THE 2014 EFFY TEAM
Co-Director. Elizabeth is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student at Yale F&ES from Nigeria who is passionate about young people and increasing their involvement in the process of change via environmental education. Thus far, she has worked as an environmental education consultant and an entrepreneur. She loves working with kids, outdoors planting street trees or in the classroom talking about ecology or reproductive and sexual heath and is currently interested in the relationship that Nigerian students have with their environment. Elizabeth loves to salsa and is excited to about working on the 6th EFFY and the 2nd Young Filmmakers and Photographer’s contest.
Co-Director. Rebeka was born in what was once Bohemia and lived in an Austrian refugee camp with her parents, brother, and pet rabbit before growing up in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Her goal in life is to learn forever and make the world a happier place. She’s happiest when she’s outside/around friends and family. At Yale, she loves being a part of the Women in Science at Yale mentorship program, gardening with grade 2 farmers at the Yale Farm, working for the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, co-leading the Environmental Justice student interest group (with two amazing people named Lexi and Anandi), and doing as many other things as possible. Her master’s at Yale F&ES is focused on climate change adaptation, gender equality, communications, and disaster risk reduction.
Co-Director. Lexi is a second-year Masters student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After studying biology as an undergraduate, she was inspired by her professional experiences in international development, environmental education, and advocacy to focus on community management of resources, environmental justice, and environmental communication at Yale F&ES. She has lived and worked in China, Nepal, and Colorado, where most recently, she was on the screening committee for the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. She loves the American West, rivers and mountains, climbing, floppy-eared dogs, and good stories.
Director of Programming. Taylor is our Director of Programming for EFFY 2014. She is currently a Master’s candidate at Yale F&ES, focusing on environmental communication and media, natural resource anthropology, and sustainability issues within the outdoor industry. She is the co-director of WESTIES, a student group involved with conservation issues in the intermountain American West, and currently leading a climate change multimedia journalism project at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Her background in media campaigns and film production developed overtime as she has woven these mediums into her environmental research in Greenland, Alaska, the desert Southwest, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Taylor graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Biology and a focus in climate change ecology and communication.
Director of Operations. Tse Yang is a Master of Environmental Management student at Yale F&ES, where he works on how to improve decision-making and policy learning. He has an obsession with large-scale interactions and linkages across disciplines and sectors. He has previously worked at the Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC; the Center for Governance and Sustainability in Boston; and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Tse Yang hails from Singapore, and graduated from Yale with a B.S. in Biology.
Director of Finance. Andrej is a first year MEM student at Yale F&ES focusing on the intersection between energy and finance. In addition to EFFY, Andrej is working with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Prior to Yale, Andrej spent 4 years working in solar energy in San Francisco, California. He graduated from UCLA in 2009 and is an avid skier, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast.
Monster’s Apprentice. Shane is a Master of Environmental Management Student at Yale F&ES. His interests of environmental philosophy and social ecology led him to investigate the political and social dimensions of conservation planning and design. Holding a BSc. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut, he earned a wildlife Track & Sign field certification in South Africa and spent a semester abroad studying sustainability science in Western Australia. Engaged in entrepreneurial activities and advocacy, he spends his free time recreating in green (and blue) spaces around the East Coast.
Avana Andrade. Avana is a Colorado native and first year masters student at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Growing up sailing, camping, backpacking, rafting, gardening and hiking, Avana was instilled with the love of the open outdoors from an early age. She holds a B.A. in History and International Studies from Colorado State University, but her emphasis on Environmental History is where she discovered her love of story telling. Her experiences as an open-ocean sailor, public historian, and backcountry ranger in the Maze District of Canyonlands drive her interest in collaborative conflict resolution, social ecology, and the human dimensions of open lands conservation. Avana is also a co-leader of the Yale Environment Women, and the Commons Collective student interest groups. In her free time Avana loves to garden, watch birds, and do anything at all outside.
Danny Macri. Danny is an Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to FES Danny supported environmental and agriculture USAID programs in Asia where he lived in Tajikistan for a year. He also studied abroad in Italy and served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize. At FES, Danny is interested in studying how unused products can be transformed into assets, creating symbiosis between production activities and understanding how ecology and geography affect food security and provide spiritual and cultural value. Danny enjoys video editing, botany, airports, brewing, travel, and eating. He also holds the 2014 title of Best Chili among the Yale Professional and Graduate schools.
Don Mosteller. Don is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale F&ES focused on energy policy and climate change mitigation. Before joining F&ES, he spent several years in Washington D.C.’s environmental community as an advocate and climate science writer for National Geographic, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Environmental Education Foundation. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Geography and spent a year in Cape Town, South Africa on a Fulbright Fellowship where he investigated the vulnerability of a biodiversity hotspot to climate change. Instead, he admitted to spending a little too much time scaling mountains and avoiding great white sharks. When Don isn’t burning the midnight oil on his schoolwork, he obsesses over music, films, art, and anything that gets his creative juices flowing. And trains. He really loves trains.
Tom Owens. Tom is a third year Master of Environmental Management student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on public policy and coalition building to shift the US from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to coming to Yale, Tom graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Biochemistry. He went on to work for a number of progressive organizations including Avaaz, Repower America and Energy Action Coalition. Tom is one of the many co-founders of PowerShift, a climate change conference that has trained 35,000 young people to organize in their communities and apply pressure for Congress to act.
Eric Desatnik, EFFY Founder
Gordon Geballe, Associate Dean of Alumni and External Affairs, Lecturer in Urban Ecology, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies