Board of Directors
Jump To: Angela Blackwell | Dayna Cunningham | Donald Gilligan | Jack Hayn | Gerry Hudson | Avni Jamdar | Eric Mackres | Cliff Majersik | Don Mathis | Dan Moncrief III | Marc Morial | Kevin Reilly | Joel Rogers | Kalima Rose | Lauren Ross | Gloria Shealey | Jeremy Sigmon | Mary Ellen Sprenkel | Phil Thompson | Tyler Wilson | Daryl Wright | Sunia Zaterman
SEIU, International Secretary-Treasurer
Hudson, who served as Executive Vice President of SEIU from June 2004 to June 2016, was elected International Secretary-Treasurer at the union's 2016 convention. He came to SEIU in 1978 from the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, N.Y., where he was a member of SEIU Local 144. Hudson has served on the advisory board of the Apollo Alliance and Redefining Progress, the nation's leading public policy think tank dedicated to developing innovative public policies that balance economic well being, environmental preservation, and social justice. In 1996, Hudson served as political director of the New York state Democratic Party and helped lead the union's campaigns in support of Jesse Jackson's presidential efforts in New York and the successful New York City mayoral campaign of David Dinkins. He played an instrumental role in the election of H. Carl McCall, the first African American controller in New York State.
Harford County (Md.) Office of Drug Control Policy, Case Manager
Don Mathis is a case manager with the Harford County (Md.) Office of Drug Control Policy and was formerly Director of Alumni Relations for Ashley Addiction Treatment (formerly Father Martin's Ashley), a national nonprofit, nondenominational residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Havre de Grace, Md. Prior to that, he headed up Community Action Partnership, a national membership organization representing more than 1,000 Community Action agencies across America that work to promote economic security for all. Mathis has over 35 years experience in managing, designing and lobbying for children, youth and family programs at the community, state and national levels. He held a senior staff position with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service that included managing 600+ AmeriCorps volunteers at the 1996 Olympics. He also directed the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps and the National Youth Employment Coalition.
PolicyLink, Founder and CEO
Angela Glover Blackwell founded PolicyLink in 1999. A renowned community building activist and advocate, Blackwell served as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation's Domestic and Cultural divisions. Blackwell also developed Rockefeller's Building Democracy division, which focused on race and policy, and created the Next Generation Leadership program. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. From 1977 to 1987, Blackwell was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm. She is the co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002), and contributed to Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (The New Press, 2007), an anthology edited by John Edwards.
MIT CoLab, Executive Director
Dayna has over 20 years of experience working in democratic engagement and social justice as an attorney, in philanthropy and in development. Dayna worked as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the South. As an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, she funded initiatives that examined the relationship between democracy and race, changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S., as well as innovation in civil rights legal work. She also worked as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. While associated with Public Interest Projects, a non-profit project management and philanthropic consulting firm based in New York City, she managed foundation collaboratives on social justice issues. Most recently, Dayna directed the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, NGOs and government that seeks to use processes of profound innovation to advance economic, social and environmental sustainability. Dayna holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliff Colleges.
National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), President
Donald Gilligan is the President of NAESCO and is responsible for coordinating NAESCO's federal and state advocacy activities as well as its relationships with other national and regional energy efficiency organizations. He has worked in the energy efficiency industry for over 35 years, as a consultant, entrepreneur, and state government official. He is a principal of Predicate, LLC, a company that provides marketing consulting to energy information technology companies and technology consulting to energy marketing companies. Prior to founding Predicate, he was a founder and officer of two energy service companies, Coneco Corporation and DMC Energy (now Honeywell DMC). As a consultant, he has provided services to numerous utilities, government agencies, corporations and trade associations. He began his career as a Program Associate to Governor Hugh Carey of New York, responsible for liaison between the Governor and the state energy agencies. He is the author and co-author of a number of reports on energy efficiency and the growth of the ESCO industry, which have been published by NAESCO and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mr. Gilligan is also a graduate of Harvard University.
IUPAT, Liaison to the AFL-CIO
Jack Hayn formerly served as the Government Affairs field representative for the IUPAT Central Region. His new position as IUPAT liaison to the AFL-CIO includes serving as the representative on the many AFL-CIO constituency groups as well as serving as support on IUPAT efforts on numerous federation committees to include the passage of Health Care Reform and the Employee Free Choice Act. Hayn began his career in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in 1986 when he enrolled as an apprentice glazier in Local Union 181/District Council 6 (Cleveland ). His work in political activism earned him a position on the International staff in December of 2003 as a field representative in Government Affairs. In addition to his duties on the International level, he continued to remain active in Ohio politics. Hayn was a key supporter and volunteer for Governor Ted Strickland.
