Board of Directors

Alexis Peterson
President
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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
Secretary
Chair of the Communications & Fundraising 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.

Kelley Hamrick
Treasurer
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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.

Victoria O’Neill
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Victoria joined the Ecowomen board in November 2020. A native New Yorker, she developed a passion for the environment while searching for snapping turtles and horseshoe crabs in city parks. She received her B.A. in Biology from Hamilton College and pivoted to communications after a (tough, yet rewarding) summer working with walruses at the NY Aquarium. Prior to her current position as a director at a global communications agency, Victoria managed media relations for The Nature Conservancy in New York, counseled non-profit and green business clients at PRCG | Haggerty, and developed admissions communications for Parsons School of Design. Victoria is an avid knitter and (natural) fiber enthusiast. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog.

Michelle Hopson

Michelle is a trusted consultant to Boards, Executive Leadership, and Heads of Schools advancing work force and process integration causing people & systems to inter-functionally achieve high level results across sectors. She serves varying meaningful roles that cultivate her personal values. Michelle is the Principal at Hopson Consultancy, LLC; a Director of Administration at Friends of Animals – an international animal advocacy nonprofit freeing animals from cruelty and exploitation worldwide; a contracted Chief of Staff at vChief; an Executive Function Coach at New Frontiers in Learning; a Fordham University Mentor; and a local Parish Council Member. In 2015, she was selected to attend a Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute symposium for Harvard Fellows, established, and emerging leaders of regional non-profits, cause-advancing organizations, public and government organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal and Policy Studies from Fordham’s College of Liberal Studies, and also received an Executive Education Certificate from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business & Graduate School of Social Service, Center for Nonprofit Leaders. Her husband, daughter, and shih tzu help her rest and recover from her various commitments. They’re usually at the town beach waiting for the golden hour, experiencing a reverse sunset, and telling themselves how this feeling never gets old.

Rashidah Lawson

For more than a decade, Rashidah has taught and led in secondary, public schools in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. In her work, she coaches and develops teachers and school leaders to support all students through rigor and relationships. All schools should be places where even the most vulnerable students can excel. Rashidah joined the EcoWomen Board in March of 2021 and serves on the Communication, Fundraising, and Recruiting Committees. A Posse Foundation Alumna and graduate of Lafayette College, she is a mother to three beautiful (and very active) little girls. It is for this reason that she is eager to contribute to EcoWomen: women are magical beyond measure and our children deserve to inherit a planet that is in better shape than we found it. When she’s not shuttling her daughters around the DC area, Rashidah enjoys international travel with her husband, Adrian, trying new and delicious food and wine, and listening to live music.

KC Brown
Vice President
Chair of Finance Committee
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KC joined the EcoWomen Board of Directors in September of 2018. She previously was the Chair of the Chapters Committee and managed the online store. She is currently serving as Vice President, with a focus on Special Projects. She has a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and a Masters in International Development from Georgetown University. It was while studying in Washington, DC that she attended her first EcoWomen event! When she moved to New York to work for NatureVest, the Nature Conservancy’s impact investing unit, she was eager to support the newly-formed chapter there. KC is excited to increase cross-chapter collaboration and leverage the expertise of our community on issues of sustainability and environmental justice. She loves policy, political organizing, dogs and a leisurely cappuccino.

Tara Doyle
Chair of the Chapters Committee
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Tara is Director of Business Development for Terra Alpha Investments, a sustainable public equities manager based in Washington, DC. In her current role, Tara leads the firm’s marketing strategy by liaising with existing and prospective investors, developing external partnerships, and overseeing investor relations. Tara has worked in business development roles across the financial services sector since 2011. She holds a BA in English and American Literature from Middlebury College.

Tara joined the EcoWomen board in October of 2019 and currently chairs the Chapters Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hero Dogs, and formerly with America SCORES New York. Tara is most interested in effecting change through effective philanthropy and private sector sustainability solutions.

Lorana Quintero
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Lorana joined the EcoWomen Board of Directors in October of 2019, and has served on the Finance, Communications, and Chapter committees. She was drawn to the organization through its mission of environmental stewardship, continuing education, and empowering women. Lorana has a BS in Civil Engineering, an MBA, and an MS from Columbia University in Technology Management. She is a trusted consultant and advisor, focusing on helping companies deliver on sustainable growth through streamlined strategy and operations. She is also an angel investor through Golden Seeds, helping support aspiring women-led companies.

Lorana is a proponent of community and education, and believes that women are instrumental to the future of a sustainable environment. Lorana looks forward to contributing her experience and skills in support of EcoWomen and its passion for a better and brighter future.

Ellen Wang
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Ellen joined the Ecowomen Board in January 2020. She is currently in the Communications and Fundraising Committee and the Finance Committee. Ellen has a background in graphic design and handles multimedia communication. Ellen has a BS in Communication Design and an MA in Environmental Resource Policy from George Washington University. She believes in the power of visual communication and is passionate about advancing environmental protection efforts through education and outreach. Ellen has worked for the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition as a program manager and currently works at EPA as a multimedia specialist focusing on graphic communication. Ellen is a strong believer in the mission of ecowomen: empowering women to be leaders in their professions and stewards of the environment. In her free time, she loves drawing, hiking, and playing board games.

Beth Stolarick

Beth joined the EcoWomen Board in June 2020 as she is passionate about supporting sustainable environmental change through development of women. She is currently on the Finance and Chapter Committees. Beth has a background in human resources and finance. Beth is a CPA, has BS in Accounting from Illinois State University and an MBA in Operations Management from DePaul University. Her experience demonstrates that the development of the leaders and focusing on key relationships drive the overall fulfillment of the individual and success of the organization. She will leverage her human resources leadership knowledge to assist EcoWomen to inspire and empower women to become leaders for the environmental community through educational and professional development opportunities. Beth is the Managing Director of Prism Leadership Partners, a firm which she founded to help organizations focus on their strategic people capabilities. She spends her free time traveling with her son and visits with her therapy dog, Gabby.