Elle Brunsdale

MBA, Yale School of Management, 2019 Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2019

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 Yale Center for Business and Environment, 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.

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San Francisco shoreline with boats

Forum Spotlights Blockchain Applications for Grid Resilience

At the GTM Blockchain in Energy Forum hosted at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco on Sept. 11, technology and energy experts focused their attention on emerging blockchain applications aimed at enhancing grid resilience: smart asset management and demand response programs. Blockchain has exploded over the past two years in the power sector.