Jessica is a recovering Midwesterner from St. Louis who has made a permanent home in Washington, D.C., where she has been for more than a decade. She is a federal policy professional with expertise in toxics, energy, air pollution and animal law and has worked for several non-profits. Jessica is a successful advocate, organizer, lobbyist, and communicator with expertise in clean and efficient energy as well as other environmental and animal welfare issues. She has been an active member of EcoWomen nearly since its inception. Over the years, she has served the DC Chapter Executive Board as a member, as Chair of the Communications Committee and, eventually, as President for several terms. She holds a Masters in the Study of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Jessica is a mom to two outdoor-loving, red-headed kids (one future EcoWoman!), a giant dog, and two feisty cats.
Why you might reach out to Jessica: She has experience counseling women on career issues and jobs, connecting people with each other, reviewing resumes, and speaking on careers in the environmental sector. She loves to discuss political strategy and grassroots/tops policy strategies.
Susan Mazur-Stommen is a cultural anthropologist who has researched culture, behavior, and sustainability for over twenty years. Her work has included such high points as testifying before Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley with bright pink hair. Any given work day might find her: hanging out in a metal fabrication shop in Chicago listening for air pump leaks; taking pictures of people’s underwear drawers and asking about laundry pain points in suburban SoCal; eating goat burgers on a farm in rural Alabama; or trying a ‘slug’ burger at Borroum’s, the oldest drugstore in Mississippi. She is a sought-after speaker on behavior and sustainability. She has recently spoken on user-centered product design, the meanings of brands, and the consumer perspective. Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University and both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside.
Why you might want to reach out to Susan: If you are thinking about graduate school, Susan can help you think through your process. If you are interested in qualitative research and how it applies to environmental issues, she can talk it out with you over a coffee. If there is interest, we can have a coffee and cake session at Susan‘s house, with multiple women in a loose, informal networking setting.
Danielle Gagne is the Director of National Policy and Legislation at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund, where she leads the advocacy work for both organizations. Prior to joining Voices, Danielle spent several years at the Environmental Investigation Agency, dividing her time between international climate policies, Clean Air Act issues, and encouraging businesses to use smart, climate-friendly technologies. Danielle first became involved in EcoWomen through the DC Chapter, where she served on the Executive Board for two years. Danielle graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degrees in International Politics and Geography and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is an ardent college football fan, an aspiring culinary mastermind, and an avid collector of international adventures.
Sarah is the Vice President of Client Services for Brand Cool, a marketing and engagement firm focused on energy and sustainability. She has been immersed in energy and environmental conservation engagement, consumer psychology, and marketing strategy for over fourteen years, and focused exclusively on energy and sustainability engagement for the past five years. Sarah lives in Rochester, NY with her husband James and her daughter Cora. When she’s not working or volunteering, she is an avid traveler, rabid reader, and perpetual parent-in-training.
Why you might reach out to Sarah: She’s an experienced marketing strategist with many years spent in advertising agency environments. She has led accounts spanning everything from tiny non-profits and sole proprietorships to corporations with multi-million-dollar marketing budgets. If you could use some advice on marketing approaches, tactical mix, market research for your business or brand, she would love to chat and is always happy just to bounce ideas around!
Jessie is a recent graduate of Indiana University. She received a Masters of Public Affairs and Masters of Science in Environmental Science, and is now a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. While earning her degrees, she served as the President of IU’s Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association, emphasizing women’s professional development in a variety of environmental fields. Throughout her educational career, she developed experience by creating and furthering indoor air quality programs in schools with the EPA in Chicago and in Tribal government housing and facilities with the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council in Sutton, Alaska. Her interest in environmental issues stems from passions for environmental justice, childrens’ health, and the desire to make a difference. Jessie has a dachshund-mix named Tina who has been a really good sport about following her across the country.
Melanie Allen grew up on Long Island, New York, and has has been living up and down the east coast for the majority of her life. She is most interested in the linkage between conservation and poverty, and in determining potential methods to promote sustainable development that is mutually beneficial for both the people and the ecosystems that they are dependent on. Melanie moved to Washington DC in 2015 to work for Conservation International, on an initiative that supports indigenous peoples and local communities from Africa, Latin America, and Asia with having direct access to climate finance and engaging in the international climate policy fora. She received a Bachelors in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. In her free time, Melanie enjoys practicing French, taking dance classes, traveling to new places, and spending time outside!
