Alex Rudee

Alex Rudee

What is your previous work experience?

After finishing my undergraduate education, I joined a local utility company, where I supported the procurement and integration of renewable energy on the power grid. I later took over the utility's efforts to participate in a statewide carbon trading program. From there, I transitioned into the philanthropic sector, where I managed a portfolio of grants and strategies to support clean power
policies around the globe.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
The Nicholas School's reputation for environmental leadership precedes it in the clean energy and environmental policy fields. I was looking for a graduate education that would train me on a range of environmental issues, connect me with the leading organizations and individual thinkers in my chosen field, and give me a support network of other young professionals working toward similar
goals. The Nicholas School offers all of that, and came highly recommended from former coworkers and managers to boot!

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
My main focus at the Nicholas School will be learning the skills I need to be an effective advocate for strong environmental policies. I also hope to use my time there to gain expertise on wildlife and wilderness conservation issues, which have not been part of my professional background but which I would like to include in my career plan moving forward.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to joining the community of dedicated environmental advocates that the Nicholas School is so well known for. I can't wait to share ideas and stories of past successes and failures with my new classmates, hear innovative perspectives from my new professors, and get involved with research on cutting-edge environmental policy topics at the Nicholas Institute.

What are you doing this summer before you arrive at the Nicholas School?
I am using this summer before the Nicholas School to do all the things I've dreamed of doing for a long time but never had the opportunity to do while I was caught up in the world of 9-to-5's: namely, travel and volunteer abroad. I use the term "summer" loosely, as I've actually spent the last 6 months seeing the world. My travels have included a month volunteering at a conservation nonprofit in Costa Rica, a visit to a butterfly farming cooperative in Tanzania, and lots of practice spotting endemic wildlife in Borneo's national parks. Travelling the world has given me a lot of personal insight and fulfillment, but it's also given me some novel career ideas that I'm excited to explore further this fall in Durham!

What are your plans for future work of employment?
I don't yet have any specific plans for future employment, but I would like to pursue a position, either for a summer internship or post-graduate, at an international NGO dedicated to conservation.

Award ● William H. Schlesinger Scholarship Fellow

Hometown ● Seattle, Washington

Undergraduate Institute ● Pomona College

Graduation Date

May 2018