Associate, Land Conservation and Water Programs 

Ria Agarwal is the land conservation and water programs associate at the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, where she facilitates programmatic and administrative duties related to the land conservation and water programs. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree at St. Edward’s University, she worked as an intern for Save Barton Creek Association, where she assisted with research and provided support for projects, including reports and advocacy events for water conservation and protection. She interned at Y’alla Collaborative, a consulting firm in Austin that provides operational and fundraising support to nonprofit organizations. She also taught English as a second language in Malaga, Spain and Lima, Peru.

Ria received her B.A. from St. Edward’s University, where she graduated summa cum laude, majoring in global studies and a minor in environmental science and policy with concentrations in international conflict, cooperation, and security and a regional concentration in Latin America. During her studies, she focused much of her research on environmental justice at the intersection of social and environmental issues related to policy on both the international and local levels, including a senior capstone that she wrote on climate-driven migration in Central America.

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