Ioana Tcholakova is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, but she grew up in Indiana before moving to Southern California for college. She has recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego. There, she did independent research on the factors influencing the distribution of fecal indicator bacteria in stormwater in the City of San Diego, looking both at the physical and socioeconomic relationships with bacteria. Ioana also works as a Management Intern at the Storm Water Division in the City of San Diego to work towards initiatives to improve water quality in the watersheds throughout San Diego. Ioana also works at I Love a Clean San Diego as an Outreach Assistant, where she promotes community outreach and participation in community park and beach cleanups around the region.
Through both her education and professional experiences, Ioana has developed a passion for sustainable and equitable urban development, water and air quality improvement, and waste management. Ioana’s passion for combating environmental injustice is channeled into her role at ICEJ. As being an individual who depends on public transportation, she is inspired by ICEJ’s transportation initiative and works to increase outreach on this topic around San Diego.