Executive Director, Office of Career and Professional Development
Kevin (LinkedIn) 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.
Senior Associate Director, Office of Career and Professional Development
Kathy (LinkedIn) has over twenty years of experience mentoring, advising, and developing career-related programs for graduate students at Yale University. She is an expert networker/connector deeply familiar with career interests and career paths of students and alumni at YSE and The Forest School at YSE. 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.
Associate Director, Office of Career and Professional Development
Maya (LinkedIn) has a doctorate in English Literature, and a master’s degree in Counseling. Her competencies include career counseling, employer relationship management, and career success program development and implementation. She draws from evolving knowledge in neuroscience, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive psychology to educate students and clients on tools to practice a growth mindset, resilience, and hope and methodically implement strategies to ensure short- and long-term career success. Maya is originally from Kolkata, India. She has a dog named Boochie.
Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Career and Professional Development
N’Kiyah (LinkedIn) graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Political Science. While attending the University of Connecticut, she had the opportunity to serve as an administrative assistant in various departments. During summer breaks, she was a research intern at the Yale Law Library and Medical Library through the New Haven Promise Program. N’Kiyah is interested in a career in psychology. During her free time, her seven-year-old sister and French bulldog, Pops, keep her very busy. N’Kiyah is a New Haven resident and always seeking new opportunities to get involved in community environmental initiatives. She’s been a pescatarian for nine years but is still a major foodie and loves trying new restaurants!”
Daniel is a first year MEM student interested in corporate sustainability, climate risk, and climate tech. Before YSE, Daniel spent a couple of years working on developing ArcGIS Pro, a GIS software from Esri. He has also worked with non-profits, such as the World Resources Institute, and local government. More than anything, he’s joining the CPD team to help fellow YSE students achieve their career goals!
Student Associate, Office of Career and Professional Development
Nikki Zhang is a first-year MESc interested in blue carbon storage in coastal ecosystems. She graduated a few months ago from UCLA, focusing on the dynamics of fish communities under climate change using ocean acoustics. Nikki is happy to keep fellow YSEers updated about great job opportunities from all environmental fields coming through CDO!