Land Conservation and Water Program Associate

Farnaz Seddighzadeh is the land and water program associate at the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation where she facilitates programmatic and administrative duties associated with the water program, while also assisting the foundation in grantmaking within the shale sustainability, clean energy, land conservation, and sustainability education programs. Before joining the foundation, Farnaz received the Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Botswana to assist in research on regrowth patterns after prescribed burns in African bush savannas. She also interned with the San Antonio Botanical Garden where she designed field trips and summer camps focused on environmental stewardship and encouraging high school students to pursue careers in the environmental sciences.

Farnaz studied Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala, and has led efforts to educate and motivate college students to study abroad, organizing workshops and panels focused on connecting students with funding and guidance to make their study abroad plans a reality. Before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Farnaz designed a scientific study on forest ecology in the Loblolly pine forest of Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station, ending in the completion of her capstone thesis.

 Farnaz Seddighzadeh

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