Alana "Laney" Siegner


University of California, BerkeleY                                    2014-2020

  • M.A./Ph.D. in Energy and Resources Group; GPA: 4.0
  • NSF-InFEWS (Innovations in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus) Fellow (2017-18)
  • Graduate Student in Extension, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow (2016-2017)
  • Master’s thesis: Farm to School programs and Environmental Literacy (2016)
  • UC Berkeley Tiny House team- Project Co-founder and Water Systems Lead (2014-17)


Tufts University, Medford, MA                                               2008-2012

  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and International Relations; GPA: 3.84
  • Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Freshmen Seminar Leader-“Sustainable Development: Lessons from Uganda”


IES Abroad, Granada, Spain                                                  Spring 2011

  • Universidad de Granada, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras


Employment/volunteer work

Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Student Researcher         2018-

  • Coordinate investigation of food access/food distribution among East Bay Urban Farms via surveys, interviews and focus groups
  • Create GIS mapping analysis of food access/distribution challenges

Graduate Student Instructor                                               2015-2016

  • Led discussion sections, mentored undergraduate students, and graded assignments for ESPM 163: Environmental Justice and ESPM 50AC: Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management

Science Writer, Earth Science Journal for Kids                  2015-2017

  • Adapted peer-reviewed, open-source science articles related to climate change for student audiences with teacher resources, assisted in 2-year program evaluation data collection

Sustainable Agriculture Intern (Lopez Island, WA) Summer 2015, 2017

  • Accepted through Lopez Community Land Trust to serve as an agricultural intern at the Sweetbriar Farm and LIFE (Lopez Island Farm Education) program
  • Learned and implemented soil building techniques, composting, irrigation systems, intercropping, and integrated pest management practices
  • Revived and ran Stonecrest Farm vegetable and flower garden for farm stand and farmer's market sales (Summer 2017)

Environmental Education/School Garden Volunteer Work  2014-15

  • SEED (Students for Environmental Energy Development) Program Volunteer- taught energy science curriculum to Berkeley High School students
  • Volunteer instructor in Claremont Middle Schools garden program

Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship- 8GA           2012-2014

  • AmeriCorps position with an education non-profit in Boston Public Schools
  • College trips coordinator for 8th Grade Academy (8GA) program
  • Created and implemented High School Choice curriculum for MA and NY regions
  • Taught math to English Language Learners and students with special needs 

Tufts Summer Scholars Program                                     Summer 2011

  • Undergraduate research fellowship, funding to investigate clean water project and community development in rural Uganda

Engineers Without Borders                                                   2008-2012

  • Local Outreach Chair, selected for travel team on assessment trip to Uganda for clean water project in May 2010; follow up trips in 2011 and 2012

Massachusetts Department of Environmental ProtectioN  Summer 2010

  • Intern in the Drinking Water Program, Lead in Schools project


  • Skills: Fluent in Spanish, tutoring and teaching experience, GIS mapping/spatial analysis, Microsoft Office, program evaluation, environmental facilitation, vegetable gardening  
  • Interests: sustainable food systems, environmental education, climate change communication, green building practices, tiny house movement

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