Tara was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center between September 2018 and May 2019. Tara has a BSE in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan and a MA in Educational Psychology from The University of New Mexico. Tara joined the Southwest Environmental Finance Center in 2018. Tara is an educator and a problem solver. Tara has experience with program development, program management, research, learning science, curriculum development, and pedagogy. Tara developed curriculum for and taught more than seven University-level courses and has presented hundreds of workshops. She is an active researcher in the areas of learning and educator efficacy, with multiple peer-reviewed publications and more than ten national conference presentations.
Diane was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center between April and August 2018. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology Option from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and an A.S. in Agriculture, Horticulture Technology from Oklahoma State University. Diane brings her environmental professional background with technical writing, coordination, and research skills to the team. Diane worked with federal, local, state, and tribal environmental professionals on Superfund (CERCLA) sites, facilitated environmental education, and hosted environmental conferences. She understands the need for regulations to avoid creating big environmental messes costing billions and taking decades to centuries to re-mediate. In her free time, Diane enjoys promoting habitat preservation and restoration through volunteer work with the Albuquerque Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.
Derek was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center for the summer of 2017.
Water Rates Analyst
Samrat is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on environmental and natural resource economics. His primary area of focus is in the area of non-market valuation methods, survey design, and climate change adaptation in the context of developing countries. For a list of his publications and a link to his CV, please click here.