Class of 2024

Class of 2024 group photo of the whole class standing on some stairs

Sadeen Alhalabi

Sadeen is a passionate advocate for sustainability, a Saudi Arabian citizen and raised in Amman, Jordan. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Sustainable Design with a minor in Art and Design. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Environment and Sustainability Management at Georgetown University. Her approach to design focuses on addressing the climate crisis as a humanitarian issue, with a strong emphasis on collaborating with nature to enhance the well-being of people and the planet. Sadeen aspires to become a sustainability consultant, working to integrate sustainable practices into businesses and corporations, and to learn from and support vulnerable communities affected by climate change. In the long run, she aims to establish herself as a leader in sustainability management and bring her expertise back to the Middle East to promote sustainable development in the region. Sadeen is dedicated to being part of the movement that designs lasting economic, social, and environmental solutions for a better future.

Carolina Alvarado

Carolina is passionate about exposure to projects and research that provide insights into social, environmental, and economic development, promoting human rights, innovation, and sustainability. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a double minor in Economics and Sustainability Studies from Villanova University in Philadelphia.

She works as a Partnerships and Projects Analyst for the AES Foundation in AES Panama. AES Panama is a U.S. Energy Corporation that works globally to create greener and more innovative energy solutions which align with Carolina’s interests. Carolina’s drive to reach the most promising of her potential and learn the best sustainable practices, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainable Development at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Tuesday Atkins

Tuesday is originally from Sydney, Australia. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies.

She has seven years of experience working as a public policy adviser for the Australian Government. She worked across industry, science and strategic policies and initiatives at the Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Tuesday is particularly interested in renewable energy, the circular economy and the intersection of government policy and business investment in shaping a more sustainable world.

Caitlin Boyle

Georgetown University M.S. candidate in Environment and Sustainability Management, focusing on sustainability and innovation. Before Georgetown, she obtained a B.A. from Fordham University, dual majoring in Environmental Studies and Communications and Culture with a concentration in Media Studies. Always passionate for the outdoors, Caitlin has also specialized in waste management and audit through training with Great Forest, a zero-waste nationwide consulting firm. She leveraged these skills through her work with the Fresh Air Fund as a Invasive Species Land Management Intern and leading litter cleanup initiatives across her local Bronx community with the Department of Sanitization.

Caitlin is also a nationally ranked lightweight rower, most recently competing at the 2023 US Rowing Summer National Championship earning 6 medals in 6 events and 3 National titles. At Fordham University, Caitlin rowed on the division 1 women’s team for all four years and was the assistant rowing coach for Fordham Preparatory School. Continuing her love for athletics, she is currently training for a full marathon.

Noah Buchsbaum

Noah currently calls Gaithersburg, Maryland home, although he has lived in six states. Moving around so frequently exposed him to many new people and environments, triggering his interest in regional and federal environmental policies. As an undergraduate, he focused on environmental policy but became increasingly interested in environmental justice through various internships, courses, and study abroad. Noah graduated from the University of Maryland in 2023 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy, with a focus on Politics and Policy. Noah chose the MS-ESM program due to its focused blend of environmental, sustainability, business, data, and management courses that will allow him to pursue a career focused on instituting equitable environmental solutions.

Maya Burney

Now more than ever the world needs conscientious and globally diverse leaders who understand enterprise, financial instruments, and our natural ecosystems. Maya is a private equity professional turned impact investor and network builder. She looks for ways to marry capitalism with social and environmental sciences in order to achieve more robust and considered investment approaches that will support a sustainable future. Maya is passionate about assisting businesses and people to expand their potential. Although an American citizen, Maya has spent most of her life in southern Africa. She is currently a Deal Advisor at Caleo Capital, a globally diversified financial services firm, and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Ryan Cafritz

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Ryan completed his BS in business and economics with a concentration in marketing from Lehigh University. After graduating, he worked in construction, diverting extra materials and waste from the landfill. He later spent time researching sustainable building materials and agricultural projects in Jamaica and Ecuador. While at Georgetown, Ryan has worked for the Office of Sustainability on revamping the waste management system in on-campus residence halls, and is the chief of staff of the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Committee for GradGov, promoting on-campus sustainability initiatives. His professional interests lie in the urban climate mitigation and adaptation space.

Chloe Carton

Hailing from Ireland, Chloë completed her Bachelor of Commerce with University College Dublin in 2015. 8 years in the tech industry brought with it plenty of experiences, but it was while living in Australia that the impact of climate change and the importance of sustainability really came to life. She chose the MS-ESM program because of its approach to tackling environmental issues and hopes to combine her business experience with education to help organizations build a more sustainable future.

Danielle Charles

Danielle is a first-generation Trinidadian-American from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but has been living in Boston, Massachusetts for the past six years. She graduated from Boston College in 2021 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Finance. After graduation, she worked as an Associate Financial Analyst at an insurance company, but desired a career change to leverage her business skills to facilitate sustainable operation and policy changes within companies. In recent years, she has become increasingly concerned with the effects of climate change, as weather events have grown in frequency and intensity. She’s particularly passionate about the climate injustices faced by various vulnerable communities around the world. She chose Georgetown’s MS-ESM program due to its unique interdisciplinary structure of business, sustainability, and environmental science courses.

Kirbey Colella

Kirbey is from Grand Haven, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State Universities James Madison College in 2023 with a double major in International Relations and Comparative Cultures and Politics and a minor in European Studies. Her undergraduate time focused on researching topics such as environmental injustice, economic class and identity, and international energy policy. Through studies, internships, and different experiences witnessing the effects of climate change, she chose the MS-ESM program in order to work with companies to combat climate change.

Anders Croft

Anders is very excited to be joining the MS-ESM program here at Georgetown University. He graduated from Salisbury University in 2021 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He has since been working here at Georgetown University in the Environmental Health and Safety department as a laboratory safety specialist. He will continue to work this position throughout the duration of the MS-ESM program. Some of his hobbies include spending time in nature, scuba diving, flying, and sports.

Kennedy Cross

Kennedy is originally from Kansas City, Missouri but her family recently moved to Houston, TX. She studied abroad in Valencia, Spain her first year of undergrad. She is a recent International Affairs graduate from Florida State University with honors, and she is so excited to start the MS – ESM program this fall!

Demetra Dandolos

Demetra was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from George Washington University, where she also served as Co-Captain of the Equestrian Team. Her passion about the environment is highlighted by her lifelong commitment to horse-riding and her interest in astrophysics and yoga. For the past 2 years, Demetra has progressed her career in Project Management, with a focus in asset allocation and preservation. The diversity of the MS-ESM cohort and the space it creates for cross-cultural discussion and a creative flow of ideas, while adopting an interdisciplinary approach, are what drew her to the program. Following her MS-ESM graduation, she aims to gain experience in the field of Sustainable Tourism, so that she can pave the way toward a more sustainable future in her home country, Greece.

Amy Dorfman

Amy grew up in New England; calling the suburbs of Massachusetts, the mountains of Vermont, and the coast of Maine home. She has a bachelors of science in environmental studies, with a self-designed concentration in education and ecology from the University of Vermont. Amy also holds a graduate certificate in environmental policy and international development from the Harvard Extension School, which was completed remotely while living in Santiago, Chile in early 2023. Prior to living in Chile, Amy was an environmental educator teaching students of all ages how to challenge themselves and each other, work as a team, and thrive in wilderness environments. She also has experience in the residential renewable energy sector and small-business management. She seeks to combine these skills and experiences with the MS-ESM degree by working in a field that equitably honors people, planet, and profit.

Josephine Engelman

Josephine is originally from Alaska and was raised with a deep respect for the land around her. Her dedication to the natural environment stems from having spent many years exploring unique habitats and witnessing their degradation first-hand. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Environmental Management Systems and moved to Washington D.C. to pursue her career in environmental policy. Before joining the MS-ESM program, she served as a Research & Policy Analyst in a consulting firm that focuses on sustainable agriculture. Her expertise is based in reducing the impacts that working lands have on natural resources and surrounding wildlife. Her passion lies in finding ways that society can sustainably interact with the ecosystems around it.

Eva Fielder

Eva grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman University. She studied Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in Environmental Studies. After graduating, Eva interned at the National Parks Conservation Association on the Corporate Partnerships and Cause Marketing team, where she worked with businesses to execute campaigns that supported national park protection. An avid hiker and SCUBA diver, Eva continues to foster her strong connection to the environment while witnessing the harmful effects of climate change. She chose the MS-ESM program to gain a more interdisciplinary education on the intersection of business and the environment, hoping to bridge the gap between sustainability and business goals in the public and private sectors.

