Master of Regional Planning/Master of Public Policy and Administration (MRP/MPPA) candidate, May 2018
A native of Ashburnham, a small town in north central Massachusetts, Desiree earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and certificate in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. A year of AmeriCorps service at a regional land trust through the Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) sparked Desiree's interest in returning to the Valley to pursue a dual-degree in Public Policy and Regional Planning. Desiree has a special interest in rural land use, cultural landscapes and understanding how the public values and interacts with open space. She is an intern at Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and serves as the Clerk on the Board of Directors of the Ashburnham Conservation Trust. She is currently the Co-President of the Planning Student Organization in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department here at UMass. Desiree has a passion for public service and enjoys hiking, going on road trips and exploring new places.