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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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...