Adriana Zarza Rutgers Voorhees Fellow

Adriana Zarza

Public Service Fellow 2023-24

Adriana Zarza is a senior undergraduate student at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She is currently a student research assistant, working with flood data from Guadalajara, Mexico, on a team led by Dr. Bernadette Baird-Zars. Since July 2023, Adrianna has also been a planning intern in Passaic County in the Planning and Economic Development Department. During the pandemic, she acted on her support for civic engagement and completed her fellowship with Done Waiting, a grassroots political organization for progressive enactment. There she worked to survey voters in swing state elections and phone banking nationwide in order to collect research data on public policy feedback from voters on campaigns across the country during unprecedented times. Adriana is a strong supporter of nutrition accessibility and encouraging plant-based meals. This past year she volunteered her time as a trained ambassador for REPLENISH, Middlesex County’s food bank, to help with outreach efforts in the County’s Hispanic community to strengthen food security. She was a member of the Duke Farms Community Garden and collaborated with their charitable goal of donating hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to local food banks in Somerset County for the summer season. She was previously a volunteer junior firefighter with the Finderne Fire Department in Somerset County and is also a student member of the American Planning Association.