Risa Fish

Risa is from Gilbert, Arizona, and she is a recent graduate of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Being born and raised in Arizona, she has firsthand experience of how a lack of sustainable infrastructure and planning can jeopardize the livelihoods of people residing in areas where the effects of climate change are increasingly noticeable. Additionally, Risa dedicated two years to working with 33 Buckets, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization that operates in rural Peruvian communities, implementing projects to empower these communities with clean water access and sanitation practices. During her trip to Peru in 2022, Risa witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of clean water resources on a community, which ignited her interest in sustainable development and ensuring affordable resource accessibility. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Service and Public Policy (Sustainability) and a Certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership, Risa possesses a robust enthusiasm for sustainable policy and infrastructure development. By applying business principles within the realm of environment and sustainability, she aspires to assist businesses and organizations in crafting sustainable practices. Her goal is to ensure that the commitment to a sustainable future becomes a universal endeavor.

Brittany Gallahan

Brittany was born and raised in Rustburg, Virginia and completed her undergraduate studies in environmental science at the University of Virginia. After graduation, she pursued a career in indoor agriculture and has worked in both research and production for companies in New York, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Her work experience thus far has given her a clear understanding of the difficulties of sustainable business and the challenges of creating impactful food security in urban spaces. She has joined the MS-ESM cohort to better understand sustainable business principles all companies will need to implore and to round out her undergraduate education.

Carina Gormley

Carina is a design practitioner and facilitator with 5+ years experience in city government innovation. She currently serves as Senior Associate at the Centre for Public Impact’s Climate Change Initiative, which partners with municipalities worldwide to implement climate action through systems change and continuous learning frameworks. Carina has worked with over 25 city government teams to build out their innovation capabilities, ranging from issues like reducing car dependency through placemaking and flooding resilience. Carina is experienced in the fields of UI/UX design, human-centered design, tactical urbanism, racial equity advancement, and public health research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urbanism from Yale University.

Manvi Gupta

Manvi is from India and has studied Bachelor of Arts from O.P. Jindal Global University in International Business and Sustainability Studies and is now pursuing a Masters in Sustainability Management from Georgetown University. She is a professional Natural Builder and has constructed a wide range of natural structures using mud, stone, wood, lime, and bamboo. She honed her natural building skills amongst the rural communities of India and researched the vernacular architecture of the country. Education being an integral part of her life, she spent a lot of her time in the villages educating the young women on the importance of education, sex education, financial decision making, and more. Manvi is also a professional dancer and roller hockey player, she also loves practicing Yoga. Her areas of interest include Mythology, Ancient Sciences: Ayurveda, Vastu Shastra, and Astrology, along with Energy Healing, and Psychology.

Donghui Hu

Donghui Hu, a native of Guangzhou, China, with a passion for sustainability and outdoor exploration.

Donghui holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern Utah University, graduating in the summer of 2020. Now, he is eagerly looking forward to pursuing his M.S. in
Environment and Sustainability Management at Georgetown University starting in Fall 2023. Additionally, he enriched his international experience through an exchange program at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands during the spring of 2019.

Beyond academics, Donghui is an avid adventurer. He finds joy in outdoor activities such as backpacking, snowboarding, and paddleboarding. When not immersing himself in nature, he delights in playing football (soccer) and basketball.

Following his undergraduate studies, Donghui excelled as a digital marketing and branding specialist with a passion for sustainability for notable companies in Shenzhen, including Aukey, Outdoor Master, and Jackery. He played a pivotal role in successful brand launches in international markets. As a proactive and innovative thinker, Donghui is known for his ability to identify emerging trends and implement creative solutions. His experience in conducting market research, collecting user feedback, and analyzing data has contributed to his success in driving business growth. Additionally, his ability to understand cultural nuances and trends allowed him to tailor marketing campaigns effectively, and achieved remarkable success in managing social media channels. Beyond his professional achievements, Donghui has contributed to environmental causes as a Blog Contributor for the Ocean Blue Project, raising awareness about the impact of single-use plastics on marine life and organizing community beach clean-up events. With a focus on marketing prowess and sustainability advocacy, Donghui Hu is dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.

