Alex Trachtenberg, Associate, Community Sustainability Services
Alex provides support for the Policy and Sustainable Communities teams. He performs research, collects and formats data, performs analysis and writes reports/summaries for the Georgia Energy Data Analysis project, Clean Energy Industries Census and related projects. Alex assists in the coordination and organization of design charrettes and project deliverables with partners, including the Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA and developers. He also develops and delivers white papers and other project materials.
Angelou Ezeilo, Founder & CEO
Greening Youth Foundation
Angelou Ezeilo is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia, and received her Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Florida, College of Law. After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist. From there, she honed her skills as a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in both its New Jersey and Georgia offices. While at TPL, she realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that preservation—particularly as it related to our next generation. This was the impetus for the Greening Youth Foundation. Now, as a leader of the Greening Youth Foundation, she helps to provide access to underserved children and young adults through the Foundation’s Public School Initiative and Youth Conservation Corps programs. The Foundation is active throughout the country, and also in Ghana and Liberia.
Ann M. Mason, Senior Director
American Chemistry Council
Ann is Senior Director at the American Chemistry Council, ACC, where she currently manages a chemical product group and works on technical and policy issues related to value chain issues, including hazard and exposure screening tools. She has participated on many consensus panels and currently is serves as ACC’s representative on the USGBC Supply Chain Optimization Work Group, a working group of the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, and on the ASTM E60 Committee and several of its working groups. Ann has over 40 years of experience related to science, health, environmental protection, and chemicals management. With educational and professional training in biology and chemistry and international policy, her broad background covers a variety of areas including consensus dialogues, standards development, policy formulation and analysis, program management, networking and coalition building, regulatory and legislative advocacy, research, laboratory analysis and management, and hazardous materials transportation and spill response.
Art Frazier, Director of Facilities Management & Services
Arthur E. Frazier III, AIA is a licensed architect and the Director of Facilities Management & Services at Spelman College. He was born in Louisville, KY and attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor’s degree in Design of the Environment and a Master’s of Architecture. Art’s career has included practicing architecture, managing design & construction projects and facilities management. Under Art’s leadership the facilities department at Spelman received the President’s 2008 Award for Excellence in Customer Service and has been nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability among historically Black colleges. Art is co-chair of Sustainable Spelman and also serves president of GAPPA, as chairman of the board of directors of the University Community Development Corp. and served on the board of advisors of Sustainable Atlanta.
Brionté McCorkle, Organizer, Georgia Chapter’s RAIL Campaign
Brionté is an organizer for the Sierra Club, Georgia Chapter’s RAIL Campaign. The campaign is the chapter’s transit advocacy arm, which aims to improve and expand transportation alternatives. Brionté is a recent graduate of the B.S. in Public Policy program at Georgia State University. During her studies, a focus on environmental sustainability policy led to a variety of positions dealing with issues such as financial dignity, energy efficiency and green building, diversity and equity in the environmental movement, transportation alternatives, renewable energy and civic engagement. Her goal is to be a catalyst for the switch to a more sustainable economic, environmental and social paradigm.
Charlie Cichetti, Principal & Co-Founder
Sustainable Investment Group
Charlie Cichetti oversees the company’s daily operations out of the Atlanta HQ. He strives is to find synergy amongst SIG’s core green building services: Training, Consulting, and Technical Services. His focus is now on Business Development and Strategy for the company. He has led many projects to LEED Gold and even a few to the highest mark – Platinum. Charlie has more than 13 years of experience in commercial construction, real estate development, project management, and LEED consulting. He has directed multi-million dollar office, warehouse, specialty, and condo construction projects. . Mr. Cichetti holds a degree in Business Management from the College of Business at Georgia Tech and has successfully become a LEED Accredited Professional.
Crystal Jackson, Principal Planner
Atlanta Regional Commission
Crystal Jackson is a Principal Planner for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. She works with local governments to improve sustainability in metro Atlanta. Through the development of the Green Communities program, Crystal has assisted local governments in implementing sustainability initiatives across a variety of categories including energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, and others. Prior to managing the Green Communities Program, she was a part of ARC’s Local Government Services team, where she oversaw annual regional leadership development programs, provided local governments with management and training assistance, and coordinated the division’s Community Planning Academy. Crystal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters of City and Regional Planning with an Environmental Planning concentration from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
David Mogge, Engineering Coordinator
Gwinnett County Facilities Management
David Mogge is the Engineering Coordinator for Gwinnett County Facilities Management. Dave is responsible for multiple programs to include the Capital Maintenance Construction Program, Sustainability Initiatives, Energy Accountability and Optimization, and Asset Management Program. Gwinnett County Facilities Management designs, builds, renovates, and operates in excess of 150 facilities and sites. Dave is a graduate of the University of Florida with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering. Dave is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager.
