Punneh has spent the last ten years intentionally bringing awareness to social justice issues within the Environmental Movement. She currently coordinates the Oregon Metro RID Patrol program’s operations that focus on illegally dumped garbage and ways to support upstream approaches to waste. That work intentionally engages people experiencing houselessness by providing garbage disposal and connecting folks to services that support their needs. She is also project managing the Re-imagining Policing, Security, and Incarcerated Labor project for the Oregon Metro Regional Government to transform how Metro engages with the carceral system.
Before her current role, she worked in the Parks and Nature department managing culturally responsive Nature Education programs. That work included supporting a transition of an education model that centers on people and land. While working in the Parks and Nature department she also managed the department Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. Her work included putting systems in place to move the work from action plan to implementation. During her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time in her garden. She grew up in Seattle, WA, and currently lives in East Portland, OR with her dog.