As a Social Justice Fellow with Equitable Cities, Nellie is dedicated to addressing complex issues at the intersection of public health, transportation, and climate planning to enhance living conditions for communities of color. Raised in an agriculturally rich region of California prone to wildfires, Nellie developed an early awareness of health disparities along racial and economic lines. Her lived experiences in these communities shapes her deep commitment to racial equity and human rights for a more resilient, sustainable future.
Nellie holds a Master’s of Science in Community Development from the University of California, Davis, and a Graduate Certificate in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. During her time at UC Davis, she served as a research assistant at the Center for Regional Change, the Institute of Transportation Studies, and the Feminist Research Institute. In these roles, Nellie contributed to climate readiness projects, identifying barriers faced by local governments in implementing zero-emission vehicle readiness, reducing vehicle miles traveled, and building decarbonization policies. She also played a key role in designing and facilitating a transportation equity seminar and a mentorship program for underrepresented students in STEM.
Nellie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate of Arts in Spanish from Santa Rosa Junior College. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, where she enjoys running, watercolor painting, and discovering new crafts.