Meet Our Inaugural ClassWinnie Kaaria

Winnie graduated from Westminster College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Science. In her undergraduate career, she made sure to take every leadership challenge offered to her. In 2010, she was selected as the Social Chair of the Westminster College African Union, where she organized different social events on campus. In 2011, she was appointed the Union’s president and also became a student ambassador. Thereafter, in 2012, while working at the Churchill Institute as the Director of Public Relations, one of the articles she wrote on an event they organized was recognized. In a follow up, she was chosen to represent Westminster College at the White House Interfaith Initiative Youth Core Conference organized by Eboo Patel, which was attended by more than 200 universities across the U.S.A. In relation to her excellent representation of the school, she was hired as a student coordinator for the Westminster Interfaith Initiative.

Winnie’s passion for transnational issues and desire to impact the quality of life in cities led her to join CUSP’S inaugural class. Winnie focused her electives on the social science and policy aspects of the program. For her internship, Winnie did research for NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. Projects she worked on included analyzing and managing Local Law 87 data and evaluating how well city requirements of the Energy Audits and retro-commissioning were met.

After completing her degree at CUSP, Winnie hopes to work in environmental, social, or governance research and analysis in the US before returning to Kenya to use her experience to improve the county’s urban environments.