Benedikt Jaenecke

Benedikt joins the MS-ESM program with a rich portfolio of international experiences and a deep commitment to environmental sustainability. His journey began with early encounters with pollution while growing up in Shanghai, propelling him to work for climate solutions in Germany, Spain, and Thailand. A native of Germany, Benedikt graduated from Zeppelin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Politics, and Economics. He enhanced his understanding of the economic aspects of climate change through his work experience at the venture capital firm “La Famiglia” in Berlin, where he contributed to funding environmental startups, and at Siam Digital Lending in Bangkok, where he helped develop an electric motorcycle battery-swapping network. Through the MS-ESM program at Georgetown, Benedikt hopes to acquire an academic and practical US perspective on climate change and ESG, further preparing him to lead impactful change in the environmental sector.

Emily Javedan

Emily grew up in Southwest Florida, a home that she cites as the spark of her passion and curiosity about the environment. A recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she earned her BS in Environmental Science with a minor in Psychology with honors. In her time at Johns Hopkins, Emily was the captain of the Women’s Tennis team and the President of the school’s chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon – the National Earth Sciences Honor Society. These roles earned her the honor of being named one of the Omicron Delta Kappa (the collegiate leadership honor society) National Leaders of the Year, and being selected for the Johns Hopkins Responsible Leadership award. An avid lover of the outdoors, Emily finds herself hiking, skiing, or swimming in her free time. She is deeply passionate about the Earth and sustainability, and joined the MS-ESM program to enhance her skills in sustainable business principles. She hopes to one day make an impact in the world of corporate sustainability, and her interests take on a wide range of topics – anything from plastic waste reduction, to clean water access, to renewable energy.

Brianna Jefferson

Brianna joins the Masters of Sustainability and Environmental Management program directly out of her undergraduate studies. At Yale University, she majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in both Energy Studies and French. She has past work experience in investment banking as well as sustainable agriculture, with a focus on global food systems. Being both a citizen of Canada and Jamaica, she is interested in applying what she learns during the masters program to make an impact in either of these countries.

Jessica Kao

Jessica is from Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from Waseda University with a BA in Political Science and Economics in 2019, during which she also completed a one-year exchange program at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the MS-ESM Program, she worked in Tokyo for two and half years at one of the Big Four consulting firms as a management consultant, where she worked on various projects including the planning of IT strategies and implementation of a content management solution. Working as a management consultant, she predominantly served clients in the consumer product space. Despite the known reputation the industry has for creating waste, she noticed that a lot of resources were spent on digital transformation and technology aspects of companies rather than environmental concerns. She has since decided to shift her career focus around the environment and hopes to integrate sustainability within business operations.

Jaimeer Kaur

Jaimeer graduated in Polymer Science and Technology and has pursued roles for over 6 years in research, engineering and campaign management (not-for-profit). In her most recent role at UL, she collaborated with senior leadership to deliver national and international campaigns for public safety focusing on advocacy, education and awareness. She managed campaigns targeting diverse stakeholders including industry leaders, regulatory and government bodies and mass media consumers. The campaigns enabled dialogues between the Ministries of Government of India and leaders from the industry and academia towards solving challenges in the safety Industry. She grew up in a family that strongly believes in recycling, and eliminating waste and has tried to follow through professionally and personally. During her undergraduate studies, she and her team investigated methods of secondary recycling of polyolefins films, and went onto work on regrind and recycled materials at her time at UL. Her love for wildlife and living a sustainable life led her to drive multiple initiatives in her local community to educate and enable environment sustainability. She organized and volunteered in cleaning drives in her neighborhood and was a part of the local community that enabled reviving a dying lake as a result of illegal waste disposal. She also conducted awareness programs in the local community encouraging segregated waste disposal in an appropriate fashion. These initiatives coupled with efforts from local government have led to a thriving lake restoring the ecosystem for local and migratory birds alike.

Johanna Kingsfield

Johanna is a recent 2023 graduate of Northwestern University where she majored in environmental science and minored in business. During her time at Northwestern University, she also played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team for 4 years and recently won a National Championship in the spring of 2023. While pursuing Georgetown University’s Environmental and Sustainability Management Master’s degree this year, she will also be an active member of Georgetown’s varsity women’s lacrosse team. Most recently, Johanna worked in London as a sustainability intern for Tortoise Ecofin Investments, an investment firm that primarily invests in clean energy processes and contributing energy components. With this internship, she was introduced to renewable energy and clean energy investing and development. Johanna hopes to pursue a career within the energy industry while continuing to learn about how to improve current energy processes and how to effectively encourage the transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy production and usage. With her educational background, she is thrilled to be a part of the Environmental and Sustainability Management Master’s program at Georgetown University. She is passionate to learn more about how science and sustainability can work together with business to impactfully create a better more sustainable future.

