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Bio

Graeme Hugo is a college senior majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies at Santa Clara University (SCU). He has developed a specialized knowledge in sustainability, emphasizing water resource management and proactive urban planning. He is proficient in the Spanish language, and has foreign study experience in Latin America and Europe. Graeme developed his environmental interests from an early age by growing up in Lake Tahoe, a region where conservation ethics and environmental accountability are paramount. At Santa Clara, Graeme is a member of the University Honor’s Program, a Student Librarian at the Learning Commons, and an active member within the University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. He has worked for nonprofits, large government organizations, and private companies, gaining experience and knowledge about the intricacies of professional life in each sector. In the summer of 2019, he conducted research under the auspices of Professor CJ Gabbe to investigate and understand extreme heating in the state of California (with funding provided by the state’s Cap and Trade Program). In October 2019, he submitted a research project proposal to study environmental development in the Chilean Lakes District during the 2019-2020 academic year. From this proposal, Graeme decided to center his Senior Thesis on Chile’s “Chicago Boys” and their role in shaping economic and political policy at the close of the 20th century. He will publish his thesis in June 2020 and hopes to share how US policies have influenced the Chilean economy, natural resource allocation, and recent public protests. In his free time, Graeme enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, playing ice hockey, speaking Spanish, and embracing the art of home cooking and creative gastronomy.