Young Professionals

1.  Hello!

Posted 7 days ago
Hello Young Professional Community!

As a new member, I wanted to introduce myself! My name is Catherine O'Connor and I live in Santa Cruz, CA. I have been a member for several months now, but have been a bit shy in joining the discussion. I will say... I am beyond impressed with MySWANA. It is so refreshing to be a part of a community where everyone is on the same team. It seems that every member is striving for more responsible waste management practices and solutions, and other members are eager to give a gem of information to lend a helpful hand. What a remarkable industry.

I am an Engineering Intern at Monterey Regional Waste Management District, but I like to consider myself ALSO the part-time, non-compensated, non-official "hype-girl." It is nice to leave work happier than when you arrived. (Not a lot of jobs offer this perk). I am so inspired by all of the passionate people, projects, and facilities that make up MRWMD and contribute to it being such an amazing place.

When not drooling over the new MRF equipment at MRWMD, I attend San Jose State University where I study Civil Engineering. I hope to use my education to be apart of the solutions that you Young Professionals tackle daily!

With that, I wish you well, and look forward to meeting you all. Please feel free to contact me!


Catherine O'Connor
San Jose State University
San Jose CA

2.  RE: Hello!

Posted 5 days ago
​Welcome to SWANA, Catherine - we are so glad you joined the group! I have heard only good things about the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, and am particularly impressed by the reuse store!

Tiana Svendsen LEED AP, MA
City of Garland
Environmental Outreach Coordinator
Garland TX