Tyra Pendergrass, MEM
â€śThe greatest leaders among us have the hearts of servants; understanding that they are continually at the service of a particular idea, community, or position in a multitude of capacities.â€ť
Tyra Pendergrassâ€™ passion lies at the intersection of the environment and human health, particularly in low income and communities of color.Â Â â€śI became interested in environmental health while studying abroad in South Africa as an undergraduate. I volunteered in a local township, where the residents lived in subpar environmental conditions. Through that experience, I began to develop a deeper understanding of the essential role that oneâ€™s environment can play in oneâ€™s health and ultimately quality of life.â€ť
Her long-term goals include research and community engagement. â€śI want to be instrumental in designing environmental health research projects for communities: Â I want to help educate communities about environmental health issues that specifically affect them and ultimately empowering them to enact change.â€ť
Pendergrass received her bachelorâ€™s degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry at Howard University and earned her masterâ€™s in environmental management, with a concentration in environmental health and justice at Yale University.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling to different countries, attending live theater performances and concerts, and volunteering.