“As an active member of both F&ES & SOM communities while at Yale, I took full advantage of the opportunities available to me. An aspiring entrepreneur, I helped to build some of CBEY’s programs in entrepreneurship — most notably the Sabin Venture Prize
, which has encouraged and enabled many Yale students to follow an entrepreneurial path. During my years at Yale, I also proposed and launched the inaugural business plan class at F&ES with McClusky Fellow John Forgach
, SOM professors David Cromwell
and Maureen Burke
. I was fortunate to work with advisors Dan Esty
, Marian Chertow
, and Brad Gentry
for my Ph.D. dissertation on venture capital investments into cleantech — a pioneering topic at the time.
“After receiving my Ph.D. and using the skillset I built at Yale, I co-founded the company Big Room Inc., raising venture capital and angel capital to support the development of the .ECO top level domain
(launching soon – only six years later than planned thanks to long delays at ICANN!). I also helped to found the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)
and am now chair of the board. I currently work full-time with Industrial Economics, Inc
., advising companies, NGOs and governmental organizations on sustainable purchasing and supply chain strategies.
“Whether I am working with purchasers, investors, standards organizations, or internet providers, having the credibility, depth, and network in the environmental domain and
the business skills that I learned at Yale and CBEY has been fundamental. I am thrilled to see CBEY, CBEY alums, and the world-view we represent thrive and prosper. In the coming years I hope CBEY continues to foster entrepreneurship, bringing problem-based learning into the classroom, and enabling and connecting the next generation of resilient and persistent graduates.”