Mikaela is a Joint MBA and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Candidate at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Climate Change Entrepreneurship Coordinator at the Yale Center for Business & the Environment. She is interested in developing innovative solutions to climate change that have co-benefits for businesses, ecosystems, and communities.
This summer, Mikaela served as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., developing a company-wide climate change strategy and implementation roadmap. The proposed energy efficiency investments and supplier engagement strategies have the potential to drive short- and long-term business and environmental benefits, including over $5 million a year in reduced energy costs, 10 million kg CO2e a year in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced supply chain resilience, and new marketing and innovation opportunities across brands.
Prior to F&ES, Mikaela founded ARJUNA.AG, a 21st century protective apparel company that integrates design, technology, and education to mitigate urban environmental challenges. She also worked with the Rainforest Alliance on sustainable supply chain transformation in Latin America and was an Associate in the Venture division of the brand strategy company, Redscout, responsible for incubating sustainable business concepts.
She was born in South Africa and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University.
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