Barney Oursler is the executive director of Pittsburgh UNITED. Beginning in the late 1960s, Barney first organized for student power in high school and college as well as in opposition to the Vietnam War. In graduate school he led a three-year union recognition campaign, eventually leaving school to organize throughout the State University of New York system. When the graduate staff failed to ultimately win a union, Barney went to work in a steel mill to learn more about unions. Barney became a local union officer and organized in the Steelworkers Fight Back movement in the 1970s. As steel and other manufacturing industries closed in the 1980s in Pittsburgh, he helped found the Mon Valley Unemployed Committee (MVUC) which mobilized thousands of workers to pass state and federal legislation over the next 25 years. As co-director of the MVUC, he helped pass the only law protecting unemployed people from mortgage foreclosure in the country and shaped federal laws for trade-impacted workers. In the 1990s, after building a statewide organization to respond to KKK and Neo-Nazi activity in Pennsylvania, Barney became a leader of a four-year living wage campaign through the Alliance for Progressive Action (Pittsburgh’s Jobs with Justice chapter). He became Organizing Director and then Executive Director of Pittsburgh UNITED in 2008.
Thuy Quan is an Associate at O-H Community Partners supporting strategic planning, market assessment, and community outreach projects. Most recently, she assisted in the development of a strategic plan and financial model for Presidio Graduate School, a higher education institution focused on sustainable management.Read more
Bill leads the Climate Change and Natural Resources work at Delta. The mission of the program focuses on creating innovative solutions that reduce the impacts of climate change, value ecosystem services, and protect and enhance the natural resources of the Great Lakes, while also creating economic development opportunities. Bill has overseen the creation of replicable and transferable implementation strategies based on on-the-ground work in carbon markets and water quality management. Bill and the Delta team are utilizing the lessons learned and its broad network of partners to create new solutions to protecting and enhancing environmental quality including the development of strategies and policies that create real value for ecosystem services.Read more
Kevin Shafer became executive director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in March 2002. Prior to this, he served as MMSD’s director of technical services since October 1998. In his current role as the executive director, he is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD in meeting short- and long-term goals and objectives; coordinates the establishment of strategic goals and objectives and their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, bond rating agencies, and the public.Read more
Sheryl Shapiro is a Planning and Development Specialist for the City of Seattle at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). She works in the areas of environmental justice and service equity, inclusive public outreach and engagement, partnerships and sustainability.Read more