ADVISORS

City Atlas: New Haven is a collaborative effort focused on working toward a greener, greater future for New Haven. Therefore, we rely heavily upon individuals with a wide range of expertise and experience from a variety of backgrounds to form a more comprehensive understanding of the Greatest Small City in America (#gscia).

Read about some of these individuals below!

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Steve Hills, President & General Manager, The Washington Post

Steve Hills has nearly 30 years of experience in media, holding wide-ranging roles including reporter, sales representative and executive. He was named president and general manager of The Washington Post in September 2002, and in February 2008 became president and general manager of Washington Post Media, a world-class, multiplatform news brand that has the highest combined market penetration in print and online of any Top 10 metropolitan newspaper. Since joining The Post, Steve has led innovations that include the development of a highly successful new business unit, the creation of an industry-leading niche publishing division, the PostPoints loyalty program, Washington Post Radio, FW Magazine, and many other print and digital products. Steve graduated from Yale University in 1981 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.

 

Jennifer H. Allen, Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

Jennifer H. Allen is associate professor of public administration and director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) at Portland State University. As director of ISS, Jennifer works with her staff and many partners on campus to support the development of sustainability-related research and curricula and to foster sustained and intentional partnerships with other organizations in the region and beyond. Jennifer’s areas of research encompass environmental and natural resource policy and administration and sustainable economic development, with particular focus on non-regulatory approaches to toxics management, collaborative natural resource management, and rural-urban connections. She has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She currently serves on the board of Illahee and has previously served on the boards of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc., the Portland Sustainability Institute and the Food Alliance. Jennifer holds degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and George Mason University.

Bud Ward, Editor, Yale Climate Connections

Bud is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress’s National Commission on Air Quality, before founding The Environmental Forum magazine in 1982. In 1988 he established Environment Writer for journalists covering natural resources and environmental issues.

William Solecki, Ph.D, Co-chair, New York City Panel on Cli­mate Change | Lead author,  United Nations Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assess­ment Report, Urban Impacts chap­ter | Co-director, Urban Cli­mate Change Research Net­work | Direc­tor,  Sci­ence and Resilience Insti­tute at Jamaica Bay | Out­go­ing direc­tor, CUNY Insti­tute for Sus­tain­able Cities | Pro­fes­sor, Geog­ra­phy Depart­ment, Hunter Col­lege, CUNY

William Solecki is co-chair of the New York City Panel on Cli­mate Change, which pro­vides climate research to the Mayor’s office and city agen­cies, and is a lead author on the United Nations Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assess­ment Report, Urban Impacts chap­ter. Dr. Solecki is co-director of theUrban Cli­mate Change Research Net­work, as well as direc­tor of the Sci­ence and Resilience Insti­tute at Jamaica Bay. He is the outgoing director of the CUNY Insti­tute for Sus­tain­able Cities, and pro­fes­sor in the Geog­ra­phy Depart­ment at Hunter Col­lege, CUNY.

Suzanne Huminski, M.S., Sustainability Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty, Southern Connecticut State University

Suzanne oversees development, tracking, and facilitation of sustainability measures on SCSU’s campus that align with the President’s Climate Commitment goals. Projects include an annual greenhouse gas inventory, completion of STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System), tracking energy efficiency improvements, coordinating guest speakers and events, and developing community awareness and engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Suzanne helped develop and coordinate the Environmental Learning Community in the First Year Experience program for freshmen, as well as courses in the undergraduate Honors College and graduate M.S. in Environmental Education program that integrate active engagement projects in communities with academic study of sustainability principles and best practices.

Katherine Bagley, Reporter, Inside Climate News

Katherine Bagley is a reporter for InsideClimate News who covers the intersection of environmental science, politics and policy, with an emphasis on climate change. She is co-author of the book “Bloomberg’s Hidden Legacy: Climate Change and the Future of New York City,” published by InsideClimate News in November 2013 and winner of the Deadline Club’s Award for Reporting by Independent Digital Media. Her writing has also been included in the anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing.

She previously worked as a freelance journalist and editor, contributing print and multimedia work to Popular Science, Audubon, OnEarth and The Scientist, among other publications. She teaches science journalism to undergraduates at Barnard University, is an avid traveler, and dabbles in photography. Katherine holds master’s degrees in journalism and earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. She currently lives in the New Haven area of Connecticut with her husband and son.

