I truly believe the best thing we can do with our time on Earth is to leave it a better place for future generations. It’s for this reason that I chose an education and career pathway centered on finding forward-thinking solutions for public issues.
Throughout my studies, I always kept Franklin in mind. I took courses on policy and urban development, and completed research projects on the town’s plastic bag ban and on sustainable economic development of the downtown. My master’s thesis was on municipal energy aggregation programs, like the one starting here in November.
During my time as UMass student government’s Secretary of Public Relations, I was inspired by people’s ability to sacrifice a small portion of their own resources for the sake of both the present and future communities. Through a campus-wide vote, the students voted to accept a $100/year fee override to create a student-controlled Fund for the purpose of renovating the aging Student Union to both protect the building and enlarge it for more student space; most of the students voted to pay more on their own bill despite knowing the construction would not complete until well after their time on campus.
I am excited to join town residents, both new and old, in providing my perspective to shape a bright Franklin for years to come.