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2021-2022 Cohort of Alumni Visiting Experts Announced!

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The experience and expertise of alumni provide an unparalleled resource for students navigating their way through the Yale experience.  In recognition of this, the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) launched the CBEY Visiting Alumni Experts program in the spring of 2018 in an effort to connect alumni from different sectors with current students. Since then, over 250 engagements between students and experts have taken place as part of this program.

There is a new normal given the impact of the COVID-crisis. As a result, students have been adapting their professional plans and thinking critically about what their next few years might look like.  Connecting with alumni who are doing the work helps current students see the possible pathways that exist at the intersection of business and the environment and understand what it took to get there.

We are delighted to announce the 2021-2022 cohort:

The 2020-2021 Cohort

Elle Brunsdale

Associate at Greenbacker Capital
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

John Dickenson

President at Metamorphosis LLC: Products from Products™
MPPM 1988

Rita Effah

Senior Climate Finance Officer at African Development Bank
M.Sc. in Forest Science 2012

Luke Elder

Sustainability Strategy and Operations Associate, Reporting and Disclosure at Google
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

Donovan Ervin

Climate Finance Officer at Hive Fund for Climate & Gender Justice
MBA 2020
Master of Environmental Management 2020

Zoe Lloyd Geller

Co-Founder at Fire Ox Foods
MBA 2017
Master of Environmental Management 2017

Sara Harari

Associate Director of Innovation & Strategic Advisor to the President at Connecticut Green Bank
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

Michelle Mendlewicz

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Apparel at Quantis
Master of Environmental Management 2017

Lisa Veliz Waweru

Manager, ESG and Decarbonization at Deloitte & Touche LLP
MBA 2017
Master of Environmental Management 2017



As Visiting Experts, each alum will meet with students throughout the academic year to discuss industry trends, career advice, coursework support and beyond. 

"CBEY is passionate about supporting students who are navigating a career pathway in business and the environment.  We are incredibly lucky to have so many incredible alumni who will offer their time to help our students," says Heather Fitzgerald, Associate Director at CBEY.  

"Through these conversations, students get a better sense of the type of careers in sustainability that exist...the insights and advice from our Visiting Experts & Mentors give students a perspective that they just can't get from coursework."

Students can learn more about the program and sign up to meet with an Alumni Visiting Expert & Mentor here.

If you are a Yale alum and would like to be considered for a future cohort, please reach out to Heather Fitzgerald.