Today we hear from the newest addition to our team, Ten Strands climate corps fellow Riki Bertoldi, and how living in California increased her awareness of the detrimental impacts of climate change, particularly her exposure to frequent wildfires and smoke.
Riki grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her elementary school experience played a crucial role in her language development in both English and Japanese. To further enhance her Japanese language and cultural understanding, she also attended the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle. Riki attended Santa Monica Community College and UC Berkeley, where she pursued a major in B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies. Throughout her time at UC Berkeley, Riki actively engaged in various research projects focused on environmental justice issues. Notably, she collaborated with Stockton AB 617 community stakeholders to address the detrimental environmental and public health effects of open burning in the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, she conducted a senior thesis project utilizing remote sensing technologies to monitor harmful algal blooms in Monterey Bay. Riki is thrilled to serve as a Climate Corps Fellow at Ten Strands, utilizing her skills and knowledge to contribute to building a solid foundation of data-driven initiatives aimed at fostering environmental awareness and understanding.