Emerald Cities San Francisco, Director
Avni joined Emerald Cities in 2011, and she manages the collaborative of stakeholders, advances energy efficiency project opportunities, and facilitates community workforce agreement negotiations and implementation. In May 2012, she was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Lee to the Citizens Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She now serves as Vice-Chair on the committee tasked with providing recommendations to the SFPUC General Manager and the Board of Supervisors regarding the agency's long-term strategic, financial and capital improvement plans around water, wastewater and municipal power services. Prior to joining Emerald Cities, Avni worked as a Policy and Research Analyst at PolicyLink, where she helped inform the organization’s state and federal workforce policy agenda. She has authored reports and policy briefs on topics including equitable economic growth, regional equity, transit-oriented development, and community development. Avni also spent five years as founder and owner of a fair-trade apparel company, Suutra. Avni holds a master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a diploma in architecture from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India.
World Resources Institute, Building Efficiency Manager
Eric's career has been devoted to promoting energy efficiency and sustainability. He was with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) from 2010 to early 2015 and is now the building efficiency manager with the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He supports the Building Efficiency Initiative through program development, work planning, partnership development, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation related to the center's efforts on building efficiency and, more broadly, energy. He manages global projects and partnerships with key cities. At ACEEE Eric led an initiative focused on community-based and local government implementation of energy efficiency strategies in the United States. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen publications on energy policy, urban energy systems and community development. He also has experience with affordable housing policy and organizing environmental campaigns. Eric earned a Master of City Planning and Certificate of Environmental Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Albion College.
Institute for Market Transformation, Executive Director
Majersik bears primary executive responsibility for the organization and directs IMT's research into green building, energy efficiency and property value. Mr. Majersik leads IMT's education and outreach to the finance, appraisal and real estate sectors. He provides expert assistance to federal, state and local officials in developing energy and building policy and legislation. He was a leader in crafting Washington's Energy Act of 2008 and Green Building Act of 2006. Before joining IMT in 2002, Mr. Majersik served as Director of the eProcurement Project and eBusiness Director for Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at the Corporate Executive Board specializing in E-commerce, sales-channel management, and strategic customer relationships. Mr. Majersik advised dozens of firms including Carrier, Chrysler, Cisco, BNSF, Verizon, Coke, Oracle, Sony, Tampa Electric, TI and Marriott. In 1994, he founded a web-based collaboration software company, eventually growing the firm to 25 employees. He currently serves on the board of directors of Greenspace NCR and on the Washington DC Green Building Advisory Council. He received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in Political Economy from Williams College. He is a LEED accredited professional.
President/CEO, McDaniel's Construction Corporation, Inc.
Dan Moncrief III, a national member and board member of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), has served for more than a decade as the president and CEO of the McDaniel’s Construction Corporation, Inc., which has become one of Ohio’s preeminent construction contractors. The company provides construction expertise primarily in heavy highway construction, including roads and bridges, new building and commercial renovations, asphalt paving and environmental services. Moncrief is a founding member of OBAAO (Ohio Businesses Which Are African American Owned), the Buckeye Contractors Association and the Urban Business Professional Association (UBPA). He currently serves as UBPA vice president and was honored as its 1998 Advocate of the Year. He also received the 2000 Minority Business of the Year Award from the City of Columbus Equal Business Opportunity Commission. Moncrief is a member of the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Committee and the Airport Minority Advisory Council. He was the 1999 president of the Columbus Chapter of the Ohio Contractors Association and holds membership in the Columbus Builders Exchange. Prior to leading McDaniel’s Construction, Moncrief was a fire fighter and arson investigator for the Columbus Division of Fire and a research technician with the Batelle Memorial Institute. His professional training includes an Associate Degree in business administration from Columbus State Community College and construction management and mechanical engineering courses from the Ohio State University and Franklin University.
National Urban League, President and CEO
Morial is a political and civic leader and has served as president of the National Urban League, the nation's largest civil rights organization, since May 2003. Morial served as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1994 to 2002. His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs, and Entrepreneurship Centers in 5 cities to help the growth of small businesses. Also, Morial created the National Urban League Empowerment Fund, which has pumped almost $200 million into urban impact businesses including minority business through both debt and equity investments. A graduate of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as honorary degrees from Xavier University, Wilberforce University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Morial, a history, arts, music and sports enthusiast, has an adult daughter, and is married to broadcast journalist Michelle Miller. Together they have two young children. He serves as an Executive Committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Black Leadership Forum, and Leadership 18, and is a Board Member of the Muhammad Ali Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
LiUNA!, International Representative
Kevin Reilly is an International Representative of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and has been on staff since 2006. He specializes in public policy issues related to construction procurement, the Davis-Bacon Act and prevailing wages and energy regulation. He is LIUNA’s delegate to the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Reilly holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has published on various historical subjects.
COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy), Director
Joel Rogers is the Sewell- Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy) and all of its subsidiary projects and initiatives, including the Mayors Innovation Project, Center for State Innovation, Efficiency Cities Network and State Smart Transportation Initiative. Rogers has written widely on American politics and public policy. His books include On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, The Forgotten Majority, What Workers Want, American Society and, most recently, Cities at Work. He has also advised many governments, candidates and movement leaders and helped found and operate several progressive NGOs, including the Center for a New Democracy, New Party, Economic Analysis Research Network and Apollo Alliance. He is also the founder and a board member of SiX, the State Innovation Exchange. Along with many academic honors, Rogers is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation annual “genius” prize. Newsweek identified him as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.
PolicyLink, Senior Director, Center for Infrastructure Equity
Kalima leads PolicyLink’s sustainable communities work, helping implement regional equity, fair housing and new infrastructure investments that strengthen economic resilience. Her expertise includes helping communities adopt policies that finance affordable housing, change land use policy to better support mixed-income housing development and advance fair housing practices. Rose is also a community leader in the Bay Area on educational equity issues and created the PolicyLink Equitable Development Toolkit, an online resource that highlights best social equity practices. From 2005 until 2010 Rose led the organization’s Gulf Coast recovery work to shape a more equitable post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans and Louisiana. Rose’s previous experience includes many years of work with rural indigenous communities on economic development and cultural continuity, as well as more than a decade of expertise in social change philanthropy, supporting economic justice, community organizing and civil rights.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Senior Analyst, Utility, State, and Local Policy Program
Lauren concentrates on the nexus of affordable housing, energy efficiency and cities and is the lead on ACEEE’s work to expand utility programs to improve the energy efficiency of multifamily housing. In addition, as part of the local policy and community strategies team, Lauren contributes to ACEEE research related to local implementation of energy efficiency. Prior to joining ACEEE in 2014, Lauren was a fellow in the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she identified best practices and policies to further sustainable housing and cities throughout the United States and internationally. Lauren is working on her PhD in Urban Sociology at Temple University. She earned a Master of Arts in Urban Sociology from the George Washington University and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware.
The Danielle Company, President & CEO
Gloria Shealey, LEED AP, is President and CEO of The Danielle Company, a construction management and general contracting firm. She was formerly the first female president of NAMC (National Association of Minority Contractors), the nonprofit trade association that represents minority contractors in numerous chapters across the country who are seeking greater participation in the multi-billion dollar construction industry. Prior to her appointment, Shealey served as NAMC’s Executive Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors for the past six years. With more than 25 years in building construction and project management as a general contractor and construction manager, Shealey started The Daniele Company in 1995. Since then, she has led her company to complete over $200 million in projects in higher education, healthcare, manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry, automotive and aviation and government. No stranger to political leadership, Shealey was a founding board member of the United Minority Contractors of North Carolina (state chapter of NAMC), where she served as Chair of the organization from 2007 to 2009. She also was selected to participate in President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Roundtable in Durham, NC. In addition, she received the 2011 Women of Color Achievement Award from the 100 Black Men of America, Women Presidents Organization and American Express Open. Shealey is a member of the North Carolina Coordinators Network, and the US Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional. Since 1969 NAMC has helped minority contractors create a forum for sharing information and mutual support through advocacy and education. NAMC promotes the economic and legal interests of minority contracting firms by reducing and removing barriers to full equality, bringing about wider procurement and increasing business opportunities for members and minority contractors.
U.S. Green Building Council, Director, Technical Policy
As director of technical policy, Jeremy oversees USGBC’s grassroots and grasstops advocacy networks across the United States, with a particular focus on state and local policy initiatives that reference LEED and green building codes, including an emerging focus on resilience and water issues. Jeremy has served in similar advocacy and policy capacities for USGBC since 2007, leading research, policy development and campaign efforts to spread the benefits of green building across the country. Jeremy regularly contributes to the USGBC blog and has published in Living Architecture Monitor, ACEEE and the ASHRAE Journal. Prior to joining USGBC, Jeremy was a project manager for altPOWER, Inc., a renewable energy contracting firm based in New York City, where he interfaced with developers, building owners, contractors, building officials and inspectors. He also oversaw the installation of over 1.5 MW of photovoltaic projects. Jeremy holds a LEED BD+C professional credential and is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.
The Corps Network, President & CEO
Mary Ellen Sprenkel has been a long-time champion for youth. Sprenkel came to The Corps Network in March of 2008 as Director of Government Relations. She was promoted to Vice President of External Affairs in 2011 and then Interim CEO in May of 2012, prior to being selected as President and CEO in October of 2012. During her tenure, Service and Conservation Corps have become better known programs to lawmakers and policymakers throughout the federal government. Legislation that would expand and bolster youth programs including Service and Conservation Corps has been routinely introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. These projects provided youth with jobs and service opportunities while connecting them to public lands including national parks and forests. More recently, Sprenkel has served as a member of the federal advisory committee tasked with providing recommendations to federal land management agencies on how to implement a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. In addition to her productive time at The Corps Network, she has ten years of Capitol Hill experience, including two years on the House Committee on Education and Labor handling postsecondary education, training, and life-long learning programs. She also worked for Representatives Matthew G. Martinez (D-CA) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). Before joining The Corps Network, Sprenkel was Vice President of Government Relations at the Education Finance Council, the national trade association for nonprofit and state based student loan providers. Prior to that, she spent two years as the Assistant to the President of the University of Montana.
MIT, Associate Professor of Urban Politics
Phil is an urban planner and a political scientist. In the early 1990s, Phil worked as deputy general manager of the New York Housing Authority, and as director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. He is a frequent advisor to trade unions in their efforts to work with immigrant and community groups across the United States. Phil’s most recent academic work includes a 2004 review of public health interventions in poor black communities (written with Arline Geronimus) published in the Du Bois Review, entitled “To Denigrate, Ignore, or Disrupt: The Health Impact of Policy induced Breakdown of Urban African American Communities of Support”; an article entitled “Judging Mayors” in the June 2005 issue of Perspectives on Politics; and a recent book, Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Struggle for Deep Democracy, published by Oxford University Press. Following Hurricane Katrina, Phil coordinated MIT’s technical assistance efforts in the Gulf.
The Corps Network, Director of Government Relations
As Director of Government Relations for The Corps Network, Wilson focuses on developing and advocating legislative and policy initiatives for the Corps Network; providing analysis and tracking of Congress, the White House and federal agencies; and working with advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C., on improving the outlook for important issues for Corps. He also focuses on raising Corps’ federal and legislative profile, improving internal government relations operations, representing The Corps Network publicly and developing new Corps initiatives. For eight years Wilson worked in politics and on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress from Iowa. He managed issues there including agriculture, education, energy and environment, financial services, housing, labor and workforce, national service, transportation/infrastructure and disaster recovery and drafted related policy, legislation and amendments. He also has broad experience developing communications, public affairs and press-related projects. Wilson has a BA in both Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
YouthBuildUSA, Vice President for Employer Partnerships
As vice president for employer partnerships at YouthBuild USA, Wright is responsible for facilitating national and local partnerships with corporations, business associations and labor management organizations with the aim of building high-road career pathways for YouthBuild graduates. Wright is leading YouthBuild USA’s effort to increase the number of YouthBuild graduates entering registered apprenticeship as a postsecondary option. Wright has written and edited over 30 publications for YouthBuild USA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Labor. Outside of his work with YouthBuild USA, Wright is president of the Dorchester Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and is adjunct faculty at Springfield College for Professional and Continuing Studies, where he teaches courses in community-based research and community youth leadership development. Wright has a third-degree black belt in Japanese JuJitSu. He also practices Aikido, another Japanese martial art. Wright has a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), Executive Director
Sunia Zaterman joined CLPHA as Executive Director in 1994. She has over thirty years experience in housing issues at the federal, state and local levels. From 1994 to 2004, she also served as Executive Vice President of the Housing Research Foundation. Prior to her tenure at CLPHA, she served as the Director of Research and Development at the Alexandria, Virginia Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Executive Director of the Travis County, Texas Housing Authority. In addition, she has worked at the Texas State Legislature and the New York State Housing Finance Agency. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Princeton University and a Bachelors Degree in History from Barnard College, Columbia University. Ms. Zaterman serves as a Trustee of CHF International, an international community development organization and the National Housing Conference (NHC). She also serves on the editorial advisory boards of Affordable Housing Finance and Housing and Development Reporter.