Tristan Irwin is a joint degree candidate in the Master in Public Policy and Master of Forestry programs at Yale University. She is interested in green infrastructure management, environmental policy, and the intersection of environmental and social justice. Tristan is a nine-year veteran of the Army, where she served first as a Transportation Officer and then as a special operations Civil Affairs Officer. As a Civil Affairs Team Chief, she spent a cumulative year deployed to Moldova under Special Operations Command-Europe, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the host nation. Her team assessed civil conditions in under-engaged Moldovan regions and conducted community-level development assistance to strengthen resilience against foreign malign influence. Tristan graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a BS in international relations and a BS in German.