2012 EcoHour Speakers
- Suzanne Ehlers; Population Action International
- Kristin Anderson; GreenShape LLC
- Katrina Managan; Johnson Controls
- Seema Wadhwa; Urban Ltd
- Elizabeth Yeampierre; UPROSE
- Tanya Tolchin; Jug Bay Garden market
- Devora Kimelman-Block; KOL Foods
- Meredith Sheperd; Love & Carrots
- Kimberly Wilson; Tranquil Space
- Libby Jewett; NOAA
- Flo Stone; Environmental Film Festival
- Dr. Teri Rowles; Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program, NOAA
- Bicky Corman; Deputy Associate Administrator, EPA’s Office of Policy
- Thu Pham; Executive Director, Rachel’s Network
President & CEO; Population Action International
Suzanne Ehlers, President & CEO of Population Action International, has worked for the last 15 years to promote women’s health, rights and empowerment across the globe.
Under Suzanne’s leadership as President, PAI is leading US and global advocacy for family planning; providing key technical and financial resources to partners in Africa, South Asia and Latin America; and building the case for women’s health as the connective tissue that holds together a host of other development concerns, from the environment to state stability to food security. Suzanne has been with PAI for over eight years, most recently leading the strategic direction of campaigns as Vice President of International Advocacy.
For the last two years, Suzanne has served on the U.S. government delegation to United Nations Commission meetings. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Bangkok-based Asia Pacific Alliance, and until recently chaired the board of the Janelia Family Foundation, a local environmental funder. She is an Environmental Leadership Liaison for Rachel’s Network, a network of women leaders “dedicated to the stewardship of the earth.”
Previously, she was Associate Program Officer at the Wallace Global Fund, where she supported a grantmaking portfolio that broke new ground in the fields of sustainable forestry and international financial institution reform, as well as laid the early foundation for philanthropic engagement on climate change.
Suzanne served as a sustainable agriculture Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic, following her graduation from Cornell University with a degree in Government. Suzanne is an avid traveler and baker. She resides in Washington, DC, with her Argentine-Swiss husband and two young daughters.
Project Manager, GreenShape LLC
Kristin Anderson Arnoldi is a Project Manager with GreenShape LLC and has managed over 40 sustainable projects at GreenShape and in her prior position as a Sustainability Coordinator for Moseley Architects in Richmond, VA. She was an environmental Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and recently served on the Board of Directors of the James River Green Building Council where she also served as co-chair of the national award winning Programs Committee. Kristin volunteered as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Government Committee and Government Summit Working Group. She is also co-leader of DC EcoWomen’s EcoMoms group.
Kristin has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The College of William & Mary, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Program Manager, Institute for Building Efficiency; Johnson Controls
Katrina Managan is a Program Manager with the Institute for Building Efficiency at Johnson Controls where she researches and analyzes market strategies and policy options that can significantly improve the energy efficiency of the built environment. She contributes to the IBE’s mission on a global scale, while also focusing her efforts on the U.S. market and leading work in Latin America.
A member of the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls, Katrina also provides research and analysis for strategy, business development, and new product design efforts.
Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Katrina was a Fulbright Scholar at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. While there, she earned an MBA and authored a white paper on Financing Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits with the strategy consulting firm Climate Strategy and Partners. Before that, Katrina spent five years at the National Wildlife Federation as their Senior Global Warming Legislative Representative -NWF’s senior representative to Congress on cap & trade and energy legislation. Her work included analysis of U.S. climate policy design options as the lead NWF staff negotiator in the development of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership Blueprint for Legislative Action.
Katrina is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese having worked and studied in Spain, Chile and Brazil. In addition to her MBA from IE Business School, Katrina has a B.A. in Politics with honors, a B.A. in Biology and completed the Environmental Studies Program at Brandeis University.
Director of Sustainability; Urban Ltd
Ms. Wadhwa is the Director of Sustainability for Urban Ltd and is focused on helping organizations reduce their impact on the environment in a business framework. Her current roles include Director of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a national campaign to promote healthcare sustainability and serving as the Director of Sustainability for Inova Health System. She is responsible for the creation and adoption of sustainable management practices, and has worked to align environmental and engineering best practices with business requirements, including cultural and process change throughout the healthcare industry.
Her leadership in promoting healthcare sustainability initiatives includes guest speaking at industry venues, content submissions for national healthcare symposiums supporting broad based industry change.
Executive Director; United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park
Elizabeth C. Yeampierre, a Puerto Rican civil rights attorney of African born and raised in New York City is Executive Director of United Puerto Rican Org of Sunset Park (UPROSE), Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. Her vision for an inter-generational, multi-cultural and community led organization is the driving force behind UPROSE; she is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for sustainable and just development in New York City. She holds a BA in Political Science from Fordham University and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
Elizabeth is part of the NYC environmental justice leadership responsible for passing the state’s first legislation governing power plants and solid waste management. In Brooklyn, she facilitated an aggressive urban forestry initiative, helped double the amount of open space, and developed a project that resulted in the retro-fit and re-powering of 12 diesel trucks for a local business. Elizabeth created a community participatory model that resulted in a greenway design for the waterfront. Elizabeth secured a million dollars for emission reduction projects that have been distributed throughout the community. Three years ago, she initiated a climate adaption and community resilience effort to address local concerns for local waterfronts.
