Isabella 'Bella' Genta
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation: Spring 2018
What was your favorite part of participating in the Leadership Program?
My favorite part of the experience was the opportunity to produce a deliverable for a client in the community. I was actually applying what I learned in class about working with nonprofits and climate science, which mutually benefited the Environmental Center and my community partners. What I liked specifically about my project was the chance to help freshmen see themselves as "agents of change" in the climate crisis.
How have you used the skills you learned from the program?
The best skill I learned was how to be flexible with clients or community partners. More than just being a “self-starter,” knowing when to be humble and adjust project goals accordingly to meet partners’ needs are essential skills when working for any organization and I feel fortunate to have honed this skill as part of the leadership program.
To whom would you recommend the Leadership Program?
I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to transform their passion for the environment and people into something tangible.
Where are you now?
Since graduating in May of 2018, I have been living between Washington, D.C., San José, Costa Rica, and Bogota, Colombia, studying in a masters program and working on biodiversity conservation projects with the U.S. Agency for International Development. I am now in my final semester of my graduate studies in Natural Resources and Sustainability Development at American University and the UN-chartered University for Peace. In June, I will be joining the U.S. Agency for International Development's foreign service as an Environment Officer. I will be responsible for conservation and development programming abroad.