Benita Mahanta

Benita Mahanta

Age: 35
Home Town: Sugar Land, Texas
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin; Master of Public Policy, The University of Chicago
Specific Field Interests: Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development, Conservation, Climate Change, Public Health, Research and Analysis, and Capacity-Building
Placement: ONergy Solar, Kolkata
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Benita comes to the AIF Clinton Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., where she served in the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability beginning in 2011. Among other areas at EPA, she has contributed to advancement of partnerships; development of internal Agency program guidance reflecting Congressional budgetary decisions; analysis of performance in water, Tribal affairs, and children’s health and performance information in EPA’s Congressional budget request; and creation of EPA’s Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Report. Benita began pursuing her interest in environmental and social issues in 2009, when she traveled to Ecuador as a volunteer on environmental projects and teaching English with the Yachana Training Center in the Napo province of the country. Later that year, she also began developing her interest in serving India while volunteering at Auxilium Snehalaya, a homeless children’s shelter in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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