Luke Elder

MBA  2019
Master of Environmental Management  2019

Luke is a third-year MEM/ MBA joint-degree candidate focusing on private sector solutions to climate change and economy-wide decarbonization strategies. At Yale, he studies environmental economics and industrial ecology. Luke spent his summers interning for the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition at the World Bank and for the Sustainability team at Tesla.

Prior to Yale, Luke served as a Program Associate at The Ocean Foundation in Washington, D.C. where he worked in both English and Spanish as an environmental consultant for clients such as JetBlue Airways and Grupo Cisneros, a multibillion dollar Spanish conglomerate. Luke also has post-graduate experience working as a Field Station manager for The Nature Conservancy and in the Personal Office of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). Luke graduated cum laude from Middlebury College where he earned a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies. During his time at Middlebury, he worked for the Sustainability Integration Office on greenhouse gas accounting and campus carbon neutrality initiatives. As an undergraduate, he lived abroad in Madrid where he worked in the Environmental Economics Group of the National Research Council of Spain. He also held internships at The Nature Conservancy conducting land management and at BiodiversityWorks designing and leading wildlife research on an island in Massachusetts.

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