Kindy Kruller is the Program Manager of Community Development at the Delta Institute and a LEED AP who manages green job programs, develops sustainability plans, promotes the green economy and conducts outreach to Great Lakes communities about sustainability. Kindy is the co-founder and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative, a regional green collar jobs coalition that works with a number of partners to promote the creation of new jobs in emerging fields of green industry. Kindy recently developed and is currently overseeing a Green Job Training Program focusing on Weatherization Technician Training, including creation of unique curriculum and training program. She is the Project Manager for the Oak Park/River Forest Sustainability Planning Process to create a long-range sustainability plan for the two communities.Read more
Virginia Leavell is field coordinator at LiUNA! She works with LiUNA’s water infrastructure program and residential energy efficiency efforts to coordinate high road, scalable solutions to green infrastructure and construction projects. Virginia works most closely with LiUNA’s water infrastructure campaign in Nashville, but supports efforts nationally. Before LiUNA, Virginia worked for Change to Win with the federation’s weatherization and home performance campaign.
Sharlene works with insurers, insurance regulators and investors to raise awareness of climate risk within the insurance industry and to discover opportunities for business innovation in responding to climate change. Her focus includes the role insurers and risk modelers play in driving climate adaptation within the public and private sectors; climate investment risks and opportunities with a particular focus on municipal bonds and energy efficiency finance; and product innovation in response to climate change.Read more
As Director of the Freshwater Program, Caryn Mandelbaum oversees Environment Now’s program to protect surface and groundwater resources. To this end, Caryn uses a science-based advocacy strategy that reinforces public trust protections and maximizes water-use efficiency.Read more
Matt Millea, Deputy County Executive for Physical Services, Onondaga County, Office of the County Executive
Matthew J. Millea was appointed Deputy County Executive for Physical Services by Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney on June 28, 2010. As Deputy County Executive Mr. Millea oversees the operations of nine county departments and assists the County Executive with the development and implementation of the annual county budget. Matt has been charged by the County Executive to manage the County’s “Save the Rain” effort, which is a multi-million dollar public works program using both grey and green infrastructure approaches to mitigate sewer overflows into Onondaga Lake.Read more
Alisa Valderrama is a Financial Policy Analyst with the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. Prior to joining NRDC, Alisa worked on the finance team at the Clinton Climate Initiative. Previously, Alisa helped launch the World Bank’s first program geared toward corporate responsibility in environmental, social, and governance issues. She has consulted on securities law reform for the United Kingdom Treasury, and assisted in fraud investigations conducted by the United Nations Oil-for-Food Independent Inquiry Committee. Alisa serves on the board of EcoNext, which works with leaders from the insurance, legal, and energy sectors to translate energy savings into financial returns. She also advises social entrepreneurs as a member of Echoing Green’s Social Investment Council. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LL.M.), the University of Southern California (J.D.), and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.).
Eli Moore is Program Co-Director for the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice program. Eli brings to the Institute expertise in participatory research strategies and spatial analysis and a depth of experience with community health, environmental justice, community safety, and sustainable economic development issues. Eli currently directs projects on nitrate contamination of drinking water, community reintegration after incarceration, and community resilience to climate change. He holds an M.A. in Geography and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel has deep roots in accountable development work, having served as a founding co-chair and primary staff lead for the Good Jobs & Livable Neighborhoods coalition in Milwaukee while a coordinator of the Working Families Project at the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future. Under Kathleen’s leadership, Good Jobs & Livable Neighborhoods successfully campaigned for community benefits standards to be applied in the redevelopment of 16 acres of county-owned land. The resulting agreement – the Park East Redevelopment Compact (PERC) – was the first community benefits program to be passed as an ordinance through local government. In addition to political work, Kathleen has experience in CBA negotiations, welfare reform, public policy, research, recruitment, and training. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin
Jeffrey Odefey is the Director of Stormwater Programs for American Rivers, where he steers a multi-disciplinary effort to promote progressive regulation and management of urban runoff, particularly those involving Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development responses to stormwater pollution. Formerly, he was a staff attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance and managed that organization’s campaigns to address the impacts of stormwater and industrial livestock production. He also served as a staff attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper, where his work focused on the sustainable management of New York City’s drinking water supply, the largest unfiltered public water supply in the nation. A native of Colorado, Mr. Odefey holds a bachelors degree in English and Art History from the University of Colorado, a masters degree from the University of Montana, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the Pace University School of Law. He currently lives in the Lower Hudson Valley.Read more
Chinwe Onyeagoro is the CEO and Co-Founder of FundWell (formerly New Equity Business), a technology platform that serves as a CFO for small businesses by helping them identify and access grants, loans, and financing. FundWell provides the full range of funding and financial health information, advice, and referrals to small business users and direct access to a vast network of lenders and other financing professionals.Read more