Michaela Manzieri joined the VMA communications team in 2022. She holds undergraduate degrees in Integrated Design and Interdisciplinary Science from The New School: Parsons School of Design & Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Technology, specializing in integrated water management, from Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy. Her varied work experience includes interior design for an international resort company, marketing for the sustainable redevelopment of a historic brewery in Germany, and communications/development for an immigration advocacy non-profit in Philadelphia. Mika, a Miami native, spent several years volunteering with organizations devoted to coral aquaculture, reef restoration, and everglades conservation and currently volunteers with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. She also speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Mika’s artistic pursuits range from large-scale ink paintings to smaller-format pen sketches and copper intaglio etchings, but she equally enjoys being on the water, whether fishing, boating, or snorkeling.