- Board of Directors
Stephen Burrington (email@example.com) is the Executive Director of Groundwork USA. He brings a lengthy record of accomplishment in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, along with a compelling vision for the organization and a deep commitment to our mission of changing places and changing lives. From 2007 until he assumed the Groundwork USA leadership role in 2014, he was a consultant to state and local leaders and diverse private sector organizations across the nation, planning and helping implement strategies in sustainable land use, transportation, and energy. His clients included the US EPA; governors’ offices, state cabinet officials and mayors; environmental, business, and community development organizations; national foundations; and developers of renewable energy and transit-oriented development projects.
Steve was formerly Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, where he led the formation of the nation’s sixth-largest and most diverse state parks, natural resources and infrastructure agency. He also served as undersecretary in the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development, where he created nationally recognized programs for advancing sustainable development in cities and town centers. Before entering state government, Steve was Vice President and General Counsel for the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization. He began his career as an attorney with the civil legal services program for low-income people in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and University of Michigan Law School.
“Groundwork USA combines the Trusts’ ability to effect change at the local level with the know-how and resources of a nationwide network,” says Steve. “That’s exactly what our times require—exactly what we need to reach the goal of “no community left behind.” I have watched Groundwork Trusts in action for more than a decade, and am amazed by their ability to grapple with complexity, overcome difficult circumstances and accomplish great things.”Close
Maria Brodine (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Groundwork USA’s Water Program Specialist. Based in New Orleans, she co-coordinates the Urban Waters Learning Network. Her work includes writing and editing Impact Stories and Network Blog posts, providing direct technical assistance, connecting urban waters practitioners, and advancing environmental justice programs and discussions.
Maria has over ten years of experience as a freelance editor, grant writer, and curriculum designer. She earned her B.A. in English and Anthropology from San Diego State University and her M.A. in Anthropology and Education at Columbia University, specializing in science and technology studies and applied environmental anthropology. After moving to New Orleans to study the history of water management practices, she worked at Groundwork New Orleans, where she led and supported program and staff development, designed and implemented an interdisciplinary research program, and wrote grants to expand organizational capacity.
Maria volunteers with the National Park Service, the Louisiana Master Naturalist Program, and the New Orleans Water Collaborative. She also pursues her passions in art, creative writing, and music. She is a choral singer and active in the New Orleans festival and art scene. She loves to travel, hike, and camp, and welcomes any opportunity to take on a new adventure. Close
Abbie Dusseldorp (email@example.com) joined Groundwork USA in February 2020. In her role, she works to grow GW USA’s presence nationally, support Network members, and build a community of champions committed to pursuing a future in which everyone’s neighborhood is green, healthy, and resilient.
Before joining Groundwork USA, Abbie was a development manager for Health Leads, a national non-profit that envisions a world where every person, in every community, has access to all the essentials they need to be healthy. Focused primarily on development communications, she oversaw the annual giving program, developed content for donor-facing publications, and supported efforts to build regional development operations on the west coast. Abbie began her career as a program associate with Beyond Conflict – working to leverage insights from neuroscience and social psychology to advance equity initiatives in Boston and Baltimore. Much of her career has focused at the intersection of people and places – helping to ensure that everyone has an equitable opportunity the live healthy, thriving lives.
Abbie holds a B.A. in International Relations from Northeastern University. Originally from upstate New York, she now lives in the Boston area with her soon to be husband and cat. An avid reader and traveler, she is always looking for her next adventure.Close
Curt Collier (firstname.lastname@example.org) directs Groundwork USA’s National Youth Programs. Working in collaboration with the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Collier has acted to create award-winning corps-styled programs in a number of our nation’s national parks and refuges, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Shenandoah National Park, and Gateway National Recreation Area, as well as along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Curt helps to boost the corps competency and youth development capacity of the Groundwork USA network, creates ongoing training opportunity for Youth Leaders, and engages in outreach to funders and supporters to further these efforts. He helps to design programs and workshops at the network level to address emerging issues in youth educational preparedness and career development, and oversees the annual National Youth Summit, gathering together 60+ youth and youth leaders with professionals in the NPS, USFWS, NFS, DOI, and BLM.
A leader for the Society for Ethical Culture, Curt has a BA in Philosophy, an MS in Communication Disorders, and certificates in counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health. Prior to leading the above activities he taught at Texas Tech University, Texas A&M Kingsville, and most recently at Hofstra University.Close
Jalisa Gilmore (email@example.com) joined Groundwork USA as the Manger of Equity and Resilience Programs in June 2021. In her role, she is responsible for supporting the implementation of equity-centered strategies for addressing legacies of injustice and creating green, healthy neighborhood environments in communities across the nation.
