Jeff graduated from Pacific in 2006 with a double major in International Relations and a self-designed major in Chinese Studies and a minor in Pre-Law. Following his graduation, Jeff accepted a position with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, LA where he was instrumental in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
In 2008, Jeff completed an MA degree in Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He was offered a position with Evolution Markets in Beijing, China and worked as a carbon/emissions broker from 2009-2011. According to Jeff, "I'm doing exactly what I want to do professionally and doing it exactly where I want to be located."
Jeff recently accepted a new position as the International Policy Director with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). It is the largest organization dedicated to promoting market mechanisms that reduce emissions. He will be responsible for all aspects of new markets in emerging economies such as China, Korea, India, etc. Jeff will also be focusing on the next global carbon market and issues related to carbon emission standards and monitoring, reporting, and verification.
In a recent email, Jeff said, "After 3 interesting and exciting years in Beijing, I will be relocating to IETA's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland by the end of 2011. It will be an interesting work environment as the carbon markets go through a transition period.
Living in China has provided me with a lifetime of stories and a terrific real-world education in business and cross cultural issues." - Jeff Swartz