Matto Mildenberger, a political scientist by training, studies the comparative politics of climate policy. His dissertation explores the institutional drivers of variation in the timing and content of carbon pricing policies across advanced economies. Matto also studies the dynamics of public climate opinions. Matto directs GEM's Program on Climate Governance and Policy and is affiliated with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.
John Nixon is the Director of Strategy and Operations for the GEM Initiative. A 2008 alumnus of F&ES and Professor Cashore's, he returns to Yale after four years with Blu Skye Consulting in San Francisco, CA. John was awarded an A.B. in Physics and Math from Dartmouth College in 2004. In 2000, he was the forestry specialist on the Pennsylvania team that placed first at the Canon Envirothon's international championships. John combines a professional background of project management, client services, strategy and organizational development with his academic training in science, research and sustainability to lead GEM’s activities at the intersection of practitioners and academics.
Akiva Fishman is a Program Assistant for the Forest Policy and Governance program. He is pursuing a Master of Forestry degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focuses on sustainable forestry management practices and policies. Concurrently, he is completing a Juris Doctor at New York University School of Law with a focus on environmental and international law. Before beginning his graduate studies, Akiva worked for the Environmental Law Institute on a series of books investigating the intersection between natural resource management and post-conflict peacebuilding. While at NYU he has worked with the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency on environmental impact assessment reform and regulation of private forestland, and with the Center for International Forestry Research on a study of illegal logging regulation in Indonesia and the European Union. Akiva holds a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University.