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Kate Napolitan (Grimberg)

MBA/MS Program 2006

Kate Napolitan is currently on sabbatical. Prior to this time, Kate spent 8 years serving in various marketing roles at Eaton Corporation, a global diversified industrial manufacturer. Prior to joining Eaton, Kate spent almost 10 years working on assignments around resource efficiency and process streamlining, environmental regulatory compliance and sustainability measurement tools for Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), and Meaden & Moore Management Consulting. Napolitan holds postgraduate degrees in business and environmental science from University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering also from the University of Michigan.

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Graham BrownResume

Sustainability Consultant
Self Employed
MBA/MS Program 2012

Graham is passionate about increasing sustainability in the built environment, particularly through energy efficiency, net-zero-energy construction, and urban redevelopment. Originally from a tiny town in central Maine, Graham comes to Erb via Seattle, where he worked in residential construction and real estate development and helped to establish a local foundation's new climate-change funding group. At Michigan, he has worked on projects ranging from energy-efficiency finance to biofuels and sustainable real estate. Graham graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Product Design and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In his spare time he loves backpacking, playing guitar, woodworking, and making endless minor adjustments to his pizza-dough recipe.

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Jake Bielecki

Project Engineer, Philadelphia Refinery
Sunoco Inc.
MBA/MS Program 2012

Jake is pursuing a career in business development and strategy in the alternative energy space with a focus on technology commercialization. Prior to enrolling at the University of Michigan, Jake worked at Sunoco's Philadelphia Refinery as a project manager, where he led matrix teams in development, design and implementation of multi-million dollar capital projects. Last summer, Jake worked for DTE Energy in the Renewable Energy group participating in both the early-stage and commercial aspects of renewable energy development. Jake earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University. In his spare time, Jake enjoys exploring and photographing the world, ideally in tandem with either hiking or snowboarding.

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