Alumni Association Board 2015 - 2016


Brian Goldberg


Brian Goldberg '03 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2016)
Newton, MA     Email

Brian is a project manager at the MIT Office of Sustainability, helping to transform the MIT campus into a living laboratory for demonstrating sustainability. His focal areas include climate resiliency, stormwater, ecology, and materials management. Previously, Brian served as an environmental planner in Africa, Asia, and the U.S. through AECOM, the United Nations, and James Corner Field Operations. Brian is a former Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Fellow.

Executive Committee
Gordon Clark

Vice President

Gordon Clark '07 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2017)
Pescadero, CA

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 throughout New England. Since 2007, he has worked at Peninsula Open Space Trust, a regional land trust based in Palo Alto, California, where he currently serves as the Director of Program Development.

Executive Committee
Georgia Silvera Seamans


Georgia Silvera Seamans '01 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2017)
New York, NY

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.

Executive Committee

Board Members

Ann Clarke
Ann Clarke '81 M.F.S., '92 D.F.E.S. (2nd term ends 2018)
Carmel Valley, CA

Ann is a mediator and dispute resolution specialist. She is retired from NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. 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 is a board member and past chair of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. 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.
Brandi Colander
Brandi Colander '07 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2018)
Washington, D.C.

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 '01 M.F., '07 Ph.D. (1st term ends 2016)
Asheville, NC

Dave is Professor of Sustainable Forestry at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He also chairs the College's Environmental Studies Department and is the Director of the College Forest. His teaching and research focus on silviculture  practices that target small landowners co-managing for multiple revenue streams and diverse ecological values, especially medicinal plants and agroforestry systems. He lives in Fairview, NC, with his wife and two children.

Emily Enderle
Emily Enderle '07 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2018)
Washington, D.C.

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. 
Alex Finkral
Alex Finkral '97 M.F., '05 Ph.D. (1st term ends 2018)
Chapel Hill, NC

Alex is Chief Forester of The Forestland Group, a timberland investment manager (TIMO) that specializes in naturally regenerating hardwood forests. Prior to joining The Forestland Group, Alex was an assistant Professor of Forest Management at Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry. Currently Alex is also an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech and serves on the USDA Forestry Research Advisory Council. He lives with his wife and kids in Chapel Hill, NC.
Cassie Flynn
Cassie Flynn '07 M.E.M. (1st term ends 2016)
Brooklyn, NY

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.
Jim Lyons
James Lyons '79 M.F. (2nd term ends 2018)
Edgewater, MD

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.
Jen Molnar
Jen Molnar '04 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2017)
Washington, D.C.

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.
Kris Morico
Kris Morico '98 M.E.M. (1st term ends 2018)
Denville, NJ
Kris is the leader of environmental programs for GE, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of associated programs globally. Previously, she was the global leader of water programs in the GE corporate Environmental Health and Safety group for nearly eight years. Kris began her career as a process engineer for the Regional Water Authority and has since assumed a variety of positions across several Fortune 500 companies. She is a licensed professional environmental engineer, board certified environmental engineer (among other certifications), and elected Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. She serves on the advisory board for the UConn School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the Vice President/President-elect of the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM).
Melissa Paly
Melissa Paly '87 M.F.S. (2nd term ends 2018)
Portsmouth, NH

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 '96 M.E.S. (2nd term ends 2017)
New Haven, CT

Gene 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.
Carlos Pineda
Carlos V. Pineda '00 M.E.M./M.B.A. (1st term ends 2016)
San Francisco, CA

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 '83 M.F.S. (2nd term ends 2018)
Seattle, WA

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.

Executive Committee
Jane Sokolow
John P. Clarke
Jane E.S. Sokolow '80 M.F.S. (1st term ends 2016)
Bronx, NY

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.

