Randall Solomon, Director
Randall Solomon has 20 years of experience working in government, academia, and the non-profit sector. He is one of the principals that founded and directs the Sustainable Jersey Certification program. Prior to his current position he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon’s experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. Other jobs include a stint as a national Park Ranger and serving in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps volunteers. He has participated on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and has advised major corporations. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, energy, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues. Randy holds a B.S. in Biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a M.S. in Public Policy from Rutgers University. He be reached at (609) 771-2290 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renee Haider, Associate Director
Renee Haider is the Associate Director of The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey. The Institute administers the Sustainable Jersey municipal certification program. Prior to joining The Sustainability Institute, she was a research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University for two years and the Associate Director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University for 18 years. In these capacities she worked with teams of professionals from operating agencies, departments of transportation, industry associations, academic research centers, and Federal government entities to conduct applied research and develop education and training materials related to surface transportation, particularly public transit. This included working with the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to support intergovernmental sustainability initiatives and collaborating with local, state, and federal government representatives on transportation and land use and statewide transportation planning and programming efforts aimed at supporting the core value of sustainability. She can be reached at 609-771-2307 or by email at email@example.com.
Heather McCall, Schools Director
As the Sustainable Schools Program Director at Sustainability Institute, Heather oversees Sustainable Jersey’s program development and management of the newly created schools initiative. Heather’s role with the Sustainable Schools program builds on over 10 years of work empowering community based nonprofits. Prior to joining the Sustainability Institute, Heather worked as the Assistant State Coordinator for the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Main Street New Jersey & Improvement Districts Program, where she worked closely with volunteer driven downtown revitalization programs providing technical assistance and training throughout the state. Heather received a B.A. from University of Alaska, a M.C.P. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and holds a Charrette Facilitation & Management Certification from the National Charrette Institute. Since 2007, she has been a Senior Fellow with the Washington D.C. based Environmental Leadership Program. Heather holds a M.A. in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Sociology, University of Alaska Anchorage. She can be reached at 609-771-2469 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Weber, Resiliency Director, Sustainable Jersey Resiliency Program
Linda Weber is a licensed, professional planner with 25 years of planning experience in the public and private sector. Linda’s work experience is in municipal planning where she specializes in master plans, urban design, historic preservation, economic development and disaster recovery and resiliency. Her recent work includes the development of a historic preservation policy for a community foundation, the evaluation of a town-to-gown master plan in Macon, GA, a public art master plan for Cary, NC, and numerous plans and ordinances for towns and cities in New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. Since Hurricane Sandy, Linda’s area of focus has turned to disaster recovery and resiliency planning issues. In 2013, she was a Community Recovery Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), assisting NJ communities in long-term disaster recovery. She also served as Chair of the Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee of the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter, and was a member of the Urban Land Institute Sandy Task Force, New Jersey- Philadelphia Region. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Urban Studies at Rutgers University, and a Master in City Planning degree (MCP) and Certificate in Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at 609-771-2865 or by email at email@example.com.
Lauren Skowronski, Program Director for Community Engagement
Lauren’s expertise lies in community development and civic engagement. As Program Director for Community Engagement, she supports our grassroots regional networks across the state with leadership development, capacity building and technical assistance. Lauren also heads our Community Information & Citizen Engagement Initiative which facilitates online engagement between local governments and their citizens. Prior to joining our team, she served as State Campaign Director of The Citizens Campaign for over ten years, where she focused on increasing civic engagement through education and grassroots organizing efforts, as well as collaborated with local, county and state officials on issues such as government reform, transparency and open government, environment, economic development, public safety and education. Lauren assisted Green Teams and environmental advocates across the state with strategies to interface with government officials on policy development. Lauren holds a Master’s degree from the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, where she concentrated in International and Community Development. She can be reached at 609-771-3129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie McDermott, Senior Researcher
With degrees in interdisciplinary social science (PhD.) and forestry (MSc.), Melanie McDermott has over 20 years’ experience in the U.S., Asia, Southern Africa, and the Caribbean in academic and applied research and consulting. Major topics of this work include community forestry, coastal resilience, and the impact of climate change mitigation policy on social equity. Prior to coming to TCNJ, she served at Rutgers University in various capacities, including as research faculty, lecturer, and Associate Director of the Climate and Society Initiative. At the Sustainability Institute, she is leading a collaborative effort to develop a vision, goals, and indicators for sustainability for New Jersey at the state level that will be promulgated in an annually updated report. It will further serve as a basis for creating the Gold level for certification for Sustainable Jersey. She can be reached at (609) 771-2836, or by email at email@example.com.
