Alumni Association Board September 2013 - 2014

Officers

Brian Goldberg

President

Brian Goldberg M.E.M. ’03 (2nd term ends 2015)
Alexandria, VA brian.goldberg@aya.yale.edu

Brian is an environmental planner at AECOM, a global design and engineering firm. He focuses on both sustainable approaches to landbased planning and the AECOM corporate social responsibility program, which engages the firm's 45,000 employees. His volunteer efforts with the Alumni Association Board have helped launch the F&ES Branches Initiative. Brian is a former Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Fellow.

Exec. Comm.
Nicole Chevalier

Vice President

Nicole Chevalier M.E.S. ’99 (2nd term ends 2015)
West Haven, CT nechevalier2003@hotmail.com

Nicole is Program Director at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, a family foundation focused on supporting non-profit programs throughout the nation in the areas of contemporary visual art, climate change mitigation and learning disabilities. She resides in West Haven, CT, with her husband and daughter.

Exec. Comm.; AYA delegate, 3rd Year
Georgia Silvera Seamans

Secretary

Georgia Silvera Seamans M.E.M. ’01 (1st term ends 2014)
New York, NY seatulip@hotmail.com

Georgia became a community and urban forester working with New Haven Urban Resources Initiative and Boston Parks as well as in Oakland, Berkeley, and New York City. She also serves on the Yale Alumni Fund board and Yale Blue Green and is a class agent for 2001. She lives in NYC with her husband and son.

Exec. Comm.; Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors

Board Members

Mohamad Chakaki
Mohamad Chakaki M.E.M. ’06 (term ends 2014)
Cambridge, MA mchakaki@yahoo.com

Mohamad has worked in parks and gardens across the United States, with the Peace Corps in Central Africa, and the United Nations in Syria. He has also consulted on environment and community development projects in both the U.S. and the Arab Middle East. He holds undergraduate degrees in Religion and Biology from George
Washington University. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.
Tianming Chen
Tianming Chen M.E.Sc. '06 (1st term ends 2015)
Beijing, China tianmingpku@gmail.com

Tianming is a researcher at Peking University - Lincoln Institute, Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Beijing, China with a focus on China's environmental and urban development issues, responsible for policy suggestions to government agents in these fields. She received her B.E. in Urban Planning at Peking University, China.

China Whip
Gordon Clark
Gordon Clark M.E.M. ’07 (1st term ends 2014)
Pescadero, CA g_clark03@yahoo.com

Gordon earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies and History at Bowdoin College. He then worked in Boston for the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, within its climate change program, to green the design and construction of public schools. Since 2007, he has worked as a Conservation Project Manager and Development Officer for the Peninsula Open Space Trust, a regional land trust based in Palo Alto.
Ann Clarke
Ann Clarke M.F.S. '81, D.F.E.S. '92 (1st term ends 2015)
San Jose, CA annhclarke@earthlink.net

Ann has recently become a mediator for the Silicon Valley Mediation Group, after retiring from her position as Assistant Director of Operations at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.  Prior to moving to California, she held positions at NASA Headquarters, Federal Aviation Administration, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Washington, D.C.  She was the Henry Clepper Forest Policy Intern at the Society of American Foresters and the Vermont State Forest Resources Planner.  She earned her J.D. at the University of New Mexico Law School, where she was Lead Articles Editor on the Natural Resources Journal, an M.S. in geography at the University of Oregon, and her B.A. in geology at Colorado College. She is a Council for Excellence in Government Senior Fellow and a member of the board of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association.

Brandi Colander
Brandi Colander M.E.M. '07 (1st term ends 2015)
Washington, D.C. bcolander@gmail.com

Brandi is Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the United States Department of the Interior. She has worked in multiple sectors in the energy and environmental arena, including as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Deputy General Counsel, and Director of Market Development and Regulatory Affairs for Opower.
David Ellum
David S. Ellum M.F. ’01, Ph.D. ’07 (1st term ends 2016)
Asheville, NC dellum@warren-wilson.edu

Dave is Professor of Sustainable Forestry, Chair of the Environmental Studies Department and College Forest Director at Warren-Wilson College in Asheville. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Cradle of Forestry in America. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to teach silviculture and forest management in an area as culturally rich and biologically diverse as the Southern Appalachians. He enjoys live acoustic music, managing photosynthesis, salamanders, botanical rambles and messing around with his three kids.
Emily Enderle
Emily Enderle M.E.M. '07 (1st term ends 2015)
Washington, D.C. emily.enderle@aya.yale.edu

Emily currently serves as an environmental policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. Her speciality areas are environmental health, energy and climate change. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Environmental Studies and is a Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow. 
Cassie Flynn
Cassie Flynn M.E.M. ’07 (1st term ends 2016)
Brooklyn, NY cassielflynn@gmail.com

