Coral Bielecki is the Online Programs Director at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. In this capacity, she leads the development of online models for student engagement and broadens the impact of these programs, including the Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy, which she helped develop and deploy after joining the CBEY team in 2019. In January 2023, in partnership with the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, the Connected Leadership course on Coursera was launched. And, in partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Justice, Coral is leading the development of a Clean Equitable Energy Development program, set for launch in 2024. She researches, applies, and shares best practices for online learning and pedagogy in general, and collaborates with the CBEY team and faculty across multiple Yale schools to broaden impact, improve delivery processes and increase student retention and enjoyment. In 2020, she led the strategic design and successful execution of the first-ever remote orientation events for CBEY.
Prior to CBEY, she worked with Yale’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Society in Africa. While a student at the Yale School of the Environment, Coral was awarded the William R. Burch Prize and the Strachan Donnelley Award for her interdisciplinary approaches and scholarly excellence. Her co-authored paper on Global Risk of Deadly Heat in the journal Nature Climate Change became one of the most influential articles of 2017.
Coral has a Master in Environmental Sciences from Yale and a B.S. in Ethnobotany from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, where she studied as a fellow of both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.