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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!