Alumni Profiles

Alexa Bach-McElrone

Strategic advisor, sustainability coach, business-development mentor, communications specialist, conservation biologist—It’s hard to put the work Alexa Bach-McElrone does into one neat category.

That, in many ways, is the point. Some...

Lidia Berger

Lidia Berger, MEM, LEED Fellow is Vice President, Sustainable Practice Director – Facilities at URS. Under her current role Ms. Berger directs the sustainable business development and strategic planning for the URS Facilities...

Robert Bonnie

On April 29, Robert Bonnie MEM/MF’94 settled into his new office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While his surroundings are new, the focus of his work is similar to that of his old job at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

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Christopher Bouquot

Chris Bouquot currently works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an economist in the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation and the Risk-Informed Economics Division (PCXIN-RED) in Huntington, WV. In his three and...

David Brewster

The “it” is a new power plant. And the “they” refers to David Brewster MEM’98 and EnerNOC, short for Energy Network Operations Center, a firm in the business of selling negawatts (instead of megawatts) to utilities.

“With a push of a...

Cindy Brown

She is speaking of New Orleans, and expressing a concern she had well before the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010, killing 11 men and going on to spill more barrels of oil than any marine accident in history.

Brown grew up in the...

Matthew Burks

Matthew provides strategic guidance to energy clients on the convergence of technology, society, markets and policy. As an industry thought leader on the rapidly evolving electric and gas utility sector, energy product and service...

Tiffany Busby

Tiffany Busby started the firm Wildwood Consulting in 2000, focusing on providing project management and facilitation services to solve complex environmental problems.  Through this work, Tiffany and her firm have supported large scale water...

Kirsten Cappel (President)

The Montreal Protocol may not have the household name status of its famous Kyoto cousin, but Kirsten Cappel MEM’04 does not mind. She is thrilled to work on what former U.N. Secretary- General Kofi Annan has called “the single most successful...

Sergio Castillo

When Sergio Castillo took over in 2009 as president and CEO of the company his father had founded 10 years earlier, he knew he had a lot to learn.

After his usual thorough research, he turned to the Duke Environmental...

Chantalle Clarke-Samuels

Chantalle Clarke-Samuels is currently the Director of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI).  She oversees the technical/scientific research functions and coastal/marine monitoring programs of the Institute. ...

Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy

Aleksandra is a leading practitioner in sustainability strategy and communications. She provides strategic sustainability counsel and implementation support to multinational corporations in diverse industries. Aleksandra helps...

Joel Dunn

Joel Dunn is executive director for the Chesapeake Conservancy where he provides overall strategic and operational leadership. Joel has responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs and the execution of its mission. 

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Peter Etnoyer

Peter Etnoyer is a deep-sea biologist specializing in the taxonomy and ecology of deep-sea corals. He is the lead scientist for NOAA's Deep-Sea Coral Ecology Laboratory at the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research in...

Karen Fadely

Karen Fadely is an Associate Director for Environmental and Social Performance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC is a U.S. federal agency that provides well-performing poor countries large-scale grants to fund country-led...

Brent Fewell

Brent is a partner in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice at Troutman Sanders LLP. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Brent was a senior vice president for environmental health and safety at United Water, Inc., a...

Jeff Fisher

“People build deep relationships with other people and then I’d say the next tier is they build relationships with the land,” says Jeff Fisher MEM’00.

Forging both kinds of relationships is what Fisher and his partner Guenevere...

Matt Grove

Matt Grove has over 13 years of diverse experience as a geologist including remediation, hydrogeologic investigation, petroleum geology and geochemistry. Upon graduating from Duke in 2000, Matt took a job as an exploration geologist...

Donald Gunster

Mr. Gunster is part owner and senior environmental scientist at NewFields, LLC. His work focuses on conducting human health and ecological risk assessments, and natural resources damage assessments support to regulated clients, both...

Julio Guzman

Since 1986 Dr. Julio Guzman has held the position of Sustainable Development and Environment Specialist for top international development and finance organizations’ related projects such as IADB, UNDP, FAO, USAID, GTZ, IICA and the...

