Denise Chin is a Senior Research Assistant in the Director General’s Office. She holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and a BA in Sociology from Washington State University. At Tufts, Denise was a member of the student team that collaborated with the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives and the Trust for Public Land on a project evaluating vacant parcels in Boston for urban agriculture suitability. Denise conducted spatial analysis and produced maps using ArcGIS. The project received the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) 2014 Student Project Award, and the American Planning Association (Massachusetts Chapter) 2013 Student Project Award. She has also served as a policy intern at Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology in Malawi, and a research assistant at the Tufts Institute of the Environment.
Denise volunteered at organic farms, a food bank and farmers market during her time at Washington State. She also volunteered with the secretariat teams of the Malaysian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (MENGO) and the Environmental Protection Society of Malaysia (EPSM) in organizing national conferences. Originally from Malaysia, she is interested in food security in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Her masters thesis focused on supermarkets and their implications for contract farmers and national policy in Malaysia.