Hailing from Chicago, IL, Fiona realized her passion for environmental stewardship and the impact each individual can make in her freshman year of high school. From this blossomed various experiences – a nonprofit called Message in a Bottle, seeking to raise awareness about the incredible problem of single-use plastics and the impact of debris on oceans and lakes (and river ways, marshes, streams, etc.). Fiona became one of nine youth ambassadors for the Alliance for Climate Education (“ACE”), an organization that seeks to educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action. With ACE, Fiona led the 2013 Forward on Climate march, asking President Obama to reject the Keystone Pipeline Plan. In the summer of 2013, Fiona participated in the Ocean for Life program, hosted by NOAA, which brought together 30 youth from the U.S. and the Middle East utilizing our one global ocean to bridge cultural gaps.
While at McGill University, from which she graduated in December 2017, Fiona studied International Development, Urban Systems, and the Environment. Increasingly, Fiona recognized the importance of transparency and environmental leadership from leading international bodies. In the summer of 2016, Fiona interned in the Obama White House, working with a special task force to write policy regarding resilience to the effects of climate change. Fiona presently works with the World Resources Institute, a global research organization working on six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade in order to secure a sustainable future:climate, energy, food, forests,water, cities & transport. She works with their cities team on projects seeking to identify and celebrate transformative urban change.