Morgan Hagerty

Morgan Hagerty is a Director at CE2 Capital Partners, where she is focused on carbon and renewables markets. CE2 Carbon Capital, a joint-venture of CE2 Capital Partners and energy private equity investor Energy Capital Partners, is...

Katya Hantel

Katya Hantel is a director in GolinHarris’ geoImpact sustainability practice, developing communications strategies promoting environmental, social and philanthropic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies and global organizations....

Ivonne Higuero

Since 1994 Ms Higuero has worked at UNEP in the areas of natural resource economics and policy, environmental law, negotiations of multilateral environmental agreements, governance, intergovernmental processes and natural resource...

Brian Holly

Brian serves as Vice President and Senior Ecologist with BioResource Consultants, Inc. (BRC), an environmental consulting firm based in Ojai, California. With BRC, Brian manages a variety of interdisciplinary environmental projects throughout...

Alan Hunt

As a policy entrepreneur, Alan has formed relationships across sectors, interest groups, and professional disciplines to broaden support for sustainable food systems. He worked in Washington, D.C. for more than five years within...

Krithi Karanth

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is also a Ramanujan Fellow and Executive Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. She...

Alexis Kingham Fuge

As one of the largest suppliers of products and services to the U.S. government and allied forces, the aerospace and defense industry is in a unique position to influence—and be influenced by—federal policies and priorities, including...

Eliza MacLean

If, as Wendell Berry has famously said, “Eating is an agricultural act,” and if, as several popular books have persuasively argued, agriculture is an environmental act, then it follows that each piece of food we consume—whether cheese doodle or...

Mandy Schmitt Mahoney

Mandy Mahoney is the President for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. Founded in 2006, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is a nonprofit that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to promote energy...

Nicholas Mallos

Nick Mallos is a conservation biologist and ocean debris specialist at Ocean Conservancy, an environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. At Ocean Conservancy, Mallos explores the nexus of citizen science and marine...

Michael Mascia

Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D., is the Director of Social Science at World Wildlife Fund and leads the WWF Conservation Impact Initiative. Mike’s research focuses on natural resources governance and biodiversity conservation, particularly...

Patrick Megonigal

J. Patrick Megonigal is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Dr. Megonigal...

KerriLynn Miller

When KerriLynn Miller was pursuing her master’s degree at Duke University, she knew she wanted to work on fisheries, but she hadn’t dreamed she would be focusing her career on protecting the biggest, and some would say, scariest fish...

Chad Nelson

Dr. Chad Nelsen is the Environmental Director at the Surfrider Foundation where he has worked since 1998. At Surfrider, Chad is responsible for strategic guidance on coastal and ocean environmental campaigns at the local through...

Mike Nolan

Mike is an energy professional with extensive experience in global product / solution management, and expertise in financial analysis, electric power markets, and business / product development.

After graduating from the Nicholas School of...

Carla Norwood & Gabriel Cumming

Now, two postdoctoral fellows at the Nicholas School—Carla Norwood T’96, MEM’01, and Gabriel Cumming—are working to put locavore on the North Carolina map by seeding the trend into northeastern Warren County, the place that gave rise to the...

Scott O'Connell

Technology is one of the fastest growing business sectors, driven largely by customers’ insatiable appetite for faster processing, slicker design, and exciting innovations.

With rapid growth comes responsibility for improving the...

Timothy O'Connor

Timothy (“Tim”) O’Connor is the Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Climate Initiative in their San Francisco office. Since joining EDF in 2006, Mr. O’Connor has engaged state regulatory agencies and legislature on...

Valeria Orozco

There are a number of reasons for an organization to embrace sustainability. One is the bottom line. If a company can find a way to use less energy or water in its manufacturing process, it’s pretty certain to be improving its financial...

Paul Parker

Paul Parker is a scientist. He has been a fisherman. Now he is the executive director of a nonprofit group made up of scientists, policy analysts, and fishermen working to restore the dwindling numbers of cod fish, and other once-abundant species...

