Mentor Tea at Hillwood Estate

Looking for an opportunity to connect one-on-one with environmental leaders? Join us for our first-ever “Mentor Tea” where you will gain valuable advice from top experts in the DC environmental community. The event will feature DC EcoWomen’s version of speed-mentoring: attendees will meet with individual mentors in small groups, switching tables at timed intervals, followed by mingling and networking. Ticket are $35 and the price includes tea, sandwiches, pastries, and gratuity.

Meet our Mentors

Julie Arner, Field Operations Officer, The Pew Charitable Trust

Julie Arner is a field operations officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she manages state organization work, currently on federal clean energy policy. Prior to her current position, she was a manager for Pew’s Global Shark Conservation Campaign. Julie got her start in Washington, DC, at the National Environmental Trust doing fundraising, budgeting, board coordination and special executive projects such as strategic planning and program development. She has a bachelors in forest resources and conservation and a master’s in public administration. Her first job was as a Florida State Division of Forestry biologist working on red-cockaded woodpecker conservation and southern pine beetle control.

Tanara Bowie, Executive Account Manager, Tigercomm

 Tanara Bowie, M.A., is Executive Account Manager for the Advocacy Practice at Tigercomm, a clean energy strategic communications firm. For Tigercomm, she manages large-scale research projects and communications campaigns to advance clean energy policies and hold elected officials accountable. Prior to Tigercomm, Tanara managed federal communications, research and outreach strategies to promote anti-predatory lending, pro-public education and fair and safe housing policies. She holds an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Cleveland State University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. In her free time, Tanara coaches women who are small business owners and bikes and hikes on the D.C. area’s great trails.

Julie Brown, Education Program Specialist and Project Manager, National Geographic Society

Julie Brown is an Education Program Specialist and Project Manager at National Geographic Society- a position she has held for the past 4 years. She has been responsible for developing and facilitating online and in person professional development communities and courses, producing a myriad of educational media and curriculum for NGS. Julie is a Conservation Biologist and certified teacher. Julie spent 3 years working on several environmental projects as a field biologist in Central America. Her field work focused on marine conservation, specifically sea turtles, marine mammals, sea birds and small scale fisheries and community-based management. Julie worked as an informal science educator, a classroom science teacher and an online teacher in Florida for 8 years before coming to work at National Geographic Education Programs at NGS.

Katie Flahive, Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Katie Flahive is an agricultural engineer with the Nonpoint Source Control Program at EPA Headquarters.  She works with federal, state, nonprofit and industry partners that research, develop, implement, track and measure the results of voluntary and/or incentive based controls to improve water quality in agricultural and rural areas. She studied agricultural engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Tech.

Kimberly Gianopoulos, Acting Director, International Affairs and Trade Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office

 Kimberly Gianopoulos is currently serving as an Acting Director for the United States Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) International Affairs and Trade team based in Washington, D.C. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and the American people by evaluating and auditing the programs and expenditures of the US government. Her responsibilities include oversight of GAO’s work on trade issues, which range from trade-related federal programs to free trade agreements to trade capacity building efforts. In 1993, she was selected to serve in GAO’s Far East Office, where she performed a number of international reviews of food aid, housing programs, and international trade programs. After coming to Washington, D.C. in 1995, she has been involved in a variety of reviews and has provided leadership on a number of engagements, including the 2005 High-Risk series. She has also served in two offline roles, in GAO’s Office of Congressional Relations and the Controller and Administrative Services office. Ms. Gianopoulos has received a number of awards, including a Meritorious Service Award in 2003 and several Results Through Teamwork awards. Ms. Gianopoulos earned a BA in Mathematics and an MA in Public Analysis and Administration from the State University of New York in Binghamton. She is also a Certified Government Financial Manager.

How to purchase tickets: To make sure that this is a chance for you to really get to know the mentors, we are only offering 27 tickets for this event. Make sure you get your tickets now using the following link:

Where: Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008)

When: Saturday, May 31, 3-5:30 pm

Closest metro: Van Ness/UDC (red line)