Rashika Choudhary

  • Rashika Choudhary
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Apr 07, 2021
Full time role, Part time role, Paid fellowship, Internship

Personal Summary

Work Experience

President, MPA-ESP Student Government

• Elected to represent MPA-ESP cohort to voice concerns to faculty and administration
• Crafted petition with alumni network that addressed the need for environmental justice, anti-racism, and diversity in the program
• Conducted weekly zoom meetings with the student government board

World Resource Institute, Graduate Student Consultant
  • Researched and created database framework based upon financial incentives for nature-based solutions and land restoration in the United States
Equity, and Inclusion Committee Member (DEI), MPA-ESP Program
Aug 2020 - May 2021 Diversity

• Collaborated with various faculty and alumni to improve the ESP Program
• Assisted in formation of DEI Committee to audit and improve program
• Discussed ways to diversify the program staff and the curriculum
• Created safe spaces for BIPOC students to voice their concerns regarding the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion and their individual experiences

Jan 2021 - Mar 2021 Global Circular Challenge (GCC), London School of Economics

• Part of the third-place team, AMARA representing Columbia University
• Collaborated as a team on weekly challenges that pertain to the intersection of sustainability and fashion
• Presented pitch for circular fashion business to experts in sustainability, fashion, and the circular economy

Founder's Assistant, Project Manager
Nov 2018 - Jun 2020 CALP

• Assisted founder to develop principles that bridge the gap between K-12 environmental education and modern
leadership skills in Las Virgenes School District (LVUSD)
• Mentored first cohort in leadership, public speaking, sustainability issues, effective storytelling and communication, writing, and social media campaigns
• Cultivated relationships with guest speakers, experts, community members, and organizations dedicated to sustainability
• Crafted sustainability reports and guidelines for schools to track progress of green initiatives and goals

Zero-Waste Sustainability Team Member
Apr 2019 - Apr 2019 ARUP

• Implemented Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) for behavior change through strategies such as
prompts, convenience, incentives, social norming, social diffusion, and communication
• Engaged in eco-education efforts and communicated the changes in behavior needed in order to comply with ARUP's new sustainability initiatives
• Identified barriers to the selected behavior change pertaining to source-separating waste into designated
landfill, recycling, and food waste bins


Bachelor of Science - Biological Sciences
Master of Public Administration - Public Administration, Environmental Science and Policy
Jun 2020 - May 2021 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, School of International and Public Affairs

Software Languages & Skills


Experience Level

3-6 years

Sectors of Interest

Buildings & Cities, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Research & Education, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Land Use, Advocacy or Policy, Transportation, Atmosphere, Climate Adaptation, Consumer Goods, Climate Finance, Materials & Manufacturing, Communication & Media, Pollution & Waste Reduction, Climate Venture Capital, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, Climate Science, Science (Other), Community & Movement Building

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