As a current undergraduate student at the University of California Berkeley, Sierra has a growing range of experience addressing a plethora of areas, including government relations, renewable energy, environmental policy, sustainable agriculture, and renewable development. While working towards her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, she has cultivated specialized knowledge in the political realm. This includes the assessment and implementation of policy in all fields, the communication channels that exist between local, regional, national, and transnational actors, the coordination of the behavior of businesses, governments, citizens, international institutions, and NGOs, the interaction between politics and markets, and the role of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Sierra also obtains practical experience in team management and communication. Through working as a journalist in New York City, she has interviewed and published articles about prominent figures such as Monica Lewinsky, Ed Norton, Don Lemon, and members of CNN and Fox, which has given her practical knowledge on how to navigate the social and cultural spheres that impact global decision-making. Furthermore, by working as a policy consultant for alleviating food insecurity at UC Berkeley and the Bay Area, Sierra knows what it takes to confront large-scale issues to promote resource equity, which is important for understanding the current efforts of generating renewable energy independence. Finally, in her role as both a team manager and finalist in her case competition at Tesla, Sierra has cultivated experience designing and presenting solutions that will impact the future of clean energy services. While being born in San Francisco, California, Sierra has also spent half of her life growing up in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu. From being raised in nature by her family to becoming a marathon trail runner and avid backpacker, she has always known that she wants to dedicate her life towards saving the environment and protecting all within it.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the
new” – Socrates