ANGELA XIONG, Project Assistant

B.A, English Literature and Religious Studies, Wellesley College
M.A., Sustainability, Arizona State University

Professional Background

A recent arrival to the East Bay, Angie holds a master’s degree from the School of Sustainability at Arizona Statue University, having focused on community food and health, complex systems analysis, and intervention research. Her academic research allowed her to bring a sustainability lens to issues such as public health, working at the community scale to engage health professionals, government, and local residents in envisioning the future of sustainable, preventative health systems in neighborhoods; her thesis analyzed the role of well-designed playgrounds in providing access to recreation, improving safety perceptions, and tackling childhood obesity. After graduation, Angie co-authored a book on problem- and project-based learning.

Angie has worked as a Community Engagement Manager for Mountain Park Health Center, where she coordinated programs and activities, designed and facilitated community workshops, and established partnerships and collaboratives. Angie’s interest in education paradigms was honed during a broad range of experiences, including interning with the Urban Ecology Institute in Cambridge, where she created and piloted experiential learning curricula in urban water systems studies for middle school students; developing and implementing hands-on STEM curricula for elementary students as an AmeriCorps Education Specialist; and leading diverse groups of students as an Environmental Educator.

A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Angie has also traveled to Japan where she worked on a sustainable organic farm, which served as a training school for grassroots community leaders from developing nations.