What have you been up to since graduating from Bowdoin?
My previous roles include a water lead tester (recommendation: avoid the lead), cake baker (record: 16 pounds of butter), and environmental consultant (conclusion: not enough skiing included). While consulting on federal programs in DC, I realized everything I was doing was passed in Congress, paid for, and going to happen whether I helped or not. I wanted to be at a company leveraging its influence to tackle the systemic problem of climate change and trying innovative tactics to impact policy and culture. So I landed at Aspen Skiing Company, where I work on sustainability programs, philanthropy, and initiatives to promote racial justice. I also direct the Environment Foundation, our employee nonprofit, which has donated more than $4 million since its inception to fight climate change, bolster clean energy at scale and policy level, and foster environmental stewardship.
Why environmental studies?
Growing up in Colorado ingrained environmentalism in me and my environmental studies professors deepened my interest in humans’ impact on the natural world. When I’m not working (and sometimes for work), I’m skiing in the Rockies, backpacking in the Maroon Bells Wilderness, or biking through national parks. I want future generations to be able to enjoy the outdoors, as unmarred as possible from wildfires, drought, pollution or inequitable barriers to access. Living in a ski town has also reinforced how critical outdoor recreation is to the livelihoods and lifestyles of many rural communities. Climate change and inequity are in lock step, so we need to tackle them together—and that is a fight worth joining.