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Heather McMann
Chief Executive officer
Heather McMann
Chief Executive officer

Heather (she/her) joined the GWUSA Network in 2005 when she began working with GW Lawrence, becoming Executive Director in 2009. She has spent over 25 years in the nonprofit sector building community and individual assets and she holds a breadth of experience 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 GWUSA, she serves as a board member of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and teaches financial management for Heller’s MBA program.

Heather is honored to have received a MassINC 2022 Gateway Cities Innovation Award and Lawrence CommunityWorks 2021 Collective Action Award. To highlight the Merrimack River’s social, economic, health, and recreational assets Heather was part of the #MRVVoyagers that kayaked the 117 mile long Merrimack River over 4 days in 2019.

She has spent most of her life living along the Merrimack River, where she lives now in Haverhill with her husband, Kevin, and dog, Bones.

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Xavier Atizol
Director of Operations
Xavier Atizol
Director of Operations

Xavier Atizol (he/him) (xavier@groundworkusa.org) is the Director of Operations at Groundwork USA. He joined Groundwork with over a decade of finance and operations experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. In his role, Xavier oversees our operational systems, supports the growth of our team through hiring and onboarding support, and provides capacity-building support to the Trusts.

In this role, he hopes to leverage his history of strengthening processes and building efficiencies to ensure Groundwork’s continued growth and sustainability. In his previous roles, Xavier has served at a national advocacy organization, a non-profit start-up accelerator, and most recently an international marketing firm, expanding his skillset with focuses on stabilizing finances, increasing efficiency, and promoting responsible growth. He’s thrilled to return to mission-based work and join the Groundwork team to work towards achieving climate equity and justice.

An East coast native, Xavier now finds himself in Seattle, Washington with his wife, newborn son, and dog, Marvel. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, playing increasingly complicated board games, and challenging himself in the kitchen.

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Maria Brodine
Director of Network Support and Learning
Maria Brodine
Director of Network Support and Learning

Maria Brodine (she/her) (maria@groundworkusa.org) is Groundwork USA’s Director of Network Support and Learning. Based in New Orleans, she oversees capacity-building work with the Trusts and coordinates opportunities for learning and collaboration across the network. In addition to this work, she co-coordinates the Urban Waters Learning Network and supports capacity-building efforts for Groundwork Trusts. 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. ​

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THERESA CHONG
Business Manager
THERESA CHONG
Business Manager

Theresa Chong (she/her) (theresa@groundworkusa.org) is the Business Manager at Groundwork USA. In this role, she supports the Operations and Finance teams by maintaining successful business practices, ensuring the efficiency of operations, and implementing strategies to support growth within the organization.

She brings over a decade of accounting management experience from multiple industries, from a tech startup to a national beverage brand. In her career, her primary focus has been directing accounting operations, guiding financial controls, and bookkeeping for exciting and dynamic companies. Inspired by the mission of Groundwork USA, she has discovered a new meaningful purpose by joining agents of social and climate justice.

A native Texan, she has recently been exploring the national parks in her state and loves to hike. She is a sci-fi enthusiast, enjoys hosting barbecues, and would like to pet your dog.

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aBBIE dUSSELDORP
Chief dEVELOPMENT AND cOMMUNICATIONS Officer
aBBIE dUSSELDORP
Chief dEVELOPMENT AND cOMMUNICATIONS Officer

Abbie Dusseldorp (she/her)(abbie@groundworkusa.org) 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.

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Genea foster
Director of Climate Resilience and Land Use
Genea foster
Director of Climate Resilience and Land Use

Genea Foster (they/them) is Groundwork USA’s Director of Climate Resilience and Land Use. In this role, Genea is responsible for  leading the Climate Safe Neighborhoods program and building the capacity of Groundwork Trusts to envision and implement local climate resilience projects that build community power to drive systemic change.