AYA Delegate
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Whitney Tilt '85 M.E.S. (1st term ends 2017)
Bozeman, MT

Whitney serves as Director, Land & Wildlife Conservation, for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. His principal responsibilities are working with the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, in Emigrant, Montana, to ensure it is a best-in-class leader in land and wildlife conservation management, and addressing larger natural resource issues in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Whitney is also a partner in High Country Apps LLC, developing interactive field guides for smart phones and tablets. Prior to joining the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Whitney served as principal of Conservation BenchMarks, a consulting business specializing in strategic planning, evaluation, and natural resource issue management. He has also worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sonoran Institute and National Audubon Society. Throughout his career Whitney has focused on conservation, working on a wide range of natural resource issues from Colorado River water allocations and black-footed ferret recovery to Asian tiger conservation and evaluation of federal fisheries programs.

Executive Committee
Holly Welles
Holly Welles '88 M.F.S. (2nd term ends 2016)
Princton, NJ

Holly works at the Princeton University Environmental Institute where she is Communications Manager and co-administrator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative. She serves on the boards of the Yale University Alumni Association Board of Governors, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Alumni Association (former President, 2011-13), and the D&R Greenway Land Trust. She held previous energy and environment positions at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the US Agency for International Development, and the Council on Environmental Quality. Holly began her career as an energy and environment legislative aide to Congressman George Brown. She earned her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship and a Morris K. Udall Dissertation Fellowship.

AYA Board of Governors

Honorary Lifetime Member

Herbert I. Winer
Herbert I. Winer '49 M.F., '56 Ph.D. (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 M.F., '90 Ph.D.

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 M.F.S., '75 Ph.D.

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.

Staff Representative

Mary Tyrrell
Mary Tyrrell '97 M.F.S. (term ends 2016)
Hamden, CT

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.  She leads the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative, a national research and education initiative aimed at improving the effectiveness of outreach, services, and programs for family forest owners, thus enhancing conservation and stewardship of America’s private lands. She is a senior editor of the book Managing Forest Carbon in a Changing Climate, published by Springer, and was the project manager for the Highlands Regional Study: Connecticut and Pennsylvania Updates – Forest & Agricultural Resources Analysis and Growth and Impact Analysis.

Student Representatives

Sara Smiley Smith
Sara Smiley Smith, Ph.D. Candidate
New Haven, CT

Sara graduated from Yale University's joint master’s degree program between the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2007, earning both an MPH and MESc. She is now pursuing a doctoral degree at F&ES, focusing on sustainability and decision-making. While completing her degree, Sara is working as the Program Manager for the Yale College Environmental Studies Program, overseeing day-to-day administration and working with core faculty on new course development and strategic planning.  During her time at Yale, she has also had the opportunity to work in the University's Office of Sustainability. Sara holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science from Middlebury College (2004). She spent her childhood on the remnants of her family's dairy farm in the small town of Winslow, Maine.
Noel Aloysius
Ralien Bekkers '16 M.E.M.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ralien is a first-year Master of Environment Management candidate focusing on international collaboration for sustainable development, and more specifically issues related to climate change and energy resources. She is originally from The Netherlands, where she recently received a BSc in Future Planet Studies from the University of Amsterdam. For the past two years she has been the official Dutch UN Youth Delegate on Sustainable Development, representing young people at UN meetings on climate change, sustainable development, and post-2015 development goals. She is very passionate about intergenerational partnerships and female leadership, which she hopes to support and advance at F&ES in her role as Student Representative of the Class of 2016 on the Alumni Association Board.
Ben Serrurier
Ben Serrurier '17 M.E.M.
New Haven, CT
Ben is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate concentrating on clean energy, climate policy, and energy market regulation. Before attending F&ES, Ben was a Policy Specialist with Climate Solutions, a clean energy policy shop in Seattle, WA. He has advocated for state and federal policies related to electricity generation and transmission, fossil fuel exports, and transportation fuels. Outside of class, Ben enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, and international travel (ideally combined). Ben received a B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies from Whitman College and in 2014 was named a Young Climate Leaders Network Fellow.
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