Kelley Buckley
Claire Carlin
Susan Johnson
Jenni LeBlanc
Bob Perkowitz
Celina Plaza
Tracy Russ
Meighen Speiser
Bredy Trombino
Shelly Ribs
John Doe
James Brown
Chris Starke
Caroline Meeks
Nicolas Cage
Bryce Larkin
Vanessa Mae
Samantha

Dan Barry

Municipalities Sector Director

Raymond Boney

Events & Meetings Manager

Tim Fink

Faith Communities Sector Director

Ashley Fisher-Poggio

Executive Assistant

Caroline Hodge

Research Manager

Susan Johnson

Director of Finance and Administration

Dirk Kincannon

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Nickie Kluge

Sector Marketing Manager

Kirra Krygsman

Associate Marketing Manager

Hanna Mandell

Marketing Intern

Deb Mindel

Digital Technology Manager

Bob Perkowitz

Founder and President

Andrea Putnam

Higher Education Sector Director

Meighen Speiser

Chief Engagement Officer

Jennifer Tabola

Health Sector Director

Jeremiah Worrell

Office Administrator

Peggy Knudson

Vice President of Development

Lita Reyes

Business Program Director

The ecoAmerica staff has built multi-million dollar consumer businesses, developed and ran some of the most innovative successful environmental, political, and social marketing programs to date, fostered collaboration and change amongst dynamic and diverse leaders, driven strategic consumer campaigns for global brands, and produced award-winning events.

Dan Barry

Municipalities Sector Director

Prior to joining ecoAmerica as the Municipalities Sector Director for MomentUs, Dan served as the Senior Climate Policy Analyst for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment’s Office of Policy and Sustainability, where he advanced climate mitigation and preparedness plans for the nation’s capital and created sector-based sustainability pledges.

Prior to DDOE, Dan worked for 25 years with local, state, national and international environmental advocacy organizations, including VPIRG, Rural Vermont, Environmental Working Group, CLEAR, Americans for the Environment, Friends of the Earth, Environmental Defense Fund, and Save Our Environment.

Dan grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and lived in Saudi Arabia as a teenager. He earned BA degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Vermont, and an MS in Environmental Policy and Communications from Green Mountain College. Dan, his wife Maria, and son Ethan live in Washington, where they are active in local parks advocacy, and promoting underground music events. On weekends, Dan coaches sports he never played to other peoples’ children.

Raymond Boney

Events & Meetings Manager

Raymond has planned events for some of Washington’s most revered cultural and political institutions, national and international corporations, and individuals. Most recently he was Principal of the boutique event planning firm Raymond Boney Event & Publicity Management (Boney Events), working with the likes of Bloomingdale’s, PNC Bank, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and others. Prior to that he was the Personal Assistant and Estate Manager for the Ruesch Family Foundation in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He has also held planning positions at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Speech Communications.

Tim Fink

Faith Communities Sector Director

Tim is the Faith Communities Director for MomentUs. Prior to joining ecoAmerica, he was the Project Manager for the 25x’25 Alliance, where he worked on renewable energy issues and helped build climate change awareness and preparedness in the agriculture and forestry sectors. From 2008 to 2010, Tim served as the first Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, a faith-based environmental organization. He has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and first became interested in environmental issues hiking and kayaking the Upper Iowa River as an undergraduate at Luther College. Tim has extensive experience in politics, including work with five political campaigns and as a legislative assistant to the Chair of the House Energy Committee for Iowa's General Assembly. He lives in North Bethesda, Maryland with his wife.

Ashley Fisher-Poggio

Ashley Fisher-Poggio

Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, Ashley is primarily responsible for providing high-level administrative support to the President, working closely with the VP of Development to directly support all operational aspects of the Board and fundraising, while also providing administrative and project support to the Executive Management Team.  Prior to joining ecoAmerica, Ashley was the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store East Coast Manager where she led and directed all activities including organizational management, event coordination, strategic marketing, training, procurement, and payroll administration. A California native, Ashley moved to D.C. to attend The Catholic University of America where she received a degree in Sociology for International Development and a minor in Comparative Politics. With an extensive international background and long time involvement in international social justice work, she brings an in-depth understanding of the connections between cultures, organizations, and people around the globe. As part of her international experiences in places such as Poland and South Africa, she has worked closely with representatives from the International Relations community such as the Permanent of Secretariat of the Community of Democracies as Assistant Head of Regional Programs and External Relations Coordinator.

