Alumni Profiles

Christy-Everett-303x303Entrepreneurial Alum Creates Healthier Living Spaces
Christy Everett (’15) founded respondé furnishings, a sustainable furniture manufacturer in 2011. The program provided her with opportunities to connect to the industry, participate in industry panel discussions, and better engage with clients.

Dan-Giuffrida-photo-217x303Alum Brings Solar Expertise to the Classroom
As a Vice President in the Finance department at Safari Energy, Dan Giuffrida leads the financing process for all of Safari’s commercial and industrial scale solar development projects. This summer he will be launching a new course, Solar Project Development.


James-Ossman-303x303Thinking Beyond Jobs With Sustainability in the Title
James Ossman (’15) is the Global Operations Manager at Etsy. He believes the MSSM program has been the difference between being interested in and passionate about sustainability, and being able to lead sustainability initiatives with authority.


Maya-Ezzeddine-234x303Improving Buildings to Reduce Energy Demand
Maya Ezzedine always had an interest in sustainable cities and building design. She is now the manager of New York Passive House, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting the international Passive House standard.



James-Kocher-227x303Teaming Technology and Clean Energy
James Kocher (MSSM ‘13) works in the photovoltaics monitoring sector where he helps clients measure and analyze photovoltaic (PV) solar production. His interest in the clean energy sector sparked during first semester in the  program, when he took “Financing the Green Economy.”


Amanda-Lechenet-303x228Sustainability Alum Leads Coach’s CSR Initiatives
Amanda Lechenet (’13) is the Corporate Sustainability Strategy Manager at Coach, Inc. in New York. She is responsible for the publication of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, Conflict Minerals Program, and serves as a company liaison for all the sustainability related issues and topics.


Tara-Helms-218x303Graduate Brings Sustainability to L’Oreal
Tara Helms (’15) has a background in supply chain management in the energy sector and was drawn to the program as a way to shift her focus towards sustainability. Throughout her time in the program, Tara took advantage of various networking and certification courses.Tara landed a new job with the new product development team at L’Oreal.


LAphotoUsing Impact Investing to Profit Within the Limits of Nature
Luke Apicella works as an impact investor in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential. In this role, he provides investment recommendations based on social, environmental and financial merits. Luke credits the program with giving him skills to analyze actual deals.


Marisa-Hanson-001-300x225Capstone Project Prepares Alum for Energy Efficiency Career
Marisa Hanson (’14) has gone from working on a capstone workshop project to design a national building retrofit program for Montenegro to a role as program specialist for a residential energy efficiency program in Santa Barbara, CA. Marisa has focused her sustainability career on making a significant difference on a local level.


John HaugenEntrepreneurial MS Alum Finds Sustainable Solutions alongside Former Classmates
John Haugen (‘13) began his career in a management consulting firm. Upon graduating from the program, he, along with two of his former MSSM classmates, co-founded Third Partners LLC, a sustainability consulting firm which advises organizations on GHG emissions reporting, sustainable marketing, branding, and energy efficiency.


JasonPrincePictureAlum Directs Energy towards Renewables
Jason Prince (’14) now works at Karbone, an integrated renewable energy and environmental markets company, as the Director of Research. Before joining the program, he worked as a wilderness guide in his native Canada. Jason has also worked for a non-profit organization that focused on community development in Central America, where he undertook a project to integrate small-scale solar installations at schools, and to promote the use of sustainable building materials.


Jaclyn-BouchardMS Alum Leads Green Initiatives at McGraw Hill Financial
The analytical and collaborative skills that Jaclyn Bouchard acquired from the program propelled her to become the Manager of Corporate Responsibility at McGraw Hill Financial, one of the leading companies in credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics. Jaclyn hopes to continue the McGraw Hill Financial’s efficiency projects and initiatives through her position.


Steven_Burke-600x400MS Alum Constructs Career for the Built Environment
Steve Burke currently works at Symmes Maini Mckee & Associates (SMMA), a multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm for sustainable efforts in the built environment. Steve hopes to continue his push for sustainable solutions until it becomes fully embedded within his work environment.

Harry-McLellan-450x600Alum Transitions to Career in Public Sector
Harry McLellan (’14) has always had an interest in the built environment. Prior to joining the program, he worked as a construction lawyer for 25 years. Now, working as a Senior Counsel in the Law Department of the City of New York’s Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division, Harry hopes to integrate environmental concerns by promoting public works projects.


