The Yale Center for Business and the Environment is delighted to welcome three new members to its Advisory Board. With these additions, CBEY will add keen expertise and new perspectives in corporate sustainability, forest products, energy justice, entrepreneurship, and clean energy finance—key areas of interest among the center’s students and partners.
CBEY’s Advisory Board members are called upon to provide advice and guidance in support of the Center’s mission is educate and inspire sustainability leaders through business-led solutions to systemic planetary problems.
Alexandra Cooley (MEM/MBA ’12) is the Chief Investment Officer at Greenworks Lending from Nuveen. Since graduating from Yale, Ali has been developing and launching innovative financial products to increase the deployment of renewable energy, including the Connecticut C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) program she helped launch in 2013 while at the Connecticut Green Bank. To expand C-PACE’s reach, Ali co-founded Greenworks Lending in 2015, which was recently acquired by Nuveen. Greenworks Lending from Nuveen is currently the largest provider of C-PACE financing in the US.
Nicole W. Sitaraman (BA ’00) is the Vice President of External Affairs and Policy at Sustainable Capital Advisors, a Black-owned financial advisory and consulting firm focusing on connecting capital to communities in support of inclusive sustainable infrastructure projects. Over the course of her career, Nicole has worked to advance energy justice, grid modernization, and sustainability goals by employing her skills in legislative and regulatory advocacy and stakeholder engagement.
Sophie Beckham (Master of Forestry '02) is the Chief Sustainability Officer at International Paper Company, where she leads its sustainability strategy to advance its vision of being among the most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies in the world. Her career has been dedicated to driving sustainable business outcomes through purposeful leadership in consumer goods and forest product manufacturing sectors.
“We are beyond excited to welcome Sophie, Ali, and Nicole to the CBEY Advisory Board,” says Stuart DeCew, Executive Director at CBEY. “We can’t wait to learn from and incorporate the insight and perspectives of these three leading alumnae into our work.”
The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY)'s mission is to educate and inspire sustainability leaders through business-led solutions to systemic environmental problems. We do this by equipping our growing network with the interdisciplinary skills and collaborative opportunities needed to create sustainable solutions. Through applied learning programs, research, courses, and outreach, we are building pathways to help solve the greatest challenges facing the human and natural systems upon which we all rely. Their next advisory board meeting will be on December 3, 2021.