Board of Directors

Jump To:  Donald GilliganJack HaynGerry Hudson | Avni JamdarEric MackresCliff Majersik | Traci Scott | Don Mathis | Dan Moncrief III Kevin ReillyJoel RogersKalima Rose Lauren Ross | Gloria Shealey | Jeremy SigmonMary Ellen Sprenkel  | Tyler Wilson | Sunia Zaterman | 

Gerry Hudson - Co-Chair of the Board

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.

Joel Rogers - Co-Chair of the Board

COWS, 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 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.


Donald Gilligan- Secretary/Treasurer of the Board

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.


Jack Hayn

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.


Avni Jamdar

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.


Eric Mackres

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.


Cliff Majersik

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.


Traci Scott

Senior Director for Workforce Development, National Urban League
Visionary, relationship-focused non-profit leader with 20+ years of experience developing impactful programs in partnership with public and private stakeholders. Creative and compassionate program director with proven success delivering superior services, particularly in education and workforce development, through careful strategic planning. Meticulous project manager with expertise in budget management, growth plans, and outcome-based quality assessments.


Don Mathis

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, non-denominational 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.


Dan Moncrief III (representing National Association of Minority Contractors)

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.


Kevin Reilly

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.

Kalima Rose (Delegate)

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.


Lauren Ross 

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.


Gloria Shealey

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. 


Jeremy Sigmon

Independent Consultant, Planet Sigmon, LLC

Jeremy brings nearly two decades of experience with state and local governments working on clean energy, green construction, and resilient communities. His portfolio of clients and organizations for which he volunteers enlist his skills and acumen for advocacy, policy, and communications projects related to energy, climate, water, equity, and the built environment. Jeremy recently completed a Masters in water science from the University of Oxford, UK. Previously, Jeremy served as technical policy director at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) where he led state and local policy and advocacy efforts and facilitated policy planning and strategy on resilience and water issues. Jeremy served in similar advocacy and policy capacities for USGBC from 2007-2018. Jeremy contributes regularly to various media outlets and academic journals. 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.


Mary Ellen Sprenkel

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. 


Tyler Wilson (Delegate)

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.

Sunia Zaterman

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.


Hilari Varnadore

Director, LEED for Cities and Communities, USGBC

Hilari Varnadore is the Director for LEED for Cities and Communities at the U.S. Green Building Council. Hilari helps local leaders use data to drive decisions and investments that are more sustainable, equitable and resilient. Previously, Hilari served as executive and founding director of STAR Communities, where she led the development of the nation's leading framework and certification program for local sustainability. She has more than two decades of experience in public administration and nonprofit leadership including serving as Frederick County, MD's first sustainability director. Hilari holds a MA in Geography and Community Planning from Northern Arizona University and a BS  in Environmental Policy from Unity College of Maine.

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