Kareem hammoud, finance Director

Kareem is a Master of Environmental Management student at Yale F&ES with strong roots in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He is currently studying how industrial ecology and environmental policy can combine to grapple with the projected energy and resource demands of a growing global middle class. He has always been interested in the art of film-making (maybe it's an LA thing?) and is excited to help EFFY showcase important environmental stories to the New Haven community. 


emma lagle, Volunteer Director

Emma is a first-year Master of Environmental Management Candidate at Yale F&ES and third-year JD Candidate with Pace Law School. Her interests in sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and urban resiliency have informed her focus on urban ecology, urban planning, and land use law. The daughter of a videographer, Emma considers film an invaluable medium for the facilitation of necessary discussions about difficult environmental and social justice issues.


Lucas IsakowiTz, Programming Director

Lucas Isakowitz is an environmental writer working hard to keep alive the natural curiosity that we all had as children. He’s pursuing a Master of Environmental Management at Yale F&ES, where he focuses on water issues and environmental communication.


Trevor Dolan, Programming Director

Trevor is a first-year Master of Environmental Management student at Yale F&ES focusing on climate change mitigation policy and collective perceptions of natural disaster risk. Before coming to F&ES, he worked in local electoral politics for several years and bounced around a couple environmental nonprofits, working on issues ranging from renewable energy to post-conflict peacebuilding. He eventually hopes to work as an advocate for global action on climate change. In the meantime, he'll watch an unreasonable number of environmental films.


Elisheva Mittelman, Logistics director

Elisheva Mittelman is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale F&ES. She worked for the Climate and Clean Energy team at the Natural Resources Defense Council before joining F&ES. Elisheva is very interested in environmental communications and currently serves as an editorial research assistant for the Yale Environment 360 magazine. She is excited about the ways that filmmaking can be used to amplify voices and stories that are not often heard in the environmental community, and can’t wait to share a powerful lineup of films at EFFY 2019.


Minshu Deng, Logistics Director

Minshu (MEM ’20) is studying energy and sustainable development at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her love for the moving image stems from her passion for photography and appreciation for powerful storytelling. She previously worked in environmental consulting in the Boston Area and then at an energy policy nonprofit in Berkeley, California. She’s looking forward to making a positive impact after Yale by living a life dedicated to sustainable infrastructure development and creating art and other things that make life on this planet beautiful.


Jesse Callahan Bryant, Director

Jesse is a second-year MEM student who came to F&ES after a number of years living out of his car in the mountains. He is interested in the ways in which different cultures relate to the non-human world—both in stories and in behavior. He is not an avid reader, and thus has over time become obsessed with other media, in particular, video. This affinity for visual communication led him to the EFFY directorial board whereon he puts together the program and manages the website.


Elise Gilchrist, DirectoR

Elise Gilchrist is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her previous work has been in media and communications for a variety of organizations. She worked for non-profits in Thailand and Mexico promoting wildlife conservation and most recently for a coastal agency in North Carolina. Elise has a strong interest in using video as a story-telling tool in the environmental field.


Effy monster

EFFY Monster has been with the festival since the very beginning. Serving as the official Environmental Film Festival at Yale mascot, EFFY Monster has been an ever-present figure at all EFFY events, screenings, and panel discussions. An enthusiastic supporter, film lover, and audience favorite, EFFY Monster is proud to (once again) be a part of the team!