2010 Interns

Scroll through below to meet our 2010 interns.

Emily Basham (Summer)

Emily will be a junior this fall (2010) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After her first environmental studies course her freshman year of college, Emily knew she wanted to pursue Environmental Studies through the Programs in the Environment major offered at the university with a concentration in Environmental Policy. A previous summer internship in the environmental department of a consulting firm led her to seek out a position at an organization more focused on sustainability. Emily enjoys participating in student organizations and intramural sports at the University as well as seeing live music.


Lauren Baum (Fall)

Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in public relations and double minored in sustainability and Spanish. While completing her undergraduate degree, Lauren was able to combine her interests in corporate reputation and sustainability with a senior honors thesis that focused on the increasing prevalence of greenwashing in mainstream print media. After spending a summer in Cambridge, England studying international environmental policy and working on behalf of a community outreach organization promoting corporate social responsibility, Lauren realized the enormous potential that business has to lead the world towards a more sustainable future and wants to pursue a career in sustainability/CSR. In her free time, Lauren is a competitive equestrian and loves seeing the world, experiencing new cultures, reading good books, and exploring the outdoors.


Jessica Bonsall (Summer)

Jessica Bonsall is currently pursuing an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Chicago. She became passionate about environmental conservation while doing research in ecology as an undergraduate at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI). While obtaining her B.A. in Biology, she traveled abroad studying coral reef degradation in Grand Cayman in the British West Indies and coastal eutrophication off Cape Cod, MA. These experiences showed her the importance of sound environmental policies and sustainable business practices. She now intends to pursue a career in sustainable planning and consulting, focusing on natural resource conservation. In her free time, Jessica enjoys yoga, hiking, and curling up with a good book.


Max Carlson (Summer)

Max is an undergraduate at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he is currently studying Humanities. After taking a class on efficient urban sustainability practices, Max became interested in Environmental Studies and his interest has grown exponentially after his experience interning at Natural Capitalism Solutions. In his free time Max likes to ski, grill outside, and take pictures.


Shivini Ganguli (Summer)

Shivani creates effective, sustainable business models, teams, and infrastructure. Between 2004 and 2009, she was Sr. Director of Human Resources and Business Operations at the consumer electronics start up OQO, Inc. Prior to joining OQO, Shivani held similar positions leading human resources, operations, and finance for other technology companies and non-profits. She volunteers with The Taproot Foundation and La Cocina, and is on the board of The Mosaic Project. Shivani received a BA in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. She is a member of the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA in Sustainable Management Program, Class of 2011, where she focuses on sustainable food systems.


Edmon Garibyan (Fall – Spring 2011)

Ed is currently a sophomore and soon to be a junior at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. After enrolling in the service-learning program called INVST, he experienced first hand the dangers of pollution and environmental degradation on his first domestic service tour. This tour took him through the Southwest, visiting prominent coal fired power plants, solar arrays, natural gas drill sites, and other sites dedicated to fueling the huge energy demand of the U.S. His interest grew after having taken courses that emphasized the global predicament of energy need and the conflict that arises from the growing demand of non-renewable sources of energy. Ed actively participates with INVST and Americorp in service missions and is actively engaged in community building and organizing. On his free time Ed trains in Judo and enjoys being outside in the beautiful Colorado weather.


Stephen Hirschhorn (Spring)

Steve Hirschhorn graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and International Business in 2005. Prior to interning with Natural Capitalism Solutions, Steve was a successful marketing coordinator in San Francisco focusing on social media and affiliate marketing. His passion for the environment and the outdoors led him to an organic farm in Wheatland, Virginia, where he worked as a farm apprentice for a year. Steve is excited to learn more about the business case for running sustainable businesses and hopes to apply his knowledge on his next endeavor. When not at Natural Capitalism Solutions, Steve enjoys fly-fishing, backpacking, and exploring the world.


Josh Kruger (Spring)

Josh Kruger was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from the CU-Boulder in May 2009 with a degree in anthropology. While he was young, Josh spent a lot of time camping with his family and exploring the creek behind his house with friends. This cemented an early love for the natural world and a desire to protect it. Josh plans to pursue environmental law in 2011. In his free time, Josh enjoys posing for pictures that make him look more interesting and impressive than he really is. He also enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, and the Colorado sunshine.


Brett Levin (Summer)

Brett Levin grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently an undergraduate at Tulane University, studying Environmental Studies, Business, and Economics. Brett is involved in a variety of student organizations and enjoys mountain biking, bicycle touring, hiking, snowboarding, juggling, and gardening. He plans on pursuing a career in a range of entrepreneurial sustainable enterprises.


Miles Livermore (Summer)

Miles Livermore is a graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Miles came to Colorado from Michigan in 2005 to pursue his degree where he was eventually introduced to Natural Capitalism. He is interested in learning about how new energy systems will change the face of our national economy, while better technology replaces old inefficient ones. Miles intends to learn as much as possible about sustainability so it can be incorporated it into his career. In his free time, Miles enjoys snowboarding, biking, golf, and being outdoors.


