Alumni Association Board
Meet the alumni volunteers who are promoting the interests of YSE alumni and the School.
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About the Alumni Association Board
The YSE Alumni Association promotes the interests of the Yale School of the Environment by through dynamic engagement that builds goodwill and strengthens communication among YSE faculty, students and alumni. They raise awareness of YSE’s mission of creating knowledge and leadership for a sustainable future by encouraging participation in events, volunteer involvement, and philanthropic commitment to the School.
Projects of the AAB include:
- Developing field-based and continued learning experiences for fellow alumni
- Supporting alumni and student diversity-focused initiatives
- Strengthening international alumni connections
- Guiding both the alumni award and student scholarship programs for the board
The AAB meets about once a month from September through June, usually by video call. Members also participate on committees addressing issues such as communications, awards planning, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Newly elected AAB members will begin serving a three-year term each October, and most serve two three-year terms. AAB members are expected to travel twice annually — back to New Haven each fall and to either New Haven or another location in the spring.
Alumni Association Roster
If you would like to connect with a member of the YSE Alumni Association Board, please email the YSE Office of Development and Alumni Services for contact info.
Jessica is a Program Manager of Early Talent Diversity Programs at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she manages the internship program and leads engagement with academic institutions and programs to create pipelines of diverse talent for the environmental and conservation field. Previously, she was at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions where she published research and worked with companies to reduce their GHG impact in the electricity, thermal energy, transportation, and buildings sectors.
Prior to YSE, she worked at Calpine, a natural gas and geothermal energy company. She supported environmental compliance and permitting, implemented the California cap and trade program, and analyzed water-energy nexus issues. At YSE, she discovered a love for service to her community as a Fresh and Salty SIG leader, EQUID member, Peer Mentor, GPSS Senator, and mentor to New Haven students interested in STEM. In Washington, D.C., she is a co-leader for the YSE in D.C. alumni network. She holds a BS in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis.
Prior to his selection as SAF CEO in September 2018, Terry served in various roles within the USDA Forest Service. His almost 20-year federal career started in his home state of Florida on the Apalachicola National Forest. From there, he held positions on several other national forests in the western and southeastern US. He has been a wildland fire fighter, forester, and administrator of over 1 million acres.
Terry earned a master’s degree in forest management and policy from YSE in 2007, and a bachelor’s degree in forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida in 2004. While a MF student at YSE, Terry was heavily involved as a Forestry Club and Student Affairs Committee member. Terry values the connections and communities he was part of as a student and considers these relationships one of the most important aspects of his time at YSE. Terry has maintained that sense following graduation serving as a class agent, returning for guest lectures, and advising prospective and new students. Scholarships, awards, leadership mentoring, and strengthening international connections all lead back to creating a more diverse and inclusive YSE student and alumni body. As someone who “stumbled across” the profession of forestry and natural resources, Terry takes every opportunity to broaden awareness of this amazing field.
Paloma is a consultant for landscapes and forest policy issues in international development, and has experience in different countries, sectors, and topics of Latin America. As a consultant, she has worked with teams researching, and supporting environmental projects on capacity building, rural development, and global environmental policy and governance. Currently, Paloma works at the World Bank, and prior to joining the organization, she worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WWF at their Chile offices. Paloma studied Agronomy in the Universidad Católica de Chile, and holds a Master of Environmental Management from YSE.
While at Yale, she supported several efforts to create platforms that foster broader connections and dialogue, including the Conference on Sustainable Development in LAC and the Graduate Latinx Network.
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