Carlos Pinon is a senior majoring in Environmental Science and pursuing a Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate in Public Policy. His academic interests are primarily centered on environmental justice. In the spring of 2018, Carlos interned at PODER, a grassroots non-profit organization where he analyzed how the City’s proposed land development plans would displace communities of color in East Austin. The following summer, Carlos worked at the Commonwealth Foundation in London. There, he assisted in the allocation of grants to NGOs from member states of the Commonwealth while learning how civil societies in island nations have organized to improve their resilience against climate change-induced disasters. Currently, Carlos is completing an independent research project that will quantify the disproportionate exposure of particular populations to hazardous air pollutants in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He is also an Education & Outreach Chair at the Campus Environmental Center and mentor for the Foundation Scholars Program. After graduation, Carlos plans to pursue a graduate degree in environmental policy or sustainable development.