Before joining the Groundwork USA team, Jalisa worked for the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, a non-profit city-wide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. Her work primarily focused on understanding the impacts of climate change in frontline communities and uplifting community-led solutions, as well as leading and supporting community-based participatory research in NYC’s environmental justice communities. Jalisa holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from SUNY Albany and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University, specializing in the human health impacts of climate change.
Jalisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends trying new restaurants and exploring parks in NYC where she’s lived for the past seven years. She is also an avid reader and enjoys staying active, from taking dance classes to long runs.
Latanya Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined Groundwork USA in March 2017 as Business Manager. In this role, she is responsible for managing grants, preparing financial reports to federal agencies and foundations, and overseeing accounts payable, including grants to Groundwork affiliates and other non-profit organizations.
Latanya began her career as a bookkeeper before moving into staff accounting, and later, operations management. Prior to joining Groundwork USA, Latanya was Operations Manager for Fellowship of Reconciliation, Inc., in Nyack, NY, where she oversaw daily operations, including payroll, contracts management, vendor relations, and accounting, and helped to streamline business processes. Latanya received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, NY.
Latanya lives north of Manhattan with her son Richard and their dog Rocket. She enjoys working out and spending free time with friends and family, especially her two-year-old niece. Latanya also loves to explore new restaurants, eateries, and coffeehouses. She is currently in the process of applying to schools to pursue her MBA.Close
Cate Mingoya (email@example.com) is Director of Capacity Building for Groundwork USA, working both to strengthen the Groundwork network and to provide technical assistance and support to nationwide brownfield remediation projects.
Originally from Queens, New York, Cate began her career teaching middle school science to students in the Bronx and Brownsville, Brooklyn. She transitioned to the policy side of working with low-income communities as the Director of Policy and Program Development for the Massachusetts Division of Public Housing.
Cate holds a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Reed College, a Master of Science Education from the City University of New York, and a Master of City Planning from MIT. She lives with her husband, daughter, and cat in Somerville, MA, and loves coffee, bike riding, canoe trips, and travel.Close
As Groundwork USA’s Operations Director, Stacey Moran (firstname.lastname@example.org) is responsible for organizing and overseeing the organization’s daily financial and program operations. She also supports Groundwork USA’s equitable development technical assistance program and assists with network capacity building and resource development. Stacey joined Groundwork USA in January 2018 as a Program, Policy and Resource Manager.
Before joining the Groundwork USA team, Stacey worked for PowerCorps PHL, an AmeriCorps workforce development program designed to support the City of Philadelphia’s environmental stewardship initiatives, youth violence prevention, and workforce development priorities. Stacey oversaw the provision of social work and supportive services to young adults ages 18 to 26. Stacey’s career has focused on the intersection of social work, public health, and environmental justice.
Stacey holds a Master of Social Work from Boston University and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She lives in New Hampshire, where she is currently renovating a 1974 Airstream with her husband, and is an active yogi, creative cook, and adventurer.Close
John Valinch (email@example.com) joined Groundwork USA in 2021 as the Manager of Equity and Resilience Programs. In this role, John is advancing equity-centered strategies within the Climate Safe Neighborhoods Partnership, Equitable Development and Environmental Justice Technical Assistance program, and Urban Waters Program. John will also be working to advance the network capacity building practice of Groundwork USA.
John’s journey in the environmental justice movement began at the age of 15 when he joined GreenRoots to stop a diesel power plant from being built in his hometown of Chelsea, Massachusetts. He is guided by a principled commitment to justice, equity, and building people-power through intersectional community organizing and public policy.
Before joining Groundwork USA, John worked as an Analyst for UNITE HERE, an international union representing over 270,000 hotel, gaming, airport, and food service employees. Here, John conducted private equity research to support organizing campaigns. He also played a pivotal role in the creation and management of Hospitality Employees Advancement and Training (HEAT), Inc., a joint labor-management culinary training academy in Miami, Florida, which provides hospitality workers the training and skills needed to earn sustainable living wages, benefits, and jobs with dignity in South Florida.
John has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. John previously graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014, where he received a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Public Policy. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with loved ones, outdoor explorations, and building up the power of communities to secure a healthy, equitable, and affirming future for all.Close
Heather McMann is the Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) and serves as the president of the Groundwork USA Board of Directors. Heather began consulting with GWL in December 2005, joined the staff as Operations Director in 2006, and became Executive Director in 2009. With over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector building community and individual assets, she holds a breadth of knowledge in nonprofit management, with a focus on preparing organizations for growth.
