About Me

Welcome to my world! I’m a practicing intersectional environmentalist studying to become a city planner. I’m passionate about pursuing climate justice, with an emphasis on gender-inclusive community and design. My preferred pronouns are she/her.

I am a graduate student at The Ohio State University, where I will earn a Master of City and Regional Planning degree by May 2022. I hold a Bachelor of Specialized Studies (May 2018) in “Feminist Political Ecology,” a minor in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate from Ohio University.

Aligning my professional work experiences with my personal values is incredibly important to me. I worked for 3 years as a Research Scholar in Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, writing stories about both local and global environmental change, as well as coordinating media coverage for the Energy & Environment team. I traveled the world and cultivated new leadership skills with the National Student Leadership Conference as a social media coordinator for 3 consecutive summers. Coming back home to Columbus, Ohio, I educated visitors about the first Smart City Challenge in America and redefined my relationship with my hometown as an ambassador at Smart Columbus. Currently, I’m an intern at the Columbus-based planning firm planning NEXT, where I am learning first-hand what it takes to become a city planning professional.

Cultivating a life well-lived is a new(er) passion of mine. I enjoy celebrating life through dance and outdoor exercise (hiking, biking, and frisbee-ing), practicing yoga, and staying connected with my family and friends — both near and far.

Professional headshots for Bethany Bella in Gahanna, Ohio on Saturday August 31, 2019. [Maddie Schroeder]

I have been very candid throughout my professional and personal discovery process on my blog ‘Body Mind Bella.‘ I share my words, thoughts, and emotions not only as a way to overcome my own fears but as a way to share stories with you, my readers. I have always been a storyteller at heart.

Come join me, as I continue to share this story at the human-environment intersection, and channel participatory action as the foundation that connects our communities. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s create a more climate-just world for the future, shall we?