Anthony O’Donnell, Economist
Mr. O’Donnell is an Economist and Project Specialist at the Sustainability Institute. Mr. O’Donnell is currently the project coordinator for the EPA Climate Showcase Communities program and deals with highly specialized technical, economic, and policy topics associated with research and outreach on energy and sustainable development. He also lends support to the Sustainable Jersey program at the Institute as the co-chair of several task forces. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. O’Donnell was employed as the staff economist at the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, where he was responsible for managing the Long Term Economic Monitoring Program. In addition to compiling, maintaining, and analyzing a large and diverse database for more than 50 municipalities covering over 900,000 acres in South Jersey, Mr. O’Donnell also published an annual report on the regional economy. Prior to that, he worked as the State Plan Director at the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) coordinating strategies for local Environmental Commissions during the cross-acceptance process. Tony holds a B.S. in Environmental & Business Economics from Cook College-Rutgers University, a M.S. in Food & Business Economics from Rutgers University and a M.S. in City & Regional Studies fromBloustein School of Planning. He can be reached at (609) 771-2921 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Véronique Lambert, Program Coordinator, Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Véronique supports the development and implementation of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, working with schools, government agencies, community organizations, businesses and municipalities to further sustainability practices and education in New Jersey schools. A member of her town’s Environmental Commission and Green Team, Véronique has previously worked in sustainability education and community outreach in New York City, London, Providence and Ithaca. She has also performed cropping systems research in Hawaii and Guyana. She received a BSc and MSc in Agronomy from Cornell University and University of Hawaii, respectively, and a MSc in Geography from Brunel University, London. Véronique can be reached at (609) 771- 3427 and by email at email@example.com.
Samantha A. McGraw, Program Manager
Samantha manages the Sustainable Jersey municipal and school certification programs, along with the small grants program. She serves as the primary point of contact for New Jersey municipalities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program as they work toward certification. She provides program and technical assistance for municipalities and outside organizations about the program and certification process, and helps maintain the Sustainable Jersey website and contact databases. She also serves as staff support to the Waste Management Task Force. Samantha holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University, and a M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University, and brings both a science and policy background to the Sustainable Jersey team, along with experience working in local government. Samantha is also a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and chairs the YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN Board’s Nomination and Communication Committees. She can be reached at (609) 771-2938 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Quirk, Energy Program Manager
Nancy Quirk serves as the Energy Program Manager with Sustainable Jersey providing guidance to local governments on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Her background includes engagement with local efforts to address waste management, energy efficiency, and sustainability planning. After Katrina, she worked with a university-community outreach program to assist homeowners in rebuilding with energy efficient and hazard resilient practices and materials. Most recently her work focused on providing support to local governments in reducing the “soft costs” related to solar photovoltaic deployment. Nancy can be reached at (609) 771-2902 and by email at email@example.com.
Kaitlyn Vollmer, Small Grants Program Coordinator
Kaitlyn coordinates the Sustainable Jersey small grants program, a valuable resource available to municipalities and schools that are registered in the Sustainable Jersey program. Her responsibilities include intaking and reviewing grant applications and reports, providing program and technical assistance related to the small grants program, and updating the Sustainable Jersey website’s grants portal. Kaitlyn earned B.A. degrees in English Writing and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and also holds a Public and Professional Writing certificate. Kaitlyn has experience working at the local level, including assisting the grant writer of the Human Rights City Alliance, a grassroots organization in Pittsburgh, to promote human rights education, action, and policies. Kaitlyn can be reached at 609-771-3189 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Sontupe, Office Manager
Ms. Sontupe plays many roles at the Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey. She is responsible for maintaining the Institute’s programmatic budgets which includes tracking income and expenses for over a dozen grants and programs and maintaining financial records for staff. As Office Manager, Ms. Sontupe facilitates the hiring of employees, student interns, consultants and subcontractors; keeps track of timesheets and coordinates meetings for staff. In addition, she serves as executive assistant to Senior Staff, and serves as the liaison between the Institute and various departments at The College of New Jersey including Finance and Business Services, Human Resources, and Grants and Sponsored Research. Prior to working at the Institute, Ms. Sontupe worked for the State of New Jersey Office of Economic Growth as a confidential secretary to the Deputy Chief of staff during the Corzine administration. Jen holds an A.A. in Graphic Design from Mercer County Community College. She can be reached at (609) 771-2832 or by email at email@example.com.