Prior to joining GWL, much of her experience was with youth organizations focused on creating our communities’ next generation of social justice leaders. Heather received her MBA from The Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University and her BA from Smith College. Beyond her roles with the Groundwork network, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, is an Essex National Heritage Area commissioner, a Haverhill Brownfields Steering Commission member, and a volunteer with EforAll and the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. In 2010 Heather was honored to be one of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence Tribute to Women Awardees and to be included in the Irish Echo’s Top 40 Under 40.Close
Deneine Powell is the Executive Director of Groundwork Milwaukee and serves as the vice president of the Groundwork USA Board of Directors. At Groundwork Milwaukee, she leads daily operations and provides strategic direction by collaborating with staff on program strategy, cultivating relationships with key allies, and working with the Board, donors, and foundations. Under her leadership, Groundwork Milwaukee has launched several successful initiatives to promote green infrastructure workforce development programming and to expand the base of volunteers actively engaged in the stewardship of local green spaces.
Deneine has over 15 years of consulting and nonprofit leadership experience, most recently as principal consultant of Lilly & Hampton, a small business and resource development consulting firm. Before founding Lilly & Hampton, she worked for several nonprofit groups, including UW Parkside’s Small Business Development Center, Milwaukee Community Service Corps, and the Center for Self-Sufficiency. In addition, Deneine has experience mobilizing grassroots advocates, formulating public policy, partnering with public agencies, and developing programs. Deneine received her bachelor’s degree in cultural studies and comparative literature from the University of Minnesota, and her master’s in organizational leadership from Marian University. She lives with her husband and two children in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.Close
Donald Pomeroy currently serves as the treasurer of the Groundwork USA Board, having first been elected in 2013.
Donald has 30 years of project-technical and overall business financial-managerial experience in the science-engineering consulting industry. As a technical practitioner, he is a Certified Professional Geologist and licensed waste site clean-up professional in MA (CPG), with more than experience in directing remediation design, construction, and operations-maintenance programs throughout the Eastern and Gulf Coast states.
His operational and business leadership positions have included serving as Director and Treasurer/Chief Operating Officer of Geologic Services Corporation (GSC), a professional environmental consulting firm in Massachusetts that was acquired by Kleinfelder in 2005. Through 2015, Donald served with Kleinfelder, where he was an elected Board member; Senior Vice President; and held leadership and management positions, including for Kleinfelder’s Eastern Division and Texas-Gulf Coast Region. Donald holds a B.A. in Geology from Dartmouth College.Close
Stacey Triplett, secretary of the Groundwork USA Board of Directors, is a dedicated instructor. Whether leading African American and Latino households to greater financial capabilities in future homebuyer workshops or developing college students at Portland Community College where she teaches state and local government, Stacey uses a learner-centered, equity lens to evaluate her actions. No stranger to mentoring, she seeks to elevate learning in all environments and values peer-based, culturally specific, bilingual approaches to personal and professional development.
Stacey’s public service background includes regional as well as local roles. She has focused on urban habitats, workplace health and safety, public transportation, public water and sewer system improvements, and inventive recycling technologies. Each area supports Stacey’s holistic view of what’s required for effective community development and asset-building.
Most recently, Stacey served as Metro’s Senior Managing Analyst in the Sustainability Center. She has more than ten years experience with the regional government of the greater Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Her past work at Metro includes creation of an interdisciplinary team for urban habitat protection as well as start-up of organization-wide strategic initiatives. She led Intertwine Alliance efforts in the conservation education community, providing service to educational program providers who shared a focus on environmental literacy of residents.
Stacey is a member of the Urban Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. She is active in local democracy reform efforts as well, most recently supporting Honest Elections Seattle as an exciting reform in the funding of candidates for local government elected positions.Close
Rob Baron joined the Groundwork USA board in 2006, and has served on the Board of Directors of Groundwork Hudson Valley (formerly Groundwork Yonkers) since 2005. With degrees from Columbia University and Hamilton College, Rob has held positions at organizations working in higher education finance, job training, social services, and housing. He spends much of his volunteer time supporting mass transit and active transportation in the New York region, and recently served as co-lead on a local solar energy program.Close
Hillary Brown, FAIA, is Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York (CCNY). She currently directs CCNY’s interdisciplinary master’s program, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, developed with the Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA), the Grove School of Engineering and the College’s Science Division. She teaches ecological thinking within SSA’s architectural design studios as well as classes in urban ecology and sustainable infrastructure. Hillary serves on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) under the National Academies’ National Research Council and is a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute.
Hillary’s two books, Next Generation Infrastructure (Island Press 2014) and Infrastructural Ecologies, (MIT Press 2017) describe alternative, integrated approaches to infrastructure planning that demonstrate the crosscutting benefits of multipurpose, low-carbon, resilient urban services, better aligned with natural and social systems.
