Read about some of our nearly 800 ESP program alumni.


Since graduation this past April, Sarah has joined Carbon Direct, which “provides both scientific advisory services and investment capital to the carbon removal & utilization ecosystem,” as a Client Project Manager. The private startup company is based in New York City and focuses on advising clients on carbon removal or carbon capture projects and assessing the quality of the projects with in-house criteria. Their employees are around the world and includes full time professors and faculty at leading universities focused on climate change and carbon capture.

While she is still new to the position, she has used her skills and knowledge from the MPA-ESP program to understand the environmental science and terminology of her projects and communicate them effectively to the clients.


She 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. 


He 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.  


She 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.


He 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.


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.


She 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.


She has recently joined Project Drawdown as a senior associate with Drawdown Labs. After graduating from our program, she began working as a summer research fellow for Mighty Earth, a global advocacy organization focused on reducing deforestation through global supply chains. During her time in this fellowship, her research focused on rubber agroforestry along with aiding in a campaign directed at forming a coalition on sustainable natural rubber.


He 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. 


He 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. 


He 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. 


Deputy Executive Director of The Earth Institute, she 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.


She 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.


He 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.


She is a Manager at Global Health Strategies where she brings her diverse experience in communications, policy, program management, education and journalism to fulfil GHS’s mission to advance issues and power campaigns that improve health and well-being around the world.


He 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.


She 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)


She 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.


Sheng Yan

(MPA-ESP ’13)

He is a Commercial Analyst for Conoco Phillips. He is a former Economic Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund.


He 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.


She 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.