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Darya Watnick

Master of Environmental Management 2021
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Darya Watnick is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, where she focuses on agriculture and food systems. At CBEY, she is a research assistant for the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, co-developing a soil health program and policy guidebook, and co-leader of the Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop Series.

At Yale, Darya had a summer fellowship with Mad Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture organization based in Boulder, Colorado, and chaired the 2021 Yale Food Systems Symposium. Currently, she is a consultant for the Colorado Coalition to Enhance Working Lands, and the student coordinator for the Ecosystem Management & Conservation specialization.

Prior to graduate school, Darya spent three years in Israel, volunteering with an Ethiopian community, studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and working with EcoPeace Middle East, an environmental peacebuilding NGO. Most recently, Darya was the Director of Jewish Engagement at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, where she had a fellowship in Jewish Outdoor, Food/Farming, and Environmental Education (JOFEE), working to integrate Jewish traditions and rituals with environmental and outdoor education.

Darya graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Religious Studies.