Caroline Hodge

Research Manager

As ecoAmerica’s Research Manager, Caroline is responsible for analysis, write-up, and outreach for a range of social science and marketing research projects that uncover both how Americans think about climate change, and how we can best engage them on the issue. Caroline graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies. While at Stanford, Caroline worked as a research assistant in Prof. Greg Walton’s social psychology lab and in Prof. Nicole Ardoin’s social ecology lab. Her senior honors thesis in psychology, which was awarded the Firestone Medal for Undergraduate Research, explored how different ways of framing the relationship between people and nature impacts concern about environmental issues, including climate change. Prior to joining ecoAmerica, Caroline interned at the Pacific Institute, an environmental think-tank based in Oakland, CA, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust in Palo Alto, CA. Caroline is a recipient of the Udall Scholarship.

Susan Johnson
Director of Finance and Administration

Suzy joins ecoAmerica after ten years serving as the CFO/Treasurer for Rice Associates, Inc., the firm offers a broad range of surveying and mapping services to a diverse base of public and private clients. While there she oversaw the growth of the corporation from a small business entity to a multi-million dollar corporation. She also spearheaded the transition of the privately owned corporation into a fully functioning ESOP with employees owning more than 49% of the company. Before Rice Associates she was the Controller for a large national non-profit dealing with the issue of hunger in the United States and abroad. She received her BS from George Mason University with a major in Business and a minor in Accounting. She volunteers for the local farmers market and acts as a mentor for unwed teenage mothers in her community. On her downtime she enjoys spending time with her four sons, grandson, and her husband of over 27 years. She also enjoys attending rallies and going for long rides with her husband on their Harley. Suzy resides in Virginia with her family and 3 dogs.

Dirk Kincannon

Chief Administrative Officer

Dirk Kincannon is ecoAmerica’s Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for finance, human resources, systems, and operations. Prior to ecoAmerica Dirk was the Chief Operating Officer at Vivaterra where he oversaw finance, operations, and administration. Before Vivaterra he held positions in financial management as Director of Finance at Napastyle and as Controller of eGain Communications (EGAN), where he helped lead the company through its IPO in 1999. Dirk began his finance career at Velocity, Inc. and served as accounting manager there and later at WhoWhere?—now part of Lycos, Inc. Dirk received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from Golden Gate University. He was a volunteer English teacher in West Sumatra, Indonesia with Volunteers in Asia and also taught in Hungary. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing piano (especially duets with his daughter) and loves to cycle and swim.

Nickie Kluge

Sector Marketing Manager

Nickie collaborates on the strategy for, and oversees the direction in the planning, creation, production, and management of sector engagement marketing, programs, and strategic partnerships for ecoAmerica’s MomentUs program. Prior to joining ecoAmerica, Nickie worked as marketing manager for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for the Institute at the Golden Gate and the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary programs, managing partnerships and developing and managing a diverse set of advertising, print, video, social media, and web projects and strategies. She has worked on campaigns to implement healthy and sustainable food in America’s national parks, expand environmental thought leadership programs, develop environmentally and financially sustainable opportunities for youth in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and empower communities to gain access to fresh water in the Galápagos Islands. Before working in the public sector, she managed marketing projects for two technology firms over six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts: TV, Radio, and Film with a certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Peggy Knudson

Vice President of Development

Peggy is responsible for identifying, cultivating, winning and stewarding donors for ecoAmerica. She has nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising and grantmaking, including at the Brookings Institution, where she was Director of Development for Foreign Policy; at the Center for American Progress, where she was Senior Vice President for Development; at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where she was Vice President for Development. She started her career at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she was promoted to Acting Director of the Fund’s Berlin office in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Peggy has also been Associate Senior Editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Executive Director of Women In International Security (a networking organization designed to promote women as decision makers in foreign and defense affairs), and a Marketing Manager at the Treuhandanstalt, the German privatization agency that restructured and sold formerly state-owned East German companies. Beyond the professional realm, Peggy has volunteered as a third-grade teacher in Ibadan, Nigeria. Peggy has an M.A. in European studies and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in journalism and English from the University of North Dakota, in her home state. She is fluent in German and has lived in Freiburg, Dresden, and Berlin, her favorite city, where you can always bring your bike on the mass transit system and the trains run everywhere and on time. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family, and dreams of the day when the 200-year-old post-and-beam cabin they are rebuilding on the Cacapon River in West Virginia will be finished.

