They say that sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. In my case, it was a combination of small decisions and big circumstances that landed me where I am today. Being born to doctor parents who stressed the importance of an education was a huge circumstance that worked in my favor. Having a father who inspired his two daughters (and a son) in small town India to be strong, independent, hardworking; a joint family that raised us with the utmost love and dedication; a grading glitch that steered me into a major that ultimately led me to both my husband and my dream job; lived and observed experiences of the risks of pollution that permeated everything around us and a strong desire to do something about it. All this culminated in me landing in arguably the best city in the United States, working directly with our communities to attain healthy, equitable outcomes for everyone. I am grateful every day for my privileges and am driven by a passion to open the same doors for others.
My work lies at the intersection of science and policy (with a dose of kindness), and I enjoy bringing my analytical engineering skills to each project. My projects allow me to exercise my intellectual curiosity as there is always more to learn and apply in our day-to-day work. I develop climate action and adaptation plans for cities, counties, special districts, regional agencies, tribal governments, and state entities. I have developed expertise in CEQA along the way and relish the challenge of interpreting a particularly nuanced section of the Guidelines or latest case law. I enjoy developing lasting relationships with clients and colleagues beyond project work, which makes coming to work a fun prospect every day.