Candela Cerpa serves as the GIS Specialist and Data Analyst at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. She joined the team in August 2020.
Candela graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2020, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy. At graduation, she was named to the Maryland Medallion Society, a prestigious group that showcases the talents of 20 of the brightest and most capable undergraduate student leaders. She was also a NOAA Hollings Scholar, which recognizes and supports exemplary environmental science students across the country.
In college, she worked in community organizing for environmental and social justice issues. She has also interned at USAID, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Law Institute, NOAA, the National Park Service, and many research teams.