PEOPLE: The Spring 2010 SSC Interns

We'd like to take a minute to welcome our new spring interns. They are an intrepid bunch with a wide-ranging skill set, and we're looking forward to tapping into their knowledge!

Julie Kim is a senior at Columbia University, majoring in Anthropology and Sustainable Development.  Previously she worked as an intern in the Energy department of an equity research firm in NYC and has also worked for several international non-profits.  Last year, she studied abroad in Durban, South Africa, studying economic development. In additional to her experiences in Southern Africa, she has also traveled to Central America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Australia. Her interests include sustainability, economic development, strategic consulting, and energy.  In her spare time, Julie loves to travel, snowboard, try new cuisines, and explore New York City.  

Tracy Hanford recently relocated from Johannesburg, South Africa to Reston, Virginia. She holds a B Com degree in Marketing with an Honors degree in Strategic Management from Rand Afrikaans University (South Africa). Tracy is an experienced marketer in the media and publishing industry. She has been involved in launch campaigns for print media products as well as an international television station branch in Africa. Her passion is for applying her innovation and artistic flair to marketing and promoting companies. In her spare time, she participates in community activities and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Cynthia Way served in the U.S. Navy for seven years, after which she became involved in the veterinary industry in a myriad of capacities.  Cynthia is currently a Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant for Lead the Way Consulting. Her areas of focus are sustainable leadership, organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, executive coaching, succession planning, and strategic organizational development and human resource initiatives. Cynthia serves on two Board-of-Directors:  as the Director of Mentorship for ASTD Nebraska and Member-At-Large for the Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environmental Education.  Cynthia is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and has her Masters in Organizational Leadership from the College of St. Mary. She has recently started a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning with a focus on sustainable leadership at The George Washington University. In her spare time, Cynthia sings opera, rides horse, skis, and hikes with her three lovable dogs.

Doug Sharo has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, and he is currently working on obtaining his MBA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Doug has experience working on environmental issues in both the public and private sector.  While obtaining his Masters degree in Environmental Studies, he wrote a report analyzing the costs and performance of Mercury control technologies for the Virginia DEQ.  As a consultant, he wrote National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for a number of different clients.  Doug is specifically interested in how businesses can remain competitive in their industries while altering their actions and philosophies to have a positive impact on the environment.  In his spare time, he enjoys running outside in local parks and playing ice hockey.

Robert Ellsworth currently works and lives in Sacramento, California. In May 2009, Robert earned a Bachelor's of Science in Biology (with an emphasis in Ecology, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency, and a minor in Astronomy), from San Diego State University. An internship with the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program first sparked his interests and passion for promoting sustainability on university and college campuses.  Professional experiences, volunteer opportunities, and personal interests have presented amazing opportunities for him to work with institutes of higher education, non-profits, large and small-businesses in both public and private sectors. Additionally, education and professional experiences have provided him with practical, real-world exposure to all areas of sustainability (ecology+economics+society). Ever-growing and ever-gaining knowledge in energy policy and regulation, energy technologies and usage, highlight his professional development. His most recent business ventures have included energy efficiency consulting projects with the University of California (UC), Agriculture and Natural Resource's Research Extension Centers (ANRREC). Robert has held off on aspirations to attend law school and graduate studies for one more year, to obtain real-world, corporation-life, hustle-n-bustle professional work experience.