Task Force Membership

The Carbon Neutrality Task Force is comprised of George Mason University staff, faculty, students, and alumni, along with industry experts from Dumont Janks and Arup.

Task Force Leadership

The Task Force is co-chaired by Greg Farley, director of university sustainability, and Dr. Dann Sklarew, professor, Environmental Science and Policy.

Greg Farley, Director of University Sustainability

Greg Farley

Greg Farley is George Mason University’s director of University Sustainability. Farley held similar positions at Washington College (Chestertown, MD) and at Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD), where he was also an award-winning instructor, Stuart M. Bounds Endowed Teaching Chair, and director of the Chesapeake College Center for Leadership in Environmental Education.

Farley’s career in sustainability began as a visiting scholar at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), part of the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, where he also co-edited a book, “Thinking Like an Island: navigating a sustainable future in Hawai’i,” with SLIM Director Jennifer Chirico.

A biologist by training, Farley holds a Bachelor of Science from Duke University and a Master of Science from Florida State University.

Dr. Dann Sklarew, Professor, Environmental Science and Policy

Dr. Dann Sklarew

Dr. Dann Sklarew (PhD, Environmental Biology and Public Policy, George Mason University, 2000) is a professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department. He designed and delivers the undergraduate capstone “Sustainability in Action” (#evpp480) course around an action research core, enhanced by more than 10,000 hours of service learning since 2011.

Dr. Sklarew’s research focuses on learning to advance ecological stewardship, sustainability science, and sustainable development across Mason’s campuses as well as at enterprise, municipal, regional, national, and international scales. He has served as a principal investigator (PI) for more than $900,000 in externally sponsored contracts and grants, a co-PI for two inter-collegiate grants totaling $52,000, and a lead for more than $50,000 of Mason-supported projects.

Dr. Sklarew’s pedagogical leadership, curricular innovation, and service have been recognized with numerous awards, including multiple Social Action and Integrated Learning (SAIL) Seeds of Change awards for various projects, University Services’ Career Connection Faculty of the Year Award (2017), and the Jack Wood Award for Town-Gown Relations (2017), among others. His research has been published in journals such as EcoHealth, CUR Quarterly, Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology, among others.

Dr. Sklarew holds also holds a Master of Arts in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in the biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.

Task Force Membership

The general membership of the Task Force is comprised of George Mason University faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are supported by industry experts with Dumont Janks and Arup.

Moe Ahmed, Operations Manager, Center for Climate Change Communication (4C)

Moe Ahmed

Mohamed “Moe” Ahmed is currently the operations manager at the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) as well as a part-time PhD student in the Geography and GeoInformation Science department at George Mason University.

Ahmed was initially an undergraduate research assistant at 4C, but he has since expanded his duties and taken on several roles, including research administration, project management, budget management and fiscal reporting, human resource liaising, as well as events and outreach coordination. Outside of work and school, he enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, sports, and has a deep passion for civic engagement, social justice, and human rights.

Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental and sustainability studies, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science and policy, both from George Mason University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Dr. Alex Brodsky, Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Alex Brodsky

Alex Brodsky (PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is a professor in George Mason University’s Computer Science department.

Dr. Brodsky’s research interests include Decision Support, Guidance and Optimization (DSGO) systems and DSGO applications, including energy, power, manufacturing, sustainability, and supply chain.

Dr. Brodksy has published more than 120 refereed papers and received six Best Paper awards. He has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, an NSF Research Initiation award, and funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Dominion Energy.

Dr. Brodsky has shared his expertise at numerous conferences where he has served as a co-chair or keynote speaker. He co-chaired the 21st International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) in 2019, delivered the keynote speech at ICEIS in 2017, served as the general chair of the IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) in 2017, among many other roles.

Dr. Brodsky also holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Natalie Burls, Associate Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences

Dr. Natalie Burls

Natalie Burls (PhD, the University of Cape Town, 2010) is an associate professor in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences department and also serves as the Director of the Climate Dynamics program.