As a former Assistant Commissioner, in 1997 Hillary founded New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design, developing its High Performance Building and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines. Since 2001, her consulting practice, New Civic Works, has engaged public and institutional clients in greening their capital programs.
Hillary joined the Groundwork USA Board of Directors in September 2017.
Veronica Eady is Bay Area Air Quality Management District, where she oversees the environmental justice activities of the Board and develops progressive public policy at the intersection of climate change and environmental justice. She re-joined the Groundwork USA Board of Directors in September 2016, having served previously from 2006-2008.
From 2013-2017, Veronica was Vice President and Massachusetts Director of Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), New England’s premier environmental advocacy organization, where she advocated for environmental justice, food justice, and transit equity.
Prior to CLF, Veronica worked as a consultant in Berlin, Germany, specializing in environmental justice and human rights. She previously served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a nonprofit civil rights law firm; Director of the Environmental Justice and Brownfields Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where she was the principal author of Massachusetts’ Environmental Justice Policy; and Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, an environmental justice advocacy organization based in Roxbury, Mass.
Veronica has held appointments on several faculties, including Europe-Viadriana University in Germany; Tufts University, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Fordham Law School; and Stanford Law School. She is also the former chair of EPA’s federal advisory committee for environmental justice, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.Close
Mickey Fearn served on the Groundwork USA Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018 and as its President from 2015 to 2018 A parks, recreation, and conservation professional for over 45 years, he is currently Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and was formerly the Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance at the National Park Service (NPS), where he worked to increase the participation of currently under-represented groups in our parks.
Prior to joining NPS, Mickey was at Seattle Parks and Recreation, developing and implementing programs to connect urban youth to the natural world while promoting personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles. He also managed Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and led a range of successful community renewal programs as director of the Seattle’s Innovation Project and executive director of the Neighborhood Leadership Program.
At NCSU, in addition to teaching classes, Mickey works with the College of Natural Resources’ (CNR’s) Community for Diversity in Natural Resources to address its challenges regarding diversity and inclusion and engaging in cross-campus diversity activities. He is also working with local government and non-profits to engage communities of color in ecology and environmental activities, and connecting federal agencies to the important research and work that CNR is doing.Close
A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Jessica Horton is a Groundwork Lawrence Green Team alumna from 2009-2012.
Jessica also worked for Groundwork Lawrence as an Urban Adventures Summer Camp Counselor and as a Forest Foundation Fellow intern. Throughout her time at Groundwork Lawrence, she was exposed to a range of experiences and complex issues prevalent in the community, which later became the catalyst for her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Jessica is an Associate Director of Development at Youth INC NYC, an organization that builds the capacity of 80 grassroots and small nonprofit organizations focused on youth development in New York City. Jessica holds a BA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as a MS in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Project Management from Northeastern University in Boston. Her areas of academic and social interest include analyzing social determinants of health in lower income and culturally diverse communities, as well as furthering her skill set in the nonprofit sector through project management, organizational development, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building initiatives.
Jessica currently resides in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of New York City and loves trying new restaurants and enjoying public green spaces in the city.
Todd Reynolds is the Executive Director of Groundwork New Orleans. He has over 30 years extensive experience in education, youth development & advocacy, project management, and design build construction. Todd has spent the majority of his career advocating for young people. He has a rock solid commitment to educating and empowering youth from under-served communities throughout the country.
Todd has worked within the New Orleans community for the past 13 years. As Principal of the NET Charter High School, he played a major role in the expansion of the School’s Network by helping guide the organization’s development and implementation of three (3) satellite schools specifically designed to work with At-Risk and Out of School Youth in multiple locations of New Orleans.
As the Executive Director of Groundwork New Orleans, through a mixture of Community Based, Foundation, and Public-Private relationships he has greatly expanded the trusts operating budget, programs, capacity, and public presence.
Todd holds a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development from the University of Southern New Hampshire and is certified in National Green Infrastructure (NGCIP) as well as Quality Control for Government Contractors through the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He is currently studying for the Louisiana State Horticulture license to further enhance Groundwork New Orleans Capacity.Close
Amy Stitely joined the Groundwork USA Board in 2020, inspired by the organization’s commitment to place-based transformation, environmental justice, youth development, and network capacity building. Amy is the Chief of Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development where she has broad responsibility for policy and programs that expand and preserve affordable housing across the state. Prior to becoming a public servant in 2012, Amy worked as a planning consultant specializing in disaster recovery, community energy efficiency, and green economic development. Amy holds a Masters in City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland.Close