Stephen MarlinMS Alum Works to Bring Electric Vehicles to NYC
Stephen Marlin (’12) has always been a “car guy.” Now, as the Senior Business Development Manager in the East Region for BYD Motors, he works to bring electric vehicles into New York City livery services. He credits the MSSM program’s integrated approach to sustainability with allowing him to better understand his partners and turn obstacles into solutions.


Katrina-Prutzman-600x430MS Alum Applies Technical Skills to Renewable Energy
Prior to joining program, Katrina Prutzman worked as a manufacturing process engineer for 3M Purification, Inc.While a student, Katrina spent the summer of 2013 as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow. Katrina now works for Urban Green Energy, a distributed renewable energy provider, where she is responsible for ensuring the consistent product quality at the company’s vertical axis wind turbine manufacturing facility in East Asia.


Graduation-pic-449x600MS Alum Transitions to Sustainable Healthcare
Lindsey Clarke originally joined the program with the intention of going into sustainability consulting after graduation, but an internship with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center led to an unexpected opportunity. Now an energy and sustainability data analyst for Memorial Sloan Kettering, Lindsey works to bring greater sustainability and energy efficiency to the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center.


John-Romano websiteSustainability Management Alum Works to Implement Rio+20 Promises
John Romano (’13) has had the opportunity to work on sustainability as a consultant in the private sector, as a sustainable community planner in the public sector, non-profit, and academic realms – and most recently for the United Nations secretariat in civil society outreach and engagement. Currently, John is a Global Fellow with the International Program at NRDC.


LB cropMS Alum Banks on Sustainability Management Skills
While a part-time student in the program, Lizzette Butkiewicz (’12), was working full-time at a boutique trade finance firm with the hope of merging her interest in sustainability with her background in finance. Now, as the Manager of Community Investments in the Corporate Sustainability team at HSBC, she is liaising between the company’s philanthropic partnerships and creating employee engagement opportunities with key partners.


Adiel-Gavish-pic-300x300M.S. Graduate Aims to Create Sustainable Solutions through Biomimicry
Adiel Gavish (’13) thinks that we’ve all got something to learn from nature. As the vibrant Founder of BiomimicryNYC, the thirty-two year old is leading the charge to change the way that people design solutions through biomimicry – the science and ethos that studies designs and patterns in the natural world and applies them to solve human problems.


Mark-Buczek-150 150M.S. Alum Seeks Safer Chemical Policies
Mark Buczek (’12) utilized the program to supplement his existing career track in the chemical industry as the Co-Chair for the non-profit organization,, which focuses on helping organizations to understand and manage chemicals and select alternative materials.Mark knew that he wanted to be involved in the area of developing safer chemicals, and the MSSM program helped him figure out how to get involved.



M.S. Alum Applies Program Skills to Fortune 500 Company
With a background in environmental consulting, Evan Brown (’12)parlayed this experience and existing interest in sustainability into the field of corporate sustainability. As an Energy Analyst for Fortune 300 Company Family Dollar in North Carolina, Evan is pioneering the company’s first efforts to make its more than 7,400 stores and distribution centers more sustainable in their operations.


Uta-Jungermann-300x289M.S. Alum Transitions from Hotel Management to Forest Conservation
Prior to joining the MSSM program, Uta Jungerman (’12)she had worked in the tourism industry as well as in finance. Upon completing the program last spring, Uta’s career path took her to Geneva, Switzerland, where she currently works for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organization of companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business.


Sarah-Gudernatch-150Sustainability Management Alum Embarking on Corporate Consulting Career
Sarah Gudernatch (’12) knew from the moment she started the program that she wanted to work in corporate sustainability. As a Sustainability Consultant at Two Tomorrows, an international corporate sustainability company, Sarah works on projects that require her to rely on the knowledge that she gained in the program in order to communicate suggestions and proposals to the company’s various clients.


Sami-JD-on-Class-Day-150x110Sustainability Management Alums Take the Entrepreneurial Path to Success
When JD Capuano and Sami Abbay joined the M.S. in Sustainability Management (MSSM) program back in September 2010, they both knew from the start that they wanted to become entrepreneurs. Over the course of the past two years, JD and Sami were able to make their career dreams a reality in the form of Closed Loop Advisors, a sustainability management consulting firm that focuses on strategy and operations.