Joanna Chen is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in the areas of Global Poverty and Practice, Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries, and Chinese Studies. A resident of Anaheim, California, she has spent the last few years studying and working in five different countries on three different continents. In addition to UC Berkeley, Joanna studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and the National University of Singapore. She worked as a student ambassador at the Shanghai 2012 World Expo, interned for the Mito City International Center in Japan and ran welfare, health and education programs for orphans in Uganda. She was awarded the UC Berkeley Blum Center Global Poverty and Practice Minor Travel Grant Fellowship in 2012 for research on environmental justice in China. It was through this fellowship grant that Joanna joined Green Anhui, a local organization for environmental protection in China’s Anhui province, as an intern and fellow. She trained and led university students in the testing and monitoring of polluted waterways and assisted in their preparation of environmental disclosure forms for a campaign against illegal industrial pollution. She developed a one year sanitation project, conducted research on China’s environmental policies and developed a grant database.
Back in the USA, Joanna is involved in many of the UC Berkeley activities and organizations. She is currently conducting research on lab sustainability for the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and is implementing Berkeley’s first green lab certification program. She is the president of the Californians, a university leadership council, and of Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional foreign service fraternity. Joanna has won numerous awards, including the Berkeley Leadership Award.