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 currently a Manager with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Marissa currently serves as Senior Researcher for climate and water resources at Texas A&M’s Institute for Renewable and Natural Resources. Marissa’s work focuses on climate and national security, and her day-to-day interaction is with Department of Defense senior officials. In previous roles, Marissa served as Climate Change and Sustainability Manager with the Department of Navy, as the first Senior Sustainability Officer for Climate Preparedness within the White House, and in various roles over a decade at the Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA she launched and directed a partnership with Tribal Colleges and Universities as well as the communications and outreach shop for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs. Marissa received her MS in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor’s degrees in environmental studies and piano performance from Maryville College. For fun, she loves hiking and trail-running, wine tastings, and geeking out over the latest behavioral science research. She, her husband, and their rescue pup Petal live on Capitol Hill and are deeply involved in their local community.
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.
Chair of the Nominating Committee
A native Missourian who’s called DC home since 2008, Meaghan admits to being a bit of an “indoor kid” until she moved to Minnesota for graduate school in her early 20s. The cold winters quickly brought about a newfound appreciation for the great outdoors during the year’s mild months, and she soon became a regular and fervent hiker, biker, and paddler. In her free time you’re now likely to find her running the trails of Rock Creek Park, strolling beneath the District’s urban tree canopy with her husband Kevin and their young son, Paddy, or working in her vegetable garden. Meaghan is equally passionate about environmental stewardship as well as ensuring the strength and sustainability of nonprofit organizations that endeavor to preserve the natural world. She is currently Senior Partnership Manager for the Institute for Industrial Productivity, an international NGO that promotes energy efficiency in global manufacturing to combat dangerous climate change. She began her focus on environmental work and advocacy when she spearheaded the creation of an award-winning statewide horticultural plastics recycling program more than a decade ago. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in both English Literature and Classical Languages from Truman State University.
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.
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.
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.