“One big lesson from The New School was to challenge everything,” says McBride who graduated from the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment with a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management in 2016. “By challenging traditional models of thinking, that type of environment really allowed me to learn from others, to trust myself, and to really imagine new ways to do things.”
Following her graduation, McBride began working as Director of Environment and Sustainability at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) based in Washington, D.C.
“Environmental Policy can be taught in one way, i.e. the policy side, or maybe with more science, or more of a social justice angle, but the benefit of my program was that I was able to get a sample of each,” says McBride. “The new school helped me develop my passion for environmental justice by giving me a chance to study it and examine it in a way I hadn’t done before.”
Since the making of this video, McBride was named Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland, California, where she currently leads city-wide resilience building efforts with the goal of helping Oakland prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the “shocks,” like catastrophic events like earthquakes, fires, and floods, and “stresses” (slow-moving disasters like sea level rise, homelessness, and economic inequality).