Ali Blumenstock graduated from Bucknell University where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors and the university’s prizes in environmental studies and Latin American studies. At Bucknell, she solidified her passion for international development through coursework and her studies in Nicaragua. After working with a public health and human rights NGO in Nicaragua that was investigating the causes of a fatal kidney disease epidemic, Ali recognized the importance of confronting environmental and justice issues from a community-based approach. Since graduating, she has worked for several domestic environmental non-profit organizations that focus on community mobilization and action, including Green Corps and the Sierra Club. This summer, she worked in Monteria, Colombia with Global Communities to aid in the initial design and implementation of their climate change resilience and adaptation strategies, as well as the design of the methodology to collect baseline data of the current situation.