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Tamara Muruetagoiena

April 2007: I am currently a graduate student at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a focus in forest ecology. This past summer I completed my masterís thesis research on forest plantations in Europe. For the last three years I have combined my graduate studies at Yale with work as a Teacherís Assistant for a graduate course on Local Flora and a field ecology/biodiversity conservation experiment design in New York City Parks for Columbia University.

I hold a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration, with a thesis in Agribusiness that I complemented with a marketing diploma specializing in marketing for non-profit organizations. After graduate school I worked for four years as a Policy Adviser to the Green Group in the European Parliament. In my capacity as an adviser, I was engaged on a daily basis with the political decision-making process of the EU and the government affairs of its Member States. As a technical adviser, I performed in-depth analysis of reports and legislation in the area of my expertise, interfacing with concerned lobbyists, framing new legislation as well as introducing my party's point of view throughout the legislative process. I acted as a direct representative of the Green Party in working with Members of the Parliament, representatives of the governments of individual Member States and groups lobbying on behalf of concerned commercial entities, NGOs and advocacy groups as well as members of the public.

In addition to my work as a policy adviser I became the EU representative of Elkarri (Basque Peace Organization). I founded the Brussels chapter of the organization and then became Elkarriís representative in the U.S. Working for Elkarri I became involved in the New Tactics in Human Rights project directed by the Center for Victims of Torture (Minnesota), which, interfaces with a diverse group of international organizations and practitioners, to promote tactical innovation and strategic thinking within the international human rights community. In September 2003 I became an adviser to the International Committee of the Green Party of the U.S. and I have been involved in several local political campaigns working directly in canvassing, advocacy and media relations.