Patrick Pelegri-O’Day graduated from Pomona College in 2015 with a degree in Public Policy and Economics. After exploring a wide array of sustainability sectors—from private equity ESG advising to rural economic development in Beijing—he became passionate about local government climate adaptation and mitigation policy. He spent three and a half years at the City of Alameda, starting as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow before becoming the city’s first dedicated climate staff. Working with diverse internal and external stakeholders, he helped shape Alameda’s award-winning Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. He also created a robust internship program in partnership with a local nonprofit, helped establish policy changes such as a citywide all-electric construction ordinance, and implemented a social equity mapping tool used to guide city decision-making.
Patrick comes to the Bren School to refocus his career on nature-based climate solutions. He is excited to apply spatial analysis and data science tools to sustainability challenges in our agriculture and food systems. Inspired by the wild places and diverse communities of his home state, Patrick works at the intersection of social equity and environmental stewardship. His career aspiration is to design systems that equitably meet human needs while supporting ecosystems to regenerate and thrive.