Alumni Profiles

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Director of Conservation Technology
Jeffrey Allenby is the Director of Conservation Technology at the Chesapeake Conservancy. His team explores new ways to improve the...
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Habitat Exchange Program Specialist
Audrey grew up in the high and dry panhandle plains of Texas, where crop fields, grazing pastures, and feed yards...
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Bureau of Environmental Services
Jane Bacchieri has been engaged in water quality and watershed management issues at the federal, state, and local levels for...
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Founder and Principal
Strategic advisor, sustainability coach, business-development mentor, communications specialist, conservation biologist—It’s hard to put the work Alexa Bach-McElrone does into one...
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Energy Policy Analyst
Chelsea Barnes is a Policy Analyst with EQ Research LLC, a research and consulting company she and her colleagues formed...
Research Scientist
Mike Barrett is striking a balance between pursuing his own research, and enabling the research of others. As a project...
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Vice President, Sustainable Practice Director - Facilities, Washington, D.C.
Lidia Berger, MEM, LEED Fellow is Vice President, Sustainable Practice Director – Facilities at URS. Under her current role Ms...
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Partner
Dave Blaha is a Principal Partner with ERM, a leading international sustainability consulting firm, where he helps lead the firm's...
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Environmental Supervisor II
Erica began her environmental career early on with an interest in science in elementary school. Later as she became aware...
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On April 29, Robert Bonnie MEM/MF’94 settled into his new office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While his...
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Economist
Chris Bouquot currently works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an economist in the Planning Center of Expertise...
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Director of Key Accounts
As Director of Key Accounts for SoCore Energy LLC, a solar development company focused on serving multisite commercial and industrial...
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Policy and Communications Analyst
Kristen Bremer works as a Policy and Communications Analyst for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards...
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The “it” is a new power plant. And the “they” refers to David Brewster MEM’98 and EnerNOC, short for Energy...
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Director, Gulf of Mexico program
She is speaking of New Orleans, and expressing a concern she had well before the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April...
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Director, Strategic Customer Relations & Product Development
Matthew provides strategic guidance to energy clients on the convergence of technology, society, markets and policy. As an industry thought...
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Fish Biologist
Alicia joined a number of Nicholas School alumni at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2013. There, she works to...
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President
Professionally, Tiffany has been engaged in improving the lakes, rivers and estuaries in Florida and Georgia at the local level...
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Environmental Scientist, GIS Manager
Mr. Cada is an environmental scientist with over 10 years of experience in the areas of environmental and water resources...
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Program Officer
Meaghan Calcari Campbell is a Program Officer in the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Marine Conservation Initiative. She co-designed the...
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Environmental Protection Specialist
The Montreal Protocol may not have the household name status of its famous Kyoto cousin, but Kirsten Cappel MEM’04 does...
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President & CEO
When Sergio Castillo took over in 2009 as president and CEO of the company his father had founded 10 years...
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Professor of Public Health
PhD
When your mentors become names of buildings, you must have done something right. For my masters it was Dr. C.G...
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Director, Corporate Sustainability
Michael joined Lowe’s in 2002 to guide the company’s sustainability direction having previously worked at Champion International (forest products) and...
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Chief Executive Officer
Chantalle Clarke-Samuels is currently the the Chief Executive Officer of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI). Before...
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Natural Resource Specialist and Geospatial Data Lead
Ilana Cohen is a Natural Resource Specialist and Geospatial Data Lead with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington,...
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Lead Program Manager
Eliza develops and manages strategic partnerships for National Grid within the New Energy Solutions department’s Partnerships & Joint Ventures team...
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Project Scientist
Mr. DiLuzio is a Project Scientist at NewFields, a boutique environmental consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. At NewFields, DiLuzio...
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Principal and Partner
Aleksandra is a leading practitioner in sustainability strategy and communications. She provides strategic sustainability counsel and implementation support to multinational...
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Principal Program Manager
Terah Donovan supports implementation of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan. This regional program allows California's...
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Trial Attorney
Patrick Duggan is a Prosecutor at the Environmental Crimes Section of the United States Department of Justice. In that role,...
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Executive Director
Joel Dunn is executive director for the Chesapeake Conservancy where he provides overall strategic and operational leadership. Joel has responsibility...
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Project Lead
Kathryn Eggers is the benchmarking program lead at Elevate Energy, a mission based organization that designs and implements programs that...
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Marine Biologist
Peter Etnoyer is a deep-sea biologist specializing in the taxonomy and ecology of deep-sea corals. He is the lead scientist...
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Vice President, Greenhouse Gas Programs
Since graduating from the Nicholas School in 2008, Zach has been active in North American environmental credit markets, with a...