Kenneth A. Blumenfeld, Ph.D., Sr. Climatologist, MN Climatology Office, DNR – Division of Ecological and Water Resources | Hazardous Weather Research Specialist, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Kenneth is an experienced, innovative, and nationally recognized applied climatologist with a strong record of public service, collaboration, and outreach. He focuses primarily on Minnesota’s climate, emphasizing climate change and severe weather, but also has expertise in urban weather hazards. At the Minnesota DNR/State Climatology Office, he expands the  weather observing networks to include stations that will enable heavy water users to make better water withdrawal decisions, while also enabling us to improve the density and coverage of high-quality weather observations amenable to climatic analyses. He works within the agency, with many of our partners, and with the public, to improve communication about the current state of our climate, and the science of climate change. Kenneth also works for Hennepin County Emergency Management, writing up case studies of significant weather events, assisting in hazardous weather forecasting and analyses, and providing weather-related training and education. Formerly, Kenneth directed business and strategic intelligence research projects at ORC International, helping clients understand their B2B customers, their competitors, the markets they wish to enter, and a whole host of business-y questions.

Paul Lussier

Paul Lussier is the Founder/President/Executive Producer of Me2U Media, Inc., a business/education collaborative of experts in media, science, technology and communications established since 2012. Me2U Media provides the business and public policy sectors with science-based research for development and piloting of new information ecosystems, media planning solutions and brand messaging, with specific emphasis on sustainability and earth science communications. Me2U Media leverages all available platforms, technologies and entertainment genres, in all formats: print, digital, broadcast and live events.

Lussier is also the Founder and Director of the Science Communications with Impact Network (SCWIN) for the development, piloting and deployment of coalition-building public communication strategies, public policy, and business sector engagement with planetary science. SCWIN assists corporations, brands and organizations with programs to focus and deepen their engagement in environmental issues by developing communication strategies and campaigns that provide traction in sustainability by integrating real ecological and technological solutions towards climate change and related planetary boundaries challenges. Current and past research partners include leading science institutions such as the UNFCC (United Nations Framework on Climate Change), the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the UN Stakeholder Forum, World Bank and NGO’s such as NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) and WRI (World Resources Institute).

Before founding Me2U Media, Lussier was the Founder/President/CEO/Executive Producer/Writer for Citizen Global, founded for invention of online collaborative video-enabled working groups for education and content-sharing purposes. Lussier developed and acquired patents for globally scalable video-enabled lesson plans and research sharing for science collaborations with media and citizen, cultural, political, military and law enforcement stakeholders. Partners included LEEDER (US Law Enforcement), CIA, Fox Broadcasting, Univision, PRISA Spain and Latin America, BBC Education, X-Prize, National Geographic, Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Starbucks, 350.org, and Fremantle Media. For two decades, Lussier was an Executive Producer/Writer for Time-Warner Television, A&E, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, HBO, ABC, CBS, Fox and other major global communication outlets. He has supervised, written and/or produced over 200 hours of media supervised across all areas of news and entertainment.

At Yale University, Lussier teaches “Climate Change and Media” and “Climate Communications for Public Policy,” at the Forestry & Environmental Sciences Department and Yale College. Lussier is currently working on his latest book, DOMINION: Renewing and Reinventing the Earth, to be published by Knopf Doubleday in 22 countries in 2016. This non-fiction work tracks a science-based path from the present to sustainability in 2050. 

Cary Krosinsky, Lead Consultant, Principles for Responsible Investment | Lecturer, Yale College Climate & Energy Institute | Advisor, UNEPLecturer, Robert H. Smith School of Business | Editor, The Journal of Environmental InvestingDirector, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets Co-Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative | Head of Content, Sustainable Investing at About.com | Sustainability & ESG Advisor, RLP Sustainable StrategiesAdjunct & Coordinator, Sustainability Science Columbia University

Cary Krosinsky is an independent author, educator and advisor on sustainability and investing as a positive driver of change for the benefit of shareholders and society.