Dr. Burls’ research focuses on improving our understanding of the key processes determining Earth’s climate and climate variability on a variety of timescales ranging from seasonal to decadal, to much longer geological scales. In particular, she is interested in the climatic role of ocean general circulation, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and cloud dynamics.

Dr. Burls’ research efforts emphasize that a fully coupled ocean-atmosphere perspective is necessary to fully understand, model, and predict changes in climate characteristics that have a large impact on society. She complements observations with theory to accompany complex simulations of climate phenomena with simple models that capture the essential dynamics required to explain unanswered questions within climate science.

Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Burls worked as a postdoctoral associate in the department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. She has earned numerous awards, including a National Science Foundation Career Award (2019), a Teacher of Distinction Award from Mason’s Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning (2019), and a Dean’s Early Career Excellence Award (2018), among others.

Tad Drerenberger, Senior Director, Facilities Management

Tad Drerenberger

Tad Drerenberger is the senior director of Facilities Management with George Mason University Facilities. Prior to this role, he served as the superintendent MP, CSC, AP, and purchasing for Operations. He also has two years of experience at Mason as a project manager.

Prior to joining Mason, Tad worked as a Project Manager for Repass Construction Management and was also the CEO and Owner of Trisons Electrical Contractors Inc.

Full biography coming soon!

Amelia Fuller, President, Student Environmental Justice Alliance

Amelia Fuller

Amelia Fuller is a current George Mason University undergraduate student and the president of the Student Environmental Justice Alliance.

Full biography coming soon!

Dr. Celso Ferreira, Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Dr. Celso Ferreira

Celso Ferreira (PhD, Texas A&M University) is an associate professor in George Mason University’s Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering department. He is also a faculty fellow with the Institue for a Sustainable Earth and an affiliate with the Business for a Better World Center.

Dr. Ferreira’s research investigates and develops solutions that increase society’s resilience to flood-related natural hazards. His work focuses on flood hazards from coastal, riverine, and urban environments, and includes real-time flood forecasting, monitoring of storm surges, and supporting the incorporation of natural systems into coastal flood defenses. Research conducted by Dr. Ferreira is helping natural areas provide scientific and technical evidence for the adoption of green infrastructure as a resilient form of coastal defense.

Currently, Dr. Ferreira is working on a variety of projects. One, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program, quantifies the benefits of natural and nature-based features in Maryland, Chesapeake, and Atlantic Coastal bays to inform conservation and management under future sea-level rise scenarios. Another project, with the United States Coastal, provides field-based evidence and information to support coastal communities to safely and cost-effectively rely on natural and nature-based features for local-level resilience against flooding.

Dr. Ferreira’s work has been published in Environmental Modeling and Software, PLOS ONE, and the Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans.

Jennifer Gantt, Operations Manager, Arlington Campus

Jennifer Gantt

Jennifer Gantt is the operations manager for George Mason University’s Arlington Campus and has made a tremendous impact in more than 20 years of service at the university.

She oversees operations for the entirety of the Arlington Campus, which includes ensuring that the campus and all of its facilities are running smoothly. She engages with all academic units, vendors, and sometimes even helps with large-scale events. Before her role as the operations manager, Gantt worked as an executive assistant to the dean of Mason’s Law Library and then advanced to work as the office administrator at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Prior to joining Mason, Gantt worked at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. She is also a member of Mason’s Staff Senate, where she represents classified and non-student wage employees across all of Mason’s campuses.

Suzanne Grand Pré, Manager, Dewberry Charitable Fund

Suzanne Grand Pré

Suzanne Grand Pré is currently the manager of the Dewberry Charitable Fund, a group that contributes to Mason’s student development by issuing gifts to the university. She is also a Mason alumane and lead author of the 2020 and 2021 student drafts of George Mason University’s Climate Action Plan.

Grand Pré’s work has been instrumental in stewarding major gifts to the Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering and the Dewberry Family School of Music. She has also been a junior member of the Board of Directors for Dewberry Engineers, Inc. since 2017.

As a former, professional dancer and harpist, she has over twenty years of experience performing for community-wide events, especially for disadvantaged youth and older folks, which inspired her passion for philanthropy. She also led weekly ‘Story Time’ events for two years, teaching children of the community to read, while encouraging their creativity through arts and crafts activities.

