Kelsey Pace

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

Class of 2020

Career Focus: Sustainability Consulting
SEAS Track: Behavior, Education, and Communication
Undergrad: University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign
Clubs and Programs at Michigan: Chemical and Materials Industry
Favorite Activity: Traveling, Cooking/Baking, Intramural sports


Kelsey’s passion for solving puzzles led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. After college, she joined an engineering rotational program in the chemical industry. This rotational program exposed her to roles in process engineering, sales/marketing, and sustainability. Through this experience, she realized engineering was not the only career path that solves complicated, interconnected puzzles and this led her back to business school. Business, especially as it intersects with sustainability, is complex, ambiguous, and somewhat unpredictable; the biggest and most dynamic of puzzles. Erb Institute has allowed her to explore the nuanced nature of business, to think more critically of the current systems as well as the opportunity to work with real companies to solve real world problems. Over the last three years, she has had the opportunity to consult a private equity fund on developing sustainability metrics, a chemical company on sustainability trends, and a Ukrainian business school on new market entry strategy.  Following this passion for strategy development, she will be pursuing a career in consulting.