ECC Board, Staff Updates
New Board Members
ECC is pleased to announce that its board of directors elected two new members at its March 12 board meeting and approved a change in status for one continuing member.
Having moved to a new job from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Eric Mackres will continue to serve on ECC’s board as a subject matter expert. He is now with the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities focused on their new Building Efficiency Initiative, working primarily with cities in rapidly developing countries that are expanding their efficiency efforts.
Mackres adds a new international perspective to ECC’s work, along with his expertise in local and community energy programs; community and economic development planning; non-energy benefits of energy efficiency; and social and behavioral aspects of energy efficiency.
Lauren Ross is the new board member representing ACEEE. She serves as that organization’s senior analyst and local policy lead, conducting research, policy analysis and outreach supporting the intersection of affordable housing, energy efficiency and sustainable urban development.
Ross hopes to complete a Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University in May and currently teaches in the Department of Sociology at George Washington University.
Prior to joining ACEEE, Ross was a fellow with the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; a research assistant for the National Low-Income Housing Coalition; and a research assistant at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She also held research positions with George Washington University and the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center.
Kalima Rose, senior director of the PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity, was approved as a PolicyLink delegate to the ECC board. Rose 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.
Felipe Floresca, who joined ECC as a senior policy advisor, is now ECC’s fulltime vice president, policy and government affairs, on the national staff. He will continue to guide ECC’s national, state and local policy advocacy work.
Two of ECC’s local directors are moving on to new jobs – but continuing to work in the sustainability arena.
Former EC Cleveland Local Director Shanelle Smith has become the first deputy director of sustainability with Cuyahoga County’s new Department of Sustainability, serving as second in command to inaugural Director Mike Foley, a former state representative and EC Cleveland Local Council member.
At the department’s February 3 launch event, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said the county will actively collaborate with local businesses, schools, nonprofits and other local governments “to grow ‘green jobs,’ institutionalize environmentally-sound best practices and, ultimately, minimize Cuyahoga County’s carbon footprint.” The department will also promote economic development to support businesses that provide environmentally-sustainable goods and services and educate the public about environmentally-sustainable practices.
As head of EC Cleveland since August 2010, Smith was instrumental in establishing the county’s new sustainability office and in institutionalizing ECC’s principles, values and strategies in the department’s design. She worked on building consensus among diverse community and civic leaders around the goals of sustainable economic development and creation of jobs in green building for disadvantaged county residents.
As of April, Casey Barnard, EC Portland’s project director since 2011, will lead WorkSystems, Inc.'s ReBoot Program, focused on connecting veterans and long-term unemployed workers to IT and manufacturing careers. At Emerald Cities, Casey served coalition partners as a convener, facilitator and project manager and helped lead efforts to develop and implement a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the City of Portland. The CBA has been groundbreaking in its inclusion of community and equity stakeholders as well as in dedicating funds for outreach, training, contractor technical assistance and compliance. Casey plans to continue supporting Emerald Cities' efforts in Portland and beyond and will remain the primary EC Portland contact during the transition.