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.

Program Administrator

Kresha Scott

Kresha Scott is the Program Administrator for International and Executive Programs (IEP) at the College of Natural Resources.

Kresha has in-depth experience within the international and environmental nonprofit sectors, previously working with the Oakland-based nonprofit Amazon Watch before joining the IEP team in 2016. With her background in nonprofit development, Kresha’s work with the IEP fits perfectly with her ardor for ecological conservation.

An avid adventurer, Scott enjoys new things, whether traveling to new regions, traversing new hiking trails, or mastering new languages.

Kresha earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri.

IEP Staff

Skyler Saunders

Skyler Saunders is an administrative assistant for International and Executive Programs (IEP) at the College of Natural Resources. She is a first year undergraduate in the College of Letters and Science, and is currently undecided on her major. She is interested in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Comparative 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 second 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 an administrative assistant for International and Executive Programs (IEP) at the College of Natural Resources. She is currently a 2nd year undergraduate pursuing simultaneous degrees in Conservation and Resource Studies and Anthropology. In the future, she aspires to attend law school to practice environmental law; she is particularly interested in international wildlife law. 

Bri is originally from Orange County in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys running, going to the beach, kayaking, swimming, and improvising. 

Megan Otsuka

Megan Otsuka is an office assistant for the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program and is currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in Public Health. In the future, she would love to collaborate with health professionals in developing countries to give medical care to families in struggling communities. 

She is originally from Orange County in Southern California and when she isn’t studying or working, she enjoys playing basketball and lacrosse, running outdoors, and trying out new recipes.

Daniela Vargas Mallard

Daniela Vargas Mallard is the Graduate Student Assistant for International and Executive Programs (IEP) at the College of Natural Resources. 

Prior to becoming a candidate for the Master in Development Practice (MDP) here at UC Berkeley, Daniela worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, based in Mexico. She has experience working in Europe, North and South America, and Africa as a business analyst, translator, and customer service manager. She was raised in South America, and pursued her undergraduate education in Europe, with some academic experiences in Asia and the USA as well.

In addition to being multilingual and highly computer proficient, Daniela enjoys traveling, the environment, design, and photography.