Nfamara Dampha is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, working as a Graduate Student Researcher with Steve Polasky, in collaboration with the Natural Capital Project at the Institute on the Environment. Nfamara’s research interests include international development, climate change, food security, environmental justice and policy, and disaster risk reduction, and he brings quantitative and qualitative skills in program evaluation, disaster risk assessment and response management, participatory engagement, and communications. Prior to his graduate studies, Nfamara was Director of Administration at the National Disaster Management Agency, under the Office of the President in The Gambia. Nfamara holds a master’s degree in International Development Practice with a focus on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of The Gambia. Nfamara has been awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, the Robert and Paula Barrie Graduate Fellowship for International Trade, Development, and Public Policy, the Gerald Mullin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for International Peace, and the William R. & Barbara A. Pearce Family Fellowship.