Grand Pré holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, a paralegal certificate, and a positive leadership certificate, all earned from George Mason University. She is currently studying environmental science and civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering.

Colby Grant, Campus Operations Coordinator, Science and Technology Campus

Colby Grant

Colby Grant is the campus operations coordinator for George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus. He coordinates and manages all daily operations of the SciTech Campus along with all of the locations that the SciTech Campus supports.

Colby is actively engaged in strategic plan development, small and large project management, and the coordination of necessary support services for students, faculty, staff, and members of the Manassas and Prince William County communities.

Prior to his current role, Grant served as the operations manager for the Aquatic and Fitness Center and the Skyline Fitness Center. Preceding this role, he served as the coordinator of intramural sports with Mason Recreation and also worked as the coordinator of outdoor venues.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in sport management from George Mason University. He is also a member of Mason’s Staff Senate, where he represents classified and non-student wage employees across all of Mason’s campuses.

Amanda Harrison, Operations Manager, Mason in Loudon

Amanda Harrison

Amanda Harrison is a long-time Mason employee, serving the university for 24 years!

Presently, Amanda is the operations manager for Mason in Loudon. She oversees comprehensive operations for the Mason in Loudon instructional site located in Sterling, Virginia.

Amanda ensures efficient operation of the Mason in Loudon site, connecting students and businesses in one of the fastest-growing areas to George Mason University.

Full biography coming soon!

Alex Iszard, Associate Vice President, Planning, Design and Construction

Alex Iszard

Alex Iszard is the associate vice president of Planning, Design and Construction within Facilities at George Mason University. He manages this office to include: implementation of capital and non-capital projects, project management, project inspection, graphic design, major maintenance projects, and interior design. Izsard has been associated with Mason for more than 18 years, first as a student, then as a student intern, and for the last 13 years as an employee.

Iszard earned both his bachelor’s (2008) and master’s (2010) of science in civil engineering from George Mason University. During his undergraduate experience, he participated in the Facilities Internship Program, where he assisted project managers and engineers. After his graduation in 2008, Iszard began working in Facilities as a project engineer. Due to his impactful work, he was soon promoted to serve as a project manager and then to a senior project manager. After a few years in project management, he was promoted to the director role for Contracts and Capital Finance within Mason Facilities in 2016.

Iszard has also served as the associate vice president for Business Services in Facilities. In this role, he was instrumental in the standardization of construction procurement and project management by authoring a manual and leading the implementation and integration of a web-based project management software. He individually managed the addition of 550 thousand square feet of new space valued at more than $250 million. His diverse construction management experiences include academic, health care, parking decks, laboratory, athletic, and utility infrastructure projects.

Iszard also holds his Professional Engineer License (civil) in Virginia and is a Virginia Construction Contracting Officer.

Ambassador (ret.) Rich Kauzlarich, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Rich Kauzlarich

Ambassador (ret.) Rich Kauzlarich is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Since 2014, Ambassador Kauzlarich has been Co-Director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP). He served as the deputy director for the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at Mason from 2011-2013.

Prior to those roles, Ambassador Kauzlarich was the national intelligence officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) from September 2003 to April 2011. He received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal for his activities. Before joining ODNI, Ambassador Kauzlarich served as the director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace after a 32-year career in the Foreign Service.

In December 2001, the Century Foundation published his report, “Time for Change? US Policy in the Transcaucasus.” He is a co-author of “Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002,” published by RAND in 2004. In 2017, he contributed a chapter on US policy toward the South Caucasus in “The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus” edited by Shireen T. Hunter.

Ambassador Kauzlarich teaches courses on the geopolitics of energy security and policy communication for executive leadership at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Ambassador Kauzlarich holds an AA from Black Hawk College, a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University, and two Master’s of Arts degrees, one from Indiana University and the other from the University of Michigan.

