Megan Parker Williams

Megan Parker Williams

What is your previous work experience?
Prior to the Nicholas School, I worked as an environmental consultant for seven years with a primary topical focus on climate change, air quality, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. I supported government and foundations with program development, implementation, and evaluation. During my undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, I worked with private, public, and social sector entities focusing on climate change and sustainability issues.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School for the ability to have hands-on learning with client projects, the integrated focus on business & environment, the Nicholas School and Duke culture, and the opportunity to live in Durham.  

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
My concentration in Business & Environment integrates learning about business tools and sustainability into most of my classes. I am looking forward to learning how to implement sustainable business practices with tools like life cycle assessment, reporting and certifications, and finance. I am also interested in taking advantage of Duke's expertise in energy fundamentals and issues to apply to my planned career in corporate sustainability.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Duke and Durham communities, including my first Duke basketball game. I am also looking forward to integrating my knowledge of sustainability with new skills and in the business context.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I plan to pursue a career in corporate sustainability to deliver improvements in corporate economic, social, and environmental performance. I am especially interested in improving the sustainability of business operations and consumer products.

Career Interests

Corporate sustainability, environmental business strategy, sustainable operations, corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Education

Master of Business Administration, May 2020
The Fuqua School of Business
Duke University, Durham, NC
 
Master of Environmental Management, May 2020
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Business & Environment
Net Impact Club. Nicholas School Energy Club. Graduate consultant, DNV GL sustainability plan. Graduate consultant, Lulu.com B Corp recertification and greenhouse gas assessment. Recipient of Nicholas Scholar merit scholarship for leadership potential and academic excellence.
 
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, March 2010
University of Washington
Major: Environmental Studies
Minors: Environmental Science & Resource Management; International Studies: Europe Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List every quarter

Professional Experience

Associate/Environmental Consultant, December 2013 – June 2017, Research Associate/Environmental Consultant, November 2010 – November 2013, Ross Strategic, Seattle, WA
Increased management and leadership of team projects at environmental consulting firm over time, including significant client relations, product development, and internal team coordination. Managed over $1 million in budgets, staffing assignments, and project timelines, and mentored 3 junior staff to successfully deliver on client expectations. Provided strategy and organizational learning support to a climate mitigation funder to better work with its peer foundations. Cultivated and integrated real-time insights and learning into the organization’s strategy and activities by working closely with the executive and programs teams. Gathered and analyzed data to evaluate a building energy efficiency program for its funders and provided actionable recommendations that were implemented for the project’s second phase. Supported US EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation’s implementation of the Climate Showcase Communities peer exchange network and organization of regional workshops on energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities in low-income communities. Facilitated and supported multi-agency working groups, conducted strategic and organizational planning, and supported the development and management of technical infrastructure for the State-US EPA Environmental Information Exchange Network to better share environmental data between agencies and with the public.
 
Alumni Board Member, University of Washington, Program on the Environment Alumni Board, Seattle, WA  
Organized and provided Environmental Studies alumni opportunities and resources for networking and professional development and community building with current students, staff, and faculty. July 2014 – June 2017
 
Sustainability Intern, Sustainable Business Consulting (SBC), Seattle, WA  
Developed content for and compiled the 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility report detailing SBC’s social performance and environmental stewardship efforts for publication per GRI guidelines. Created a Sustainability Assessment tool to evaluate the operations of a leading athletic apparel retailer. Produced a comprehensive carbon footprint for a leading online retailer including supporting data collection, management, and verification. Developed sustainable procurement guidelines for clients to screen vendors on social responsibility and environmental sustainability criteria. June 2010 – September 2010
 
Federal Green Challenge and Organics Management Intern, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, Seattle, WA 
Analyzed the measurement data for 30 federal facilities’ greenhouse gas reductions to evaluate and track the effectiveness of greenhouse gas reduction methods for program improvement. Conducted research to evaluate current and potential programs to develop policies to promote composting of organics material. Organized symposium for over 60 federal employees and developed topics and recruited expert speakers for 13 webcasts. June 2009 – March 2010
 
Cool State Campaign Intern, Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter, Seattle, WA  
Developed plan and toolkit for Cool Companies Campaign to educate and communicate environmental improvement techniques to engage businesses in climate action. Collaborated with staff and volunteers to coordinate public outreach events and workshops. April 2008 – August 2008

Additional Information

SKILLS
GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, openLCA, Microsoft Office Suite, project management
My focus on the intersection of business and the environment through my joint MEM/MBA degrees coupled with my environmental consulting background are preparing me to effectively contribute to sustainable business solutions. I am interested in applying this expertise to identify and implement strategies to integrate sustainability deeper within business operations.

Skills

energy efficiency
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
project management
stakeholder engagement
sustainability

Graduation Date

May 2020

Additional Resources

Languages

English
French

Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Consulting