Jared Smith

Jared Smith

Consultant, PA Consulting Group

AB Environmental Policy & Science, T'09

Believing firmly in the idea that you get out what you put in, Jared pursued a career in the environmental industry to ensure the places and activities he loved the most would be preserved and managed for himself and others to enjoy long into the future. An avid explorer, surfer, and pond hockey player, he attended Duke as an undergraduate primarily due to the reputation and facilities of the Nicholas School. From its halls on Science Drive, he followed an internship with the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command to an early career in environmental remediation, working with Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consultant providing support and expertise at the programmatic level to Federal agencies including the Departments of Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security.

After a year in Okinawa, Japan managing the hazardous materials program on Kadena Air Force Base, and a short period working for the Marine Corps Base Guam Program Management Office in Washington, Jared attended the Imperial College of London, where he earned a Masters of Science degree with Distinction in Environmental Technology. Following his Masters program, Jared returned to Washington with a renewed focus on infrastructure and the business structures necessary for sustainable development. Jared worked for the U.S. Marine Corps Installation Command as a development consultant installing large-scale solar arrays and microgrids on Maine Corps bases worldwide. Taking this experience to the private sector with PA Consulting Group, he now works with power and utilities companies on their distributed energy resources and grid modernization plans, as well as in a technical advisory role performing due diligence on M&A transactions in the space.

"I have always loved the multidisciplinary focus of the environmental field, and the Nicholas School fosters this wonderful focus on global, cross-industry thinking that accelerates the passions its students bring to its classrooms."

Program Area

Undergraduate