Carlie joined the EcoWomen executive board in early 2016. She is a technology and user experience professional. Throughout her career, she has supported business operations through advancing technology initiatives, managing global analyses, and improving sales and service processes to better the organization. Carlie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 2006 with a Psychology Major. In 2010, she also received a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. While getting this degree, Carlie worked to create a guide for Army Chaplains to enhance and build relationships with religious and community leaders while deployed. Most recently, Carlie earned her Master’s Degree from Georgetown University in Technology Management where a component of her studies focused on water resource testing and purification technologies.
Why you might want to reach out to Carlie: Given that Carlie is currently the treasurer, she is a good resource for our financials and how your chapter financials should be set up. Additionally, she has completed strategic plans for three different non-profits (including EcoWomen’s most recent strategic plan) so Carlie is a good resource whether you are interested in learning about the strategic planning process or how to implement the process for your chapter. Lastly, Carlie’s day to day role is in enterprise technologies so she is a good resource for technologies such as customer relationship management (CRM) systems or financial systems.
Stephanie attended her first EcoWomen event soon after moving to Washington, DC in 2005. She joined the DC Chapter’s Executive Board a few years later and served on the communications committee until relocating to the other Washington in 2010. She is thrilled to get involved in EcoWomen again through the National Board to network with Chapters. Stephanie has a background in environmental, transportation and health policy and served in the Peace Corps as an agriculture volunteer in Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology and Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. On the weekends, you can find her hiking one of the many beautiful trails in the Cascade or Olympic mountain ranges outside of Seattle.
Why you might reach out to Stephanie: To help your Chapter reach the next level, whether developing your Chapter’s budget and work plan or brainstorming ideas for Chapter events. If you are deciding whether to travel or move abroad, Stephanie can talk to you about what it’s like serving in the Peace Corps or share travel tips from some of her favorite international adventures.
Rowan is the Senior Manager for Sustainable Development Policy at Conservation International, guiding institutional engagement on international biodiversity policy and the post-2015 development agenda. Prior to joining CI, Rowan worked with the Peace Corps and Missouri Botanical Gardens in northern Madagascar on rural community development projects, including fair trade vanilla, fisheries management, well building, and community literacy. She also worked in Senegal with Tostan International, focusing on informal community education, and in the U.S. on community agriculture. Rowan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College and her Master of Arts in Public Management with a concentration in environmental policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Why you might want to reach out to Rowan: If you are interested in United Nations acronyms, participate in fieldwork beyond the reach of electricity, or just really enjoy thinking about agriculture and ecosystems. Rowan can help you puzzle through United Nations bureaucracy, consider international fieldwork options, or discuss career paths in the nonprofit field.
Mara has spent her career working in federal government, local government, and nonprofit settings on sustainable development, smart growth, and community revitalization issues. She currently serves as Director of Special Projects at Baltimore’s Department of Housing and Community Development where, among other things, she works to enforce city codes regarding illegal dumping and other environmental crimes, advanced material reuse and dust suppression protocols associated with building demolition and deconstruction, and support the City’s cross-agency Growing Green Initiative, aimed at creating and maintaining urban green space. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Psychology from Tufts University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Master Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College. She lives with her husband and daughter in Baltimore, MD and enjoys camping, hiking, and rock climbing.
Why you might reach out to Mara: If you want to learn more about a career in local government, or if you need advice on applying for or navigating through the Presidential Management Fellowship.
Emily joined the Board of Directors in March of 2018 after attending multiple EcoWomen events and being inspired by the women in the environmental community. She is a born and raised Texan who has been passionate about environmental issues, and climate change in particular, from a very young age. She received two Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University. She has finally made her way to DC and is currently contracting for EPA in the Office of Research and Development working with EPA’s Innovation Team. Emily has spent a long time in the policy debate community, debating throughout high school and college and serving as the graduate assistant to Indiana University’s debate program while in grad school. She is obsessed with dogs, coffee, books, and exploring DC.