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KOUROS MAGHSOUDI

[it’s pronounced KOO-roas MAG-SOO-dee]

Raised in a family of engineers, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs, I am passionate about sustainability, innovation, and progressive solutions for growing urban environments.


EDUCATION
The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, Texas — Aug 2013 – Dec 2016
B.A. Sustainable Geography, Minor; Architecture + Spanish
+ GPA: 3.44 | Major GPA: 3.68
+ Graduated one semester early + Dean’s List recognition
+ Geography track in GIS + Urban Sustainability
+ Awarded SXSW Eco conference grant in 2014 and 2015
+ Involvement: Geography Society + Campus Environmental Center + Bliss Meditation Club + Urban Studies Society
Københavns Universitet | Copenhagen, Denmark — Feb 2016 – Jun 2016
Spring Semester Exchange Program
+ Courses include: “Achieving Danish Sustainable Development” + “Danish Architecture and Urban Design”

EXPERIENCE
U.S. Green Building Council – Texas | Austin, Texas— Sep 2016 – Dec 2016
Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
+ Helped further develop advocacy protocols and handbook for reference by chapter’s leadership and advocates
+ Constantly liaised with USGBC Texas committee and Executive Director for advocacy collaboration
+ Managed network of statewide partnered organizations and volunteers for multilateral advocacy efforts
+ Arranged and coordinated luncheon workshops with state legislators and nonprofit organizations
+ Attended private fundraisers for state legislators to establish relationship with lawmakers and staffers
Nexus Institut | Berlin, Germany — Jul 2016 – Aug 2016
Participatory Urban Planning Intern
+ Conducted research on participatory planning methods used in urban regions globally
+ Investigated and documented the implementation of India’s “Smart Cities Mission” program
+ Supported administrative functions and assisted with the development of the Piazza platform; an  online platform where citizens can voice urban planning concerns directly to municipalities
+ Expanded knowledge on urban climate change resilience and adaption plans being implemented globally
+ Coordinated with clients and coworkers from many different nationalities, exposing myself to a diverse  work environment and expanding my intercultural knowledge
The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, Texas — Jan 2015 – Jan 2016
Green Events Co-Director
+ Provided environmental event consultations for UT student organizations and events with 7,000+ attendees
+ Mitigated 608 lb of waste from local landfills by logistically arranging adamant composting and recycling services
+ Hosted multiple community engagement seminars with 30+ attendees on environmental dilemmas
+ Managed and scheduled a team of 10+ volunteers and student assistants at consulted events
+ Tracked invoices and balanced weekly budget, while reporting any updates to department heads
+ Rebranded entire organization by designing new logo, developing a social media campaign, and updating  consultation forms using photoshop and other publishing software
Environment Texas | Austin, Texas — Aug 2014 – Jan 2015
Solar and Urban Sustainability Intern
+ Led Environment Texas’ “Solar Austin” campaign, a city-wide effort to increase municipal urban solar energy development
+ Coordinated with other environmental nonprofits, like Food and Water Watch, for multilateral awareness efforts
+ Independently formed a coalition of local Austin businesses supporting City Council’s proposed solar energy goals
+ Met with city council members and their staffers individually to discuss and encourage future sustainability plans • Managed community outreach and engagement at numerous farmer’s markets and local events
WindFree Solar Energy | Chicago, Illinois — May 2014 – Sep 2014
Project Manager Intern
+ Independently visited site installations to supervise laborers, support clients, and coordinate with deliveries
+ Organized “solarbration” events and street fairs with local government for community engagement
+ Created presentations and wrote proposals for potential leads and clients (like Chicago Department of Transportation)
+ Managed website traffic growth, social media outlets, and company branding; Increased social media presence by 68%

 


SKILLS
+ Adobe Photoshop and graphic design + Spanish at an intermediate working proficiency + Social media management + Proficient in all Microsoft Office software + Online marketing programs, such as MailChimp + Online platforms, such as Google Drive and Prezi + Spatial data software, including ArcGIS + Event planning and coordination