Pam Maines, Vice President, Renewables, Albireo Energy

Pam Maines

Pam Maines is the vice president of renewables at Albireo Energy where she leads the renewables team and works with clients to optimize their energy management to include sustainable and economic renewable energy projects.

Maines has more than 25 years in the energy industry ranging from utility power plant design, to retail and wholesale energy market trading and analytics, to renewable and cutting-edge energy technologies deployment. Prior to her current role, she served as the senior vice president for business development with Empower Energies, Inc., where she expanded the clean energy business development team with a renewed customer focus.

Before her work with Empower Energies, Inc., Pam worked as the executive director for Constellation, where she managed the Federal Energy Efficiency Sales within the Distributed Energy Business Unit. Previously, she also worked for Pepco Energy Services, in various roles, including as a vice president of sales and a generation engineer. She has also worked as a senior analyst for Statoil.

Maines earned a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Stony Brook University in New York. She is a certified Project Management Professional.

Dr. Leah Nichols, Executive Director, Institute for a Sustainable Earth

Dr. Leah Nichols, Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Earth
Dr. Leah Nichols

Leah Nichols (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2007) is George Mason University’s executive director of the Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE). Dr. Nichols joined Mason in spring 2020 and leads the ISE team in creating connections – locally, globally, and across disciplines – to put Mason’s research and scholarship into action in support of a sustainable world.

Dr. Nichols came to Mason after eight years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she served in integrative roles. She contributed extensively to the design and management of several of NSF’s agency-wide programs, including: Growing Convergence Research; Coastlines and People; Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems; and Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters.

She has also published articles on the production of actionable knowledge in leading sustainability journals, including Nature Sustainability and Nature Climate Change, and contributed to the US Fourth National Climate Assessment.

Dr. Nichols also holds a Master of Arts in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Charles Nicholson, Social Media Director

Charles Nicholson

Charles Nicholson is the social media director for George Mason University. He developed and manages the strategy to promote Mason’s brand, products, and services via industry-leading social media networks while managing a team engaged in content sourcing, curation, and development. He has been instrumental in the implementation and integration of enterprise social media tools at the university and leads platform training, adoption, and institution-wide strategic application.

Before his current role, he worked as the senior brand manager where he developed a brand program and streamlined processes to ensure internal compliance with the university’s brand. Nicholson previously worked as a senior account manager where he oversaw project management and coordinated creative resources on various projects. In addition, he worked as the director of marketing with Mason Recreation, where he also worked as a marketing and retention specialist. During his time with Mason Recreation, he was instrumental in expanding brand awareness and generating increased revenue.

Prior to joining Mason, Nicholson worked as the competitive program administrator for the Virginia Rush Soccer Club.

Nicholson holds a Master of Science in international sport management and a Bachelor of Science in health, fitness, and recreation resources, both from George Mason University. He has graduated from Mason’s Leadershape Institute and the Strozzi Institute School of Embodied Leadership.

Dr. Pam Patterson, Associate Vice President, University Life

Dr. Pam Patterson

Pam Patterson (PhD) is the Associate Vice President of University Life.

Full biography coming soon!

Amber Saxton, Program Manager for Campus Efficiencies, Office of Sustainability

Amber Saxton

Amber Saxton is the program manager for Campus Efficiencies in the Office of Sustainability at George Mason University.

Saxton has more than eight years of experience in sustainability policy, planning, education, and assessment. She recently supported the launch of the Mason Sustainability Council (MSC), the university’s 2020 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Rating, and Assessment System (STARS) reporting, and recently conducted Mason’s first internal greenhouse gas inventory.

In her role, Saxton manages various energy efficiency (EE), alternative transportation, green purchasing, and zero-waste programs, including a collaboration with Mason Athletics, Sodexo, EagleBank Arena, and more than 60 volunteers that earned Mason first place in the Campus Race to Zero Waste’s (CR2ZW) annual competition in 2020.

Saxton sustainability expertise is sought after and she presented at AASHE’s 2020 and 2021 Global Conferences, where she spoke about plastics pollution, circular economies, and zero waste. She recently authored the National Wildlife Federation’s CR2ZW “Plastics Reduction for College Campuses Recognition” program, which has been approved by AASHE for STARS credit. Previously, she also taught as an adjunct instructor in the Environment and Sustainability Learning Community where she instructed students about sustainability project management.

