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Our students come from diverse academic disciplines and bring to Bard their passion for environmental leadership. All students share a common purpose: to work toward finding viable and sustainable solutions to tomorrow's environmental challenges.
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Amy Faust ’07
Consultant, Environmental Planning; UK Department for International Developmment/World Bank
Stationed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Amy Faust works as an environmental specialist at the World Bank on projects related to climate change planning.
"The theoretical and practical training from Bard CEP was key to my entry into international development. My consulting assignments for international financial institutions vary from climate-change planning to environmental impact mitigation to urban development in Latin America and East Africa—all have required a holistic approach and a firm grounding in understanding economic, political, technical, and community angles to develop sustainable solutions with government and donor clients."
Ann Calamai '12
Special Assistant, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
Ann Calamai ‘12 is a contractor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development. She acts as the special assistant to the research coordinator for the EPA's Study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.
Jackson Morris '07
Senior Policy Advisor, Pace Energy and Climate Center
Jackson Morris came to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy when he was 28 years old. Jackson received his B.A. in Sociology from Duke University, where he also received certificates in Primatology, and Markets and Management. Prior to Bard, Jackson oversaw an organic farm and managed the wholesale and retail sales of a natural foods store in Woodstock, NY. He also taught math, science, ecology, and Spanish in two schools outside of the U.S., one in the West Indies and one in the Dominican Republic. Born and raised on a horse farm in Kentucky, he has lived in the Catskills since 2004.
During his time at Bard CEP, Jackson interned for Environmental Advocates of New York, an environmental advocacy watchdog group in Albany, NY. As a policy intern, he researched potential abuses of the state's drinking water revolving fund and worked on the Campaign for Community Preservation. After graduating, Jackson went on to work for Environmental Advocates as a Government Affairs Associate and then as the Air & Energy Program Associate. His responsibilities at EANY included finding ways to cut air pollution and to promote the use of renewable energy in New York State.
"My time at Bard CEP provided me the solid foundation necessary to pursue a successful career as an advocate, lobbyist, and policy analyst for environmental issues in New York State. The holistic, intensive curriculum offered at Bard CEP was instrumental in allowing me to hit the ground running in my field, and the full semester internship has clearly paid dividends, as it grew into a permanent position before I even graduated. I would highly recommend the program to those looking for a degree that provides both sophisticated fundamental knowledge of environmental policy and the flexibility to specialize in whatever niche they wish to pursue."
In early November 2009, Jackson accepted a position as Senior Policy Advisor for the Pace Energy and Climate Center (PECC). Working out of Albany, Jackson represents PECC and the Natural Resources Defense Council to advance clean energy policies in the state capital. Jamie Van Nostrand, former director of PECC, mentioned, “We are excited to have Jackson joining us at this critical period in the New York energy scene. Jackson has a tremendous reputation in Albany as an effective advocate for clean energy polices, and it is a strategic time for us to invest in a full-time on-the-ground presence in Albany to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”
Rachel Savain ‘12
Policy Adviser, VNG International in Haiti
Rachel Savain ‘12 is a policy advisor for VNG International in Haiti, a Dutch NGO focused on municipal infrastructure and capacity building. Her focus area within VNG is waste management policy. Rachel interned for this organization during her master's program at Bard CEP and did her Master's Project on integrating informal recyclers into solid-waste management in Haiti through public-private partnerships.
“My internship experience through Bard CEP was a unique life and career experience. I was a project assistant for WASTE, a Dutch NGO (nongovernmental organization), working on implementing an integrated solid-waste management system in Haiti. Being engaged in fieldwork for six months helped me to truly understand the realities while allowing me to perform to my highest capabilities. The opportunity launched my international development career and helped me grow as a young professional. I am currently working at VNG International as a policy advisor.”
Jessie Mee '09
Results/Knowledge Specialist for Ecosystems and Biodiversity, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Jessie Mee works in Pretoria, South Africa as a results and knowledge specialist in the ecosystems and biodiversity group at UNDP.
