Cortney Ahern

Master of Environmental Management  2019

Cortney Ahern is currently pursuing her Master in Environmental Management (MEM) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a focus in food systems and climate change. She is the Climate Change Innovation Coordinator for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, and a Knowledge Equity Associate at the Yale Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking.

This summer, Cortney served as the Social Impact and Advocacy Intern at Sir Kensington's, a food innovation company bringing integrity and charm to ordinary and overlooked foods. She worked with F&ES alumna Rebecca Gildiner ('17) to help build the company's social and environmental impact strategy through projects like values-led sourcing, internal sustainability education, B Corp Assessment, and carbon-offset research.

Before coming to Yale, she spent her career working for organizations at the intersection of food access, agricultural development, and community engagement. She has worked across the food chain and across sectors, tackling complex issues including food insecurity, climate change, food system biodiversity, and international agricultural development.

Cortney is from the Midwest, and holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University. 

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