*Ash will be hosting two separate groups of students on two days
What student groups/clubs/activities were you involved in when you were a student at Puget Sound?
How would you describe your role and organization?
As a community organizer, campaigner, and advocate, I work everyday to combat climate change at a statewide level. I work with communities across California, working to beat back the fossil fuel industry, building up their skills and grassroots power. I also work on strategy, envisioning a path to leverage resources towards climate victory. I finally work at a policy level, shaping statewide climate legislation and lobbying statewide elected officials.
How would the skills and competencies gained through a liberal arts education be beneficial in the type of work you do?
Much of my work is intersectional, building off the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education. My work demands a high level of synthesis and analysis - seeing the story behind the issues, and it requires a high level of personal interaction. Both the intellectual and hands-on nature of a liberal arts education are well used here.
What can a student expect to experience by job shadowing you?
You can expect to see the behind-the-scenes of how a grassroots campaign mobilizes and organizes to win - from on the streets to in the Capital hallways. You'll get into the nitty gritty of making a campaign work, and you may even meet with allies, constituents, adversaries, and/or decision-makers. You'll also get insight into how we make tough strategic decisions and why.