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This summer, we have had some exciting structural changes at The Sustainability Laboratory, with the addition of Alissa Murray, The Lab’s new Director, Program Operations, to the team.

Alissa is from New York, and she works out of the Lab’s headquarters in NYC. She has a multi-disciplinary background, having studied Physics and Spanish, and she worked for several years as an environmental scientist and consultant. She is also a writer and world traveler, and she writes about the intersection of travel with sustainability, human rights, environmental justice, and more.

Alissa is responsible for many of the communications, development, and administrative tasks related to The Lab’s various projects. According to Alissa, “I’m incredibly excited to be working at The Lab. I love the interdisciplinary nature and far-reaching impact of The Lab’s work, driven by its sustainability principles. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team and working actively to effect innovative and positive changes in the world.”

Alissa Murray, Director, Program Operations in Colombia

Alissa in Guatapé, Colombia

Alissa has taken over many of the duties of Arielle Angel, who served as The Lab’s Director of Operations for the past five years. Arielle will be missed, having made a career shift into the world of literary editing, and we wish her happiness and success in her future endeavors.

Arielle shared some thoughts with us on her time at The Lab: “As I reflect on my last five years at The Lab, I’m in awe of what we were able to accomplish, on a small budget and with an even-smaller staff. As I write this, the Global Sustainability Fellows Program has just closed a successful summer program—the first since our pilot—and Project Wadi Attir is making meaningful strides towards self-sufficiency, even with expanding programs and operations. These accomplishments are a testament to The Lab’s strength of vision and will, and to the work of a group of people around the world who are committed to helping humanity take its next evolutionary step into a sustainable future. In these dark times, I feel fortified by The Lab’s deep understanding of the necessary change, and its work to bring it to fruition. Though I am moving on, I will always remain a part of The Lab’s global family.”

Arielle also shared her thoughts in a letter to the staff at Project Wadi Attir.

We look forward to working with Alissa, and to many continued successes in The Lab’s future!

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