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Associate Director
Karen Fadely is an Associate Director for Environmental and Social Performance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC is a U.S...
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Founder and Chair
Earth & Water Group Founder, Brent Fewell, has over 25 years of experience in public policy, advocacy, and environmental law...
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Economist
Fletcher joined the U.S. Department of Energy in February 2013. As an economist in the Office of Energy Policy and...
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Co-Owner
“People build deep relationships with other people and then I’d say the next tier is they build relationships with the...
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Environmental Economist
Rebecca Fisher is an environmental economist who has provided support on projects involving cost estimates, cost benefit analyses, watershed restoration...
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Program Manager
After graduating from the Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012 with a Master's of Forestry and Master's of Environmental...
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Associate Health Scientist II
Mrs. Gloekler is currently an Associate Health Scientist II with Cardno ChemRisk. Cardno ChemRisk is a global environmental consulting firm...
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Founder
As a native Midwesterner, Julia developed an affinity for the West and its landscape while traveling across the country on...
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Director, Marine Protected Areas Program
Rikki Grober-Dunsmore is a marine ecologist with over 20 years working in the Caribbean, U.S. and South Pacific Islands to...
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Principle Geologist and Project Manager
PhD
Matt Grove has over 13 years of diverse experience as a geologist including remediation, hydrogeologic investigation, petroleum geology and geochemistry...
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Partner/Senior Scientist
Mr. Gunster is part owner and senior environmental scientist at NewFields, LLC. His work focuses on conducting human health and...
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Freelance Consultant
Since 1986 Dr. Julio Guzman has held the position of Sustainable Development and Environment Specialist for top international development and...
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Director
Morgan Hagerty is a Director at CE2 Capital Partners, where she is focused on carbon and renewables markets. CE2 Carbon...
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Director, Sustainability Practice
Katya Hantel is a director in GolinHarris’ geoImpact sustainability practice, developing communications strategies promoting environmental, social and philanthropic initiatives for...
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Fire Analyst
Katie spent the first chapter of her post-Duke Forestry School life working in Nepal. She was engaged with Community Forestry...
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Programme Coordinator
Since 1994 Ms Higuero has worked at UNEP in the areas of natural resource economics and policy, environmental law, negotiations...
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Vice President, Senior Ecologist
Brian serves as Vice President and Senior Ecologist with BioResource Consultants, Inc. (BRC), an environmental consulting firm based in Ojai,...
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Client Director
As a Client Director at Context, a sustainability strategy and communications consultancy, Jana manages the firm's New York City office...
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Owner and Principal
As a policy entrepreneur, Alan has formed relationships across sectors, interest groups, and professional disciplines to broaden support for sustainable...
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Policy Analyst
Stuart Iler has a broad set of professional experiences that span energy, environment, economics, and information technology. He is currently...
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Director, Southern California
Melissa Johnson currently serves as NatureBridge’s Southern California Director, overseeing programs in both Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands National...
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Associate Conservation Scientist, Adj Assistant Professor, Executive Director
PhD
Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is also a Ramanujan Fellow and Executive Director of...
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PhD Candidate
Jamie M. Kass is a PhD Candidate at the City University of New York, conducting research at the City College...
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Director of Sales & Client Relations
Immediately following his graduation from the Nicholas School in 2012, Scott worked as a backcountry ranger at Shenandoah National Park...
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Product Manager- Sustainable Packaging Technology
Prior to Duke, Xander worked as a Beekeeper in the Peace Corps. Xander's connection with bees and the developing world...
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Director of Water Quality Programs
Susannah King was named director of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission’s (NEIWPCC) Water Quality Division in 2011...
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greeNG Project Manager
As one of the largest suppliers of products and services to the U.S. government and allied forces, the aerospace and...
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Principal/Connectivity Ecologist
Since graduating from the Nicholas School, Julia has become a recognized expert in wildlife crossing siting, design and research. Following...
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Director of Innovation
Daniel is GridMarket's innovation czar, heading up product and process development across digital, organizational and product verticals. He leads design,...
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Senior Fellow and Convenor
PhD
Jagdish Krishnaswamy is one of India's leading ecohydrologists generating knowledge that informs India's complex challenges in managing ecosystems and rivers...
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Deputy Branch Chief
Dika is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)...
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Portfolio Management Analyst
Phillip completed the MEM program with the hopes of transitioning into a career focused on sustainability and clean energy. Since...
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Program Manager, Enabling Good Lives
Ms. April J Lander, MEM, AM ASCE is a global leader who makes life better. She has extensive experience in...
