Cotie San is a proud Cambodian-American from Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2018 with a BA in International and Global Studies and was awarded “Best Campus Initiative” for her work organizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and fundraisers on campus. From there, she interned at New Haven Farms for the summer and assisted with the Farm-based Wellness Program and learned about food security and its ties to health and well being.
Although Cotie enjoyed learning about food security, she realized that she missed her Southern roots. She then moved to New Orleans to work with lowernine.org, a residential construction nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding homes for pre-Katrina residents of the Lower Ninth Ward. At lowernine.org she collaborated with a small, hardworking team on development and fundraising, and managed volunteer recruitment and coordination and social media. With the guidance of the Director, she raised over $275,000 for the nonprofit, including establishing a new partnership with the City of New Orleans through a Community Development Block Grant. Working in a community that was affected by water, climate change, and failed government-built levees sparked her interest in the intersection of water, equity, and climate change.
Cotie joined the Water Institute team in July 2020, and is excited to support internal operations to further advance the work of the researchers, policy makers, and organizations working to make clean water more accessible for all. She has been admitted to UNC’s Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights program at the Gillings School for Global Public Health, and will begin her studies in August 2021.
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