We have a whole new crop of interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Lee Davies.
Lee recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in International Studies and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment, along with a minor in French. At OU, she was the president of Fostering African Renewal, the recycling chair for Alpha Phi sorority, and a member of the International Studies Leadership Program.
Lee first became interested in the environment thanks to several outstanding pre-school, elementary school, and high school teachers. These teachers managed to convey to young children the importance of human equality and environmental integrity. This passion for sustainable development led Lee to pursue internships with the Department of State, a Senegalese micro-finance fund, a nature conservancy, and most recently WorldWatch. She looks forward to working with the knowledgeable Nourishing the Planet team and to learning potential innovations for feeding the world’s burgeoning population.
During her junior year of college, Lee studied abroad in Bordeaux, France and Dakar, Senegal. While in France, she learned a love of cooking, yoga, and museums. While in Senegal, she had the good fortune of meeting many outstanding Peace Corp volunteers and other exceptional non-profit workers. The enthusiasm, successes, and missteps of these workers inspired Lee to return to Africa in a professional role. Next year, she will spend seven months in Malawi under the Fulbright program. She will conduct agricultural research on the seed choices of small-scale farmers.
In addition to unpaid internships and fact collecting, Lee enjoys exploring new places (and inevitably getting lost), baking for friends, and running. She currently works in a cupcake shop, where she fulfills her childhood dream of adult life: eating all the sweets you want and constantly smelling like freshly baked cake.
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