Ali Hiple is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University. Her interests are at the intersection of science and policy; understanding how to implement environmental research and policy though effective and just planning decisions. She also works for the Office of Energy & Environment at the City of Medford, MA where she is primarily focused on stormwater management and education efforts to protect the Mystic River Watershed. Prior to this she worked for four years at The Trust for Public Land, a national environmental nonprofit, where she acted as an urban park researcher and consultant. In this role she managed the national ParkScore index, a comprehensive rating system that measures how well the 100 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks. She also contributed to park system master planning projects, and researched, wrote, and presented on the importance of urban parks. Ali graduated in 2015 with a BA in Environmental Studies (and a second major in English). Courses like Health Effects of Pollution, Energy & the Environment, and a semester abroad in Copenhagen studying European sustainability efforts were foundational in her environmental education. She credits the passion and support of the Environmental Studies professors and fellow students, both during and after her time on campus, for inspiration and success in her career.