Prior to joining Mason, Saxton worked as an international research associate with the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C., where she worked on projects for the World Bank. Among many projects, she worked on one with the US Department of Energy’s US-China Eco-City Exchanges and another on LEAD gender strategy for climate change adaptation and mitigation for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Saxton holds a Master of Arts in foreign policy analysis and conflict negotiation from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University. She completed a graduate internship at the Clinton Foundation in domestic policy and consulted for credit with the Institue of International Education’s (IIE) Heiskell award-winning Global Leadership Center for the U.S. Senate, foreign embassies, and Procter & Gamble. She is one of only 18 individuals selected to participate in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2021 Executive Energy Leadership Academy.

Dr. Zachary Schrag, Professor, History

Dr. Zachary Schrag

Zachary Schrag (PhD, Columbia University, 2002) studies cities, technology, and public policy in the United States in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. He is a professor in George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences where he also serves as the director of the Master of Arts program in history.

He is the author of four books: The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro; Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009The Princeton Guide to Historical Research; and The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation.

Schrag’s scholarly articles have been published in the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Urban HistoryResearch EthicsRethinking HistoryTechnology and Culture, and Washington History. His essays have appeared in the American HistorianAHA PerspectivesInside Higher Ed, the Journal of American HistoryPolitico, Slate, TR News, the Washington Monthly, and the Washington Post.

He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Gerald Ford Foundation, and the Library of Congress and has been awarded the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s John Reps Prize and the Journal of Policy History‘s Ellis Hawley Prize.

Dr. Schrag also holds an AB manga cum laude in social studies from Harvard University.

Ariel Sierra, Manager of Communications and Marketing, Facilities

Ariel Sierra

Ariel Sierra is the manager of communications and marketing for George Mason University’s Facilities department. She is responsible for the comprehensive management of Facilities communications and marketing efforts for a department of several hundred employees.

Prior to her current role, Sierra worked as the director of communications at Dulles Area Association of REALTORS. She also worked in various roles with Hilton, including as the manager of creative, brand management, and also as the coordinator for fs openings, transitions, and projects. Before working for Hilton, Sierra worked as a project administrator with the Technology Advancement Group.

Sierra holds a Master of Science in strategic public relations and a Bachelor of Science in mass communications, both earned from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Frank Strike, Vice President, Facilities

Frank Strike

Frank Strike is the vice president for George Mason University’s Facilities department, a role he has held since 2018. Strike has more than 30 years of experience in project management, contracting, design, facilities operations and management. He previously managed and executed a capital and non-capital design and construction program at Mason exceeding $100 million, and comprehensively managed the operations and maintenance of more than 8.5 million square feet of Mason buildings.

Before joining Mason, Strike was the business director for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Norfolk, VA, where he was responsible for 13,000 employees and a business volume exceeding $12 billion annually. In addition, he served as the executive director of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; business manager and utilities department head at Navy Public Works Center, Norfolk, and the deputy public works officer at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown.

Strike holds a Master of Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.

Consulting Team

Dumont Janks and Arup, two leading consulting firms, have been retained by Mason Facilities to support the Carbon Neutrality Task Force as they develop the new Climate Action Plan.

Matthew Bamm, Associate, Arup

Matthew Bamm

Matthew Bamm is an associate with Arup and has more than sixteen years of experience in demand and supply-side water management, flood risk management, stormwater hydrology, hydraulics and stormwater quality, underground utility design, earthworks modeling, and highway design. Bamm has served as a project manager and as a technical lead in the preparation of design drawings, specifications and calculations from feasibility analyses, and detailed design and construction efforts.

Bamm is instrumental in the Invest-in-Arup research initiative through his work developing WeatherShift-Rain, a resiliency planning tool that generates future rainfall data by simulating drainage performance based on future climate simulations run for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Prior to joining Arup, Bamm worked as a Civil Engineer for Project Design Consultants where he specialized in site development, civil engineering, and consulting while conducting analyses of utilities and earthworks and engaging in soil remedial mitigation.

