Director

Dr. Mio Katayama Owens joined the College of Natural Resources in 2013.

She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology as an international student at UC Berkeley, specializing in Anthropology of Food and East Asian Prehistory.

With ten years of managing anthropological fieldwork projects in Japan, Owens examined the long-term environmental impacts of food consumption behaviors and the role cultural factors play in societal definitions of food. After earning her Ph.D., Owens oversaw a variety of graduate student initiatives including business model development, revenue stream identification, public health, and impact assessment as an academic coordinator for an international nonprofit. She has taught Anthropology of Food and Archaeology courses at UC Berkeley and St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

At the College of Natural Resources, she leads the International and Executive Programs established in 2014. Building on the success of the internationally acclaimed Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, Owens collaborates with UC Berkeley faculty, staff, experts, and external stakeholders to effectively link academic and professional entities and to develop non-degree professional programs in Berkeley and overseas.

IEP Staff

Skyler Saunders

Skyler Saunders is an administrative assistant for International and Executive Programs (IEP) at the College of Natural Resources. She is currently an undergraduate in her second year, pursuing a degree in Sociology. She is interested in Gender and Women's Studies, Legal Studies, English Literature, and LGBT Studies.

Skyler is originally from Shasta County in Northern California. In her free time, she enjoys reading and acting.

Reilly Chang

Reilly Chang is an administrative assistant for the International and Executive Programs (IEP) at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. She is currently an undergraduate in her third year, pursuing degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics.

She is originally from Orange County in Southern California and enjoys playing basketball, going to concerts, and trying new food places in her free time.

Brianna Boone

Brianna Boone is a student assistant for International and Executive Programs (IEP) at the College of Natural Resources. She is currently a 3rd year undergraduate pursuing a degree in Conservation and Resource Studies, with a concentration in Global Food Systems and Rural Development. She is an undergraduate research assistant for Junko Habu in the Department of Anthropology, studying small-scale food production and distribution strategies in Northern California. Bri is also the founder and president of Epsilon Eta, UC Berkeley's only environmental service professional fraternity. Her organization has partnered with Bay Area organizations including: Center for Biological Diversity, the Ecology Center, UC Gill Tract, and the Watershed Project. In the future, she aspires to attend law school to practice environmental law.

Bri is originally from Corona in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, kayaking, doing improv comedy with improv4charity, trying new vegan foods, and swimming.