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The CPD supports current students and alumni in preparing for and developing impactful sustainability- and environment-related leadership roles in scientific, academic, and management careers across a broad spectrum of sectors and fields.

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

    CPD Mission

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

    Statement of Inclusion

    In keeping with the commitment of the Yale School of the Environment, the Office of Career and Professional Development is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all students. This includes providing equal access to all career opportunities, programming, and resources  as well as striving to enhance and improve current resources, recruiting opportunities, and programming to align with the career development needs of all students. We are committed to continued staff development on active antiracism and to incorporating antiracism and inclusion into our operations.

    Our Team

    • Kevin Doyle
      Executive Director
    • Kathy Douglas
      Senior Associate Director
    • Maya Polan
      Assistant Director
    • Mariann Adams
      Administrative Assistant
      203 432-5126

    Mariann has been at YSE since 1996. She has provided administrative support, specializing in student affairs, business operations, and now she specifically supports the CPD and the career aspirations of current students. Mariann is very interested in environmentalism and the work of YSE. She is a native of Connecticut, and currently resides in East Haven, close to the water. 


    Kathy has twenty years of experience mentoring, advising, and developing programs for graduate students at Yale University--thirteen of them at YSE. She is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a certified Myers-Brigg practitioner, a certified MSCEIT practitioner, a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Career Development Association (NCDA). In 2018, she was selected by the graduating YSE class for the "People's Choice Award" for her leadership at the school.

    As communications lead, Kathy writes and wrangles content for all of CPD's website pages, social media channels, and e-newsletters.  She writes CPD's job search skills resource guides, as well as supplemental materials addressing both internal and external audiences.

    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 is a volunteer mentor for the Working Women's Network at Yale. She has served the New Haven community on the Board of the YMCA Youth Center, an organization committed to at-risk youth, and is a founding neighbor of the Nash Street Community Park, an Urban Resources Initiative urban restoration project.

    Kevin leads a team of dedicated professionals and student workers responsible for: helping current graduate students and alumni advance in their chosen careers; increasing the involvement of employers in the life of YSE; and managing YSE’s Professional Skills Program. Before coming to YSE in August of 2019, Kevin had a long career in environmental consulting, workforce development, and executive management in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  His previous professional work includes:

    • President of Green Economy, an independent environmental consulting firm in Boston, from 2007-2019
    • National Director of Program Development for Environmental Careers Organization (ECO), from 1991-2007

    He is the co-author of four popular reference books on environmental careers from Island Press in Washington, DC. Kevin has a BA in Geography and Environmental Planning from the University of Iowa, which honored him as one of six inductees to the inaugural class of Alumni Fellows.


    Maya (currently on leave) joined YSE as the CPD Assistant Director after coordinating programming for international students in her role with Yale College’s Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE). 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 University of Texas at Austin.

    At YSE, Maya supports general CPD operations, manages recruitment activity on and off-campus, and coordinates and develops summer experience opportunities and funding. A native of New Haven, Maya’s appetite for travel sent her across the country and around the world. She spent a decade living and working in California, Oregon, Bali, and Texas. She returned to her hometown in 2016 and will finish up a second master’s degree in public health at Southern Connecticut State University in the spring of 2021.

    Student Assistants

    Peer Career Advisor Danielle Flanagan

    Danielle is a second year MEM interested in wildlife conservation. She will be pursuing the Ecosystem Management and Conservation track. Danielle received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington where she focused on ocean acidification policy. During undergrad, she interned for several organizations including the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. EPA Region 10. After graduation, she spent 3 years working for a non-profit that focused on business sustainability in the Silicon Valley.

    Outside of school and work, Danielle was a competitive swimmer and waterpolo player and now keep busy with hikes, road trips and a bookclub.

    Danielle is looking forward to meeting the YSE community and helping students utilize the extensive resources at the CPD!

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