Daija Odom graduated from Towson University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Studies. Growing up, gardening served as a bonding experience between her and her mother, leading Daija to develop a personal connection with her natural environment and eventually work for her university’s greenhouse.
While horticulture remains an important hobby for her, after developing a residential compost program, Daija realized her desired career path was in the field of sustainability. With the help of Assistant Director of Sustainability, Patricia Watson, Daija worked for the Towson University Office of Sustainability. After graduation, she served as an Environmental Restoration Captain at MOM’s Organic Market, a [natural/organic/health] food grocery store that prioritizes environmental protection. Throughout her work at MOM’s Organic Market, Daija realized the impact of corporate sustainability and the necessity of environmental education at a civilian level. With a strong interest in specializing in Corporate Environmental Management at the Bren School, Daija aspires to advise businesses in more environmentally responsible practices that reduce emissions and waste. Furthermore, she hopes to continue that education at a resident level through a focus on Strategic Environmental Communication & Media.