For Alireza Zamani, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program provided a unique opportunity to build professional skills he can use in his future career as an environmental professional.
By combining her legal experience in her native Brazil with skills developed in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, Victoria Wagner Mastrobuono hopes to work to promote tangible improvements in governance and more equitable and sustainable practices.
After two years of service with the United States Peace Corps, Danny Giddings was eager to expand his knowledge of the various environmental, economic, and social issues involved in agricultural production. For Danny, the MPA ESP program offered the perfect combination of environmental policy with education in hard sciences.
For Justin Mankin, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program helped expose his passion for environmental science. Mankin is currently serving as an Earth Institute postdoctoral fellow and research scientist, where he is focusing on climate variability.
For Stav Gilutz, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program offered the perfect mix of hard sciences and networking opportunities to complement her legal background and interest in environmental activism. She hopes to apply her skills to management of an environmental non-profit.
Ashley Toombs, a 2015 graduate of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, recently joined BRAC USA, a poverty alleviation and international development organization founded in the 1970s in Bangladesh and now operating in 12 countries in Asia and Africa.
Before starting the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Arnaud Goessens worked in a variety of capacities focusing on conservation and biodiversity. Arnaud moved to New York from his native Belgium to gain new policy-making skills and expand his professional network.
In an event jointly hosted by Columbia Divest for Climate Justice and the SIPA Environmental Coalition, students heard three prominent voices in climate science and action: Professor Maureen Raymo from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, author and activist Bill McKibben and Peggy Shepard, founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice.
For Sylricka Foster, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program is providing a foundation in policy and management skills to complement her background in environmental geology and political science. She hopes to use her degree to create positive social change and to increase awareness about environmental issues.
After studying Zoology and Environmental Science as an undergrad at Miami University, Chelsea McGimpsey worked in a variety of capacities in the field of animal conservation. Chelsea hopes to combine her conservation experience with her new education in policy and management in order to implement environmental change where it is needed the most.