Zaheen Hussain

Zaheen is a former graduate intern with RMI’s Urban Transformation program. He worked as a researcher to help RMI better understand barriers to creating more sustainable urban communities. Zaheen also worked to support RMI’s resilience programming in Texas.


A native of Bangladesh and a Pittsburgh transplant by way of Connecticut, Zaheen is currently pursuing a Master of Science in public policy and management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on environmental policy and smart cities.

Before his return to school, Zaheen served as director of sustainability at New Sun Rising, a community capacity building nonprofit in the Pittsburgh region. Within that role, Zaheen served as Millvale, PA’s, sustainability coordinator, helping to advance multiple national award-winning programs in the areas of food access, storm water management, renewable energy, mobility, air quality, and equity.
In addition to his student life and work at RMI, Zaheen also serves on the boards of directors of Sustainable Pittsburgh, City of Bridges Community Land Trust, and Moose Mode Inc., and is a founding steering committee member of Western PA’s Triboro Ecodistrict.


Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, University of Connecticut
Master of Science Candidate, Public Policy & Management, Carnegie Mellon University

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