Yale F&ES Alumni Board Welcomes Five New Members

Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles and events posted prior to July 1, 2020 refer to the School's name at that time.

During the recent F&ES Reunion Weekend, the Alumni Association Board welcomed five new members: David Ellum M.F. ’01, Ph.D. ’07, Cassie Flynn M.E.M. ’07, Zahid Hamdard M.E.M. ’10, Carlos Pineda M.E.M./M.B.A. ’00 and Jane Sokolow M.F.S. ’80. The board also elected a new president, Brian Goldberg M.E.M. '03, and vice president, Nicole Chevalier M.E.S. '99.

Read more about the new members:
David Ellum
David S. Ellum '01 M.F., '07 Ph.D. (2nd term ends 2019)
Asheville, NC

Dave is Professor of Sustainable Forestry at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. He also chairs the College's Environmental Studies Department and is the Director of the College Forest. His teaching and research focus on silviculture  practices that target small landowners co-managing for multiple revenue streams and diverse ecological values, especially medicinal plants and agroforestry systems. He lives in Fairview, NC, with his wife and two children.
Cassie Flynn
Cassie Flynn '07 M.E.M. (2nd term ends 2019)
Brooklyn, NY

Cassie serves as a Climate Change Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme, where she advises countries on the international climate change negotiations and the fulfillment of national mitigation and adaptation targets. She is also the Co-Founder, with two fellow F&ESers, of ioby (in our backyards), a web-based platform that builds stronger, more sustainable neighborhoods. She hosts a regular video series called “Climate Winners” that shares ideas, stories, and information on personal actions we can take to address the climate challenge.
Zahid Hamdard
Zahid Hamdard '10 M.E.M. (1st term ends 2016)
Kabul, Afghanistan zahid.hamdard@aya.yale.edu

Zahid is an Advisor on Humanitarian Assistance issues portfolio with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) based in Kabul. He has held previous positions with UNDP, UNEP and Afghan EPA. At Afghan EPA, he served as the director of International Environmental Affairs, where his work focused on the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) such as the Montreal Protocol, Basel Convention, Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). He helped foster regional transboundary environmental cooperation in Afghanistan. Zahid serves as an active member of Kabul Rotary Club, and has served as President of Rotary Club, Kabul.
Carlos Pineda
Carlos V. Pineda '00 M.E.M./M.B.A. (2nd term ends 2019)
San Francisco, CA

Carlos is Senior Director, Conservation Areas Financing, for the World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF). Carlos will guide the global project finance for permanence initiative, Earth for Life, to build a common vision across WWF and formalize program requirements. With this vision in place, the Earth for Life team will raise substantial funding from a syndicate of donors to put a large portion of global biodiversity under permanent conservation in protected areas, parks, and reserves. Carlos has been charting paths to sustainability for over 25 years, first in education and conservation biology, then in clean energy project finance and development. Before joining WWF, he founded and served as CEO of Foresight Renewable Solutions – an independent originator, developer, and financier of wind, solar, and energy storage projects. He began his career in energy on the project finance team at the AES Corporation, a leading global independent power producer that in the 1990s participated in some of the first carbon offset projects and other environmental programs in the energy sector. He served as an associate in the Young Professionals Program at the World Bank, and later as an associate in BNP Paribas’ Project Finance Group. Carlos has also worked at Conservation International, studied as a conservation biologist with the Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, completed travel writing assignments across the Americas, developed micro-enterprises with remote tribes in Brazil, and found his first calling as a bilingual high school biology teacher with Teach for America, Inc. in Oakland, CA. Carlos earned a B.A. in human biology with honors in Latin American studies from Stanford University.
Jane Sokolow
Jane E.S. Sokolow '80 M.F.S. (2nd term ends 2019)
Bronx, NY

Jane is an independent consultant in community greening, zoning projects, and interpretive science writing. She has worked on projects for OASIS New York, NYC Parks and Recreation, The American Museum of Natural History, and Audubon. Jane serves on the Boards of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Bronx Council on Environmental Quality, and Bronx Community Board 8 Environment and Sanitation Committee, and is a member of the 2013 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region II Open Space Advisory Committee. She earned a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. She lives in Riverdale, NY, with her husband.

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