Our MES Alumni

The best environmental solutions come from a wide variety of perspectives. MES students have a range of academic and life experiences, and alumni go on to many different careers.

Our graduates go on to many different environmental careers and studies:

  • Develop and run non-profit organizations
  • Work for national, state, local, and tribal governments
  • Resource management, research, and policy development
  • Environmental education and outreach

Many also continue further study, earning Ph.D.s or additional professional degrees.

Get to know some of our MES students and alumni and hear about their successes and experiences in their own words.

MES Alumni

Rhys Roth, 1990

Rhys RothIn the future our freezers may have the capability to skip a cycle, not enough to affect food, but enough collectively to save significant amounts of energy. Railways may be able to transport millions of people using 100 percent wind power, and electric cars may be the only type of vehicle on the road, with minutes-long charging stations replacing gas pumps.

Rhys Roth ’87, MES ’90 believes in these changes and believes the Northwest can help lead the way, making substantial impact on infrastructure crisis—and ultimately, on climate change.

Read more about Rhys's work with Center for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Christine Svetkovich

Christine Svetkovitch, 2000

Completing MES started Christine on a journey that led from environmental education and community development in the Russian Far East all the way back to the Pacific Northwest. Now she works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, focusing on policy and implementation.

Read about Christine’s experiences and advice.

Brian Footen

Brian Footen, 2001

Brian’s company Flying FishViews has demonstrated a dramatic new approach to storytelling and environmental study that takes people on a journey of exploration and discovery above and below the water.

Read more about Brian and Flying FishViews in The Evergreen Magazine.

Jana Fischback, 2014

I’ve always been a nerd who loves learning, and after I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in communications I realized I wanted to focus my career on the environment.

I began looking at grad schools, and Evergreen’s program seemed to fit my needs the best. I loved that it was interdisciplinary and would provide a well-rounded background for whatever career I decide to pursue. I didn’t have a lot of science background and this degree is very accommodating to that.

Read more of Jana's story.

Josh Carter, 2016

What drew me to the MES degree at Evergreen was mostly the interdisciplinary nature of the program, which allows me to combine my favorite sciences with my passion for ecological justice, but also the practicality of environmental studies when compared to other "pure science" fields. Research is awesome, but research that I can also use to fix problems is even better. Also, Evergreen seemed like an ideal college for me. Other institutions have MES degrees, but Evergreen seems like a place where the entire college seems infused with the environmental studies ethos.  

Read the rest of Josh's story.

Rhianna Hruska

Rhianna Hruska, 2016

The research and writing skills I developed during MES has opened doors to other research opportunities. I also enjoyed the Evergreen learning community and cohort model so much that I decided to continue my studies as a Master of Public Administration program candidate with a Public and Nonprofit Administration concentration.

See how the MES program helped Rhianna grow.

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Natalie Sahli, 2016

My experience in the MES program was memorable far beyond the intellectual achievements it supported. The people in the program truly allowed for a positive experience. The faculty included many of the best instructors and most progressive thinkers I have encountered in my academic career.  

Read Natalies highlights of the MES Program.

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Yonit Yogev, 2017

I got to the MES program at Evergreen via a rather circuitous route.

Born in South Florida, I moved to Israel during my sophomore year of college and lived there for 11 years. I moved back to the States (Seattle) with my husband in 1991, and we’ve been residents of the Pacific Northwest (more or less) since then, with some times out for long-term travel.

Read the rest of Yonit's story.

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Trace McKellips, 2017

It has been a long journey that has led me to the MES program. I started out in South Dakota, spending my childhood rollicking in small town adventures--playing baseball and the baritone, exploring gravel roads, sometimes traveling to the Twin Cities for big city fun. After my freshman year of college, I worked as a political canvasser. It was a little jarring for my 19 year-old self to be introduced to how destructive industries can be to people and the environment alike, often with government support. I returned my sophomore year and changed my path from business to political science, working to understand how and why decisions are made in our political system.

Read more of Trace's story.