Sasha Klein

Sasha’s roots and upbringing on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands instilled in her a deep sense of responsibility towards addressing environmental challenges. Witnessing firsthand the many impacts of extreme climate events and embracing a sustainable lifestyle in her community, she was driven to pursue a career in environmental management and climate adaptation. Sasha graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. Since then, she has thrived as a sustainability analyst in Washington, DC, actively contributing to improving practices in the field. Sasha is thrilled to take part in the MS-ESM program at Georgetown and aims to equip herself with more essential tools in environmental management, further empowering her to lead impactful initiatives and create a positive change in the realm of sustainability and adaptation in the Caribbean.

Audrey Kwentus

Audrey is a Texan native who graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Operations and Economic Sustainability. She worked as an environmental consultant with a Marine Protected Area located in Italy, focusing on the impact of sustainable tourism, by partnering with local organizations to maintain the natural landscape and culture. Her time abroad fostered her interest in the intersection of sustainability and business regarding eco-tourism and networking with conservation organizations. She has also worked as a logistics consultant with a Fortune 500 company developing programs to track shipments along with measuring the environmental impact. The MS-ESM program resonates with a similar mission that will guide her career in working as an analyst in the ESG sector, which is intertwined with business management and essential to enabling us to build a sustainable future.

Saeyeon Kwon

Saeyeon earned her B.A. in Global Affairs, with a minor in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, from George Mason University in 2022. Originally from South Korea, she has lived in South Korea, New Zealand, and the United States. Before joining the MS-ESM Program at Georgetown University, Saeyeon gained valuable experience in both the public and private sectors. In her home country, she dedicated her efforts to a United Nations project office, which had the noble mission of enhancing public governance in the least developed countries. Later, following her graduation, she ventured into the realm of impact investing, working with multiple start-ups in the United States. Saeyeon aspires to make a positive impact in the fields of sustainable investing and ESG consulting. Beyond this, she holds a grander goal of supporting climate initiatives in developing countries and advocating for environmental justice.

Caroline Linne

Caroline grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where her family owns and operates a farm focused on regenerative agriculture, soil health, and sustainable farming practices.

In 2018 she Graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University with a major in Marketing and a Minor in Spanish. In her free time, you can find her on the local tennis courts, baking a tasty pastry, or painting.

Since graduating, she has held positions in public relations, communications, and user research in the financial services industry in DC. She’s pursuing an MS-ESM to understand the science that informs sustainability business solutions to build a better future for the planet.

Leah Marsh

Leah has spent the past two years working in corporate sustainability consulting in Cambridge, MA. Her work has focused on scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas footprinting and environmental reporting for a variety of clients. Ms. Marsh also has experience conducting cost effectiveness/ROI analyses of carbon free power options. Ms. Marsh recently graduated from Union College where she studied environmental science and geology.

Katie Meyer

Katie joins the MS-ESM program after three years at the Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm. She first worked primarily as a consultant to the EPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, coordinating climate risk assessments with major water utilities across the U.S. Most recently, she has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development on environmental and social impact assessments. There, she conducted fieldwork and desk reviews to support the environmentally responsible implementation of development projects. Prior to her work experience, Katie earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science and Sociology from Boston College. Working in international development helped her notice the need for cross-sectoral solutions. Katie was drawn to the interdisciplinary, collaborative cohort model of learning offered in the MS-ESM degree, hoping to develop business principles to better communicate sustainability goals. By combining her work experience with her studies in the environment, she aims to support companies from an integrated viewpoint of science and management.

