Drew Andersen graduated from Occidental College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics with a concentration in Geology. Between his years as an undergraduate, he worked as an ocean kayak tour guide in the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve in San Diego. While this job began as seasonal work, it solidified his interest in environmental conservation and directed his attention towards environmental problems. After finishing his degree, he returned home to San Diego and began working with the international non-profit, WILDCOAST, as an education and outreach intern. In this role, he worked events in San Diego’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and developed informational guides for MPAs in conjunction with local and state agencies. During his time at Bren, he would like to continue his experience working with protected areas and develop his technical skills through a specialization in Conservation Planning. He hopes that his experiences working in MPAs paired with his analytical background will allow him to serve as a liaison between the environmental community and the general public during his career.