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, technology, and public policy to advance ecologically sustainable, community-based solutions to address climate change and water scarcity. This summer, Elle worked on the water team at Encourage Capital, an investment firm using innovative financing and partnerships to alleviate a range of environmental and social problems. Prior to graduate school, she worked for a data analytics technology startup in Washington D.C., U.S. Congress (Rep. Grace Napolitano CA-32), and a public-private partnership that finances 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.