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Emily Flynn-Pesquera

Harvard Kennedy School

Senior Sustainability Manager

Emily joined the Office for Sustainability as the Sustainability Manager for the Harvard Kennedy School in February 2016. At HKS, she focuses on renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions and their impact, policy, health and well-being, and community education. Before Harvard, Emily was the Associate Director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute where she managed a multi-national initiative to support greater energy efficiency adoption and sustainability investments in higher education, K-12 schools, hospitals, governments, and faith centers. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen case studies and reports on energy efficiency financing trends and best practices in the United States and Canada.

Emily graduated from the Harvard Extension School with a degree in Sustainability Management and a focus on environmental policy and international development in 2020, writing her thesis on federally funded resilience investments and comparisons of social vulnerability and equity in Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of Williams College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology focusing on environmental biology and sustainability issues. She served as a Chair of Net Impact Boston’s Board Fellows program between 2014 and 2017, and as a board member on the Williams College Boston Alumni Association from 2014 through 2017. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading and writing, growing her plant collection, and Shark Week.