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Welcome Summer Interns!

by Angela Uhl, Associate Director

Futurewise is very excited to welcome several interns who are working with us over the summer. We are grateful for their energy, insights and enthusiasm.

Emily Henry joins Futurewise as our Summer Legal Intern. Emily is a JD Candidate at Seattle University where she is pursuing her interest in Land Use and Environmental law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University in Sociocultural Anthropology and History. This led to her interest in the tensions between human interrelationships and the physical environment. Emily is an executive board member for Seattle University’s Women’s Law Caucus, serving as liaison to the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission. She is also on the board of the ACLU at Seattle University.

Drew Jungkuntz will be joining the Whatcom County Chapter of Futurewise this summer where he is writing model policy to facilitate transit-oriented community planning in towns and cities throughout Washington State. A rising senior at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, he is pursuing a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies and spent the past year studying public transportation access in low-income neighborhoods in Buenos Aires as well as bicycle mobility in Rome. Drew hopes to continue traveling abroad for a few years after graduating, broadening his perspective on urban planning issues and their potential solutions before eventually returning to his native Whatcom County to participate in the growth management process at home. Acknowledging the undeniable relationship between transportation patterns and land consumption, Drew is excited to help promote a (re)development focused on walking, biking, and public transit in Washington that will help preserve the landscapes and way of life that constantly draw him back to this small corner of the world.

Theo Fehsenfeld is a rising sophomore who will be attending Colorado College next year as a transfer from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. During her internship at Futurewise this summer, she will be developing a Conditions Report that creates strategies to address equity disparities in key communities in King County. She will also be interacting with community leaders in different jurisdictions and conducting surveys to recommend policy suggestions that are created through direct collaboration with the people they affect. This is directly applicable to some grassroots environmental movements that Theo participated in such as Repower Bainbridge and an initiative to increase composting in the Bainbridge Island School Districts. At Bates, Theo continued her advocacy by writing a letter to Angus King, a Maine Senator opposing the flow of tar sands through a pipeline that crosses valuable water sources.

Wren McNally is a masters student in the University of Washington College of the Built Environment Urban Design and Planning program. An interest in sustainable economic, social, and environmental development inspired her return to school. Her studies focus on integrated human-natural ecosystems, particularly the impact of built environments on human and environmental health. Prior to graduate school, Wren served as the Assistant Director of Faculty and Community Programs for the Global Business Center at the UW Foster School of Business. In this role Wren managed practical international business educational initiatives, including the annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition. Wren served as co-chair for the UW Global Health Resource Center from 2010-12, on the Global Health Nexus Education Committee from 2010-12, as a board member for Seattle Microfinance (SeaMo) from 2009-11, and on the board of Crooked Trails from 2008-09. Wren has an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a BA in Asian Studies from Whitman College.

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