Jada Koushik is a Ph.D. Candidate with SENS/SEPN at the University of Saskatchewan. She received a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology and Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), in addition to a Masters of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, with a focus on Environmental Health and Natural Resource Management. For nearly ten years she worked at state and local health departments in the United States, where her experience as an epidemiologist and health educator provided her with a diverse background in vector-borne diseases, communicable disease, and environmental health. Currently, Jada is working with the Sustainability Education Policy Network (SEPN) to explore to what extent local influences (e.g. cultural considerations, place/land, policy environment) affect the development and enactment of sustainability in education practice and policy. Her work surrounding how local contexts inform the engagement of sustainability in education policy and practice was recently published in the Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE).