Elle Brunsdale is a MBA-MEM degree candidate at the Yale School of Management (SOM) and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She is passionate about leveraging innovative technologies, financing mechanisms, and science-based policies to enhance the resilience of socio-ecological systems in the face of climate change. She most recently interned on the Business Development and Policy team at Bloom Energy (distributed energy resource & fuel cell company) where she helped identify strategic growth opportunities related to biogas, carbon capture, and microgrids. The previous summer she interned on the infrastructure/real assets team at Encourage Capital, an investment firm seeking to change the way that capital is deployed to solve critical environmental and social problems. Prior to graduate school, she worked for a big data start-up applying predictive analytics to public policy (FiscalNote) and on water infrastructure policy at the U.S. Congress (Congresswoman Napolitano (CA-32)) and the Quito Water Fund (Ecuador).
At Yale, Elle Co-Founded the “Blockchain for Sustainable Solutions Conference” and conducted research on private sector climate-related investments as a Fellow for the Kerry Initiative and as a Research Assistant for Data Driven Yale. Elle graduated with distinction from Yale College with a double major in economics and environmental studies, where she was also a heptathlete on the Yale Varsity Track and Field Team. Elle grew up in Colorado and loves to fly-fish, play piano, and train for triathlons.