Environmental Science & Policy Board

Email: executiveboard.esp@gmail.com

Current Board Members
MPA-ESP Board members are elected for 2-year terms. The next election will be held in Fall 2018.

Dannie DDannie Dinh – NYC Network Officer
Dannie Dinh is an ESP class of 2014 alumna with a passion for creating positive social impacts and a background in nonprofit management and community organizing. Currently, as Special Assistant at The International Research Institute for Climate and Society as part of The Earth Institute, Dannie supports various aspects of institutional operations and management, and coordinates communications and activities for the International Research Applications Program’s projects in the Caribbean and South Asia. Dannie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

josh garrettJosh Garrett – Vice President
Josh Garrett, ESP class of 2012, is a marketing and communications professional who specializes in communications strategy and messaging related to renewable energy. Josh is the Director of Communications at Equitable Origin, a New York-based nonprofit organization that promotes and verifies social and environmental best practices in energy development projects. Prior to joining Equitable Origin, Josh served as the Marketing Manager for the North America Energy Program at The Nature Conservancy. He lives in bucolic Cold Spring, NY.

Matt K PicMatt Klasen – Washington, DC Network Officer
Matt Klasen is a 2007 graduate of the MPA-ESP program.  He is currently an Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water in Washington D.C. Matt works for the Office of Water’s Chief of Staff on high-priority issues under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, including coal mining, Congressional correspondence, and other key issues. Matt began his EPA career in 2007 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), serving in EPA’s Washington DC and San Francisco offices and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In addition to his MPA-ESP degree, Matt has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Krystal LaymonProfessionalPicKrystal Laymon – President
Krystal Laymon is a 2012 graduate of the MPA-ESP program at SIPA. She works at the U.S. Department of Energy. An alumna of the University of California at Davis, Krystal has experience in climate and energy policy. She served in the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Policy focusing on a White House Initiative called “Climate Action Champions” which assists communities with their climate action plans. Krystal now works in the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Office focused on low-income communities

Krystal is the President of the MPA-ESP Alumni Association and the Executive Director of the U.S Department of Energy’s Young Professionals Group. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

swati_1Swati Hingorani—Washington, D.C. Network Officer

Swati is the Project Knowledge and Impact Officer for the IUCN Global Forest and Climate Change Programme based out of Washington D.C. In her previous role at the Wildlife Conservation Trust in India, she designed and managed donor-funded projects on biodiversity protection and community development and worked with her colleagues to organise inter-governmental consultations on trans-boundary ecosystems.

A Fulbright fellow, Swati has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She was the Assistant Editor of Sanctuary Asia for five years, where she piloted an India-Pakistan initiative to declare the Siachen Glacier a trans-boundary peace park and managed a series of national-level roundtables on tiger conservation. In 2011, she was selected to participate in the International Antarctic Expedition with Robert Swan, the first man to walk to both poles. The experience inspired her to co-found a global initiative to involve young people in Antarctic conservation. She represented India as a youth delegate at the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations and organised the first South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change to involve youth from the global south in climate policy.