Hannah Mitzner

Hannah is originally from Sea Cliff, New York. She graduated from Reichman University in Herzliya, Israel with a B.A. in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. After completing her degree, she attended culinary school in New York City. Over the next number of years she worked in the restaurant industry, starting as a prep chef intern at a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn, ultimately rising to head chef for a garden themed bar and restaurant in Troy, NY. Hannah has always been interested in reducing her environmental impact through consumer and lifestyle choices. She decided to switch gears and begin her journey toward a career in sustainability. Hannah spent some time in the accounting department for an environmentally conscious company before deciding to pursue a graduate degree. Hannah feels that the MS-ESM program at Georgetown University is the perfect program to combine her past experience and interests with further education.

Liza Mpis

Elizabeth (Liza) is originally from Athens, Greece while she was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a minor’s degree in Information Technology from Deree – The American College of Greece. During her undergraduate studies she worked in various jobs and spend some time in Spain during an exchange program. Following her graduation, she started her official career as an Account Executive at V+O Communication, a global Public Relations and Communications Agency, holding key accounts which have sustainability initiatives very high in their corporate agenda, such as: The Coca-Cola Company in Greece. She then decided to return to her country of birth to pursue a career in Sustainability as she firmly believes that our future as a society depends on the decisions we make today for the environment. While in Georgetown, through the MS-ESM program Liza aims to be able to fathom the economic and financial aspect of sustainability and cultivate the appropriate skills and management methods that make feasible for an organization to work sustainably. She really looks forward to obtain the knowledge required to move innovation forward and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable footprint.

Katelyn Namanny

Katey’s love for the environment starts with attending a Mock UN Trial with 100+ countries represented. Despite the differences all of the attendees had, she observed they shared one thing in common: the desire to protect Earth and its resources because it is their only home. This inspired her to obtain my environmental engineering and policy degree from the University of Iowa. She learned about the work of sustainable business during an internship with General Electric in Schenectady, NY. This experience and her research on water quality data led to her desire to be a part of the Georgetown ESM-MS program. She is currently working part-time with the Environmental Protection Agency in the Superfund Division and aspires to work in ESG.

Shiloah Nicolay

Shiloah is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was previously stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. Whilst stationed in Southern California, Shiloah served with Combat Logistics Battalion Seven in an operational capacity. After meritoriously being promoted to Corporal Shiloah transitioned to the S-1 administrative office where she took a crucial role within the battalion. In her new position Shiloah led all efforts pertaining to the battalion’s DefenseTravel System. There she administered, approved, and executed all travel orders for all logistics personnel stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. Shiloah received numerous commendations and awards for her execution of her duties and quickly became the designated Subject Matter Expert for all matters pertaining to battalion-wide travel operations. Upon the completion of Shiloah’s active service, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry at California State University Northridge where she recently graduated. Shiloah maintained a 3.25 GPA while simultaneously volunteering her time and administrative expertise to two separate small businesses aimed at promoting the use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems within the first responder community. Shiloah’s efforts were pivotal to the successful training operations completed with the Paso Robles Police Department and consultation with numerous government and private entities interested in utilizing this new technology. Shiloah is now pursuing a master’s degree in Environment and Sustainability Management at Georgetown University and is looking to apply her past experiences to serve her community in a new capacity.

Holley Osborne

Holley is a Southern California native from Manhattan Beach. In 2021, she graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s in Business Administration, a minor in Sustainable Environments, and a concentration in Marketing Management. Before joining the 2023 cohort, she served as a Sr. Vendor Compliance and Sustainability Specialist for the fashion company TechStyle Fashion Group. Supporting brands like Fabletics, Savage X Fenty, and Yitty, Holley oversaw the publication of the company’s vendor compliance manual and managed the implementation of the Higg Index Facility tools across our finished garment and material production factories.

After completing her senior project on circular economies and the impacts of the fashion industry on the environment, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in sustainable fashion. In the MS-ESM program, she hopes to acquire the tools necessary to dismantle destructive production cycles and gain a unique, interdisciplinary perspective to better comprehend and manage the complex socioeconomic and fiscal implications of environmental problems.

Harsh Patel

Harsh grew up in Columbia, SC, and attended the University of South Carolina, majoring in supply chain and finance with a minor in data science. He has interned at multiple Fortune 500 companies and government agencies across roles and spent the last two years working at IBM as a business transformation consultant across industries. His hobbies include cooking, hiking, and sailing. He loves to travel and has a goal of visiting at least one new country every year. He also loves volunteering and giving back by volunteering with local community organizations, starting one while in high school and in college.