Genea was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and their Afro-Caribbean ancestry has shaped their deep commitment to environmental and social justice. Genea is an urban planner and organizer who has worked with youth, communities of color, and municipalities towards climate resilience, health equity, and food sovereignty through planning, organizing, and popular education. In their last role at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Genea managed technical assistance and professional development programs for community organizers, graphic designers, and government teams to develop collaborative community-engaged design projects that advance equity and civic engagement in marginalized communities.
Genea holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Biology from Wellesley College and a Master’s in City Planning from MIT. Outside of work, Genea enjoys cooking and sharing meals in community, being surrounded by trees and bodies of water, doing farmy things, and making art.
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James Foster
Senior Manager of Youth programs
James Foster
Senior Manager of Youth programs

James Foster (he/him) (james@groundworkusa.org) joined Groundwork USA as the Senior Manager of Youth Programs in 2022. In this role, he leads Groundwork USA’s national youth programming efforts with federal partners, including the National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife, and NASA. He also helps to strengthen the youth programming model across the Groundwork Network.

James comes to the Groundwork USA team after previously serving as the Youth Programs Assistant at the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service through a partnership with The Corps Network. In this role, James served as a regional liaison to the 26 conservation corps partners in the region and worked to improve institutional knowledge sharing practices and increase the connection between partners. Before joining the National Park Service, James was the AmeriCorps Director for the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast in northwest Florida, where he helped expand efforts to connect local youth to opportunities in land and resource conservation careers through the delivery of hands-on experiential learning classes and workforce development support. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, where he served as a secondary education math teacher and co-founded an adult basic education program to address widespread learning gaps.

James holds a dual bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Sociology and has also completed graduate-level classes at Hyderabad Central University in India.

James currently lives in the mountains outside of Denver, CO, with his one-eyed dog Otis. He loves all the adventures that can be found right outside his door – rock climbing, hiking, camping, and so much more. He’s on a mission to visit the highest point of each US state and has checked 15 off the list!

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Jalisa Gilmore
Senior Manager of Environmental justice programs
Jalisa Gilmore
Senior Manager of Environmental justice programs

Jalisa Gilmore (she/her) (jalisa@groundworkusa.org) is Groundwork USA’s Senior Manager of Environmental Justice Programs. 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.

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Jeremy hoffman, PH.D
Director of Climate Justice and Impact
Jeremy hoffman, PH.D
Director of Climate Justice and Impact

Jeremy Hoffman Ph.D. (he/him) is the new Director of Climate Justice and Impact at Groundwork USA, establishing science-based metrics for project outcomes across climate and workforce development programs.

Before joining Groundwork USA, Dr. Hoffman was the David and Jane Cohn Chief Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, where he led award-winning community science, youth, and adult climate resilience programs focused on extreme heat and air quality, including collaborating with Groundwork RVA on several projects. Jeremy also serves as the Chapter Lead for the Southeast Chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, giving him a unique balance of community-focused, educational, and academic experiences that he will bring to Groundwork USA.

Dr. Hoffman received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2016.

When he’s not doing climate-related work, Jeremy is riding one of his bicycles in the James River Park System in Richmond, VA. One of his proudest accomplishments was being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2021, a highly-regarded honor for an early-career climate scientist.

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Lawrence Hoffman
Senior Manager of GIS and Data Services
Lawrence Hoffman
Senior Manager of GIS and Data Services

Lawrence Hoffman (he/him) joined Groundwork USA as the Senior Manager of GIS and Data Services. His role is to bring the power of maps and geospatial insight to Groundwork’s many environmental justice, climate resilience, and equitable brownfield redevelopment initiatives. He will collaborate with the broader Groundwork Network to create data-driven tools that inform and communicate local initiatives while building the capacity of colleagues to communicate data that supports their work.

Lawrence comes to Groundwork USA after five years at Groundwork Milwaukee, where he implemented and maintained internal data systems, oversaw the organization’s website and other communications, and provided general IT support to staff. His transition to Groundwork USA comes as a progression of four years of GIS support provided to Groundwork USA’s Climate Safe Neighborhoods Initiative while working for Groundwork Milwaukee. Through Climate Safe Neighborhoods, Lawrence has had the opportunity to bring geographic insight and storytelling to 13 Groundwork Trusts and is excited to expand on that work in this role. Prior to working for Groundwork, Lawrence spent time as a youth educator and bicycle advocate in Milwaukee.

Lawrence has a Graduate Certificate in GIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MA in Geography from the University of Arizona, and a BA in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently stationed in Iowa City with his partner and two kids. He daydreams about self-supported bicycle touring and synthwave.

