Meet our SolarCorps Outreach Fellow, Parwana Ayub! Parwana is a Bay Area native that is grateful to be addressing environmental issues in an inclusive and equitable manner at home.
How did you come to GRID?
I studied environmental policy in college. Upon graduation in 2016 I was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States. I spent my Watson year studying midwifery models of care in historically marginalized communities. At the end of the year I decided to come back to the Bay Area and look for a job that allowed me to serve communities like the ones I grew up in. That's how I found GRID!
What GRID value most resonates with you?
Equity. I grew up in under-served communities most of my life, both in the Bay Area and abroad. I understand that addressing environmental issues in an inclusive and equitable manner requires us to acknowledge the race and class dimensions of environmental issues. Serving as an Outreach Fellow has been an enriching experience.
Favorite GRID moment?
Building relationships with clients.
Fun Fact about you
My name means butterfly in Farsi.
Did you know that 1 in 5 GRID staff is a SolarCorps Fellow? Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are open now! Click here to learn more about the program and apply today.
GRID Alternatives is grateful for the generous support from the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS). The SolarCorps Fellowship Program is made possible with additional funding from AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Bank of America.