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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 New Assistant Director Maya Polan!

Maya Polan

Maya Polan

Assistant Director

Maya joins 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.

CDO Staff

Mariann Adams

Administrative Assistant

Mariann Adams has been providing administrative support for CDO for fifteen years and has been at F&ES since 1996. She is very interested in environmentalism and the work of F&ES. Mariann is a native of Connecticut, and lives in East Haven with her husband Brian Seaman.
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Kathy Douglas

Senior Associate Director

Kathy has sixteen years of experience in career development and student services at Yale.  She has been a Yale affiliate and New Haven resident for 25 years, arriving in 1993 when her partner was pursuing an MFA at Yale School of Art.  Her first home was Esplanade Apartments, next door to Marsh Hall.
As Senior Associate Director, Kathy focuses on communications, individual advising, career readiness education, employer development, and CDO strategy and operations in support of a global population of graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research, and thought leadership.  Having advised over 1,000 F&ESers, she is thoroughly familiar with the range of personal and professional interests and needs of students.  By actively maintaining an extensive network of F&ES alumni and employers, she is uniquely prepared to provide targeted guidance for students to expand their own networks and explore career interests.
Kathy is a blogger and currently a member of the Leadership Advancement Program Task Force for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, is a certified Myers-Brigg Practitioner, and a certified LGBTQ SafeZone Trainer through Out Alliance. She 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. 

Meet Our Student Staff!

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PCA (Peer Career Advisor) Cortney Ahern (on Sabbatical from CDO Spring Semester)

Cortney is a first year MEM interested in agriculture and food security. Before coming to F&ES, she spent 7 years working for non-profits and think tanks at the intersection of food access, agricultural development, and community engagement. Cortney’s appetite has guided her from her home state of Minnesota, to apprenticing on a family farm in New York, to catching red ants in the jungles of northeastern Thailand. She’s looking forward to serving as a Peer Career Advisor and encouraging her classmates to discover their future career paths!
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PMI (Peer Mock Interviewer) Peter Ludwig

Peter is a first 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.
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PCA/PMI (Peer Career Advisor & Peer Mock Interviewer!) Hannah Peragine

Hannah is a second year MEM focused on water resource management.  Wetlands are Hannah's passion, and she holds a professional certification in wetland science.  Before coming to F&ES, Hannah spent five years doing business and technology development for a tech startup in California.  Hannah is invested in the success of all her amazing peers here at F&ES and is excited to use her resume and cover letter reviewing skills to help you land that interview, and her interviewing skills to prepare you to bring your best self to the interview room.
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Student Assistant Daniela Rossi

Daniela is a second-year MEM student interested in water resources management and its nexus with climate change adaptation and environmental justice. Before coming to F&ES, she spent two years working in environmental consulting in New Hampshire and in New York City.  While at F&ES, Daniela had an exciting internship with International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland. Daniela is excited to help other FESers navigate the job and internship search and help students get the most out of their time at F&ES!
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Student Assistant Maria Urrutia

Maria is a first year M.E.M. interested in the development of renewable energy systems as a climate change mitigation strategy. Maria is coming to F&ES from Colby College, where she majored in Environmental Policy. She has worked domestically and internationally. While working for a Danish NGO, she did energy policy research and contributed to the NGO’s climate change communication efforts. Maria is excited to help her F&ES peers stay tuned about all the great job opportunities coming through the CDO! 
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PCA (Peer Career Advisor) Nathalie Woolworth

Nathalie is a second year Master of Environmental Management student focusing on land conservation at F&ES. She is especially interested in conservation finance, and building strong organizations and a strong sector to carry out conservation work. Prior to Yale, Nathalie worked for a land trust in Maine, and as a management consultant for non-profit organizations in Boston. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Bates College, where she also worked as a Peer Writing Assistant for three years. Nathalie enjoys reviewing and helping to improve written work, and is excited to support F&ESers looking to land their dream jobs!
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