Audrey Ortega’13, Sustainable Community Development

Audrey teaches high school biology in Chelsea, MA. She received her MEd in Secondary Science, while completing a year of practical training as a Corps Member
with Teach for America. Audrey’s first role after UMass was as Environmental Justice Coordinator for Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, MA. She educated residents on how to make
their city more sustainable, gave them a voice in local government and worked toward a greener, more equitable community. Audrey began her environmental work while at UMass, when
she worked for the UMass-Amherst chapter of Mass-PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), where she volunteered on the Climate Change campaign and worked primarily on updating the bottle bill.

While at UMass, Audrey also:
• Was a horticulturalist at 16 Acres Garden Center
• Worked at the Blue Wall