Dianne Pataki

Dianne Pataki uses advanced measurements of biogeochemical processes to assess and quantify the value of ecosystem services. She is a recipient of the James B. Macelwane Award and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Bindi Patel

Bindi is currently the president and founder of Teton Associates LLC, an independent environmental and international development consulting firm located in the DC Metro Area. She has provided environmental technical and NEPA policy expertise and...

Syril Pettit

Syril Pettit, MEM ('97) is the Executive Director of the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI). HESI is a global, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that provides a platform for scientists from...

Lia Protopapadakis Flynn

Lia Protopapadakis is a Marine Scientist and Project Manager with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation. The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation (SMBRF) is the non-profit partner of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration...

Mark Rampolla

Mark Rampolla used his know how of South America from a stint in the Peace Corp and his experience as an intrepreneur at a beverage company to launch a new venture selling one of the world’s most healthy and vital liquids – coconut...

Patrick Reaves

Less than two months after graduating from the Nicholas School in May 2012, Patrick Reaves was at Luleå , Sweden, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, talking to providers about how to power the giant data center Facebook was building there.

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Matthew Redmann

Matt Redmann has had a love affair with motorcycles since he was a kid watching daredevil Evel Knievel jump over obstacles with his motorcycle on TV. So it’s only fitting that Matt has built a career at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Over...

Carol Rizkalla

Carol's career has taken a few twists and turns since being at the Nicholas School.  She entered the MEM program with a keen interest in endangered species management, specifically, captive breeding and reintroduction.  So she was...

Gaelin Rosenwaks

Gaelin Rosenwaks is an explorer, photographer and ocean advocate. Always fascinated by the marine world, Gaelin began diving at 14 and has since continued exploring ocean ecosystems. She began her career at the Woods Hole...

David Rosoff & Melanie Chapman

The Hudson River’s impact on American history is nothing short of stunning. For millennia, the Hudson has showered riches on the region: bountiful food, scenic vistas, and an important transportation route, to name a few. Today, a new chapter...

Danny Ross

Danny Ross is a retired USDA NRCS employee with over 33 years of experience in natural resource management with a specialty in Urban Conservation.  Over 30 years, he was at the field office level, and the last 3 years, he was the...

Melissa Semcer

Melissa has been striving to make an impact on California's evolving climate change policies, in particular as they relate to the electricity industry. After finishing at the Nicholas School, she moved to sunny (ok not really) San Francisco and...

Laura Singer

Laura Taylor Singer has been involved in coastal and marine issues in New England for nearly 20 years. After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Trinity College in Connecticut, Laura was the recipient of the...

Heather Tansey

Heather leads the development and implementation of 3M sustainability initiatives around product innovation, employee education and engagement, and internal and external communications. In addition, she is involved in 3M's...

Jim Toomey

For the past 20 years, Jim Toomey has been writing and drawing the daily comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, which is syndicated to over 150 newspapers in North America, including the Washington Post, the Chicago...

Naomi Tsurami

Naomi moved to Portland, OR after completing her MEM at the Nicholas School in 2002 and began working at the City of Portland shortly thereafter. She has been a part of the Willamette Watershed Team at the Bureau of Environmental...

Laura A. Watt

Laura A. Watt is an associate professor and currently chair of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department at Sonoma State University.  As a historian and social scientist, Watt teaches a wide variety of courses, including...

Aimee Whaley

Aimee Whaley (McCord), a 1995 MEM Nicholas School Graduate, has worked at Agilent Technologies for 13 years.  During that time she’s had the opportunity to manage a number of different programs and teams including Agilent’s Corporate...

Chet Work

After graduation from the Nicholas school, Chet joined the nature conservancy in Idaho, managing their preserves and easements in eastern Idaho. He quickly was promoted to conservation manager and began working with local landowners...

Kristine Young

How do you go from being an art major specializing in photography to a sustainability manager at a top U.S. consumer brand? It was the path Kristine Young took, and a lot of her success rode on her master of environmental management (MEM) degree...