"Bard CEP gave me the knowledge and opportunities to build a career in the field of international development. In fact, my internship led directly to my current position with UNDP as a technical adviser in its global Ecosystems and Biodiversity team. Every day in my work I apply the skills that I gained from CEP. Reflecting back on my unique multidisciplinary education at Bard, I realize that I am truly indebted to the passionate and dedicated CEP team."
Jessica LeClair ‘12
Environmental Analyst I, Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Jessica LeClair ‘12 now works for Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy. Jess will be working on the state’s climate change mitigation goals and processes. She is excited to put her M.S. degree to use by examining the mitigation side of climate change eorts. Jess is among the rst group of students to graduate from Bard CEP with an M.S. in Climate Science and Policy.
"The academic rigor and standard of excellence instilled by Bard CEP faculty and staff has helped prepare me for many challenges and opportunities that young professionals face. I feel that my time at Bard CEP provided invaluable experience learning to interpret and translate scientific fact to create and implement policy decisions that will directly impact my state and my fellow citizens. I am constantly reminded of this valuable nexus between science and policy and feel that Bard CEP puts graduates out in front of the curve."
Rachel Baker ’05
Environmental Purchasing, Kaiser Permanente
Rachel Baker works at Kaiser Permanente, as a lead on environmental purchasing and supply chain management in Oakland, California. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of Kaiser Permanente’s environmentally preferred purchasing program. Kaiser owns more than 40 hospitals and 400 medical office buildings, and is the largest health care system in the United States. It purchases more than $12 billion in products and services each year, and Rachel is working on “greening” that supply chain. Rachel recently reached the five year mark at Kaiser Permanente as their lead on Environmental Purchasing and is poised to begin a new job with the company heading up sustainability for our Northern California region.
Nick Martin '13
Policy Analyst, Pace Energy and Climate Center, White Plains, New York
"During my time at Bard CEP, I was supported in securing two internships at leading environmental think tanks, one at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., and the other at Development Alternatives in New Delhi, India. Both of these internships provided invaluable experience in my career field of choice, where I worked on policy research quality issues and climate adaptation/food security issues, respectively. After finishing my M.S. degree in climate science and policy, I was successful in securing a position with Pace Energy and Climate Center as a policy analyst."
Timothy Treadwell '07
Senior Manager of Research and Analysis, California Center for Sustainable Energy
As the senior manager of research and analysis at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), Tim oversees research designed to support effective renewable energy, electric vehicle, and energy efficiency policies and programs.
"The multidisciplinary, thematic curriculum offered at Bard CEP was invaluable in preparing me for this work. It provided me with the tools necessary to both understand and explain the technical and policy issues driving sustainable energy markets in California"
Jessica Albin '07
Associate, Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., New York, NY.
Jessica (Steinberg) Albin was our first student to complete the joint M.S./J.D. program with Pace Law School. She graduated from both schools in May 2007.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Public Policy and Environmental Studies, Jessica taught middle school Latin and physical science. After commencing her legal studies in 2003, Jessica applied to the joint program with Bard CEP. She wanted to gain a strong background in both science and policy through the Bard CEP program and felt this was important to becoming an informed and active environemental lawyer.
As a student, she was a vice-chair of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, a first-year intern with the Pace Land Use Law Center, an extern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and the first recipient of the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers' Founders Fund Scholarship, based on her commitment to environmental law in New York City and the Hudson Valley region. She also served as a case note/comment editor for the Pace Law Review. Jessica's Master's thesis, entitled "Appraising Conservation Easement Donations: The Need for More Uniform Standards and Greater Oversight," was published in the Environmental Law Reporter in November 2007.
Jessica is an associate at Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., one of New York's leading environmental law firms, and practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation.
Ariadne Prior-Grosch '13
Living Environment Teacher, The Academy For Software Engineering
"The opportunity to combine graduate study—Master of Science in environmental policy and Master of Arts in teaching—has uniquely prepared me for a career in science education. Bard CEP’s rigorous course work has provided me with a breadth and depth of knowledge and the tools to critically analyze environment problems. These skills enable me to teach not only high school biology in New York City, but also to develop my own environmental courses to share these skills with my students."
