Contact the Career Development Office

Our Team

Ladd Flock
Director
203-432-8920
Kathy Douglas
Senior Associate Director
203-436-4830
Maya Polan
Assistant Director
203-436-9631
Mariann Adams
Administrative Assistant
203 432-5126

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 third year MEM/MBA joint degree with the Yale School of Management interested in building mission-driven food brands. 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 hopes to continue helping fellow FESers position themselves for success in their internship and job searches as a Peer Career Advisor this fall.

Emily will hold drop in hours in Kroon Cafe for job search materials review.
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PCA (Peer Career Advisor) Chris Perkins

Chris is a second year MEM/MBA joint degree with the Yale School of Management.  Before coming to Yale, Chris spent 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 month long 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 continuing his work with fellow F&ESers this fall to help 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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Student Assistant Zhijun (Lois) Wang

Zhijun (Lois) Wang is a 2019 MEM graduate 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. Last summer, she worked at F&ES on a coastal defense 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 eighteen 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 an alumna of the NACE Management Leadership Institute, 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 Flock

Director

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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