Katrina Orcino Bio


Katrina joined the Student Conservation Association passionate about all things related to the environment. In her role as a Sustainability Fellow, she supports the URA’s redevelopment programs that work to revitalize neighborhoods, help places grow sustainably, and pave the way for communities to thrive. She has a strong desire to grow personally and professionally throughout the course of the year, and is excited about all the opportunities available in Pittsburgh that will allow her to understand critical issues in the environment and really appreciate the kind of work that goes into improving it. She hopes to come away with a myriad of learning and developmental experiences that will compliment advanced studies in Urban Planning, which she plans to pursue after the fellowship. She hopes to eventually make a lifelong career out of improving the environment and serving the public. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she received a B.A. in Environmental Analysis & Design and minor in Urban and Regional Planning. While earning her degree, she completed architectural restoration and conservation work in Nepal, and has since then gained a strong interest in international development. She brings with her a background of experience in city planning, social stewardship, volunteer management, and environmental non-profit work. Katrina has many different interests, including traveling, experiencing different cultures, learning foreign languages, camping/hiking, eating ethnic food, doing yoga, playing tennis, and studying Buddhist philosophy. She is dedicated to sustainable living practices, projects, and education and hopes her passion for the environment and work through the URA will make a meaningful contribution to the success of their mission. She lives in Shadyside is happy to call Pittsburgh her new home.