The Alumni Council is comprised of Nicholas School of the Environment Alums who are elected by the school to serve on a Board for a period of three years each. The Council is responsible for fostering better relationships between alumni, alumni and the school, and between alumni and the student body. Their mandate is ultimately to serve the school on a range of issues as set forth by the Dean of the Nicholas School. The Council convenes once a semester on Duke’s campus to engage with students and to discuss initiatives and also participates in frequent communications with school administration throughout the year.
Dear Nicholas School Alumni,
When I had the opportunity to speak at the NSOE graduation ceremony several years ago, I talked about how the school is only as good as the sum of its community. The school has some of the best faculty and staff members, many of which are recognized as global experts in their fields. The students constantly amaze me with their dreams and vision for a better world. And last, but certainly not least, are the alumni. The Nicholas School has amazing alumni spread across the world, working tirelessly to protect the environment while also achieving personal and professional success.
Although we only spent a few years at the Nicholas School, our role as alumni lasts a lifetime. We are experts in our fields working across the world with purpose. Together, we can ensure that the Nicholas School continues to provide world-class environmental education to tomorrow’s leaders while also helping fellow alumni connect and make a collective impact.
The Go · Grow · Give program provides the framework to do just this. As an alum, I would encourage you to Go to local Duke events in your community to represent the Nicholas School, Grow your wealth of knowledge and experience with students and fellow alumni, as well as help to identify the future environmental leaders of the world and encourage them to attend the Nicholas School. I also ask you to consider Giving a donation of any size in support of the school’s important work. Robust participation of all Nicholas alumni is vital!
As president of the Alumni Council, my hope is for the Nicholas alumni body to be a strong and enriching community where we, as alums, work to enable other alums and our students to be the best they can be. We on the Alumni Council serve as the voice for you, our alumni body, and work to ensure our graduates stay engaged with both the Nicholas School and the larger Duke community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other Council member if there is ever anything we can do for you.
As alumni of the Nicholas School, we all have the skills and knowledge to tackle the world's environmental challenges. While this is certainly no small task, I know that we, as alumni, together with the students and faculty of the Nicholas School, are up for the challenge.
Nick DiLuzio MEM/MF’10
President – Nicholas School Alumni Council
Each year, the Alumni Council awards fellowships to continuing professional degree students (first year and/or concurrent degree) who demonstrate exemplary leadership, career and professional development preparation, and character. On behalf of the Alumni Council, The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) awards fellowships in the amount of $6,000 to each fellowship recipient.
The Alumni Council Fellows help to connect Nicholas School students and alumni in meaningful ways – most notably with their work on the Alumni-Student Mentorship Program.
Graduation Year: 2019
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Emma Fulop is a second-year MEM student with a concentration in Ecosystem Science and Conservation and a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She hopes to use these skills to improve access to environmental resources for communities that have been historically underrepresented. Before coming to the Nicholas School, Emma worked within the land trust community, in both Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC. She has experience with community engagement and project management and is interested supporting grassroots influence on policy development. This summer, Emma worked at the Dogwood Alliance as a Campaigns Intern and is excited to continue to explore the intersection between people and policy at NSOE.
Graduation Year: 2019
Concentration: Business and Environment
Jeff Meltzer is a second year MEM student with a concentration in Business and Environment. Jeff’s master’s project is a client-based group project helping a biopharmaceutical company reduce its carbon emissions throughout its supply chain. Over the summer, Jeff interned with the Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability group at L’Oreal USA in New Jersey. Among his many projects were organizing data from L’Oreal’s vast green power portfolio, helping improve biodiversity and recycling at its offices, and developing a communications plan for the company’s many sustainable technologies. Jeff is Co-President of the Net Impact Club and attended Career Treks to Portland and Seattle visiting with alums at companies like Amazon and Nike.
Graduation Year: 2019
Concentration: Energy and Environment
Sarah Vondracek is a second year Master of Environmental Management and Master of Business Administration dual-degree student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Colgate University and has hands-on experience in environmental compliance, ecological research, environmental policy analysis, and the electricity generation industry. After graduation, Sarah is interested in supporting companies and utilities to integrate renewables, energy storage, and smart grid technologies.
Leslie Cakey Worthington
John Paul Miller
Terah Elizabeth Donovan