Bamm holds a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Michigan State University. He is also Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP certified.

Dr. Gregory Janks, Co-Founder, Dumont Janks

Dr. Gregory Janks

Gregory Janks (PhD, Stony Brook University) helps colleges and universities make strategic decisions as the co-founder of Dumont Janks.

Primarily, he focuses on campus frameworks and master planning, strategic planning, financial analysis and resource allocation models, academic planning, space use analysis and programming, planning for academic medical centers, student and residential life studies, and a focus on how analytics can best support decision making.

Dr. Janks has worked on both large and small projects with institutions like Auburn University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, and many others. He also led Mason’s most recent Master Plan process in collaboration with Mason Facilities. In addition, he has worked on non-university projects, including Boys Town, the Mayo Clinic, and the Washington National Cathedral.

Dr. Janks writings and talks have been featured by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

Dr. Janks holds a PhD in mathematics from Stony Brook University.

Lauralyn Lee, President, Lee Partners, LLC

Lauralyn Lee

Lauralyn Lee (JD, Duke University, 1998) is the president of Lee Partners, LLC, and a proven executive and lawyer with more than twenty-five years of experience.

As the president of Lee Partners, LLC, she advises leaders of mission-driven institutions in a range of areas, including long-term planning, organizational change, community engagement, and governance. Lee is also currently the interim chief of staff and senior advisor to the dean with the Washington National Cathedral.

Prior to her current roles, Lee held various positions at Georgetown University where she served for nearly twenty years. As the senior advisor to the president for community engagement and strategic initiatives, she advanced projects and advised university leaders on the most effective strategies to further the institution’s engagement with the local community while emphasizing its commitment to college access and success. She also worked as the assistant vice president for strategic initiatives and planning and as the senior associate general counsel.

Lee has leveraged her executive leadership skills for impact by serving on the board of directors for the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington and for the Academy of Hope.

Lee shared her legal expertise with others as a professorial lecturer in law at Georgetown University. She also worked as an associate with Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr LPP and served as a judicial law clerk with the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Lee also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also completed postgraduate research in policy and law at Trinity College Dublin.

Cameron Thomson, Global Skills Leader, Sustainable Buildings, Arup

Cameron Thomson

Cameron Thomson is the global skills leader, sustainable buildings, with Arup. Prior to his current role, Thomson worked as an associate principal and also as an associate sustainability consultant, both with Arup.

Preceding his work with Arup, Thomson worked as an inside sales manager and also as a principal environmental consultant, both with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. He has also worked as a sustainability consultant with Natural Capital, as an instructor and guide with Centro De Education al Aire Libre, and as an instructor and guide with Outward bound in locations like Malaysia, Scotland, and the United States.

Thomson holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Imperial College and a Bachelors’s degree in environmental protection and management from the University of Edinburgh. He holds AICP certification from the American Planning Association, LEED BD+C AP from the US Green Building Council, and is licensed as a Chartered Environmentalist from the Society for the Environment. He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge’s Sustainability Leadership program.

Linda Toth, Associate and Senior Sustainability Director, Arup

Linda Toth

Linda Toth is the senior sustainability director for Arup’s Washington, DC, office and also an associate with the firm. She leads the regional efforts of the Energy and Sustainability team to use the built environment to change people’s lives for the better.

Prior to her current role, Toth served as a senior consultant with Arup and also as a sustainability specialist with Gensler.

While completing her graduate studies, Toth worked as a graduate assistant with Appalachian State University’s Office of Sustainability where she advanced the university’s zero-waste initiatives. Following her work with the Office of Sustainability, she went on to coordinate the energy summit and also taught in the technology department.

Toth also has experience working as a business development and inbound marketing manager with Diriga Technologies and as a project designer with MSiDesign, where she also interned.

Toth holds a Master of Science in technology, with a concentration in renewable energy, from Appalachian State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from the Ohio State University. She is also a certified Fitwel Ambassador with the Center for Active Design.