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Director
After graduating from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment in May 2011, Karina moved to Rio de Janeiro and joined...
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Program Analyst
TyAnn is a Program Analyst with ERT, Inc. on contract with NOAA’s Restoration Center located in the Office of Habitat...
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Pacific Senior Counsel
Michael LeVine is Pacific Senior Counsel for Oceana. He came to Juneau as a summer intern from Duke in 1999...
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Customer Data Analyst
After Ye graduated from the Nicholas School in 2012, she joined the sustainability internship at ARAMARK, and worked at EPA...
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Sustainability Manager
As the Sustainability Manager, Courtney is involved early in high performing project goal setting. From project award through construction, she...
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Chesapeake Program Director
Shannon specializes in bridging boundaries between science and management particularly related to marine conservation. Shannon is the incoming President of...
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Owner
If, as Wendell Berry has famously said, “Eating is an agricultural act,” and if, as several popular books have persuasively...
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President
Mandy Mahoney is the President for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. Founded in 2006, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)...
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Marine Debris Specialist
Nick Mallos is a conservation biologist and ocean debris specialist at Ocean Conservancy, an environmental advocacy group based in Washington,...
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Director, Social Science
PhD
Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D., is the Director of Social Science at World Wildlife Fund and leads the WWF Conservation Impact...
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Partner
Betsy McCorkle joins Southern Strategy Group after directing the government affairs work for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, a...
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Data Scientist
Upon graduating from the Nicholas School in 2010, Patrick went to work for Efficiency 2.0 in New York, which ran...
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Senior Scientist & Deputy Director
PhD
J. Patrick Megonigal is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He received B.S. and...
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Supply Chain and Sustainability Project Leader
The biggest benefits were interacting with companies and learning from the diversity of cases and industries presented to us in...
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Senior Associate, Global Shark Conservation Campaign
When KerriLynn Miller was pursuing her master’s degree at Duke University, she knew she wanted to work on fisheries, but...
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Manager, Sustainable Sourcing
Maggie Monast is Manager of Sustainble Sourcing at Environmental Defense Fund with expertise in the agriculture supply chain, crop and...
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Senior Manager
A member of the Hitachi Consulting since 2012, Dana Davis leads the technical delivery of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS),...
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Advisory Scientist (retired)
I worked for the US Forest Service from 1963-65, and returned to Duke finishing my PhD in 1970. I then...
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Project Manager
After spending many formative years mucking around in the Chesapeake's marshes, Emily has come full circle and is working to...
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Coordinator
For over twenty years, Julie’s diverse career in environmental conservation has taken her to many different parts of the country...
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Geologist
PhD
Trevor Nace graduated in 2012 with a PhD in Geochemistry and an enthusiasm to practice geology. Trevor provides geologic expertise...
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Environmental Director
Dr. Chad Nelsen is the Environmental Director at the Surfrider Foundation where he has worked since 1998. At Surfrider, Chad...
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Senior Manager, Strategy & Analytics
Nemo is a Senior Manager in the Strategy and Analytics department of Red Oak Sourcing, a 50/50 stand-alone joint venture...
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Program Analyst
Davie Nguyen is a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Charged with carrying...
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Siemens Graduate Program
Mike is an energy professional with extensive experience in global product / solution management, and expertise in financial analysis, electric...
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Now, two postdoctoral fellows at the Nicholas School—Carla Norwood T’96, MEM’01, and Gabriel Cumming—are working to put locavore on the...
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Director of Environmental Affairs
Technology is one of the fastest growing business sectors, driven largely by customers’ insatiable appetite for faster processing, slicker design,...
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Director, California Climate Initiative
Timothy (“Tim”) O’Connor is the Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Climate Initiative in their San Francisco office. Since joining...
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Senior Project Manager
Melanie O’Meara, a Senior Project Manager in the New York District’s Regulatory Branch of the United States Army Corps of...
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Manager
There are a number of reasons for an organization to embrace sustainability. One is the bottom line. If a company...
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Research Analyst
Virginia is a Research Analyst on the natural gas campaign at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She conducts regulatory and data...
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Geospatial Program Manager
Cassandra currently manages the geospatial program and analytical staff of the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center, which uses technology to...
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Executive Director
Paul Parker is a scientist. He has been a fisherman. Now he is the executive director of a nonprofit group...
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Director
PhD
Dianne Pataki uses advanced measurements of biogeochemical processes to assess and quantify the value of ecosystem services. She is a...
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Environmental & International Development Consultant
Bindi is currently the president and founder of Teton Associates LLC, an independent environmental and international development consulting firm located...
