After graduating from Colorado College with a degree in history and journalism, Alison started her career as an intern at Outside magazine before moving into marketing and development. She has worked in philanthropic giving for both Patagonia, Inc. and the North Face, and spent four years as the Communications Director for Conservation Patagonia, a U.S.-based conservation nonprofit working to create new national parks in Chile and Argentina. A Massachusetts native, Alison is a backpacking guide for Chulengo Expeditions, loves to run, bike, listen to podcasts, and be outside as often as possible.
VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Mehul joined the SUMA program in Spring 2018 with the interest of studying and exploring sustainability policymaking, tech solutions, and construction. His past experience includes 3+ years of being a Commercial Solar & Energy Storage Designer at Tesla and an Energy & Climate Change Intern at CEQ atop an education as a B.S. of Materials Science & Engineering concentrated in energy conversion & storage from Rutgers University. He has previously held student leadership roles as Treasurer & Marketing Team Lead during his time on the FSAE Rutgers Formula Racing Team. Mehul enjoys the outdoors, astrophysics & space talks, reading about current events, and exploring the hidden finds of NYC.
VP OF COMMUNICATIONS
Bea joined the SUMA program in Spring 2019, with an interest in sustainable investing, communications, and land management. At Columbia, she interned at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where she worked with the land team on research covering renewable energy investments, human rights, and land rights. She also worked with Zooterra, a New York-based technology firm that advances wildlife and habitat conservation through digital tokens and satellite imagery. Before beginning the program, she was a strategist at the Brooklyn-based brand consulting firm, the Additive Agency, where she developed communication strategies for national nonprofits, hospitals, and universities. Bea received her B.S. in Business Administration, with concentrations in Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Management, from Babson College.
VP OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Cynthia Leung is a Master’s Candidate in the Sustainability Management Program at Columbia University. This past summer, she interned with the Clinton Foundation with the Clinton Climate Initiative and focused on their Islands Energy Program and Women in Renewable Energy Network. Prior to Columbia, Cynthia was a Project Development Manager on the Utility & Power Plants team at SunPower where she worked on developing over 1 GW of solar power plants over 6.5 years. She was a Professional Mentor (2015 & 2016) and Impact Coach (2017) for the TechWomen Program and is a Certified Mentor under the Mentoring Standard. She has hosted trainings and talks on sustainability and climate change, communication, and mentorship in four countries.
Prior to SunPower, Cynthia served as the Team Manager and President for two years for the Green Campus Program at the University of California Irvine, where she managed a team of ten interns to plan and implement energy and water efficiency projects on campus that focused on hard metric savings, academic integration, education/outreach, and green workforce development.
Cynthia is passionate about sustainability, building international connections, and empowering the next generation with the ability to address climate change. In her free time, she enjoys photography, rock climbing, running, dancing, and traveling.