Currently, Elizabeth serves on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability and Long Term Planning Advisory Board, and served as a Commissioner on the historic NYS Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. Elizabeth is the first Latina to chair the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Last year, she successfully advocated for the inclusion of environmental justice in the NYS State Climate Action Plan. Elizabeth has been featured in Latina magazine, El Diario La Prensa, PBS, and several news outlets. She has a long list of awards and her work is highlighted in several books.
Farmer; Jug Bay Garden Market
Tanya Tolchin is a farmer at Jug Bay Garden Market, a small vegetable and flower farm that sells to families in the Washington, DC, area and around their farm in Prince George’s County Maryland. Prior to farming, Ms. Tolchin worked for the Sierra Club on projects to protect wild places. She and her husband are first-generation farmers who began farming ten years ago as an antidote to what they see as the deep and far reaching problems of conventional agriculture. Ms. Tolchin has published articles in various environmental, farming and Jewish-related publications and is a contributor to a new book Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement. Her adventures in farming, parenting and Jewish life are chronicled in her blog “On the Lettuce Edge.”
Founder; KOL Foods
Devora Kimelman-Block founded KOL Foods in 2008. KOL Foods provides 100% grass-fed kosher meat shipped door to door. KOL Foods’ products connect to tradition, the land, a sustainable future, and good health for friends and family. They know their farmers and tell the story of their animals. KOL Foods is committed to kashrut, transparency, the environment, animal welfare, health and offering the most delicious meat on the market. They have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, NPR’s Marketplace, and Gourmet Magazine. Read these articles on the KOL Foods website.
Founder; Love & Carrots
With a palpable passion for agriculture, and a smile that would make a tomato blush, Meredith Sheperd is not your average city dweller. Her rebellious nature and her heart led to the founding of Love & Carrots, building private gardens all over the Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. Though her career started at an environmental nonprofit, the earth is now Meredith’s desk. From Environmental Science major to local farm manager and now entrepreneur. Urban agriculture can expect feats of ingenuity and love from Meredith Sheperd.
“I’m someone who has to be close to the action. I need to see that what I’m doing is actually producing something,” she says “When I was a little kid and asked, ‘What are you going to be when you grow up?’ I said, ‘I’m going to save the rainforests.’ Urban agriculture falls in line with [that]. It does good things. It’s so basic. It’s healthy. It’s greening urban spaces. All my goals and all those good things are there.”
Director and Founder; Tranquil Space
Kimberly Wilson is an artist, author, and activist named among the top four yoga teachers in DC by Washingtonian. She is the creative director and founder of Tranquil Space, named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure. She holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies, penned Hip Tranquil Chick and Tranquilista, and co-founded Tranquil Space Foundation to assist women and girls with finding their inner voice through yoga, creativity, and leadership. Indulge in ongoing musings on the yoga lifestyle through her Tranquility du Jour blog and podcast located on her website.
Director; NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Jewett, is a NOAA scientist with diverse experience in ocean acidification and coastal research programs, and the first director of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program.
Jewett has led the nation‘s only two national hypoxia research funding programs at the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research in NOAA’s National Ocean Service. In this role, she has facilitated science relevant to the ecosystem management, especially in the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. For the past two years, she has represented NOAA on the ocean acidification interagency working group where she helped develop an ocean acidification strategic research plan for the nation. She also has many years of experience working in nongovernmental organizations.
Jewett earned a Ph.D in biology at the University of Maryland, a Master of Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. at Yale University. She is an adjunct professor of biology at George Washington University and has authored a number of publications and important interagency research assessments and plans, including the recently released Scientific Assessment of Hypoxia in U.S. Coastal Waters.
President and Founder; Environmental Film Fest
Flo Stone is President & Founder of the annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, which she started in 1993. Previously she worked on public programming for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for 15 years. There she initiated the Margaret Mead Film Festival and served as its Co-Chair from 1977-84. She directed West Side Day, an annual community festival at the Museum from 1970-1976. In 1986, Flo was Film Chair for the Smithsonian’s National Forum on Biodiversity and that same year she established the Earthwatch Film Awards for documentaries, presented annually at National Geographic through 2009.
Flo authored filmographies for the U.S. Festival of Indonesia (1990) and the Ocean Planet exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History (1995). Internationally, she has been on juries at the Green Festival in Korea, FICA in Brazil, Cinemambiente in Italy, and CineEco in Portugal and the SunChild International Environmental Festival in Armenia. She is a graduate of Vassar College and has a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard.
Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program, NOAA
Rowles is the Coordinator of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) for NOAA Fisheries Service. She holds both a D.V.M. and a Ph.D., and oversees an international network of emergency responders and scientific investigators who partner with NOAA to rescue and study the health of marine mammals worldwide.
Deputy Associate Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Policy
Bicky Corman was recently appointed to the position of Deputy General Counsel in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after serving for nearly two years as the Deputy Associate Administrator in EPA’s Office of Policy. Prior to returning to EPA here in Washington, Bicky served in EPA’s New York office, in the Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section, and in the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment, where she was the Department’s General Counsel. Bicky also staffed Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Hazardous Waste Subcommittee, on the U.S. Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee. Bicky graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and completed her undergraduate education at the Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University.
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Executive Director of Rachel’s Network
Thu Pham joined Rachel’s Network as the first staff member in 2001, serving as program director and chief operating officer before becoming co-director in 2011. She has a background in political and nonprofit development, having worked as finance director on Congressional campaigns, a political fundraising consultant, and associate director of development at the League of Conservation Voters. She is a board member of the Janelia Foundation and a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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