Anna Yee

Gathering Momentum

University of Oregon alumna Anna Yee’s post-graduation journey has been fueled by perseverance, ambition, and a strong passion for sustainability.

After graduating in 2019, Yee entered the job market with her heart and mind set on pursuing a career path that makes a difference—and that’s exactly what she’s doing.

As a research associate at Momentum—a consulting firm that supports organizations looking to commercialize advanced energy solutions—she focuses on their port, incubation, and acceleration initiatives.

Her work there has seen her assisting with grant and project management for state-funded programs aimed at electrification and emission reduction in California ports. She’s also played a role in the acceleration of clean energy startups through the state’s CalSEED initiative.

At the same time, she is enrolled in Stanford’s online energy education program to obtain their Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate.

Yee attributes her current career achievements to her background in sustainability and sustainable business practices.

While a student at the University of Oregon, Yee double majored in economics and business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in environmental studies. She became interested in renewable energy while abroad in Iceland in summer 2018, where she studied and researched renewable energy engineering and natural resource economics.

Yee served as the president of the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact during her senior year and helped bring the RE-volv Solar Ambassador Fellowship to the University of Oregon, conducting crowdfunding campaigns and educational events on solar projects for local nonprofits.

Her involvement with both Net Impact and RE-volv helped her gain valuable leadership, project management, communication, and networking skills, which allowed her to envision exactly what she wanted in a career and stand out among other applicants.

“We see that businesses have grown to acquire a ton of power and influence over what has already happened and what is to come. It is our job as incoming workers and leaders to hold these powers accountable to new standards and offer new ideas because business as usual is clearly unsustainable,” Yee said.

“I believe we are living through a major ideological shift, and sustainable business practices are a key aspect in ensuring our future.”

—Terri Chrestenson, Class of 2022