After graduating from Mason with a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in 2008, Danielle Wyman traveled to the small, rural village of Mastatal, Costa Rica to learn about and participate in organic farming. This experience took Danielle’s life-long passion for the environment and turned it into a driving force for encouraging a sense of connection and stewardship with the earth. Upon her return to Virginia she presented her vision for a sustainable campus garden to Masons’ Sustainability Manager at the time, Lenna Storm. Shortly after her presentation, Danielle was hired on to the Sustainability Team- part time to start and then gradually she moved into a full time position with the office.
Since beginning Mason’s first-ever organic vegetable garden, Danielle has had the wonderful opportunity to assist with a wide-variety of sustainability initiatives (including but not limited to sustainable food, Climate Action Planning, Earth Week events, Permaculture Design Certification courses, PGF projects, Green Patriots and Green Office programs). Danielle managed outreach and community engagement through a combination of the programs listed above as well as general outreach. Danielle was eager to play a leading role in empowering the Mason community to constantly reach for its highest (and most sustainable) potential. She received her Masters at Mason in Sustainable Food Systems. When she’s not at the Office of Sustainability, she can often be found hiking around the Shenandoah Mountains, dancing, painting, cooking, farming, or riding her bike on the W and OD trail.