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Beth Hooker provides leadership to bridge campus operations with education and research at Smith College, as the Director of Sustainability and Administrative Director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS). She has extensive experience in education, providing institutional sustainability leadership at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges. She has led numerous projects to promote regional resiliency, sustainable practices and clean energy technologies. Prior to joining Smith, Beth worked to advance corporate goals and practices to steward freshwater resources at the environmental non-profit, Ceres. Beth received a B.A. from Connecticut College, double majoring in chemistry and Asian studies. She earned an M.S. in soil science and a Ph.D. in ecosystems ecology from the University of Connecticut. Beth lives in Amherst with her husband and two daughters, and she enjoys hiking, cycling, tennis and the culinary arts. She previously served on Kestrel’s board from 2008-2012.

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