Lydia Kramer Email LinkedIn Project Coordinator Lydia brings to GTECH a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Michigan State University. She is excited to be able to blend her science background with community development by improving land use practices and creating community assets on vacant lots. Throughout college, she worked for an infectious disease laboratory studying vector borne disease, specifically Lyme Disease. As a lab and field technician, she assisted with all aspects of the study from data management to mammal trapping. After college, Lydia completed an AmeriCorps term working for the Ingham County Land Bank’s Garden Program, in Lansing, Michigan. Here, she helped to coordinate and manage community gardens for Lansing residence to help address the localized food dessert. This experience peaked an interest in neighborhood engagement and collaboration to help improve the overall wellbeing of a community. She began looking for similar community development work when she moved to Pittsburgh and quickly came across GTECH. As a project coordinator, Lydia’s favorite part about working for GTECH is helping to add capacity to underutilized leaders of local communities. In Lydia’s free time, she enjoys Frick Park by taking her dog on long walks through the beautiful trails and observing the various birds and other wildlife in the park. She also enjoys the vibrant food scene of Pittsburgh and loves testing new restaurants in the area.