Emily Cumbie-Drake, Farm to School Director
Emily Cumbie-Drake is the Farm to School Director at Georgia Organics. Prior to working at Georgia Organics, Emily was the Sustainability Programs Coordinator at Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives from 2012-2015. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Emily came to Atlanta to study at Emory University and graduated summa cum laude from Emory College with a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Global Health, Culture, and Society in 2010. Emily served on the board of Slow Food Atlanta from 2013-2015 and currently serves on the board of Generation Green of the Georgia Conservancy.
Eriqah Vincent, National EcoLeaders Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation
A proud native of Newark, NJ, Eriqah R. K. Vincent is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. In her newly promoted position National EcoLeaders Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders Program, manages the program’s recruitment efforts to their new online community for youth environmental leaders. She also works to strengthen local and regional networks of campuses, such as the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network, committed to sustainability by organizing educational events. She is currently a member of the Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) National Speakers Bureau, an organization that coalesces and represents a wide range of talented and accomplished environmental professionals of color who can help shift the environmental conversation in America to become more inclusive and equitable at all levels. Eriqah plans to start her master’s program in Fall 2016 to obtain a degree in non-profit management.
Frank Wickstead, Senior Manager
Frank Wickstead is a Senior Manager with ICF International where he leads residential and commercial demand side management energy efficiency programs. He is a LEED AP (BD+C), a Building Performance Institute Subject Matter Expert, and a Georgia General Contractor Licensing Agent. Frank was awarded Georgia Institute of Technology’s Environmental Leadership Award and was named one of the Top 50 Industry Leaders in the country by Remodeler Magazine.
Howard Williams, SVP Sustainability & Acquisitions
Construction Specialties, Inc.
Howard previously directed the Interiors Division of Construction Specialties, Inc. The Division received the 2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for reducing its use of persistent organic and hazardous air pollutants. Howard is an active member of BizNGO for Safer Chemicals and Sustainable Materials, led the Division’s Chemicals Policy implementation, MBDC Cradle-to-Cradle Silver/Gold Certification, environmental education, and carbon sequestration initiatives. He led the Acrovyn Business Unit’s transition to Non-PVC products. The Division received the US EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region 2011 Award for Environmental Excellence. Howard has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives supporting chemical policy reform. He participated in the UNEP Chemicals in Products Workshop in Geneva; its Open Ended Working Group, Belgrade, and its Consultation Meeting on Chemicals in Products, Boston. He serves on the Certification Standards Board of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. He is LEED AP certified, and currently serves on the USGBC Supply Chain Optimization Working Group. Howard initiated and launched the C/S Transparency product lifecycle/ingredient labeling program.
Ian Karra, National Beyond Coal Organizer
Ian is Georgia’s Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, which aims to replace the nation’s coal infrastructure with safe, clean energy by 2030. He first got involved with the Sierra Club as a Beyond Coal volunteer, leading a successful campaign at the University of Georgia to retire its on-campus coal boiler. Ian previously worked at Southface Energy Institute supporting building performance and weatherization trainings. He holds BBA degrees in economics and finance from the University of Georgia and is a Udall Scholar.
James Ewell, Director, Sustainable Materials
As a member of the original team that founded GreenBlue in 2003, James re-joined the organization in 2011. As Director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Materials program, he is responsible for managing the development and practical implementation of its sustainable materials management framework. James has extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable product design and manufacturing, chemical transparency and supply chain management. As Director of Consulting for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), James developed and implemented Cradle-to-Cradle criteria for designing and manufacturing sustainable products and improving corporate practices. He has worked with numerous corporate clients from a diversity of industrial sectors.
Jared Lombard, Senior Principal Planner
Atlanta Regional Commission
Jared Lombard is a Senior Principal Planner in the Community Development Division of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), where he is involved in managing the Regional Plan, Livable Centers Initiative, and Local Planning activities. Jared currently serves as the Project Manager for Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transit Oriented Development Working Group. Prior to ARC, Jared worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Norris, Tennessee. Jared earned a B.S. in Geography and Political Science from Central Michigan University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jenny Hoffner, Vice President for Conservation Strategies
Jenny Hoffner serves as Vice President for Conservation Strategies leading American Rivers conservation practice work to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature. She oversees program areas including river restoration, clean water supply, blue trails, hydropower, and science and economics. Prior to joining American Rivers in 2007, Jenny organized an award-winning, multi-stakeholder effort to transform the Bronx River from dumping ground to healthy urban waterway and served as Director of Partnerships for Parks, a network of over 55,000 people and 4,000 park stewardship groups working with 28,000 acres of New York City parks. She currently serves on the American Water Works Association’s Water Loss and Rates & Charges Committees. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree from Emory University and her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia.
