As an environmental scientist committed to advancing interdisciplinary climate change mitigation solutions, Gillian is now focused on elevating social and environmental sustainability as a business bottom line. She began her professional career as the Climate Research Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In this position, she advanced The Packard Foundation’s US$50M annual climate grantmaking portfolio on land use, innovations, and energy solutions, with a focus on agricultural supply chains in Southeast Asia. This work convinced her of the need to drive business solutions to climate change and inspired her transition to corporate advocacy non-profit Ceres, where she helped Fortune 500 consumer brands manage social and environmental supply chain risk. Building on her background in academia, philanthropy, and non-profits, Gillian is now pursuing an MBA at Yale School of Management. At Yale, Gillian’s studies are focused on sustainable and inclusive supply chains; business innovations in sustainability; and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risk management. She also co-leads the Business & Environment Club and Wilderness Club, and is a 2020 Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow.
Gillian holds an M.Phil in Forest Conservation from the University of Cambridge, where she was the 2013-14 Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholar. At Cambridge, she published peer-reviewed research applying remote sensing technologies to analyze tropical deforestation. She also holds a B.A. with Honors in Environmental Studies and Biology, with a Mathematics minor, from Middlebury College, where she studied bioenergy for her senior thesis and held research fellowships with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Business & Finance
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy