YESS 2017 Event Organizers
Sara Smiley Smith
Sara is the Program Manager for Yale College Environmental Studies where she works to cultivate a community of engaged problem solvers seeking solutions to a diverse set of environmental challenges. She received her Ph.D. from F&ES in 2016, and completed the joint master’s degree program between the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and F&ES in 2007. During her time at Yale, she has also had the opportunity to work in the University’s Office of Sustainability. Sara holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science from Middlebury College (2004). She spent her childhood on the remnants of her family’s dairy farm in the small town of Winslow, Maine.
Tim has a Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an MBA from the School of Management of Yale University, as well as a BA with Honors from Brown University in International Development Studies. He serves on multiple local not-for-profit Boards, is a LEED-accredited professional and is fluent in Spanish. Tim is a world champion Ultimate Frisbee player and enjoys surfing and the outdoors. He lives in Gardiner, NY with his wife Sophia, a theater artist, and their two children, Beckett and Iris.
Emily Grady manages the North American operations of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Emily is an EDF Climate Corps fellow and a member of the 2016 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 cohort. She holds a Master degree in Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Laura is a first year joint degree student pursuing her MBA and Master of Environmental Management at Yale. She is passionate about creating businesses with a social and environmental purpose and focuses her studies on corporate social responsibility, energy systems and sustainability of global food systems. Prior to Yale, Laura worked as an Analyst for HSBC Global Banking and Markets London at the company’s technology, operations and research divisions. She also interned for the Estonian Renewable Energy Association to help Estonia shift 100% of its electricity production to renewable energy sources. Laura graduated from University College London with a BSc in Economics and Geography.
Abby is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate with a focus on global food security and sustainability. Abby served as a U.S Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia and as a Natural Resource Management U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. While living in Washington, D.C., she worked for a social enterprise and an environmental non-profit. Currently, she is an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow working on food security and sustainability issues with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Abby is a graduate from Dickinson College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Agriculture.