Program

CBEY Alumni Visiting Experts

Because the intersection of business and the environment is a relatively new space, there is a lot of room for new ideas to take root. CBEY supports students interested in the creation of new nonprofit and commercial organizations, business models, or other innovations that address pressing environmental challenges. 

Overview

The Yale Center for Business and Environment is launching the Alumni Visiting Expert series to sponsor alumni back to campus as a resource for students. Each cohort of Experts will consist of professionals across different industries from either the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies or the Yale School of Management. Each Expert has committed to meet with students with the possibility of concluding each cohort with an event on campus.

2018-2019 CBEY Alumni Visiting Experts

Suzette Anne Carty (FES ’04) 

Environmental Sustainability and Strategy Manager at Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies (makers of Jack Daniel's, Old Forester, Finlandia and Chambord)

Ask me about: Food, Corporate Sustainability

Online office hours:

  • Oct 22 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET - sign up here
  • Oct 25 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET - sign up here
  • Nov 1 from 10:00am to 12:00pm ET - sign up here

 

Claire Henly (YC ’08)  

Managing Director DevHub at Energy Web Foundation

Ask me about: Energy and Mobility

Online office hours:

  • Oct 24 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET - sign up here

 

Matthew Thurston (FES ’10)

Director of Sustainability at REI (Yale FES)

Ask me about: Apparel, Brand Stewardship, Corporate Sustainability

Online office hours:

  • Oct 26 from 11:00am to 1:00pm ET - sign up here
  • Nov 2 from 11:00am to 1:00pm ET - sign up here
  • Nov 30 from 11:00am to 1:00pm ET - sign up here
  • Dec 7 from 11:00am to 1:00pm ET - sign up here

 

Chris Clement (Yale SOM/FES ’08)

Partner, IronOak Energy Capital

Ask me about: Energy Development, Energy Finance

Online office hours:

  • Oct 26 from 9:00am to 11:00am ET - sign up here
  • Nov 9 from 9:00am to 11:00am ET - sign up here
  • Nov 26 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm ET - sign up here

 

Jeff Schub (SOM ’13)

Executive Director at Coalition for Green Capital

Ask me about: Clean Energy Finance, Green Banking

In person office hours and group lunch: 

  • Oct 29 from 10:00am to 1:00pm ET - sign up here

 

Kate Hardin (SOM ’96)

Executive Director at IHS Markit

Ask me about: Energy and Mobility

Online office hours:

  • Nov 5 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm ET - sign up here

 

Radha Kuppalli (Yale SOM/FES ’06)

Executive Director, Investor Services at New Forests Asset Management

Ask me about: Timber/Conservation Finance

Online office hours:

  • Nov 28 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm ET - sign up here

 

William Pott (Yale SOM/FES ’05)

Senior Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Ask me about: Energy Development, Management Consulting, Public-Private Partnerships

Online office hours:

  • Spring 2019 hours to be announced - sign up here

The 2017-2018 cohort

 

Jaime Carlson is Executive Vice President at Cypress Creek Renewables.

Jaime specializes in alternative asset investment in the Americas. She is EVP of Operations and Capital Planning at Cypress Creek Renewables, the second largest integrated solar platform in the US with 1GW of operating assets. She was Global Director of Finance at TerraForm Group, a $2B renewable energy company. Jaime also led mergers & acquisitions in US, Asia and South America for Rentech, Inc., a Blackstone-backed $550MM revenue natural resource company. Jaime served in President Obama’s first term as an advisor for finance and operations to former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. During her three years, Jaime advised on financial instruments to expand US energy innovation and directly oversaw the deployment of over $35B in Recovery Act funds. Bloomberg New Energy Finance named her one of the country’s thought-leaders in Alternative Energy.


Seth Dunn (BA '93, MEM/MBA '05) is Director of Industry Development, Power & Utilities with ServiceMax from GE Digital.

In this role, Seth is responsible for defining ServiceMax’s value proposition and go-to-market strategy with GE customers across power generation, transmission & distribution, and renewable energy. Seth joined ServiceMax following 12 years with GE Renewable Energy in a variety of commercial, policy, marketing, and product roles. Prior to GE he was a Senior Fellow, Energy and Climate for the Worldwatch Institute. He holds BA, MEM, and MBA degrees from Yale University.​​


Rita Hudetz (MEM/MBA '09) is Chief Commercial Officer at Hu Products.

Rita was recently promoted to CEO of Hu Kitchen/Hu Products, a high quality/ultra unprocessed restaurant and CPG business located in NYC. She joined Hu Kitchen as Chief Commercial Officer of Hu Products in 2016, to drive expansion of their retail product line. Since 2016 she has expanded the products business nationally, launched an e-commerce platform, increased sales by 5x and introduced new products following Hu's "no weird ingredients" mantra.


Jenny McColloch (MBA '12) is Director, Sustainability Strategy, Engagement & Business Integration at McDonald’s Corporation.

Jenny leads strategy coordination across McDonald’s global CSR & sustainability efforts, collaborating with partners across the company to advance the brand’s values of responsible leadership. In practice, this means working with teams including global Sustainability, Supply Chain, Marketing, Corporate Relations, People, Restaurant Solutions, IR, Legal and Finance to align and track progress against McDonald’s social and environmental impact strategies.

Jenny is passionate about increasing engagement and visibility into McDonald’s sustainability efforts to inspire customers, employees, franchisees and suppliers, and to lead meaningful change and long-term resilience across the food industry. She supports communications efforts to bring these efforts to life both internally and externally, such as through the 2017 Beef Sustainability Report that outlines McDonald’s vision to help lead a global movement in beef sustainability, McDonald’s recent announcements onPackaging and Recycling commitments for 2025, and sustainability content integration across McDonald’scorporate website. She also co-leads McDonald’s ESG reporting and engagement strategy with shareholders.

Jenny serves on the Advisory Board for the First Mover Fellows with the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. She was formerly the Education Director at Salish Sea Expeditions, an inquiry-based science and sailing education program in the Seattle area, and is a strong advocate for STEM education and building future generations of critical thinkers. She has engaged as a community college scholar career coach through One Million Degrees in Chicago and on the Advisory Board for Northern Illinois University’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Jenny has a BS/MS in Earth Systems from Stanford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Robert Paley is Director of Transit-Oriented Development at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

At the MTA, Robert oversees MTA property development, including the West Side Yard development in Manhattan, as well as efforts to promote better coordination between local land use policies and transit-oriented development throughout MTA’s regional commuter rail and subway networks. 

Prior to joining MTA, Mr. Paley developed residential buildings near transit for several private real estate companies.

Mr. Paley is an adjunct assistant professor of real estate development at Columbia University, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s NY District Council Advisory Board and a member of the national TOD Council of the Urban Land Institute.  He received his BA and MBA from Yale University.

 


Doug Rand (JD/MBA '10) is the President and Co-Founder of Boundless.

Doug is the President and Co-Founder of Boundless, a technology company that empowers families to navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably. He served in the Obama White House for over six years as Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where his portfolio included inclusive high-growth entrepreneurship, access to capital, clean energy innovation, commercialization of federally funded research, and high-skill immigration. Doug was co-founder and CEO of the innovative publishing company Playscripts, Inc., as well as a co-founder of the theater review aggregator StageGrade. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, and received Master’s and undergraduate degrees from Harvard, where he studied evolutionary biology. As a writer, Doug’s plays have been performed thousands of times worldwide. (TwitterLinkedIn)

 

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