President: Maeve McInnis
Through full time employment, internships and research Miss McInnis has experience in food policy, sustainability issues, project management, and skills training.
At Milano, she focused on food policy and its relation to sustainability. She has served as a Research Assistant to Milano’s Finance Professor Charles Allison, Graduate Assistant to the Director of the Food Studies program at the New School for Public Engagement. She was elected to the Student Advisory committee to the Dean, a committee of active students who advise the Dean on university matters. She was also elected President of the Sustainable Cities Club a student organization that focuses on issues of sustainability. While President, she took the lead in organizing a conference that posed the question; ‘Choices: How everyday decisions can make a lasting impact.’ Ms. McInnis’ career goals upon graduation are to pursue a career in food policy, specifically looking at promoting regional food systems.
Ms. McInnis spent 9 months at the University of Hawai’i at the East West Center as a fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) where she took management and leadership courses. She graduated from Long Island University (LIU), Friends World Program with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Human Rights & Development, and a Minor in Mandarin. While at LIU, she spent 3 ½ years studying human rights and sustainable development issues first hand in Costa Rica, Chile, China and Tibet.
Interests: Food Policy, Regional Food Systems, CSR, and Sustainability
Vice President: Molly C. Johnson
Through internships, service, and research, Ms. Johnson has experience in sustainability consulting, advocacy, environmental policy analysis, and environmental justice.
At the Milano School, she is pursuing a concentration in sustainability management and a specialization in finance. She currently works as a research assistant in the Milano Dean’s office. Major projects include the planning and implementation of Climate Action Week at the New School, and research to support the alumni engagement efforts of the Milano Visibility Action Committee and the prospective student recruitment efforts of the Milano Marketing Team. Ms. Johnson also serves on the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee.
Building on her studies at Milano and her deep interest in the confluence of sustainability and social justice, her post-graduation career objectives are to work with private companies on issues of corporate social responsibility. She hopes to be involved in creating, strengthening, and implementing sustainability initiatives at organizations that are not traditionally considered “green.”
Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of Portland in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Ethics and Policy and minors in French and History. While at the University of Portland she served as Recruitment and Colloquium Committee Chairperson for the Honors Program, and worked as a resident assistant in a dormitory. She also participated in the Environmental Studies Exchange at Stonehill College where she was a member of the Sustainability Committee in the Mindful Living Community. Ms. Johnson is originally from Glendale, California.
Interests: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Green Infrastructure, Impact Investing, and CSR
Treasurer: Katherine Willis
Katherine is a second-year New School M.S. student in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, focusing on topics around climate change and frontline communities. She has a B.A. in French and Philosophy from Amherst College for which she participated in the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France in Paris and Tours. Her professional background includes elementary English teaching for a year in Montpellier, France, non-profit administration for an international high school youth leadership program and choir tour with the Vermont Council on World Affairs, and marketing and editorial work at John Wiley & Sons publishing. In her publishing roles she worked with culinary textbooks and popular cookbooks, and in addition to attending The New School, she has assisted the Director of Communication in the Provost’s Office, worked as the Research Assistant for C6 (the New School climate change coalition), and tutored math for Prep for Prep. Now she serves as the Treasurer of the Sustainable Cities Club and is an active member of Somos OLA.
Secretary: Carlota Ferrari
Carlota Ferrari was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. At the age of 18, she lived one year in Sap, Belgium as an exchange student. She studied Sociology in Venezuela, driven by the passion to understand society and to have the necessary tools to make changes towards development. From different experiences during her college years and after working as a CSR consultant in her home country, she became interested in how we relate to our environment and how environmental protection and sustainability can help communities improve their livelihoods. With this interest in mind she came to New York to pursue my Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School. She has interned at the Rainforest Alliance and is currently in the Clinton Foundation learning more on how to combine these interests and make a change. She loves toread and swim, enjoys walking in parks and is always up to going out to eat and try new things.
Communications: Frederick Zindell IV
Frederick is a second year MS student in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management, with interests surrounding the built and retail environments. He spent his Summer doing research on climate change policy and action for The Climate Group in Hong Kong. With his retail management background, he is passionate about implementing strategies and programs that appeal to the triple bottom line, and believes that businesses can thrive while keeping the environment in mind. He coordinated a trip to the Greenbuild Expo 2014 for six students in New Orleans, and is now helping coordinate the CHOICES conference to be held this February. Outside of school and work, Frederick likes to play volleyball and practice yoga.