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CATE MINGOYA – Lafortune
chief Officer of Climate Resilience and Land Use
CATE MINGOYA – Lafortune
chief Officer of Climate Resilience and Land Use

Cate Mingoya- LaFortune (she/her)(cate@groundworkusa.org) is the Chief Officer of Climate Resilience and Land Use for Groundwork USA. In this role, she leads Groundwork USA’s climate resilience initiatives and provides 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.

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STACEY MORAn
Chief Operations Officer
STACEY MORAn
Chief Operations Officer

As Groundwork USA’s COO, Stacey Moran (she/her)(stacey@groundworkusa.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.

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Rebecca Novick
impact and Engagement Associate
Rebecca Novick
impact and Engagement Associate

Rebecca Novick (she/her) (rebecca@groundworkusa.org) joined Groundwork USA in 2022 as the Impact and Engagement Associate. In this role, she is responsible for communicating the Groundwork network’s impact across the country through data collection and storytelling. She also supports development prospect research and management, grant writing, communications work, and operations systems implementation.

Rebecca has worked with a wide range of environmental and climate-focused organizations before joining the team at Groundwork USA. Most recently, she was supporting a climate tech communications agency, where she helped climate-centered companies strategically engage the media through storytelling. She has also worked in her County government’s Energy Conservation and Sustainability department, served as an environmental educator at Queens County Farm Museum, and contributed to small renewable energy startups. Rebecca understands how to wear many different hats professionally and loves being part of a small, nimble team.

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Amherst College, where she was very involved in the work of the Office of Environmental Sustainability. She is a dedicated climate activist, serving as co-leader of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby National Youth Action Team and a member of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement. Rebecca lives in New York, and in her free time, she enjoys being outside, baking, running, and spending time with friends.

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Roxanne Ramirez
development and communications manager
Roxanne Ramirez
development and communications manager

Roxanne Ramírez (she/her) (roxanne@groundworkusa.org) joined Groundwork USA as the Development and Communications Manager. Through engagement, storytelling, and online strategy, Roxanne works to design digital communications, foster community engagement and enhance movement-building systems to improve Groundwork USA’s brand awareness, foster the growth of an online community, and develop meaningful and supportive relationships with Groundwork Trusts.

Before joining Groundwork USA, she worked at GivingTuesday and the World Fair Trade Organization among other nonprofit organizations. She brings experience in youth engagement, digital communications, social media strategy, and campaign and community organizing.

Roxanne holds a B.S in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University and an M.A in Environmental Justice, Degrowth, and Political Ecology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

She is originally from South Texas but lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband and two Vietnamese cats. She loves kickboxing, playing board games, reading, urban hiking, and photography.

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Bruce Strouble Ph.D
Senior Manager for Equitable Climate Resilience Projects
Bruce Strouble Ph.D
Senior Manager for Equitable Climate Resilience Projects

Bruce Strouble Ph.D (he/him) is Groundwork USA’s Senior Manager of Equitable Climate Resilience Programs, Dr. Strouble will work to strengthen the Groundwork network by guiding the implementation of Groundwork USA’s Climate Preparedness Land Restoration Grant Program, a three-year program to advance equitable climate resilience and land restoration projects, along with similar projects and initiatives.

Strouble is originally from Pasadena, California, but is a longtime resident of Tallahassee, Florida. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and a doctorate from Walden University. His work focuses on pursuing sustainability and environmental justice by enhancing social capital in African American communities. He is a father of 4 and a self-described “environmental justice advocate” committed to ensuring that all communities are united and prepared to adapt and respond to the challenges of climate change.

Strouble is a 2018 recipient of the ReThink Energy Florida “Energy Innovator” award and a member of several community-based organizations. He is a founding member of Citizens for a Sustainable Future, a Fellow at the Institute for the Polarities of Democracy, a Senior Fellow of the National Environmental Leadership Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Capital City Chamber of Commerce, Rethink Energy Florida and the Moving Forward Network and was formerly the vice-chair of the Leon County Affordable Housing Council. Strouble has served as the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the City of Tallahassee and the Sustainability Coordinator at Florida A&M University. 

