Read about some of our nearly 800 ESP program alumni.
Sara Kaddoura (MPA-ESP ’17) is currently a product developer with the Loreal-Kiehl’s sustainability program, ‘Sharing Beauty With All’ where her responsibilities include incorporating sustainability practices at every level of the supply chain. This position represents a transition into corporate social and environmental responsibility from her interest as a student in international relations and human rights.
Alex Hofmann (MPA-ESP ’09) is the Director of Energy and Environmental Services at the American Public Power Association (APPA). He oversees the development and application of member-related information and analytical services, including the Reliable Public Power Provider program and eReliability Tracker service.
Jonathan Philipsborn (MPA-ESP ’07) is the Climate Adaption Practice Director for the Americas at AECOM, a multi-national consulting firm supporting clients across markets and sectors in over 150 countries. Climate change services he works to provide to clients include reviewing climate science, conducting climate change vulnerability and risk assessments, modeling potential future hazard conditions, and developing and implementing adaptation and resilience strategies.
Curtis Probst, (MPA-ESP ’14) is the Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he leads their Sustainable Finance practice. He also teaches Financing the Green Economy at SIPA at Columbia University, and serves on the advisory board of the Earth Institute. He is a former managing director at Goldman Sachs and vice president at Salomon Brothers.
Gabe Cowles, (MPA-ESP ’09) is the program manager for Build Smart NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to improve energy efficiency in state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star on the Albany 2016 list, Cowles achieved a quarter of the energy program’s goal in the first year.
Rebecca Kline, (MPA-ESP ’08) is the Director of Business Development for App Gap, a Bay Area IT firm. She is the former Executive Director of New Haven Farms, an urban agriculture program, which was featured in the NYT. (NY Times, November 6, 2014)
Ashley Toombs (MPA-ESP ’15), is a Program Manager with BRAC USA. BRAC is a poverty alleviation and international development organization that was founded in the 1970s in Bangladesh and has since expanded operations to 12 countries in Asia and Africa, with affiliate offices in the U.S., UK, and Netherlands.
Josh Garrett (MPA-ESP ’12), serves as an Account Director at Antenna Group, Josh provides public relations services for the clean energy sector. He is the former Director of Communications at Equitable Origin and Marketing Manager of the North American Energy Program at the Nature Conservancy.
Annlyn McPhie, (MPA-ESP ’13), is with United Nations Development Programme, Japan-Caribbean Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP.) A native of Grenada, Annlyn is the former Manager of Marine Protected Areas for Grenada.
Olin Berger (MPA-ESP ’14) was chosen as a member of the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps in Chicago, Illinois. Olin is working to analyze energy efficiency projects for high rise office buildings in downtown Chicago.
Alison Miller (MPA-ESP ’11), Deputy Executive Director of The Earth Institute, was named one of 2014 City & State’s top 40 under 40 Rising Stars. The media company, devoted to covering New York politics and policies, nominates 40 exceptional individuals each year who are leaving their mark on New York City.
Sheng Yan (MPA-ESP ’13) is a Commercial Analyst for Conoco Phillips. He is a former Economic Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Katie Edmond (MPA-ESP ’14) Through her role as a Parks Analyst with the New York City Department Parks and Recreation, is working toward a greener future for New Yorkers in high-need communities.
Maham Ahmed (MPA-ESP ’13) is a Policy Advisor at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. Maham hopes to bring change to disaster response and recovery for future generations.
Todd Miner (MPA- ESP ’11) is a Consultant, Learning Solutions, Organization Transformation and Talent at Deloitte. He is a former Director of Friends of Rockaway, an organization working to restore the Rockaway Peninsula in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Haydée Rodríguez (MPA-ESP ’12) has always wanted to work in environmental law. Having started the program with a law degree and prior work experience as a program associate for the Fresh Water Action Network in Costa Rica, Haydée’s current job as an environmental advisor for the Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense is a perfect fit for her professional goals.
James Vener (MPA-ESP ’07) has applied the policymaking skills he obtained through the program to positions at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP-DTIE) Energy Finance Unit in France and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau of Development Policy’s Environment and Energy Group in New York.
Claire VanZuiden (MPA-ESP ’13) develops strategies to grow and finance green companies and to help clients commercialize technologies to improve air quality, reduce waste and reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions. Claire applies the system-based thinking and hard science background that she learned in the ESP program on a daily basis to resolve environmental, energy, and development issues.