Interested in energy, the environment and climate change but not sure how to make a career out of it? There are a wide array of exciting career pathways to choose from across these topics for young people with various skill sets and passions. To provide UChicago students of all levels and schools with insight into the range of opportunities and what’s it’s like to work in these positions, EPIC is hosting a virtual career series with young UChicago alumni—starting with EPIC’s own former Bartlett and DRW Fellows. Alumni will share insights into their day-to-day lives, how they got to where they are, and what they wish they knew when they were UChicago students.

Join us as we welcome Harris Public Policy ’20 graduate Joshua Kruskal, Director of Finance and Operations at Global Energy Monitor.

Bio: 

Joshua Kruskal is the Director of Finance and Operations at Global Energy Monitor, a nonprofit research organization that provides energy data services to groups including Bloomberg, the Economist, the International Energy Agency, the IPCC, NRDC, Oxfam, the UN Environment Programme, and the World Bank. In his current role, he oversees a broad range of internal functions and systems at GEM, including budgeting, project planning, staffing, compliance, grant management, and more. He joined GEM in 2020, and much of his recent work has dealt with the logistics of maintaining an organization in the midst of a global pandemic. Previously, he worked for EcoLogic Development Fund, an NGO that supports sustainable development programs in low-income, high-biodiversity regions. He has also worked for WEEMA International, a nonprofit promoting development in rural Ethiopia. He began his career working with a pro-bono nonprofit management and financial consulting agency. He is passionate about clean energy, the environment, conservation, and sustainable development.

While earning his MS in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, he worked as a Program Manager with the University’s Office of Civic Engagement. In this role, the supported research investigating housing and development trends in Chicago’s South Side. During his graduate studies, he also worked as an EPIC Bartlett Fellow in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, a facility operated by the US Department of Energy. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review and as a member of Harris Student Government. He earned his BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College. He currently resides in Boston.