Emily Payne

Emily is from Northport, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2023, receiving a B.A. in Sustainability Studies with minors in Environmental Science and the Edgar Fellows Honors Program. As an undergraduate, she completed her capstone research in factory farming and Common Farming Exemption Policies (CFE’s). While at Georgetown, she hopes to further her knowledge of business to help increase the sustainability of the food and energy industries.

Ricardo Pereira Teixeira

Ricardo has been actively involved in working toward climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the past five years. He finds work satisfaction by bridging human security with economic development, working tightly with globally oriented peers. Ricardo is fluent in Spanish, English, and Dutch. Coming from an academic background in International Studies and Security Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, Ricardo explored how the private and public sectors can cooperate towards boosting the renewable-energy economy. He seized the opportunity to study in the United States for a semester abroad, buttressing his strong policy-oriented approach to energy matters with a deeper understanding of finances and the private sector. Ricardo has work experience in consulting on strategic matters of the Dutch and European economies at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Addressing policy making and business administration, he engaged with multiple stakeholders, moderating critical decision-making processes through simulations on key agenda points including nuclear energy, the hydrogen economy, and sourcing critical raw materials. In 2023, working as financial consultant at APG (Algemeen Pensioen Groep), the pension fund for the Dutch public- and education sectors, Ricardo contributed to implementing the newly passed Dutch Pension Law, which will restructure the entire Dutch pension system. Working toward this goal entailed working and reviewing investments into- and partnerships between- renewable- energy providers, key stakeholders supporting the Dutch pension system. Ricardo is looking forward to working closer where investing drives renewable energy solutions.

Anh-Vy Pham

Anh-Vy has been interested in corporate social sustainability since the early stages of her career and education. She pursued a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was actively involved in a number of environmentally-based projects/jobs. From working in the Sustainability Department at UCLA to teaching research methods for Sustainability Action, Anh-Vy has always rooted her work in ESG. After graduating, she worked in marketing for the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge powered by Sustento Group and the Department of Energy where she created various campaigns educating commercial real estate builders and owners in decarbonization. Shortly thereafter, Anh-Vy worked for Larta Institute as a Program Operations Associate where she helped start-ups funded by the DOE find their footing in advancing their new technology. Now looking to advance her education, she is excited to be joining the MS-ESM 2023-2024 class to learn more about the intersection of sustainability and business while also balancing a policy internship at the renowned law and lobbying firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Maximilian Scheiner

Max’s hobbies include exploring the outdoors, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family. His goals of being in the MS-ESM program involve learning more about the interdisciplinary approach needed to be successful in the environment & sustainability management field, soaking in as much information as he can by asking his classmates and professors questions whenever they come to mind, and finally making personal and professional relationships with the people in the cohort.

Rylinn Sorini

Rylinn graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, one in Biology and one in Environmental Studies. Her research on oysters and plastics impact upon them was published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology in 2021. Upon graduating, she began sharing her knowledge of the environment with others, firstly at the National Park Service partnerships office, then in various formal and informal educational settings. Rylinn spent the last five years as a classroom teacher in independent schools, teaching grades 1 through 8 about various science topics. Personally, Rylinn loves exploring nature and volunteers with the Humane Rescue Alliance as a cat case manager.

Langston Swafford

Langston is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and his childhood experiences there were a catalyst for his passion for and work in sustainability and community development. He is a 2021 graduate of Boston College, and during his junior year he helped his brother to create Everything Business Social Culture, an organization based in their hometown that is focused on environmental awareness, sustainability, and economic progression. While at Georgetown, Langston will be working as a Research Assistant on the Adaptations team at the Georgetown Climate Center. After graduation, he hopes to work in either sustainable urban development or sustainability consulting with the hopes of being able to eventually aid in helping the city of New Orleans reach new levels environmentally and economically.

Emmy Swift

Emmy is a passionate and devoted leader of climate and environmental impact teams. As senior strategist for sustainable business at American Family Insurance, she spearheads enterprise-wide climate and resiliency programming, lifting a century-old insurance company into the modern environmental context. Beyond AFI and her earlier environmental work at Allstate, Emmy gives her time to nonprofit causes, including disability advocacy and women’s empowerment. A regular representative on leadership boards of sustainable business organizations, she is pursuing her Master of Science in Environmental Sustainable Management at Georgetown, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

Lucia Syzman Mulero

Lucia was born in Uruguay, where she obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering. She has 9 years of work experience at Tenaris, a multinational steel pipe manufacturer for the oil & gas industry, where she has specialized in offshore line pipe tenders. In 2017 the company transferred her to Houston permanently and, in her role as Business Coordination Manager, she has led a team dedicated to handling bid proposals and contracts for multimillion-dollar international projects and has had numerous international experiences. Lucia is dedicated, proactive, analytical, a problem solver and has extensive practice in training and working with interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.

