Nora (she/her) joined as the Low-moderate Income Community Solar Intern in March, 2022. Her official home base is the Brentwood office, but so far, she has only seen the Upper Valley, NH location, where her work-from-home PC was issued. Nora is passionate about protecting wildlife, nature and the environment and sees “going solar” as a critical piece of achieving sustainability and fighting back against climate change and species extinctions. She has also always tended to favor those who are struggling more. Nora wants to be part of the solution!
In her past life, she worked in medicine, serving a mainly working-class community with a significant proportion of primary Spanish-speakers (largely from Puerto Rico), and when training for her first career in Aotearoa / New Zealand, she worked with a predominantly Pacific Islander population (NZ and Cook Island Maori, Samoan, Niuean, Fijian, Tokelauan, and Tuvaluan). Nora is strongest in English but also speaks German, some Spanish, and common Maori words and phrases.
Nora left the medical field in 2016 to enter graduate school at Antioch in Keene, where she completed a program in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Conservation Biology. Her initial work post-graduation took her around the country performing wildlife research and protection. As much as living in a tent had its value, this led her to become very fond of toilets and plumbing.
Now she spends her free time looking at birds, cooking delicious, 100% plant-based meals, and reading everything from classic memoirs (Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain) to natural history (A Deep Presence by Robert G. Goodby and Gulls Simplified by Dunne and Karlson) and a lot else. Though Nora loves to sleep at night, she has also taken up helping amphibians safely cross the road on wet nights when they are migrating.