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Wilderness Coordinator
Monica Patel is currently the Project Lead and Wilderness Coordinator for Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS), America's largest national seashore...
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Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries
Michael Pentony is the Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, MA...
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Executive Director
Syril Pettit, MEM ('97) is the Executive Director of the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI). HESI is a...
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Inventor and CEO
Jim Poss’ solar powered trash-compacting bin collects 5 times the waste than an equivalent bin and can be found throughout...
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Marine Scientist and Project Manager
Lia Protopapadakis is a Marine Scientist and Project Manager with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation. The Santa Monica Bay...
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Market Design Analyst
As a Market Design Analyst at PG&E, Maureen monitors the California electricity and greenhouse gas market performance to identify potential...
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Founder and CEO
Mark Rampolla used his know how of South America from a stint in the Peace Corp and his experience as...
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Energy Analyst
Less than two months after graduating from the Nicholas School in May 2012, Patrick Reaves was at Luleå , Sweden,...
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Environmental Manager, Powertrain Operations
Matt Redmann has had a love affair with motorcycles since he was a kid watching daredevil Evel Knievel jump over...
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Assistant Regional Biologist
Carol's career has taken a few twists and turns since being at the Nicholas School. She entered the MEM program...
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Corporate Responsibility Manager
Emily Rodgers is the Manager of Corporate Responsibility at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where she oversees the company’s emerging program of...
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Founder, President
Gaelin Rosenwaks is an explorer, photographer and ocean advocate. Always fascinated by the marine world, Gaelin began diving at 14...
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Geologist, On-Scene Coordinator
David Rosoff is a Senior On-Scene Coordinator and Geologist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Working out of Region...
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Associate Lecturer
Danny Ross is a retired USDA NRCS employee with over 33 years of experience in natural resource management with a...
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MASTS Senior Research Fellow
Schick is a MASTS Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Currently he works in the School of...
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Administrative Law Judge
Melissa has been striving to make an impact on California's evolving climate change policies, in particular as they relate to...
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Owner
Sidharth Sharma is an owner of Mobtown Fermentation- A Baltimore-based company focused on providing people with healthy beverages that are...
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Principal
Laura Taylor Singer has been involved in coastal and marine issues in New England for nearly 20 years. After completing...
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Consultant
Believing firmly in the idea that you get out what you put in, Jared pursued a career in the environmental...
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Public Education Coordinator
MAT
Laura Webb Smith coordinates public outreach for City of Durham Stormwater and GIS Services. Seven years ago she worked with...
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Senior Regional Planner
Cy has used his M.E.M. for watershed planning and management throughout the 12-county Piedmont Triad (Greensboro - High Point -...
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Program Officer
Rachel joined the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation in 2004 after finishing up her MEM degree at the Nicholas School...
Sustainability Manager
Heather leads the development and implementation of 3M sustainability initiatives around product innovation, employee education and engagement, and internal and...
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District Director
Dale Threatt-Taylor is the Director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District and Wake County’s Soil and Water Conservation...
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Syndicated Cartoonist
For the past 20 years, Jim Toomey has been writing and drawing the daily comic strip Sherman's Lagoon , which...
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Environmental Specialist
Naomi moved to Portland, OR after completing her MEM at the Nicholas School in 2002 and began working at the...
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Program Officer
PhD
Mary has dedicated her career to advancing the stewardship of the ocean for current and future generations. Prior to joining...
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Biologist
After graduating from the Nicholas School in 2011, Emily received a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Her placement...
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Manager Corporate Sustainability
Esi Waters is a sustainability professional with over five years of experience in diverse industries such as design/construction, consumer product...
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Associate Professor and Chair
Laura A. Watt is an associate professor and currently chair of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department at Sonoma State...
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Quality and Environmental Manager
Aimee Whaley (McCord), a 1995 MEM Nicholas School Graduate, has worked at Agilent Technologies for 13 years. During that time...
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North America Risk Reduction and Resilience Project Manager
Nate Woiwode is the Risk Reduction and Resilience Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy’s North American Water Program. In this...
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Executive Director
After graduation from the Nicholas school, Chet joined the nature conservancy in Idaho, managing their preserves and easements in eastern...
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Analyst
Carmen is an Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she is currently in a two-year rotation program that...
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Coordinator
Karen Young has been involved in aspects of coastal environmental management including water quality, restoration and conservation for over 20...
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Sustainability Manager
Kristine Young is currently leading the sustainability program at Darden Restaurants, where she is collaborating with over 1,500 restaurants and...
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Marine Economic and Tourist Resource Development Coordinator
Erika is a writer, photographer, and environmental specialist currently living along the Florida Panhandle. She brings communication and environmental science...