Cassie is the Co-Founder and Chief Partnerships Officer of ioby (in our backyards), a web-based platform that builds stronger, more sustainable neighborhoods. She co-founded ioby with two fellow F&ESers to help anyone with a good idea – such as creating community gardens, bike lanes and solar installations – make it happen. She has been a Climate Change Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme since graduation. She also volunteers with the F&ES Annual Fund, and returns regularly to lecture and speak with students.
Olivia Glenn
Olivia Glenn M.E.M. ’03 (2nd term ends 2014)
Pennsauken, NJ oliviacglenn@yahoo.com

Olivia is Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, assisting him in his role as the Department’s chief on natural and historic resource stewardship. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and son.
Melissa Grigione
Melissa Grigione M.E.S. ’90 (1st term ends 2014)
Brewster, NY mgrigione@pace.edu

Melissa is an associate professor and Director of the Graduate Program in environmental science at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. She earned her Ph.D. in ecology at UC Davis and concentrates her research in mammalian spatial ecology, emphasizing conservation biology for species whose populations have been seriously altered as a consequence of habitat degradation and fragmentation. She is coauthor of numerous peerreviewed papers and articles, and the recipient of more than a dozen prestigious grants and fellowships.
Zahid Hamdard
Zahid Hamdard M.E.M. ’10 (1st term ends 2016)
Kabul, Afghanistan zahid.hamdard@aya.yale.edu

Zahid is an Advisor on Humanitarian Assistance issues portfolio with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) based in Kabul. He has held previous positions with UNDP, UNEP and Afghan EPA. At Afghan EPA, he served as the director of International Environmental Affairs, where his work focused on the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) such as the Montreal Protocol, Basel Convention, Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). He helped foster regional transboundary environmental cooperation in Afghanistan. Zahid serves as an active member of Kabul Rotary Club, and has served as President of Rotary Club, Kabul.
Jim Lyons
James Lyons M.F. '79 (1st term ends 2015)
Edgewater, MD jim.lyons@yale.edu

Jim is Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals in the U.S. Department of the Interior. He most recently directed the Renewable Energy program at Defenders of Wildlife and continues as a lecturer and research scholar at F&ES.  Previously he worked with Oxfam America and as executive director of the Casey Trees Endowment Fund.  During the Clinton Administration, Jim served as USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment overseeing the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Most of Jim's career has focused on natural resource conservation and public land policy issues, working in the Congress, as policy director for the Society of American Foresters, and beginning his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson M.E.M. ’05 (1st term ends 2014)
Alexandria, VA sarahkmatheson@gmail.com

Sarah is a manager in Deloitte Consulting's Sustainability group where she focuses on integrating sustainability into business decision-making.  She is proud to represent her class (the best one ever) on the Alumni Board.  Please reach out to her to share your suggestions on any alumni related issue!
Jen Molnar
Jen Molnar M.E.M. ’04 (1st term ends 2014)
Washington, DC jen.molnar@gmail.com

Jen is the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Central Science Program, which identifies, tests and develops new approaches that improve how conservation benefits both nature and people. The program's projects relate to ecosystem services, human well-being, economic measures for conservation, corporate practices and urban conservation. Jen was editor and co-author of the Atlas of Global Conservation and has led global analyses of habitat conditions and threats, with a focus on marine and freshwater systems.
Melissa Paly
Melissa Paly M.F.S. '87 (1st term ends 2015)
Portsmouth, NH mpaly01@gmail.com

Melissa is a partner at CrossCurrent Communications, a communications consulting, marketing/PR and media production company based in Portsmouth, N.H. She has been involved in environmental communications and media production for more than 20 years, first with the Environmental Protection Agency, and since 1991 through her own business. She has worked extensively on issues around water, energy, land conservation, planning and growth management, affordable housing, fisheries, forestry and more, with clients that range from government agencies to nonprofits, universities, museums and businesses.
Eugene Peck
Eugene Peck M.E.S. ’96 (1st term ends 2014)
New Haven, CT gene.peck@viridianalliance.com

Gene Peck is a specialist in coastal zone/watershed policy, sediment management and the restoration of urban estuaries. His work focuses on developing sustainable integrated cross-program solutions to regional and local sediment challenges that utilize watershed management, ecological restoration, decontamination technologies, beneficial use of sediment and economic drivers to manage sediment as a resource rather than a waste.

