Alumni Profiles

Read about some of our nearly 800 ESP program alumni.

Curtis Probst, (MPA-ESP ’14is 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

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. 

 

 

kline croppedFor 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 toombsAshley 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 garretJosh 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. 
annlynAnnlyn 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.
OB_Chiller1Olin 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 croppedAlison 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 cropped 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 croppedKatie 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.
mahamMaham 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.
toddTodd 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.
rsz_haydee 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-600x337James 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.
rsz_claire 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.