Our Students & 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.
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, 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.
Rhianna Hruska, 2016
I currently work at Evergreen as the Administrative Assistant to the Marketing and Communications division. I am also President of the Washington Student Association and Evergreen’s Student Trustee. I am enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Evergreen and will be pursuing a career in environmental policy.
Current MES Students
Paige Anderson—Bellingham, Washington
I want to find a way to intersect all of my interests into a lifelong passion that I can gain inspiration from every day. GIS, environmental policy, bioregional ecology and identity, and natural resource management fascinate me. Read the rest of Paige’s story.
Arielle Simmons—New Jersey
The Evergreen State College is a school of leaders. It is my hope to learn how to make a substantive positive impact for our common environment—as a leader, as a woman, and as a global citizen. Read the rest of Arielle’s story.
Tushaun Vang—Fresno, California
I hail from Fresno, California where triple digit summers are custom. My environmental interests are sprawled across ethnoecology, fisheries, and GIS. Outside of academia, I dabble in longboards, videogames, and multimedia. Read the rest of Tushaun’s story.
I’m Esmael Xiutecpatl Lopez, Capitan of the Aztec dance group CeAtl Tonalli and I’m beginning Evergreen State College’s MES program to learn different techniques and perspectives to find a way to bring sustainability to people everywhere. Read the rest of Esmael’s story.