He teaches two seminars at Yale: a Residential College Seminar on Business and Sustainability, and co-teaches a Graduate Seminar on Climate and International Energy within YCEI (Yale Climate and Energy Institute), as well as an MBA class at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He has taught at Columbia University since 2009 and advised to Cambridge’s Investment Leaders Group.

His books include Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long Term Performance and Evolutions in Sustainable Investing. He helped develop the Value Driver Model body of work in late 2013 for the UN Global Compact including a paper, case studies and toolkit, and is co-author in 2014 of A New Vision of Value for KPMG.

In 2015, he is lead consultant to PRI on their Climate Change Asset Owner Project and is also consulting to the UNEP Inquiry for the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. He also provides content for About.com regarding Sustainable Investing, and acts as Sustainability/ESG Advisor for RLP Wealth Management, Editor of the Journal of Environmental Investing, is on the Board of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and is a Director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.

Justin Elicker, Executive Director, New Haven Land Trust

Justin works to ensure that the Land Trust is advancing its mission of providing community gardening spaces, preserving open spaces and educating New Haven residents about the environment. Justin grew up in Connecticut and is an active member of the New Haven community, including running for mayor of New Haven in 2013. Justin is an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University and has worked as a sustainability consultant, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and a high and elementary school teacher. Justin received joint masters’ degrees from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management in 2010 and a BA from Middlebury College in 1997. In addition to a passion for gardening Justin and his wife Natalie raise five chickens and a dog named Captain.

Annie Harper, PhD, Manager, Yale Community Carbon Fund | Financial Health Consultant, Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation | Associate Research Scientist, Yale Program for Recover & Human Health

Annie Harper is the Coordinator for the Yale Community Carbon Fund, a collaborative project between the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Business and Environment at Yale to support local carbon offset projects. The program supports energy efficiency projects targeted at low income New Haven residents to help lower annual energy expenditures and at the same time produce high quality carbon offsets. Annie has research and practical experience in microfinance, urban poverty and mental health, both globally and in New Haven. Her current research focuses on understanding the financial problems faced by low-income people with mental illness, and developing interventions to build financial stability.

Annie has long experience working in community development and economic security. She has spent many years working overseas in South Asia and Southern Africa, and more recently has been working on the same issues in New Haven, where she has lived for the last eleven years. She is passionate about promoting energy efficiency interventions that simultaneously reduce emissions and promote poverty reduction and social justice in the city of New Haven. She is interested in using her background in anthropology and development economics to consider how the design of interventions can maximize their impact on behavioral change. Annie holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, an M.S. in the Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Yale University.

Amity Doolittle, Senior Lecturer & Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 

Amity Doolittle’s research focuses on property rights and how control over and access to natural resources is defined, negotiated, and contested by different stakeholders. She is interested in understanding the social and political processes that result in centuries of social inequities and unequal distribution of the benefits and burdens of natural resources. Her research often takes on a historical approach focusing on issues of legal and cultural pluralism. Her research approach is interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from anthropology, political science, environmental history, and political ecology to explore environmental histories, property relations and conflicts over resources use. Her research has been primarily in Southeast Asia, but she has also worked on projects in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, and Peru. Current research is focused on history of land use change in New Haven, Connecticut.

Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ciencia Puerto Rico | Director, Yale Ciencia Initiative; Associate Research Scientist, Yale University 

Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina is a neurobiologist who has made the transition to a career in Science Policy, Scientific Admnistration, and Nonprofit Management. She currently heads Ciencia Puerto Rico, overseeing the expansion of its programs and the securing of funding. Giovanna holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Biology from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras.  Giovanna made the transition to the field of science policy and research administration through a National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship where she worked on public outreach efforts about the importance of stem cell research. She then went on to work at NIH through the Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leaders Program.

From 2008 until 2010, Giovanna worked as a Health Science Policy Analyst at the National Institute for Neurologiacl Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) at the NIH, helping communicate scientific advances and the importance of research to members of Congress and the public, and helping to assess the performance of NINDS and NIH in fostering research leading to new neurological insights and therapies. Prior to leading CienciaPR, she was Head of Science Policy at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, MI, where she helped establish new research programs 

Giovanna has an interminable list of scientific and policy interests but top among them are: stem cell research, scientific education and public understanding of science, research training and the biomedical workforce, global health, and capacity building in developing countries. She enjoys talking with anyone who wants to learn more about careers in science policy or science administration, and ways in which scientists might get involved in policy-making.

Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale School of Public Health | Program Director, BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health, Yale College | Program Advisor, Global Health Studies Program, Yale College | Member, Development Core, CIRA

Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. His research interests include the epidemiology, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among drug users, prisoners and other at risk populations in the United States and in resource-poor countries. Dr. Khoshnood also studies the links between health and human rights, the role of health in international relations and the ethical dilemmas in research involving vulnerable populations. Dr. Khoshnood conducts research and mentors researchers in China, India, Russia, South Africa and Iran. He is an associate director of the Law, Policy and Ethics Core at the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Dr. Khoshnood is also the director of Global Health Fellowships and Internships at Yale University and is the program director of Global Health Studies and the Global Health Fellows Program at Yale College.

Dr. Khoshnood received his M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the Yale School of Public Health. He received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Yale School of Public Health and the Surgeon General’s Certificate of Appreciation. Dr. Khoshnood also served as a consultant for the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dorothy Baker, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Yale School of Medicine | Director, CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention

Dorothy Baker, R.N., Ph.D., a research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine, is a nurse practitioner experienced in clinical, teaching and community-based research. Her research interests include the prevention of falls and functional decline in the elderly. She is conducting several investigations on the translation of research protocols into clinical practice.

Janet Ho, MD, Chief Resident, Primary Care/Med-Peds Residency ProgramYale School of Medicine

Dr. Ho has researched global warming as a social justice as well as a health issue. Her research — which she presented at internal medicine grand rounds in May 2015, showed that the health impacts of climate change disparately affect New Haven’s poor — tapped local, national, and international sources, including the World Health Organization, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and DataHaven, a nonprofit that compiles data about the New Haven region. Dr. Ho aims to highlight global warming and climate change as another determinant of health.

Sara Smiley Smith, Program Manager, Environmental Studies Program, PhD Candidate, Yale University

Sara graduated from Yale University’s joint masters program between the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2007 earning both an MPH and MESc. She is now pursuing a doctoral degree at FES, focusing on issues of sustainability and innovation diffusion. While completing her degree, Sara works as the Program Manager for the Yale College Environmental Studies Program, overseeing day to day administration, and working with core faculty on new course development and strategic planning. Over her time at Yale, Sara has also worked as a research assistant in the Yale Office of Sustainability on projects that included: improving the move-out recycling and reuse efforts on the undergraduate campus; envisioning and implementing an internally-focused Yale Sustainability Summit; and leading two teams of graduate students in a pilot project seeking to understand how Yale’s Athletics Department and University Health Services could improve the sustainability of their operations. Prior to arriving at Yale, Sara received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 2004. She spent her childhood on the remnants of her family’s dairy farm in the small town of Winslow, Maine.

Kevin McCarthy, Energy Policy Analyst

For 30 years, Kevin was on the staff of the Office of Legislative Research at the Connecticut State Legislature. He staffed the Energy Committee for 25 years, doing policy research and analyzing legislation. Kevin also staffed other committees including Environment, Transportation, Planning and Development (which deals with land use among other things), and Finance (which deals with property tax among other things). Before coming to the legislature, Kevin earned my Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Before Cornell, he worked in economic development in upstate New York and human services in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

Since retiring in July 2014, Kevin has been assembling a portfolio of volunteer gigs, including working with the New Haven Reads, the Institute Library, East Rock School, and IRIS, a nonprofit that resettles refugees throughout the city. For many years he chaired the East Rock Community Management Team, of which he is now vice-chair. Kevin has lived with his wife in East Rock for over 25 years.

Kevin’s primary interest is in sustainability, notably energy. Other interests include developing a website describing free services and opportunities for city residents.

David Kroodsma

David Kroodsma is a data journalist, cyclist, climate consultant/researcher, and author of The Bicycle Diaries: My 21,000-Mile Ride for the Climate. David is currently preparing for Ride for Climate Asia, and working for EcoWest.org, a website that analyzes, visualizes, and shares data on environmental trends in the North American West.

