Jamie has a diverse background in both the non-profit and public sectors and a strong commitment to Texas and the environment.

She holds an M.A. in Global Policy Studies with a specialization in Energy & Environmental Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

While at the LBJ School, Jamie worked as a policy analyst with the Border Affairs team at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality where she oversaw a project to increase energy efficiency in school districts within the Lower Rio Grande Valley. She also examined ecotourism as a mechanism for species protection in Africa as part of a policy research project on Global Wildlife Conservation at the LBJ School. 

Jamie also has experience in education, working for both the University of Texas at Austin and KIPP Austin Public Schools. She believes that improving education and sustaining the environment are the two most important challenges facing Texas and the world. 

She has traveled widely, having worked for an acclaimed think-tank in Brazil, studied abroad in both Brazil and Italy, conducted research on global wildlife conservation in Tanzania, and backpacked throughout much of Europe.

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