She is passionate about finding ways to tackle climate change and reducing the environmental impact of human activities, which is why she has chosen the MS-ESM program to transfer her skills and work experience into an environmental and sustainability career. In her free time, she likes to write, read, and go dancing.

Audrey Thacker

Audrey is originally from Georgia but moved to southern California for four years where her passion for sustainability began. While living in these contrasting environments, she learned firsthand that the value and sense of urgency regarding sustainability are not consistent across the United States. She is a recent graduate of The University of Georgia where she double majored in Agribusiness and Agriculture & Applied Economics. After working for a renewable investment-focused asset management firm, she saw the intersection of conservation and business creating profits and environmental benefits. Following this experience, Audrey chose the MS-ESM program to further her expertise with specific business principles and environmental knowledge to forge a more sustainable future for consumers and producers alike.

Sydney VandeMeulebroecke

Sydney graduated from Virginia Tech in December 2022 with a degree in Sustainable Biomaterials and minors in both Environmental Engineering and Environmental Economics. In her undergraduate studies, Sydney was heavily involved in sustainability research. She investigated invasive species, researched phosphorus buildup in the Chesapeake Bay, investigated campus greenhouse gas emissions and reported waste characterization. Since graduating, Sydney has worked in circular packaging infrastructure and sustainable product design on the East Coast and worked as a hiking guide in Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador. Sydney joined the MS-ESM program to develop more business-oriented skills.

Marques Wilson

Marques has worked as a communications professional in New York City for the past four years serving clients in the healthcare, finance and enterprise tech sectors. Throughout his career he’s supported corporate impact and purpose-driven projects from financial inclusion for Black and Brown communities to clean energy development. Marques holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University where he gained skills in identifying and developing company initiatives to improve culture and drive organizational success. He grew up in the Raleigh-Durham area and earned his B.A. in Media & Journalism with a minor in Sustainability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ella Woods

Ella is from Surrey in the UK. She just graduated from Durham University in July, having a studied combined honors in economics and politics. Her interest in sustainability has stemmed from studying a combination of development economics, sustainable finance and public policy. The combined nature of this course is what drew her to apply and she is excited to throw herself into the environmental science aspects of this masters.

Michael Yang

Michael was born in Guangzhou, China and went to high school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from NYU. After graduating from NYU, Michael began working for his family’s fish feed manufacturing business, where he faced new managerial challenges beyond what he learned in college. Over the past 16 months, he has worked in various roles and was an associate in the ESG department, overseeing high-impact sustainability projects. His short-term goal is to work at an ESG consulting firm, specifically related to environmental and sustainability considerations. Ultimately, he plans to improve sustainability and corporate management in his family business.

Elizabeth Yewaisis

Elizabeth is a recent graduate of Bucknell University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, where she double-majored in Environmental Studies and Economics, a combination that has allowed her to explore the intricate balance between environmental well-being and economic vitality. During her time at Bucknell, she was not only committed to academics but also actively engaged in campus life. She had the privilege of being a member of Epsilon Eta, an esteemed environmental honors society, which allowed me to collaborate with like-minded peers and deepen my understanding of environmental challenges and solutions on campus and globally. During the summer of her junior year, she was an intern at a sustainable clothing company, she gained invaluable insights into the practical application of eco-friendly principles in the business world. Additionally, she had the privilege of collaborating with a local conservancy on a semester-long project focused on developing effective management plans and increasing conservation membership. This hands-on engagement exposed me to the intricacies of conservation efforts, highlighting the importance of community involvement and strategic planning in safeguarding our natural resources. Her academic journey and experiences have ignited a profound curiosity to further explore and contribute to the fields of environmental studies and economics. She is excited to embark on the next phase of her educational journey in graduate school, where she hopes to learn about policy development that addresses the pressing environmental and economic challenges of our time.