From 2005 to 2007, David biked from his home in California to the tip of South America and used the journey to raise awareness of climate change. You can read more about this bicycle trip at RideforClimate.com. In 2009 he won the “Hopenhagen Ambassador” contest and represented Hopenhagen at the UN climate Conference in Copenhagen. He also covered the UN Climate Conference in Cancun in 2010 and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2011 for Hub Culture, a social network of urban influencers.

Previously, David worked as a consultant and climate researcher for the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and he has written for Climate Central, a collaboration of scientists and journalists communicating climate science to the public. He has also worked as a climate researcher at the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, and as a consultant for philanthropic organizations at California Environmental Associates.

James Jenkins, Executive Director, New Haven Farms

James has a commitment to food justice, sustainability, and community building in New Haven. Wendell Berry’s agrarian tug led James to Yale Divinity School, where he graduated in May after serving three years as the school’s Sustainability Coordinator.

James also has experience as a city collaborator for Nourish New Haven, the food justice and sustainability conference he created; and an interdisciplinary practitioner with interests in non-profit leadership, eco-justice, and food systems. His work further’s the New Haven Farms’ mission to support health and community development through urban agriculture.

Somayya Ali, Program Manager, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) | Program Manager, Climate Change and Cities, Center for Climate Systems Research, Earth Institute at Columbia University/NASA GISS and UCCRN Secretariat

Somayya Ali is the Program Manager of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), hosted at the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS). She oversees the functioning of the UCCRN, and the coordination and publication of its Assessment Reports on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), an ongoing series of comprehensive, science-based assessments detailing the risks global cities face due to a warming world, and explaining how urban populations are working to reduce their emissions and prepare for climate change impacts. Somayya is a graduate of the Masters program in Climate and Society at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, prior to which she received a B.Sc. in Management Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration. In addition to working on urban climate issues, Somayya has an interest in integrating microfinance into climate change adaptation and disaster risk reductive initiatives, to reduce the vulnerability of underprivileged communities to environmental impacts.

Lee Cruz, Director of Community Outreach, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Lee Cruz connects communities, nonprofits & businesses for the greater good in Greater New Haven, Connecticut. At the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, he develops strategies for civic engagement and non-profit agency outreach; builds strategic partnerships with and among community, businesses, and non-profit agencies; created and manages the Neighborhood Leadership Programs; created and administers www.GNHCommunity.org, a web-based network of nonprofits, community leaders, and business owners exchanging information about their work for the greater good in Greater New Haven; and promotes awareness of the work and value-add of local nonprofits through social media.

Rabbi Joshua Ratner, Associate Rabbi & Engagement Director, Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

Rabbi Josh received his Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Religion from Columbia in 1998, and his JD from Columbia Law School in 2002.  He is passionate about the interplay between Judaism, public policy, and American culture, and his writing has been featured on Huffington Post and MyJewishLearning.com. He cares deeply about social justice advocacy and looks forward to engaging Yalies around issues as varied as the environment, criminal justice reform, and immigration policy.

Kevin Czinger, Founder & CEO, Divergent Microfactories

Kevin Czinger is the founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories, Inc., a company working to revolutionize car manufacturing. Kevin began his career serving in the United States Marine Corps and then worked as a lawyer trying some of the most prominent securities fraud cases of the late 1980s. Following stints in investment banking, venture, private equity, and education, Kevin brought his passionate sense of social mission to the electric car movement. As CEO of Coda Automotive, he designed, built, and certified one of the first all-electric automobiles. Kevin’s experience at Coda flipped his thinking and taught him that how we make our cars is a much bigger environmental problem than how we fuel our cars. He founded Divergent to radically reduce the materials, energy, and cost of car manufacturing, and to put these new tools of production and innovation into the hands of small teams all around the world.

Ben Berkowitz, CEO & Co-Founder, SeeClickFix

Ben is a proud resident of New Haven, CT. The inspiration for SeeClickFix came from a desire to improve his own community with his neighbors and his government.

Cassandra Arnold, Senior Medical Science Writer, Johns Hopkins University | Researcher, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

Cassandra Arnold specializes in assessing, editing, and curating scientific research in human genetics and inherited disorders with focus in metabolic diseases, neuroscience, and immunology.