When he is not playing with his Adult Kickball League or tending his garden, Dr. Strouble serves as an Adjunct Professor, instructing courses in Political Science, Public Policy, and African American History. His belief that thriving democracy and community participation are key to developing sustainable communities has been a guiding premise in all his work. (bruce@groundworkusa.org)

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JOhn Valinch
Senior Manager of Climate Resilience and Land Use
JOhn Valinch
Senior Manager of Climate Resilience and Land Use

John Valinch (he/him) (john@groundworkusa.org) is Groundwork USA’s Senior Manager of Climate Resilience and Land Use. 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.

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Sarah Calderon
PResident
Sarah Calderon
PResident

Sarah Calderon is the Workforce Director at Groundwork Richmond, California, and previously held the position of Executive Director at Groundwork Richmond for seven years. She retired from Groundwork Richmond in 2018 and joined the board of directors, serving until March 2022. Sarah has returned to Groundwork Richmond in a limited engagement to launch the new pilot Workforce Development program.

An advocate for youth and communities of color for over 35 years, she has also worked with organizations throughout the SF Bay Area in nonprofit leadership, organizational development, and fund development. Sarah was executive director of the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Service and at Childhood Matters.

Sarah is a skilled mediator and facilitator, certified at Sonoma State University, in conflict resolution. She has served on the boards of the National Association for Community Mediation, and the Center for California Homeowner Association Law.

Sarah loves the outdoors, travel, food, and spending time with her family and her big puppy, Bravo.

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Todd Reynolds
vice president
Todd Reynolds
vice president

Todd Reynolds is the Executive Director of Groundwork New Orleans. He has over 30 years of 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 Trust’s 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.

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Donald Pomeroy
TREASURER
Donald Pomeroy
TREASURER

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.

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STACEY TRIPLETT
Secretary
STACEY TRIPLETT
Secretary

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.

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Robert Baron
AT-LARGE MEMBER
Robert Baron
AT-LARGE MEMBER

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.

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HILLARY BROWN
AT-LARGE MEMBER
HILLARY BROWN
AT-LARGE MEMBER

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.

 

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cindy chang
AT-LARGE MEMBER
cindy chang
AT-LARGE MEMBER

Cindy Chang, Executive Director of Groundwork Denver, joined the Groundwork USA board in 2023. She has been serving Groundwork Denver in various roles since 2010, including as a volunteer, Board, and staff member.

Cindy has a background in nonprofit management and philanthropy, and has a deep passion for the environment. She earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Masters in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She also has a B.A. from Tufts University.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, walking, and her two cats.

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MICKEY FEARN
Emeritus Member
MICKEY FEARN
Emeritus Member

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.

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JESSICA HORTON
AT-LARGE MEMBER
JESSICA HORTON
AT-LARGE MEMBER

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.

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DENEINE POWELL
 emerita Member
DENEINE POWELL
 emerita Member

Deneine Powell

Deneine Powell is the Director of the Path to Positive Communities Program, working with mayors and other leaders to promote local community engagement efforts based on positive, values-oriented communications and the vice president of the Groundwork USA Board of Directors.

Deneine brings a wealth of experience in entrepreneurial and strategic leadership, fund and resource development, and nonprofit administration. She most recently served as CEO and President of Milwaukee’s African American Leadership Alliance and as the Executive Director for Groundwork Milwaukee, a nonprofit focused on promoting environmental, economic, and social well-being. With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Deneine has built expertise in leadership development, community outreach, food security, brownfield redevelopment, environment, and public health.

Beyond her day job, Deneine is a thought leader in nonprofit leadership, climate advocacy, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). She serves as a member of the US Water Alliance Water Equity Team, and a Board Member of Milwaukee Water Commons.

Deneine received her MS in Organizational Leadership from Marian University and her BA from the University of Minnesota. And when she’s not working, you can find her in her garden in Menomonee Falls, WI with her husband, son, and daughter, and their dog Harper and cat Henry.

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AMY sTITELY
AT-LARGE MEMBER
AMY sTITELY
AT-LARGE MEMBER

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.

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RIVERS, TRAILS, AND CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE

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THE JPB FOUNDATION

THE JPB FOUNDATION

THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

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NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

PARKS FOR ALL

PARKS FOR ALL

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NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION