Aranzazu has a broad background in environmental conservation and resource planning. She has worked for city, county and state agencies in the west on water quality management and endangered species protection. She has worked in environmental education in the South Pacific Islands and international climate change policy while at Stanford University. Before coming to the SE Climate Adaptation Science Center she was an extension agent at the NC Solar Center where she worked under the Dept. of Energy’s Clean Cities mandate to displace petroleum use with alternative fuels. She has a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. from University of Oregon.