Karen Corey '13
Program Assistant, Forest Trends
"I chose Bard because of the Master's International Program. I’d known for years that I wanted to do Peace Corps service and the Bard CEP program has given me the opportunity to fulfill that dream, as well as set me on my way toward a new career."
Karen served in Samoa for two years teaching English and working on environmental projects. Prior to leaving, she worked as an intern at Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.–based environmental economics think tank. Now Karen works for Forest Trends as a program assistant for the Water Initiative, developing investments for watershed services (IWS) projects in the global south and building a community for IWS practitioners.
Keith McHugh '12
Sustainability Analyst, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Keith McHugh ‘12 is working for Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. as a sustainability analyst. Keith works directly with plant operations to identify, track, and measure progress against sustainability targets in the areas of water, energy and climate, waste, and packaging, and to determine the most appropriate measures to help reduce their inputs.
Katrina Shindledecker '06
Director of Land Preservation, Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Garrison, NY.
Katrina Shindledecker began study at Bard CEP in 2004. She completed her B.S. at Eckerd College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology, and graduated from Pace University's Environmental Science Master's Program in 2003.
From 2000 through 2004 Katrina worked for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Mount Pleasant, NY, where she acted as the Director of Natural Resources. Her duties included developing and overseeing natural and historic resource maintenance and restoration projects for the preserve, many in partnership with local partners. In 2005, Katrina's role with OPRHP was expanded to include natural resource initiatives and environmental compliance for the Taconic region, which comprises15 parks and 5 historic sites.
Due to Katrina's extensive professional background, her internship requirement was waived, and she was able to complete her M.S. degree by writing her master's thesis, which was titled, "Land Transactions: Policies and Practices of Land Trusts in the Hudson Valley."
Soon after graduating from Bard in 2006, Katrina accepted the position of Director of Land Preservation at the Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) in Garrison, NY. The Hudson Highlands Land Trust works with landowners, local residents, municipalities, and regional conservation organizations to preserve the vast and biologically diverse land in the Hudson highland region. As HHLT's Director of Land Preservation, Katrina is responsible for directing and implementing the land trusts acquisition and stewardship program. She is also involved in local land use and acts as the community liaison for the land trust on natural resource issues.
Brandy Chambers '12
Energy Analyst, New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning
Brandy Chambers ‘12 works in the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning as an energy analyst. Brandy did her internship at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C..
Bartek Starodaj ‘12
Program Assistant, Department of Urban and Regional Policy, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Bartek Starodaj ‘12 is working for the German Marshall Fund of the United States as a program assistant in the Department of Urban and Regional Policy. Bartek completed his Bard CEP graduate internship at the German Marshall Fund and did his master’s project on "‘Shrinking Cities’ and the prospective role of regional governance in city planning".
Prapti Bhandary '11
Senior Research Assistant, International Food Policy Research Institute
"The combination of course work focused on multidisciplinary aspects of environmental policy and an extended internship provided me an ideal educational experience. Toward the end of the program, I was offered the position of senior research assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute, where I had interned. I assist in the implementation of modeling, scenario analysis, write-ups, and data analysis."
Timothy Banach '11
Senior Analyst, GI Energy
Tim Banach is currently a senior analyst at GI Energy in New York City. Prior to this position, Tim was a senior analyst at the Pace Energy and Climate Center working on combined heat and power systems and district energy in New York and New England. Tim also did his internship at Pace.
"The interdisciplinary nature of the first-year course work gave me confidence to communicate with any analyst across broad research areas, from renewable energy technology to energy markets to energy policy and law. The specialized nature of the second-year curriculum was instrumental in my professional growth. I am now senior analyst with GI Energy, where I model geothermal and combined heat and power systems during development, and measure the efficiency and economic performance of existing systems."