Alex Rudee | Environmental Analysis
From: Seattle, WA
Pomona Days: Class of 2011 | Environmental Analysis
Current Employment: Program Associate for Clean Power at ClimateWorks
Past Employment: Emissions Trader / Energy Analyst at Southern California Edison (2011-2014)
I chose to come to Pomona in part because of the strength of its program in Environmental Analysis. Protecting the environment has always been a cause close to my heart, and at Pomona I found a wonderful community of students and professors exploring those same environmental issues that had interested me growing up. Under the guidance of Profs. Rick Hazlett and Char Miller, I spent my years at Pomona dabbling in a variety of environmental courses, from Conservation Biology to the Politics of Environmental Justice (with some filmmaking thrown in for good measure).
One of the best things I did at Pomona to jumpstart my career was participating in the Pomona College Internship Program. By spending one semester at a small environmental justice nonprofit and another at the corporate HQ for SoCal Edison, I learned a lot about what kinds of environmental jobs were out there, and what types of work I liked (or not). My internship experience at Edison also helped me apply for and land a full-time position there after graduation. In my 3 years at Edison, I learned a ton about the energy industry, discovered firsthand the pros and cons of working for a large corporation, and led Edison's implementation of the California cap-and-trade program (a policy I had researched years earlier for an Environmental Econ class at Pomona).
While the experience I gained at Edison was invaluable, I knew that the utility business was never my real calling, so last fall I jumped ship to join a climate change-focused philanthropic foundation in San Francisco. My work now includes developing and tracking strategies to promote clean power in the US, Europe, China and India. I'd be happy to talk to current students with environmental careers in mind, especially those possibly including energy, environmental policy, or nonprofit work. We can also chat about backpacking trips, what to know if you're moving to LA or SF, and post-college life in general. Feel free to reach out!