EPSM Alumni Panel

The new Dean of the Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, Michelle J. DePass, welcomed alumni, as well as current students, staff, and faculty,  to discuss their journeys on how they utilized knowledge and experiences from Milano to create a career in the areas of the burgeoning ‘green economy’, where the demand for professionals with training in sustainability is growing. Dean DePass is a national leader on sustainability and environmental policy-making and will also be the Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management as part of her appointment. She joins Milano from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where since 2009 she has served as Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs. In this presidentially appointed, senate-confirmed position, DePass has been responsible for all dimensions of environmental policy between the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors. The event was moderated by Professor Richard McGahey, PhD, Director of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management  Program, and the ‘speed-networking’ exercise was facilitated by Sharon D.D. Reid, Assistant Director of the Milano Career Services Office.


Ricardo Gotla, URB ’09
Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs, New York League of Conservation Voters
Previous Experience: Tenants and Neighbors, Leon Images, Community Environmental Center, Washingtonville Housing Alliance, New York City Councilmember Annabel Palma
Previous Education: University of California – Santa Cruz; BA, Politics, 2009

Maura Lout, NPM ’01
Director of Urban Park Management Resources, Central Park Conservancy
Previous Experience: Added Value and Red Hook Community Farm, The Nature Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks, Museum of the City of New York
Previous Education: University of Massachusetts, Amherst; BS, Wildlife Biology, 1996

Rita Luppino, URB ’11
Corporate Citizenship Advisor, Gildan Activewear
Previous Experience: Anvil Knitwear, Ethical Fashion Forum, The Four Hundred, Kunhardt McGee Productions, Donna Karen, MMG Mardiks
Previous Education: Pace University; BA, Communications, 2009

James Mannarino, EPSM ’12
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
Previous Experience: NYSERDA, Radiance New York, Seventh Art Group
Previous Education: Saint Joseph’s University; BA, International Relations, 2008

Philip Silva, URB ’06
Co-Director, TreeKIT; and Ph.D. Student in Natural Resources at Cornell University
Previous Experience: The New School, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sustainable South Bronx, Office of the New York City Public Advocate
Previous Education: The New School; BA, Urban Studies, 2004