Katie Coulborn, Senior City Planner, Community Development Department
City of Woodstock, GA
Katie Coulborn works in the Community Development Department for the City of Woodstock, GA, as Senior City Planner. Katie received her Master’s Degree in Design for Sustainability from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Woodstock, a DCA PlanFirst Community, has recently been re-certified as a Green Community at the Gold level by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Laura Capps, Program Manager, Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative
Laura facilitates the research, development, testing and deployment of processes and tools related to the small commercial marketplace. Building on the successes of the Grants to Green, Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge and EarthCraft Light Commercial programs, the Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative brings cost-effective tool-kits for deep energy retrofits and new construction commercial projects 50,000 square feet and smaller. Laura also supports the Southface residential team through educational outreach and project management.
Lena Stevens, Project Manager
City of Decatur
Lena Stevens is the Project Manager for the City of Decatur, Georgia. Originally a Midwestern gal, Lena began working for the city in 2008 after getting her Master’s Degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Like most local government staff, she wears many hats. Her projects range from environmental sustainability to technology and traffic management. Some recent highlights of her work include the High Performance Building Ordinance which requires all new construction projects to obtain a green building certification. Decatur also recently became the first city in metro Atlanta to achieve Platinum level certification in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Community Program.
Marlene White, Executive Director
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc.
Marlene White is the Executive Director of DCM and has been a member of the staff since 2009. She has a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from CUNY and a Master’s of Education from Capella University. She has been working with those infected and affected by HIV, the homeless, and those impacted by intimate partner violence for almost 15 years. She enjoys being a mother and helping others to accomplish their goals.
Mary Shoemaker, Research Assistant
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Mary Shoemaker is responsible for a mix of research, analysis, and outreach on energy efficiency policy ACEEE. She serves a crosscutting role by supporting the research and outreach of both the State Policy and National Policy teams. Mary has a particular focus on state technical assistance and the role federal regulations play at the state level. Mary led the State Government-Led Initiatives chapter of the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and conducts outreach to state policy makers and advocates on the role of energy efficiency in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from Georgia Tech.
Mike Barcik, Senior Engineer
Mike is a senior engineer responsible for energy efficiency training throughout the Southeast. He has taught and developed materials for numerous presentations and workshops covering residential and commercial high performance buildings, including IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 energy codes, Duct and Envelope Tightness Verification, LEED AP and Green Associate exam preparation, EarthCraft House for new and renovated homes, EarthCraft Light Commercial Professional, RESNET Home Energy Rating System, Building Performance Institute, Weatherization and ENERGY STAR v3.
Odetta MacLeish-White, Program Director
Enterprise Community Partners
Odetta MacLeish-White is a Program Director with Enterprise Community Partners, working out of their Southeast market headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She works to support comprehensive community stabilization efforts around the country with a focus on equitable Transit Oriented Development initiatives and nonprofit capacity building in the state of Georgia and the Southeast. Prior to joining Enterprise, Ms. MacLeish-White served as a community development specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and was the staff director for Florida’s Affordable Housing Study Commission. She discovered her love for affordable housing while working for a developer in Gainesville, Florida. Ms. MacLeish-White earned a juris doctorate and LLM in International Law from Duke University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard-Radcliffe University.
Paula McEvoy, Co-director, Sustainable Design Initiative
As Co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), Paula McEvoy assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices. She coordinates sustainability efforts across the international firm’s offices, teaches sustainable design workshops and speaks frequently on sustainable construction, business practices and visioning. Paula McEvoy has been instrumental in defining sustainability at Perkins+Will and for shaping the firm’s commitment to leadership in sustainable design. A Registered Architect and LEED® Fellow, she has the type of exemplary, broad-based experience that generates a unique, holistic approach to her work and demonstrates an involved, hands-on attitude in all phases of the design and construction process. Paula has been Project Architect for a wide variety of projects, with a focus on sustainable, healthy, high-performance buildings, including many LEED Certified and LEED registered projects. Ms. McEvoy is a member of The American Institute of Architects and 2010 President of AIA Atlanta. In addition, she is USGBC LEED Faculty, and serves on the Board of USGBC Georgia Chapter.
