United States Staff
"As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously." - Benjamin Franklin
Ava De Lara
My family is closely connected to the environment through our heritage, and we believe strongly in being of service to our fellow travelers on this planet. Having worked for the California EPA for 15 years, helping TAE was just a natural fit.
Editor-in-Chief/Social Media Correspondent: I have a degree in English and French and I am currently studying for my masters in nonprofit management. I joined TAE because I am passionate about environmental sustainability. I appreciate the gift of life and the opportunities given to us all to work together to create a just world. I want to be a part of the change makers in the world and having the opportunity to work with this awesome team in making a difference in the lives of other people has been a true privilege.
"I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller
"Because people who are crazy enough to think they change the world are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs
My role at TAE is one in which I can provide input and can hear the brilliant ideas of other staff in a very open, eager and intimate setting, since we are just starting out. I appreciate being a part of TAE, helping as best I can to keep the company going while expanding my knowledge of similar innovative projects that inspire me to think big as well.
VP, Global Engagement: A couple of years ago I saw the video on Ghana’s waste crisis. I was shocked by the amount of garbage and more so the people living in that area. Instantly, I thought how can I help, how can I make a difference. I joined TAE because I thought environmental issue is a global issue and it will need an organization like TAE to reach under-developed region to foster the communication and action that will aid in building a more sustainable environment for all people from all regions.
"I think the earth has enough resources to sustain everyone on our planet, however it requires us to look at our planet as a community that care for each other and must be willing to go without excess."
Newsletter Writer: As a recent graduate with an Environmental Management degree, I was looking for an opportunity to contribute to the solutions of the various environmental problems that have detrimental effects on our well being and the surrounding environment. Then I came across Dr. Kwame, who was just visiting a friend in Washington, DC . We snatched a few minutes conversation that resulted in me knowing about TAE. I later went through TAE website, and was very impressed by what it stands for and the accomplished projects. I decided without hesitation to volunteer for TAE and be part of this great team of people who have been making difference in peoples’ lives. I thank all TAE members, and Dr. Kwame in particular for the opportunity.
“A life well spent is a life one spends knowing that he or she is making a difference in other people’s life.”
Lorena Medina is a graduate of the School of Business at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California. She has over 10 years experience in the Human Resources field, and is currently employed at the State of California, Department of Human Resources. She has been a supporter of TAE for over 5 years. Lorena’s wellness interests include cycling, walking, and dancing. Her support for TAE comes from her 12 years of experience with other local organizations. She brings different perspectives to the TAE team. She is supportive and enthusiastic about helping TAE thrive and reach success. Her passion for helping others drives her activism. In the future, she aspires that TAEs vision be applied in other third world nations such as Mexico, her native country.