AYA delegate at large; Nom. Comm. Chair
Carlos Pineda
Carlos V. Pineda M.E.M./M.B.A. ’00 (1st term ends 2016)
San Francisco, CA cpineda@aya.yale.edu

Carlos has been charting paths to sustainability for over 20 years, first in education and ecology, and now in clean energy project development and finance. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Foresight Renewable Solutions, a leading developer of renewable energy and integrated energy storage projects. He has tilted at wind, solar, natural gas, LNG and compressed air energy storage technologies, having completed over 900MW of operational projects from platforms across the power and clean tech industries – including General Compression, Orion Energy and The AES Corporation.  Carlos thrives on the complexity and rewards of work across the Americas, and in particular Latin America. He advises clients on large renewable energy project developments or acquisitions. Previously an Associate at The World Bank and later at BNP Paribas’ Project Finance Group, Carlos originally trained as a Neo-tropically-inclined conservation biologist, and served as a bilingual high school biology teacher in Oakland, Calif., with Teach for America.
Gregg Renkes
Gregg Renkes M.F.S. '83 (1st term ends 2015)
Seattle, WA renkesg@msn.com

Gregg works in renewable energy project development.  He earned his bachelor's degree from Vassar College in biology/environmental science, master's degree at Yale F&ES, and law degree at the University of Colorado concentrating on public land and federal Indian law. Past work includes Majority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, private practice of law in Alaska and Washington D.C., Alaska's fifteenth Attorney General, Co-Chair of the Alaska Rural Justice Commission, Trustee for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trust Fund and Trustee for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.

AYA delegate, 2nd Year
 
Jane Sokolow
John P. Clarke
Jane E.S. Sokolow M.F.S. ’80 (1st term ends 2016)
Bronx, NY jane.sokolow@lonetreemesa.com

Jane is an independent consultant in community greening and zoning projects and interpretive science writing. She has worked on projects for OASIS New York, NYC Parks and Recreation, The American Museum of Natural History, and Audubon. Jane serves on the Boards of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Bronx Council on Environmental Quality, Bronx Community Board 8 Environment and Sanitation Committee, and is a member of the 2013 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region II Open Space Advisory Committee. She earned a B.A. from Colorado College and an Med from Lesley College Graduate School. She lives in Riverdale, N.Y., with her husband.
Mary Tyrrell
Mary Tyrrell M.F.S. ’97 (2nd term ends 2014)
Hamden, CT mary.tyrrell@yale.edu

Mary is the Executive Director of Yale’s Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry. Her work focuses on land use change, forest fragmentation, sustainable forest management and U.S. private lands, with a particular emphasis on review and synthesis of scientific research, and making scientific information available to forest managers and conservationists.

Holly Welles
Holly Welles M.F.S. ’88 (2nd term ends 2016)
Princton, NJ hwelles@princeton.edu

Holly Welles is Communications & Outreach Manager at the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. She held previous positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company; USAID; Council on Environmental Quality; and Capital Hill. She earned her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and was a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a Morris K. Udall Dissertation Fellow.

AYA Board of Governors, 1st Year
Heather Wright
Heather Wright M.E.Sc. ’04 (2nd term ends 2014)
San Francisco, CA heather.wright@aya.yale.edu

Heather is an Environment Program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she manages a conservation portfolio oriented toward mainstreaming ecosystem services in natural resource decision making.  A significant piece of her work is focused on forest conservation that aims to mitigate climate change impacts by addressing the drivers of deforestation and degradation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather was a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) Manager at Conservation International where she led global biological assessments in critical ecosystems and developed conservation recommendations based on the results. As Program Manager at Friends of the Osa, Heather helped strengthen the new organization's focus on applied conservation and research In Costa Rica. Through her work at Moore she continues to cultivate her interest in the links between ecosystem services, landscape ecology and environmental policy. She was recently a member of the Board of Directors for the Women's Environmental Network in San Francisco.  She is also an active Conservation Measures Partnership Board Member. Heather received her B.S. in Biology and Minor in Scandinavian Literature from UCLA, her Master's degree F&ES and in 2010 became a Kinship Conservation Fellow.

Honorary Lifetime Member:

Herbert I. Winer
Herbert I. Winer M.F. ’49, Ph.D. ’56 (no term limit)
New Haven, CT

A retired forester, Herb pioneered the field of stand dynamics, and initiated instruction in industrial forestry. He directed logging research in Canada, oversaw Lake State forest science and helped set safety standards for the logging industry. He presided as head of the Forest History Society.

Faculty Representatives:

Mark Ashton
Mark Ashton ‘85, Ph.D. ’90

Mark is the Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests. He conducts research on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests and on the creation of their agroforestry analogs.
Chad Oliver
Chad Oliver ‘70, Ph.D. ’75

Chad is the Pinchot Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is currently working on landscape approaches to forest management and is involved in the technical tools, the policies, the management approaches, and the educational needs.

Student Representatives:

Noel Aloysius
Noel Aloysius Ph.D. 2013
Jaffna, Sri Lanka noel.aloysius@yale.edu

Julia Golomb
Julia Golomb M.E.M. 2014
Boston, MA julia.golomb@yale.edu
Susannah Harris
Susannah Harris M.E.M. 2015
Washington, DC susannah.harris@yale.edu
Sara Smiley Smith
Sara Smiley Smith Ph.D. Candidate
New Haven, CT sara.smileysmith@yale.edu
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