Rebecca Keefer, Director of Sustainability
City of Dunwood, GA
As the City Planner, Rebecca researches, evaluates and analyzes land use amendment and variance cases; drafts ordinances and policies for City Council consideration; manages the City’s planning and zoning boards; coordinates and reviews all development plans; and authors grants and awards on behalf of the City. Rebecca currently serves as project manager to the development of the Perimeter Center Zoning Code. As Director of Sustainability, Rebecca led the City in its first effort to develop a Sustainability Plan, culminating in the adoption of a comprehensive sustainability vision and short term work plan to accomplish the goals and tasks outlined in the document. During that process, she was responsible for the public participation plan, authoring the document, and the subsequent adoption process through the City’s Sustainability Committee and Mayor and City Council. In addition to managing the City’s sustainability program, Rebecca supports the Sustainability Committee to recommend sustainable policies, programs, and procedures for the City and greater community.
Sara Haas, Program Director
Enterprise Community Partners
Sara Haas is a Program Director with the Enterprise Community Partners Southeast market. She supports capacity building programs directed towards nonprofit affordable housing developers, and develops and implements affordable housing preservation initiatives for the Southeast. Prior to joining Enterprise, Ms. Haas developed and managed national AmeriCorps VISTA programs focused on affordable housing and community development at Habitat for Humanity International and Points of Light. Ms. Haas graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning with a Masters of City and Regional Planning, and received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the Emory University Goizueta Business School.
Sarah Hill, Program Manager, Residential Sustainability Services
As a LEED for Homes Green Rater and energy rater, Sarah assists local multifamily residential projects pursuing LEED for Homes certification, providing performance testing and verification services. Sarah currently manages the Southface LEED for Homes Providership, supporting a regional network of LEED for Homes Green Raters and providing Quality Assurance and technical support for the LEED for Homes program.
Seandra Pope, Chief Executive Officer and Co founder
Rooted Consulting Group
Seandra R. Pope is the Chief Executive Officer and Co founder at Rooted Consulting Group, where she provides strategic consulting for advancing and defending key energy, climate and environmental justice policies.Seandra also serves as the cofounder and lead facilitator for the Advancing Equity and Opportunity Collaborative, an emerging Southern formation leading on advancing equity and opportunity through work on energy, climate, and environmental justice. In this role, Seandra works with dozens of organizations from the Gulf Coast, Appalachia, and the Black Belt in the mid-South to promote equity as a core element of clean energy solutions, elevate cultural narratives of success that engage broader constituencies, and restore the integrity of democratic governance, especially for the millions of Southerners who are members of electric cooperatives. Seandra has, during the course of her career worked with SEIU as Lead Organizer and Program Manager, Sierra Club as Program Manager and SACE as the Director of Diversity and Community Partnerships, to name a few. Seandra earned her degree in Political Science from Spelman College.
Sydney Roberts, Ph D, Senior Research Engineer, Commercial Sustainability Services
Sydney Roberts directs research, quality assurance and residential training and technical services at Southface. She is the Principal Investigator for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America and Advanced Commercial Building Initiative research programs, as well as the Director of the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center. Sydney is active in national energy efficiency program and policy development, serving in leadership positions on boards and committees.
Tamara Lowe, Commercial Account Manager
Tamara J. Lowe, is an ICF International Commercial Account Manager working on behalf of the Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Tamara has 5 years Energy Efficiency experience, previously working for Lockheed Martin as an implementing contractor on the Con Edison Commercial & Industrial and Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Contracts in New York City. Her past experience has provided her with the ability to deliver first class service to customers and businesses, as well as oversee project and data processing from inception to completion. She holds a BA in English Literature from Baruch College, NY, and an AAS in Paralegal Studies from Berkeley College, NY. Tamara currently resides in Savannah, and provides service to Georgia Power Commercial customers in the Coastal region.
Tom Davis, Corporate Vice President and Manager, Energy Services
E. Sam Jones Lighting & Energy Solutions
Tom started his career in Atlanta, GA in 1982 with GE Lighting and gained valuable experience. In 1986, Tom was assigned to call on E. Sam Jones Distributor, Inc., and focused on the commercial/institutional accounts and gained practical knowledge with interior lighting. Tom worked closely with E. Sam Jones Distributor, Inc. and GE Lighting to train the sales force on energy efficient lighting products. In 1991, Tom left GE Lighting and accepted the position of Sales manager with E. Sam Jones Distributor, Inc. The dramatic growth in the energy management field has enabled Tom to concentrate solely on the general management of the Energy Services Division at E. Sam Jones Distributor, Inc. With over thirty full time employees, as well as a developed network of subcontractors throughout the US, he concentrates his efforts developing and coordinating their turnkey lighting retrofit solutions.
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