Staff and Interns
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 206 | 413-597-4197 | [email protected]
Tanja has worked on sustainability since 2000 and in a variety of settings, including at the United Nations, the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental think tank, academia, and an independent K-12 school. She holds a Masters in statistics from Dortmund Technical University and a PhD in environmental statistics and policy from the Yale School of the Environment.
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 208 | 413-597-4462 | [email protected]
Mike joined the Zilkha Center team in 2014. Prior to his time at Williams, he worked in nonprofits focusing on food security, youth empowerment, sustainable agriculture, and food justice in Boston, Austin, and Salt Lake City. Mike received a B.A. in African and African American Studies from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Community Leadership from Westminster College.
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 207 | 413-597-4422 | [email protected]
Christine has a background in environmental education, student engagement, and municipal greenhouse gas accounting. One of her greatest joys in life is seeing young people empowered to make positive change in their communities. She holds a B.S. in biology from Gordon College and is working on her masters in sustainability at Harvard Extension.
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 108 | 413-597-2346 | [email protected]
Kristen Chou '23 (she/her) - Communications/Artist in Residence • As a communications intern this summer I'll be helping the Zilkha Center update their web presence, optimizing the structure of content into an accessible format. I'll also be working with the Communications Department to develop this web presence as well as identifying opportunities to engage with a wider audience. Additionally, as an Artist in Residence, I'll be creating art interpreting sustainability and social justice themes while participating in collaborative projects and activities with other interns! • I'm excited to improve my skills in website design while pursing my love of art and learning more about sustainability!
Kenia Cruz Guardado '22 (she/her) - Digital Humanities • As the Digital Humanities intern this summer, my goal is to help the Zilkha Center condense its vast research into a digital timeline that allows others to see the work produced by ZC as well as its journey to make that work happen. This includes working ZC history and choosing artifacts that will make up a timeline to put on the DC website. I also hope to help create a sustainability layer for the College's virtual map which will allow visitors to understand more of the sustainability work the College and the ZC do. • I am excited to meet such interesting people and interesting artifacts that will allow me to piece together the history of the ZC and show how awesome it is to others!
Simon Kissam (he/him) '23 - Zero Waste Intern • As a zero waste intern this summer I will be working to help the college move towards eliminating waste on campus. With my fellow zero waste intern, I will focus on composting on campus, standardizing waste bins, ensuring environmental and social justice considerations are integrated into college purchasing proposals, and other projects. • I am most excited to help make Williams College a more sustainable and environmentally conscious institution that I can feel proud of.
Jacob Chen (he/him or they/them) '23.5 - Zero Waste Intern • My efforts will be focused towards reducing waste on campus and finding ways to fulfill the college's sustainability strategic plan. I will work on composting, standardizing waste bins across campus, streamlining purchases made by the college, and cataloging campus needs regarding storage. • I'm most excited to create engaging and informational content that will empower my peers to protect the environment for a brighter future!
Carolyn Jordan (they/them) '23 - Garden Simulation Game Developer • This summer I'm going to be creating a video game that's focused on educating players about how to garden sustainably and successfully. It'll be similar to other farming simulation games that are out there, but this one is going to be implementing real-life techniques and 'rules' on how to garden in the Berkshires, so that people can take what they've learned while playing and put it into practice. • I'm really excited to see how I can customize this game to be the most enjoyable for players. This will also be the first full-length project like this that I'm undertaking, so I'm looking forward to seeing how I can build off of other games in the genre to create something useful, educational and fun!
Lemmy Evans (they/them) '23 - Artist-In-Residence • The role of the Artist-In-Residence is to explore the ideas and issues surrounding sustainability and conservation through artistic mediums. Alongside the other Artist-In-Residence, I will not only be creating my own body of work but also developing smaller artistic projects with other interns throughout the summer. • I am excited for the freedom of the project that the Artist-In-Residence postion has. It is a rare opportunity for artists and I intend to take full advantage. But I also can't wait to see how my artistic perspective is shaped and challenged by the program and my fellow interns.
Zeb Hart (he/him) '23 - Food Sustainability • Through this internship I will be helping Williams and its students become more sustainable by examing food on campus. I will do this by taking note of the college's current needs and practices while also addressing them. Additionally, I will also be educating students about the power of food and how to make sustainable choices at the dining halls and in their everyday lives. • I am looking forward to working with my fellow interns and the college towards a joint goal of sustainability.