Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
Bridget Guiza is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona’s (UA) planning program (M.S. 2016). She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental systems from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2013. Her interests are at the intersection of environmental science, land use, and natural resource management. She is also interested in the adaptation of western and traditional ecological science/knowledge into policy for tribal, local, regional and national planning, as well as public health and social equity.
She has worked as a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) intern in New Mexico, where she facilitated NEPA meetings and participated in various land-use planning project discussions. She has also worked as a student research assistant in the transportation planning sector at the University of Arizona. Bridget has experience with AmeriCorps as a volunteer (VISTA), with the non-governmental organization, Main Street Project, in Minnesota. There she worked on a local food systems model, did community outreach and communications, as well as attended various conferences around the Midwest and Washington D.C.
As an undergraduate student at UCSD she participated in the UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADs) program where she conducted scientific research in environmental and public health with the J. Craig Venter Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and UC Davis. During this time she attended various conferences presenting her research. She was also an intern at the UCSD Women’s Center where she created a project on gender and water issues.
Her skills and experience include research, project management, communications and marketing, understanding of environmental justice issues, environmental science and policy, community outreach and public participation, and gender justice work.