Lauren Graham, Founder & CEO, Velvet Frame, LLC

Ian Applegate, Web Developer, Audio & Video Producer, Stereomedia.org | Founder, Nhv.Org

Fish Stark, Founder & Executive Director, The Teaching Peace Initiative | Yale College 2017

Anthony Correa, Director of Client Recruitment & Summer Manager, Elmseed Enterprise Fund | Member & Consultant, Yale Undergraduate Net Impact | Student at Yale University

Jennifer Milikowsky, Founder, Walden Hill Pork | Carbon Charge Program Manager, Yale University

Caroline Smith, Marketing Manager, SeeClickFix | Co-organizer, New Haven Bike Month | Host, GovLove Podcast

Car­o­line cur­rently works as a Mar­ket­ing Man­ager (Evan­ge­list) at SeeClick­Fix, a tool that empow­ers city res­i­dents to make a pos­i­tive impact on their com­mu­ni­ties. She grad­u­ated from Yale Uni­ver­sity in 2014 with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Psy­chol­ogy, where her research focused pri­mar­ily on influ­ence, hero­ism, and moti­va­tion. Car­o­line hosts a monthly pod­cast called GovLove — a pod­cast on local gov­ern­ment and pro­duces a bi-weekly New Haven Events newsletter. In May 2015, she worked with Elm City Cycling, the New Haven Department of Transportation, Parks Department, and other community groups to bring a New Haven Bike Month to the city.

Jacob Wasserman, Ward One Democratic Co-Chair, New Haven Democratic Town Committee | Dwight Hall Fellow, New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic, and Parking | Yale College 2016

Jacob Wasserman has fallen for New Haven ever since he arrived here. A senior at Yale, Jacob works to pop “the Yale bubble” and involve fellow undergraduates in politics, activism, service, and other involvement in the Elm City. He serves as Ward One’s co-chair on the New Haven Democratic Town Committee and vice president of the Yale College Democrats, seeking to foster a spirit of engagement through local progressive politics. An urbanist and self-described “transit wonk”, Jacob also works at the New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic, and Parking through a Dwight Hall fellowship, running the goNewHavengo initiative to encourage sustainable commuting and active transport in and around New Haven.

Maxwell Ulin, Ward 22 Democratic Committee Co-Chair, New Haven Democratic Town Committee | Elections Coordinator, Yale College Democrats | Yale College 2017
Maxwell first became involved in New Haven affairs as a freshmen during the 2013 election cycle, campaigning for alders Sarah Eidelson and Jeanette Morrison as they both sought reelection that year.  Having helped organize a citywide canvassing day to spread sign-up information for the Affordable Care Act, Maxwell soon found himself called upon to fill an empty seat as Co-Chair of Ward 22’s Democratic Committee.  Working in a largely working-class, African American district, Maxwell has sought as co-chair to help bridge the divide between Yale students and New Haven residents, as well as to boost voter registration and turnout in the ward.  He has also publicly advocated for a number of issues important to community residents, including the legal empowerment of New Haven’s civilian review board and the reconstruction of the Dixwell Q-House.  This past summer, Maxwell spent three weeks working in Ward 22 to register voters and collect e-mails in order to form a neighborhood newsletter for residents.  Maxwell’s greatest policy interests are housing and transportation, and he hopes to get more involved with housing advocacy work this year in his own ward.

Alexander Vernoit, Committee Member, Yale University Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility | Chairman, Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund |Scholar, Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI)

Alexander Vernoit, who hails from Tangier, Morocco, is a student at Yale College, Class of 2016 (SY). He is proud to be a member of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC), the undergraduate umbrella organization for environmentalists and environmental groups, a diverse community which works on a variety of initiatives at Yale and at large. In the 2013-14 academic year, Alexander served as the President of YSEC. In 2012, as a YCEI Fellow, Alexander attended the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or the eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP18). As of 2013, Alexander has been a Scholar in the Energy Studies Program at the YCEI. While his degree at Yale College is undeclared, Alexander holds a deep interest in international policy regarding the climate & energy crisis. Additionally, Alexander is the undergraduate representative on the Yale Advisory Comittee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR), where he brings to the table his expertise in the nexus of the investment world and climate & energy. In that vein, Alexander is a chairman of the committee for the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund (DH-SRI).