Chatham University

Career Resources & Outcomes

Falk School of Sustainability and Environment

With the growing awareness of the systems that underpin all aspects of society, sustainability and food studies professionals are increasingly in demand. The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment not only prepares students for those opportunities, it assists them in finding them and in launching personally and professionally rewarding careers through the services of a dedicated career counselor, experiential learning opportunities, and our wide network of alumni.


85.2% of Falk School graduates were employed in the filed within one year of graduation

85.2% employed in the field within one year of graduation (100% employed in some capacity)

Figures represent one year from graduation. The Chatham University graduate outcomes survey is conducted in accordance with Best Practices outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


Alumni profiles

Allie Frownfelter BSUS '17

+ Allie Frownfelter, BSUS '17

Allie Frownfelter, BSUS '17, is the founder and sales director for Bottle Thread, a sustainable clothing line that creates high-quality, ecofriendly garments from recycled plastic bottles in order to combat textile waste.

Hal B. Klein MAFS '12

+ Hal B. Klein, MAFS '12

Hal B. Klein, MAFS '12, is the Food and Drinks Editor for Pittsburgh Magazine, where he writes features and reviews restaurants.

Catherine Piccoli MAFS '12

+ Catherine Piccoli, MAFS '12

Catherine Piccoli, MAFS '12, is a social and cultural historian who is curator at the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn, NY.


Nicolette Spudic MAFS '12

+ Nicolette Spudic, MAFS '12

Nicolette Spudic, MAFS '12, is a program administrator with the Food Policy Council of Pittsburgh, and the owner of Pick Your Poison Consulting Company, which helps food and farm-based businesses with product development, innovation start-up services, and business plan development.


Komal Kooduvalli MSUS '16

+ Komal Kooduvalli, MSUS '16

Koomal Kooduvalli, MSUS '16, is a research associate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she evaluates various bio-based, renewable materials and aims to bridge the gap in communication related to sustainable, bio-based production in Manufacturing, Materials and Agricultural Sciences.


James Snow MSUS '14

+ James Snow, MSUS '14

James Snow, MSUS '14, is the manager of corporate relations at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy where he builds strategic relationships in order to maintain and expand a high-quality public park system that is accessible to everyone in Pittsburgh. James is also a member of the Chatham Alumni Board.



What can you do with a degree in Sustainability or Food Studies?

Chatham prepares graduates to be change agents with a positive impact on the triple bottom line: people, profits, and planet. Whether you are interested in pursuing a job in the “green” economy or you seek to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills to traditional industries, a background in sustainability or food studies can prepare you to work in an area that you feel passionate about doing an incredibly broad range of things. Possibilities include:

Private Sector

  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Manager of Corporate Sustainability
  • Green Marketing Representative
  • Sustainable Design Analyst
  • Energy Analyst
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Sustainable farm-to-table consulting
  • Sustainable and heritage culinary education and product development
  • Food operations and distribution

Public Sector

  • Sustainability Manager
  • Resource Conservation Manager
  • Recycling Program Coordinator
  • Environmental Education Instructor
  • Local and regional development
  • Community-building organizations
  • Fair trade regulation
  • NGO work

Nonprofit

  • Campus Sustainability Coordinator
  • Green Building Consultant
  • Community /Urban Development
  • Community Organizer
  • Research and Policy Analyst
  • Sustainable Housing Policy Associate
  • Consulting on food justice and security
  • Local food system mapping and historic preservation
  • Food security and policy
  • Education: farm-to-school programs
  • Fair trade advocacy and oversight
  • Ethnic entrepreneurship and women's business development
  • Neighborhood development and economic preservation

Where alums work

▶ Conservation & Sustainability

  • Eden Hall Farm
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Three Season Growing Network
  • Women for a Healthy Environment

▶ Education

  • Cengage
  • Cleveland State, University of Akron
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Monroe County School District
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Shadyside Academy
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland Extension
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University ASPIRE Program
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wayne State University

▶ Food Access & Education

  • 412 Food Rescue
  • Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT)
  • Chef Ann Foundation
  • Children's Table
  • Dylamato's Fresh Food Market
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
  • Grow Pittsburgh
  • San Francisco Food Systems

▶ Food Service, Hospitality, and Tourism

  • Aldi
  • Bangkok Air Catering Co., Ltd.
  • CulinaryCory.com/FoodGuyAdventures.com
  • Dang Foods
  • MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink)
  • Penn's Corner Farm Alliance
  • Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
  • MGM Resort International
  • Wigle Whiskey
  • Xanterra Parks & Resorts

▶ Government, Policy, and Advocacy

  • Allegheny County Economic Development Office
  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Food Policy Council of Pittsburgh
  • Public Health Solutions
  • USDA
  • City of Pittsburgh

▶ Health & Wellness

  • Adagio Health
  • Ascension
  • GNC
  • Highmark
  • Morrison Healthcare
  • Sign Language Interpreting Professionals
  • Virginia Department of Health
  • UPMC
  • YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

▶ Manufacturing/Tech/Energy

  • Bottle Thread
  • Grainger
  • Kompyte
  • Quasar Energy Group
  • Rachio

▶ Media

  • Pittsburgh Magazine

▶ Nonprofit

  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Ethical Farming Fund
  • Harlem Children's Zone
  • Heinz Family Farm
  • Homewood Children's Village
  • Idea Foundry
  • Ioby
  • Town Hall Seattle


About Career Development at the Falk School

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Falk School students can work with Kate Sheridan, M.A., associate director of Career Development, who provides a full-service professional development experience, from traditional services to workshops, student employment, and internships. Visit Career Development at Chatham »


Falk School of Sustainability and Environment Job and Internship Board

Job & Internship Board

A curated list of job and internship opportunities is available at https://fssejobs.weebly.com/about.html. The site includes additional resources for career exploration in sustainability and food studies professions, as well as a listing of external job search engines tailored to specific industries and jobs within these fields. 


Applied Work Experience at Eden Hall

Nearly 91% of employers prefer that their candidates have relevant or transferrable work experience1, and many Falk School students gain this valuable experience right here at Eden Hall. Whether engaging in research with faculty, planting and harvesting on the Eden Hall Farm, or assisting with campus community development, there are many opportunities to apply new skills and knowledge and develop your professional portfolio while you complete your program.

Positions at Eden Hall include:

  • Research Assistantships
  • Ecological Sciences Technician
  • K-12 Sustainability Educator
  • Agroecology Garden Assistant
  • Trails Manager
  • Campus Community Programming Coordinator
  • Coffee Lab Manager
  • Farm Apprentice
  • Farm Outreach and Education Specialist
  • Sustainability Metrics Assistant
  • Campus Eco-Representative

Contact Kate Sheridan for more information. Current students can also view available positions on Handshake.