Chris Ortiz y Pino is a master’s student of urban planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and is concurrently working towards a graduate certificate in water policy. His focus is on the intersection of land use and water resource management. Prior to graduate school, he served in the United States Peace Corps where he volunteered in Nicaragua, focusing on sustainable agriculture and food security. His primary work was to design and implement a USAID funded improved cook stove project that eliminated smoke in the house and reduced the rate of deforestation of the local watershed. Chris currently works as the project manager for the Community and School Garden Program.