Earlier this summer, we had the pleasure of welcoming Jeanne Muller and Amy Kessler, two new team members based in El Salvador. We’ve worked with both of them before as interns, researchers, and Community Empowerment Tour participants and are happy to have them on board. Join us in welcoming them to our team!
Jeanne Muller, International Program Associate
Jeanne moved to El Salvador in May of 2014 following seven months interning in our office in Oakland. As International Program Associate, she works to support our communications strategy by writing content for the blog, taking pictures, and keeping us informed about projects on the ground. She also is a facilitator and guide for our Community Empowerment Tours and works with the Mangrove Association’s youth program to strengthen its projects, among other things. When she’s not working, she can usually be found gorging on panes dulces and being silly with her host mother and sisters.
Jeanne earned her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish from Dickinson College in 2013. She has lived and worked in Paraguay and Ecuador but it is her first time exploring Central America. More than anything, Jeanne is thrilled to be learning firsthand what democratic, sustainable, community-led development looks like in practice. Find blogs from Jeanne here.
Amy Kessler, Field Coordinator
Amy has spent the last two years working part-time with EcoViva and the Mangrove Association while finishing her studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Upon graduating with a dual Masters in International Environmental Policy and Business Administration, she became a fulltime member of the EcoViva team as the Salvadoran-based Field Coordinator. She has been working with the communities in the Lower Lempa to strengthen their efforts in local management of natural resources and to promote sustainable income opportunities. She will continue to provide technical support and policy advocacy, and is particularly interested in applying economic and business principles to create forward thinking solutions for the environmental and social injustices in the Lower Lempa.
Amy first gained an appreciation for the interrelations of natural resource use, environmental sustainability and economic development during her undergraduate years when she studied marine biology in a small fisherman town of Mexico. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Kenyon College, she then lived abroad for several years before returning to the States to pursue further studies. Find blogs from Amy here and here.