Born in the Central American country of Belize and raised on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Kalina moved to New York where she received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University at Buffalo (UB). During her college career she was able to work in the Office of Sustainability at UB and in the summer of 2017 she interned at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center in Belmopan, Belize.
Kalina shifted her focus to cultural issues and became an event planner at The Garifuna Heritage Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where she was able to not only learn more about her history but also help educate others. Later she worked as a Procurement Intern within the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines where she gained insight specifically by assisting in the Regional Development Vulnerability Reduction Project funded by the World Bank.
Kalina aims to use her skills to link the environmental needs of developing and developed countries through research and policy. She is excited to expand her knowledge about ocean advocacy and policy during her time with the Climate team at the Ocean Conservancy in Santa Cruz.
In her free time, Kalina enjoys making vlogs for her family and friends, hanging out with friends, playing the piano, watching crime tv shows, exploring new places.