Graeme Hugo is a recent graduate from the Honors Program at Santa Clara University. He earned a double degree in Economics and Environmental Studies, both with Magna Cum Laude distinction. He has developed specialized knowledge in sustainability, specifically in the fields of renewable energy development and environmental consulting. He is proficient in the Spanish language, and has foreign study experience in both Latin America and Europe. Graeme developed his passion for the environment at an early age. Growing up in Lake Tahoe, a region where conservation ethics and environmental accountability are paramount, he actively participated in community conservation projects and served as an active member of Boy Scout Troop 266, eventually earning the distinction of Eagle Scout.
Over the course of his professional career, Graeme has worked for nonprofits, large government organizations, and private companies, along the way gaining experience and knowledge about the intricacies within each sector. In the summer of 2019, he conducted research under the auspices of Professor C.J. Gabbe to investigate and understand the reasons behind heat-induced illness and fatalities in the state of California (research funding provided by the California Cap and Trade Program).
In January 2020, he was selected as an Alternate Candidate for a Fulbright Research Grant in partnership with Chile Lagos Limpios (ChLL) to investigate the intersection between business development and resource conservation in the Chilean Lakes District. Intrigued by his research regarding the Chilean economy and political system, Graeme elected to write his senior thesis on Neoliberalism and Inequality in Contemporary Chile. He finalized his thesis in June 2020. Graeme currently resides in Madrid, Spain and is looking to start a full-time career in the Spanish capital. In his free time, Graeme enjoys hiking, camping, tennis, skiing, ice hockey, language study, and cooking.