Jennifer Lukas (Fall – Spring 2011)

Born and raised in upstate New York, Jen graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Biological Science and Animal Science with the intent of becoming a veterinarian. Society’s growing concern over issues such as climate change and peak oil prompted a change in career paths and she moved to Boulder to pursue her MA in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University. She is interested in helping communities transition to more sustainable modes of operating, particularly through reshaping public policy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, drawing, and photography.


Bryant Mason (August-December)

Bryant Mason is a senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying Economics and Environmental Studies. He is also receiving a certificate in Renewable Energy. Bryant is passionate about innovative environmental solutions, and is especially interested in the role businesses play in sustainability. His interest in social enterprise is what led him to Natural Capitalism Solutions. At C.U., Bryant is also very involved with local and sustainable food projects, and loves gardening and eating. He is also a competitive triathlete, and loves adventuring in the outdoors.


Justine Meihsner (Spring-Summer)

Born and raised in Wisconsin, she ventured to Arizona to attend college. Justine is a recent graduate from Arizona State where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Sustainability. She views the chance to work with Natural Capitalism Solutions as a great opportunity to learn how to make improvements to businesses while minimizing their environmental impact. Justine very much agrees with the principles of Natural Capitalism Solutions that account for the business case for sustainability. She is incredibly excited to become involved in making real changes to the way businesses currently operate. After over 5 years in the desert, she is very excited to get back to nature in the Rocky Mountains. Some of her passions include hiking, camping, rock climbing, and Ultimate Frisbee. She cannot wait to explore her new surroundings in the Boulder area.

Kaitlyn Minich (Summer)

Kaitlyn Minich is a student at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She has previously worked for a grassroots organization, Environment Colorado, where she headed a campaign to make the utility company in her hometown of Colorado Springs offer more energy efficiency rebates. Kaitlyn also studied wildlife management and sustainable development in East Africa for four months. She hopes to continue working with sustainable development, efficiency, and environmental policy after she graduates in May 2011. As a Colorado native, she spends much of her free time hiking, skiing, and rock climbing in the Rocky Mountains.

Andy Neville (Summer)

Andy Neville graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a B.A. in Economics and History. Before interning at Natural Capitalism Solutions, Andy interned in Washington D.C. with the non-profit firm The Foundation on Economic Trends. While there, he researched renewable energy storage alternatives, and helped write and edit Master Plans for the Province of Utrecht, Netherlands and Rome, Italy, to help their economies transform towards ones that more closely resemble the Third Industrial Revolution Model. Andy intends to pursue a career in economics, which will most likely require him to return to school within the next couple of years. Outside of economics, Andy’s other passion in life is baseball.

Fred Oelsner (Spring)

Fred is a recent graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Economics. His interests lie in International Development, and he hopes to learn about how environmental and sustainability issues impact the development of societies. Fred intends to pursue a graduate education centered on Sustainable International Development in the fall. Beyond his career interests, Fred is a Colorado native who enjoys hiking and biking in the mountains.

Hanna Schum (Fall – Spring 2011)

Hanna is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Denver. She grew up in western Colorado and moved to Boulder for her undergraduate studies where she received her BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. After seeing Hunter Lovins speak at DU, she sought out an internship with Natural Capitalism Solutions. Hanna has appreciated relating her love for current politics to the field of sustainability through working with Natural Capitalism Solutions. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, camping, and skiing.

Sylvia Stone (Summer)

Sylvia Stone is a rising senior at Brown University where she is concentrating in Environmental Studies. During the spring semester of her junior year, Sylvia studied abroad in Australia on a field study program focused on environmental planning and action, sustainable design, conservation, renewable energy, ecotourism, sustainable agriculture and environmental and social justice. While in Australia, she also conducted a five-week independent research project about the environmental sustainability of sporting events. In her spare time Sylvia likes to play soccer, bake, do crossword puzzles, and spend time with good friends.

Matthew Trujillo (Summer)

Matthew is a graduate student earning his master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His specialization of study is corporate environmental management, focusing on eco-entrepreneurship and business management. Since 1997, Matthew has developed an extensive background in community service work, most notably in social work, education, and community organizing. He views his current environmental vocation as a natural extension of his prior community work. His goal is to create a unique professional identity as an environmental consultant after graduation by blending his transferable skills from over a decade of grassroots community work with his knowledge of the best practices of corporate environmental management that he is learning during his time at the Bren School.

Matt Tucker (Spring)

Matt Tucker is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his study of International Economics and Development exposed him to the concept of sustainable development. Since then, he has added a minor in sustainability and hopes to use what he learns both in the classroom and during his time at Natural Capitalism Solutions to become an entrepreneur focused on creating resilient, sustainable communities. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, rowing, and reading about sustainability.

Francesca Wahl (Summer)

Francesca Wahl is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Foreign Affairs and Economics. She also received a distinguished major in politics for completing her senior thesis on food aid and poverty alleviation. Originally from Europe, she has loved traveling since she was little and has had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain and toured the Mediterranean during a Semester at Sea. Living and traveling abroad has greatly influenced her life and also sparked her interest in sustainability and environmental practice. Moving out to Boulder, Francesca looks forward to not only pursuing true change by putting theory into practice but also enjoying all the outdoor activities it has to offer.