Ren joined VAIPL as a Communications Coordinator at the start of 2022, after working as an intern in the fall. She is a recent graduate from Virginia Tech, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, with minors in urban forestry and leadership. During her time there, she was able to teach title I school children, lead several plant sales, and work with Cooperative Extension. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, she grew up visiting her grandparents in the countryside of Buckingham. Due to these experiences, she has a profound love for the environment, making artwork, and meeting new people. Ren was raised as a Catholic, and later came back to the faith during her time in college. Now, her spirituality is a large part of her life, and she is eager to learn from all walks of life. Ren hopes to bring about positive change in the world around her through visual storytelling, communication, and outreach. Through this, Ren aims to uplift and empower people to create a more sustainable future for us all.