Elle Brunsdale is a joint degree candidate at the Yale School of Management (SOM) and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She is passionate about leveraging capital markets, new technologies, and public policy to advance ecologically sustainable, community-based solutions to problems arising from climate change and environmental degradation. This summer, Elle worked on the water team at Encourage Capital, an investment firm using innovative financing and partnerships to alleviate problems related to water, fisheries, climate change, and financial inclusion around the world. Prior to graduate school, she worked for a data analytics technology startup in Washington D.C., government at the state and federal level, and a public-private partnership investing in watershed conservation in Ecuador. 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 and president of the Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative. Elle has consulted for a technology incubator in South Africa as part of SOM’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Program and is an active member of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale, a co-leader of SOM’s Business and Politics Club, a Graduate Affiliate for Grace Hopper College, and a Silver Scholar. Elle grew up in Colorado and loves to fly-fish, play piano, and train for triathlons.