Leadership

Rowan Braybrook

Rowan Braybrook

President
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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.

Alexis Peterson

Secretary

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Alexis is the VP, Client Service for a software company, SQAD, which creates tools used within the marketing and advertising space. Prior to joining SQAD, Alexis worked at advertising agencies building brand strategies for some of the world’s largest advertisers. Alexis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Spanish, with a minor in Psychology, from Syracuse University. In 2017, Alexis earned her Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from John’s Hopkins University. Her future plans are to transition into a job that brings together her passion for environmental conservation and business skills. Alexis currently lives in New York City, which loves exploring. She’s a dog mom, travel and food enthusiast and constant learner.

Emily Hall

Chair of the Communications Committee

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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. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, 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 the US State Department working closely with the climate team on budgeting and project management. She previously contracted 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.

Jessie Mroz

Jessie Mroz

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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.

KC Brown

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KC is the Project Coordinator for NatureVest, the conservation investing unit at the Nature Conservancy. She assists NatureVest’s Deal Development and Investment Partnerships teams, with a personal focus on sustainable growth in developing countries.
Prior to TNC, she lived in DC, pursuing a Master’s in International Development Policy at Georgetown. It was there that she attended her first EcoWomen event, which was led by women from TNC- small world! KC joined the EcoWomen board in 2018 and supports the New York City chapter, where she now lives. On weekends you can find her scouting out the next hit Broadway show, checking out museums or attempting to improve her rock climbing.


Why you might want to reach out to KC: You’re interested in sustainable development, development policy or impact investing. She is working on the next 3-year plan for EcoWomen and would be happy to talk about research and strategic thinking. If you’re thinking about grad school or want to chat with someone with atypical conservation experience, feel free to send her an email.

 Kelley Hamrick

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Kelley Hamrick recently joined The Nature Conservancy as a Policy Advisor for International Climate Policy. Previously, she managed Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace and Supply Change initiatives. She has authored or edited reports tracking carbon markets, conservation finance, and clean cookstoves markets, including flagship reports on the State of Private Investment in Conservation and the State of Voluntary Carbon Markets.

Danielle Gagne

Vice President
Chair of the Chapters Committee
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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.

Carlie Bissler

Treasurer
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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 Potts

Chair of the Finance Committee

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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.

Mara D’Angelo

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Mara joined EcoWomen’s National Board in 2017.  She is currently a Senior Transit-Oriented Development Project Manager at Sound Transit in Seattle, WA, where she helps advance the integration of sustainable, equitable real estate development with transit infrastructure.  Prior to that, she directed special projects for Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development, led Smart Growth America’s work on urban reinvestment, and served as a Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 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 daughters in Seattle 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.

Dana Cappelloni

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Dana Cappelloni resides in Sonoma County, CA where she is the Director of Sustainability and Grower Education for the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. Her role is to support the organization’s commitment to 100% certified sustainable, making Sonoma County the first 100% sustainable wine region in the world.
 
A Bay Area native, Dana has over a decade of experience working in the environmental industry. In her professional career she has focused on sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency, climate adaptation, sustainable business strategy, and designing and implementing Triple Bottom Line initiatives. Dana holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, and a BA from The Colorado College. When Dana is not working, you can find her on her bike or in the mountains.