Joseph Chatham, Editor-in-Chief
JD, Yale Law School MPA, Harvard Kennedy School
BA in Political Science and Sociology, University of Michigan
Joseph is pursuing a Juris Doctor at Yale Law School and a Master in Public Administration as a John F. Kennedy Fellow at the Kennedy School. He is interested in immigration and education policy along with increasing cooperation across the governmental, corporate and nonprofit spheres. He grew up in the United States and graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and Sociology.
In the past, Joseph has worked in nonprofit administration with organizations such as the Atlantic Council, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the International Rescue Committee. He has also held research positions across a broad array of organizations focusing on diverse topics, such as economic inequality, international development, and the politics of compassion. Active in the community as well, Joseph has volunteered with multiple organizations in Phoenix, Ann Arbor, and Cambridge, along with founding a non-profit organization in 2011 to work with disadvantaged Phoenix youth.
Sonya Likhtman, Managing Editor
Herchel Smith Scholar, Harvard University BA in Geography, University of Cambridge
Sonya is a Herchel Smith Scholar and graduate student at Harvard University. Her research interests include political philosophy and public policy in relation to climate change. Prior to coming to Harvard, Sonya spent several years working at Carbon Clear, a London-based sustainability consultancy. She worked with key clients from the aviation, financial, and consumer goods sectors. Sonya focused on compliance with government legislation, carbon and energy data management, and sustainability strategy development. In 2016, Sonya moved to Barcelona to help set up Carbon Clear’s Spanish office. Sonya received a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 2014. Her dissertation explored the specific cultural and historical factors that have strengthened the Spanish Basque economy, whilst contributing to social and environmental sustainability. Sonya has also held a research post at the National University of Singapore through the IARU Sustainability Fellowship.
Debora Ley, Editor
DPhil in Geography and the Environment, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
MSc in Civil Engineering, Building Systems Program, University of Colorado at Boulder
BSc in Electromechanical Engineering, Centro Universitario México División de Estudios Superiores
Debora is a Renewable Expert in USAID’s Central America Regional Clean Energy Initiative, working with TetraTech. Her DPhil dissertation topic analyzed if rural renewable energy projects can simultaneously meet the multiple goals of sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation and if so, under what conditions, focusing on Guatemala and Nicaragua. Debora has worked at Mexico’s National Energy Savings Commission in the Cogeneration and Renewable Energy departments before joining Sandia National Laboratories, where she was the Program Manager for the Central America and Mexico Clean Energy and Environment Program, jointly funded by the US DoE and USAID. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Latin America Energy Organization, the World Bank and Chemonics. She is a volunteer with Engineers Without Borders, Johns Hopkins chapter and has published diverse articles on topics of rural renewable electrification, especially technical codes and standards, and diverse topics linking renewable energy, climate change and sustainable development.
Katherine Medina, Editor
BA in History, Harvard College
Katie is a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut and currently resides in Boston. She has been editing for S&S since 2013. A 2010 graduate of Harvard with a degree in History, she spent the year following graduation traveling around the world as a John H. Finley Fellow. Upon returning home she spent a summer as a New Sector Fellow in Boston working on quality assurance with Boston Senior Home Care (BSHC). After a year with BSHC she took up a position with Goodwill Industries of Denver working as a member of their Program Monitoring and Evaluation group. More recently she has returned to Boston and now works for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in South Boston as their Quality Assurance Manager.
Emily Pechar, Editor
PhD Candidate in Environmental Policy, Duke University
Emily is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Policy at Duke University, where she focuses on the comparative politics and public opinions of climate change. After receiving a BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages from Georgia Tech, Emily spent several years as a human capital consultant working on issues of communication, change management and stakeholder engagement in corporate sustainability for Fortune 500 companies and the Federal government. Emily is especially interested in how we communicate about sustainability in different areas of society.