.

 

Haley Herrmann, College of Arts & Sciences, 2018

Haley is a fourth year undergraduate majoring in Environmental Thought and Practice as well as Studio Art, obtaining a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning. Haley has spent summers working with Henrico County’s Environmental Manager, as well as the James River Association in Richmond, VA. She has just returned from a summer spent in Denver, CO assisting a nonprofit environmental organization in the revitalization of urban prairies. In her downtime, Haley enjoys painting, photography, soccer, and hiking with friends and family. At IEN, Haley is working on the Sustainable Dining & Symposium Projects.

 

Dylan Kolb, 2018 Master’s Candidate, Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy

Dylan is a second year accelerated MPP student from Lorton, Virginia. He is currently finishing MPP at the Frank Batten School at the University of Virginia. Dylan served as a Graduate Intern at IEN in the summer and is eager to continue his work on projects in the fall. At the University, Dylan is the editor-in-chief of his school's policy journal, Virginia Policy Review. Dylan hopes to work for the State Department upon graduation and work abroad.

 

Kara Krantz, 2018 Master's Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning

Kara is a second year Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning student, focusing largely on housing, transportation, and accessibility. Kara earned her bachelor's degree from James Madison University in geographic science. In her free time, Kara enjoys going hiking, spending time with friends and family, and reading. 

 

Anna-Beth Lawler, 2019 Master's Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning

Anna-Beth is a first year Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning student at the University of Virginia. She completed her bachelors or arts degree at Skidmore College in environmental studies with a minor in government. She has three years of environmental and land conservation research experience, including working at an environmental consulting firm, an environmental advocacy non-profit, and a land trust. For two years she provided research and analytical support for encroachment management projects for the military.

 

Alyson Oliver, 2018 Master's Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning

Alyson is a Masters Candidate in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department at the University of Virginia. Alyson is specifically interested in heritage conservation and ways to tell a more complete historic narrative in public spaces. Prior to attending UVA, Alyson received her Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University in 2012. After graduation, she completed a "year of service" through AmeriCorps VISTA before starting work as a Land Use Consultant for an international law firm in the Indianapolis area. Alyson loves reading, yoga, and spending time in Richmond with her husband and dog.

 

 

Emily Votroubek, 2018 Master's Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning

Emily is a graduate student in the Urban and Environmental Planning program and earned her Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from UVa (a Double Hoo - Wahoowa!). She is passionate about climate change adaptation, coastal resiliency, and sustainability.

Devin Willis, College of Arts & Sciences, 2020

Devin is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Linguistics & Global Development Studies. He aspires to work on issues of pan-African progress and environmental sustainability. Devin works on the Transforming Community Spaces project.

 

Niya Wilson Williams, College of Arts & Sciences, 2018

Niya is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a concentration in Foreign Affairs along with a minor in Arabic. Following graduation in 2018, Niya plans to work in the field of wealth management and start her own non-profit organization empowering underprivileged women in urban areas.