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CHCI-Duke Energy Intern

Hometown: Angola, Indiana
School: Columbia University
Major: Sustainable Development
Placement: The Office of Rep. Jesús García

Annie Delgadillo spent the first 14 years of her life in the bustling city of Fort Worth, Texas, surrounded by a richness of Latino culture. Her family relocated to a rural community in northern Indiana. Here, she learned both the values and perspectives of rural life. All the while managing to hold onto her heritage despite no longer being surrounded by others of a similar culture. She was raised by her Venezuelan single mother who instilled values of service and compassion from a young age by ensuring volunteer work was a family affair.

Annie currently attends Columbia University and is exploring the intersection of environmental prosperity and human social development as a Sustainable Development major. During her time at Columbia, she has attempted to deepen her understanding of what the implementation of sustainable development looks like as a member of the Columbia University Engineers Without Borders Morocco chapter. She has also developed her skills as a researcher working with the Hoosier Environmental Council. Researching topics such as diversity and inclusion methods within natural resource agencies and public space management. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Annie hopes to pursue an environmental law degree.

As a CHCI Intern, Annie hopes to strengthen her knowledge of how the legislative process can be used as a vehicle to strengthen environmental policy, especially policy that addresses the disproportionate effects of environmental issues on minorities.