September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: The World Bank Washington, D.C.
Ashley L. Camhi originates from the Garden State, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Shortly after, she worked for two years as an Agro Forestry Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps in Paraguay. During that time, she implemented reforestation projects, community gardens, environmental education programs, and sustainable agricultural systems. She also picked up a new language, Guarani, and sharpened her Spanish.
After returning from Paraguay, Ashley began her Master’s in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She continued to deepen her knowledge of environmental policy by concentrating in economics and sustainable forest management. She worked as the Sustainability Intern for the City of Pacific Grove, California, successfully receiving a grant from the Packard Foundation to fund a feasibility study for an alternative storm water management system.
During the summer of 2008, Ashley interned at the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York City. She analyzed the role of sustainable forest management in post conflict development and created a compendium of intergovernmental and regional organizations.
Ashley completed her International Professional Service Semester at the World Bank in Washington D.C. in the Economics Unit of the Sustainable Development Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. She created a comprehensive inventory of all of the payment for ecosystem service schemes in Latin America and the Caribbean and participated in the planning for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) funding and implementation.