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Our Team

Ladd Flock
Kathy Douglas
Senior Associate Director
Maya Polan
Assistant Director
Mariann Adams
Administrative Assistant
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CDO Vision

Inspire and prepare all students to pursue high impact environmental careers aligned with their individual abilities, experiences and interests.

CDO Mission

  • Proactively educate students to maximize their entire F&ES experience for impactful careers and lives.  
  • Cultivate strong relationships with leading domestic and international environmental employers.  
  • Support career related initiatives across F&ES.

Meet Our Student Staff!

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PCA (Peer Career Advisor) Emily Auerbach

Emily is a second-year MEM/MBA joint degree with the Yale School of Management interested in building mission-driven food brands. This past summer, Emily interned at Pepperidge Farm as an MBA Marketing Intern in the Distinctive Cookies division. Before coming to F&ES, she worked in sustainability and international development with over 100 chocolate and cocoa companies at the World Cocoa Foundation. Emily is excited to help fellow FESers position themselves for success in their internship and job searches as a Peer Career Advisor.

Emily will hold drop in hours in Kroon Cafe for job search materials review.

Student Assistant Paige Curtis

Paige is a Fifth Year Masters Environmental Management (MEM) student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she majored in Environmental Studies at Yale College, and held positions in the Afro-American Cultural Center and the Yale Office of Sustainability as an undergraduate Research Assistant. Prior to F&ES, Paige worked at a supply chain software startup helping retailers optimized their returned goods. At F&ES, Paige specializes in Industrial Ecology with a focus on circular economy principles in the apparel space. In her free time, she can be found cooking Caribbean food (her favorite!) and enjoying live music.
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PMI (Peer Mock Interviewer) Peter Ludwig

Peter is a second year MESc interested in community conservation and social justice.  Before coming to F&ES, he spent 7 years in hazardous waste and environmental waste consulting in New York City and 10 years running energy efficiency programs in affordable housing for Elevate Energy in Chicago.  He is excited about leadership, team dynamics and organizational development.  Peter has a background in geology and environmental science and has done ecological and geological field work in Tanzania, New York City, the Rocky Mountains & Nova Scotia.  He is excited to get to know his fellow F&ES peers and hopes to be helpful in their next steps.

Mock Interviews with Peter can be arranged by e-mail directly to Peter.
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Program and Communications Assistant Alizeh Maqbool

Alizeh is an MEM-5 student at F&ES. She is passionate about data-driven approaches to development, energy solutions in developing countries and the business-environment nexus. Before coming to F&ES, she worked for the Chief Minister's Delivery Unit in Punjab, Pakistan to improve service delivery across the state. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking (ideally with chocolate) and learning about different cultures. Alizeh graduated from Yale University in May 2017 with a BS in Physics and a certificate in Energy Studies.
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Student Assistant Rashid Muydinov

Rashid grew up in Uzbekistan and studied business in Tashkent. He is currently pursuing a graduate joint degree program in Environmental Management and Architecture at Yale. Rashid's interests include materials and methods of building, timber construction,  and urban ecology. 
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PCA (Peer Career Advisor) Chris Perkins

Chris is a first year MEM who has spent the last four years in Jackson, WY, splitting his time between program coordination at the SHIFT Festival and field instruction at the Teton Science Schools. He is a course leader at NOLS, where he specializes in leadership development and intimate connection in the outdoors over monthlong courses. Chris also provides logistical support to the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, a first-of-its-kind partnership between inclusion advocates and CEOs of leading outdoor brands to advance diversity across the outdoor industry. He is looking forward to meeting fellow F&ESers and helping them update and perfect their job search written materials.

Chris will hold drop in hours in Kroon Cafe for job search materials review.
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Leandro Vigna, FESX Funds Assistant

Leandro is a second year MEM committed to helping peers access funding outside of F&ES and Yale to support them in their education and professional development.  He works with CDO, Financial Aid and the F&ES Research Office.

Leandro will hold weekly office hours for students wishing to discuss opportunities for outside funding found in FESX.
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Student Assistant Zhijun (Lois) Wang

Zhijun (Lois) Wang is a second-year MEM student with a joint degree on Enviromental Engineering at Tsinghua University. She used to work on Chinese environmental policy and now she is interested in clean energy and cllimate change. This summer, she worked at F&ES on a coastal denfense research project.

CDO Staff

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Mariann Adams

Administrative Assistant

Mariann has been at F&ES since 1996. She has provided administrative support at the school for over twenty years, specializing in student affairs, business operations, and now she specifically supports the CDO and the career aspirations of current FESers. She is very interested in environmentalism and the work of F&ES. Mariann is a native of Connecticut, and currently resides in East Haven, close to the water. 
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Kathy Douglas

Senior Associate Director

Kathy has seventeen years of experience in career development and student services at Yale University. She served for five years at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as Recruitment Coordinator for PhD and masters candidates in tech, investment banking, and management consulting. Kathy is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  She is a certified NACE career coach and an alumna of the Management Leadership Institute.  She is active with the NACE STEM Coalition and served on the task force for the NACE Leadership Advancement Program.  Kathy is a certified Myers-Brigg Practitioner, a certified LGBTQ SafeZone Trainer, and a member of the National Career Development Association. In 2018, she was honored to be selected by the graduating F&ES class for the "People's Choice Award" for her leadership at the school.

Kathy holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, an M.F.A. in Museum Studies, a B.A. in Studio Art, and is a practicing poet. She has served the New Haven community on the Board of the YMCA Youth Center, an organization committed to at-risk youth.  She is a founding neighbor of the Nash Street Community Park, an Urban Resources Initiative urban restoration project.

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Ladd has been directing career services offices for over 20 years.   He oversees the operations at the CDO and is responsible for employer development, encouraging alumni to post internships & job opportunities, and equips faculty with career related tools and resources to use in advising.  Prior to his work at F&ES, he oversaw the College-to-Career Community at Wake Forest University and spent 9 years as Director of Career Services for University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Ladd has a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.  He enjoys fresh and saltwater fly-fishing, ultra light camping, building wooden boats and sharing a cup of coffee over discussion with students and colleagues. 
Maya Polan

Maya Polan

Assistant Director

Maya joined F&ES as the CDO Assistant Director after coordinating the Yale Visiting International Student Program, an honors study abroad program for international students and part of Yale College’s Center for International and Professional Experience. In addition to extensive work with international students at Yale, Maya's experience in higher education includes managing employer relationships, advising undergraduate and graduate students on their career development goals and strategies, and serving as Acting Director of Fine Arts Career Services at the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin. At F&ES, Maya supports general CDO operations, manages recruitment activity on and off-campus, coordinates and develops internship funding, and runs the Environmental Leadership Mentoring (ELM) program.
A native of New Haven, Maya’s appetite for travel sent her to the University of Redlands in California to earn her BA, the School for International Training in Bali, Indonesia to study abroad, to Oregon State University for her MFA in creative writing, and to Wallowa County in Eastern Oregon to work for Fishtrap, a literary non-profit serving writers of the inland west. She returned to her hometown in 2016 and is currently pursuing a master's of public health at Southern Connecticut State University. 
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