Kirra Krygsman

Associate Marketing Manager

Kirra Krygsman supports the planning, production, and management of sector engagement marketing, programs, and strategic partnerships for ecoAmerica’s MomentUs program. Formally, Kirra supported both of ecoAmerica's research and marketing departments, and has recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Human Health and the Environment. Prior to joining ecoAmerica Kirra interned for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she gathered and analyzed information on developments in international clean technology market trends for companies in the Bay area. She also has a passion for scientific research, as she has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researching and presenting on carbon fixation in algae for biofuels. Kirra throughly enjoys running, yoga, surfing and during the winter months she can be found snowboarding down the slopes in Tahoe. Go Bears!

Hanna Mandell

Marketing Intern

Hanna is a senior at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in Integrative Biology and Spanish. She supports the team by assisting with marketing strategy and execution, balanced by coursework and fieldwork focused on human anatomy/physiology - and exploring new areas of biology. In the past, Hanna has worked in various healthcare settings; particularly, she contributed to the implementation of a medical clinic in a rural village of Honduras and found value in her interactions with members of the community. Aside from her aspiration to attend medical school, Hanna is the founder of The Brain Connection, a non-profit tutoring organization that she developed and launched in 2008. Under her supervision and off-site direction, the program continues to encourage the academic success of young learners. Hanna’s passion for innovation allows her to bring a creative perspective to her work at ecoAmerica. When she’s not studying, Hanna loves to dance, listen to music, and travel the world with her family. Go Bears!

Deb Mindel

Digital Technology Manager

As the Digital Technology Manager, Deb is responsible for the project and product management of the MomentUs website. This includes the design, build, and maintenance of sector microsites, online presence, digital communications, and backend platforms. Deb is enthusiastic about information design centered on the customer journey. Prior to joining ecoAmerica, she managed the product development and strategy of an educational portal for the largest photography trade association, and provided digital marketing expertise to National Geographic Traveler. She led the integrated marketing and digital communications strategy as Director of Marketing for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, a world-renowned photography education center. In a more temperate climate, Deb managed the user experience, creative direction, and content strategy for the $1.5M Webby award-winning website of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is a cum laude graduate of Carnegie Mellon and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, when she’s not out exploring the national parks with her camera.

Bob Perkowitz
Founder and President

Bob Perkowitz is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, writer, investor and distance cyclist. Over the past 25 years Bob has been President of direct marketing and manufacturing organizations with revenues reaching $600 million, including Cornerstone Brands, Smith+Noble and Joanna Western Mills. Bob currently is Managing Partner of VivaTerra LLC and ecoSalon LLC and a partner in Arqua Equity Partners, LLC. In the non-profit sector, in addition to his work with ecoAmerica, Bob is on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Defense Fund of North Carolina and World Bicycle Relief. He also served a Trustee of the Sierra Club Foundation from 2001-2007. Bob received a B.S. in Social Thought from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He resides in Washington, DC and San Francisco with his wife Lisa Renstrom. Bob has ridden his bike across North and South America, Australia, Europe and part of Asia, and is currently trying to figure out how to complete the Asia ride and pedal across Africa.

Andrea Putman

Higher Education Director

Andrea Putman is the Higher Education Director for MomentUs.  Previously, she was Director of Corporate Partnerships for Second Nature on behalf of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.  As Second Nature’s Director of Sustainability Financing, she co-managed the partnership between the Clinton Climate Initiative and the ACUPCC. 

Andrea is founder and president of Green Innovations. She is the co-author of Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change,The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities and editor of Financing Sustainability on Campus.  Andrea is a developer/facilitator for Ithaca College’s Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership program.  She helped establish the Higher Education Committee for the American Council on Renewable Energy.  Andrea supported the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program with the Cadmus Group and with ICF Consulting. 

She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton.  Andrea lives with her husband and sons in Arlington, VA.

Lita Reyes

Business Program Director

As the Business Sector Director, Lita brings both sales and marketing acumen from her corporate experience and as partner/CEO at Reyes Marketing. She understands consumer behavior, has designed nationally scaled promotions, and has helped to grow over 20 major brands in local, national, and global markets. She has worked at world-class companies such as AT&T, Mars. Inc., and Sprint, and formed long-term client relationships with TomKat Charitable Trust, Charles Schwab, and Lee Hecht Harrison. Lita is passionate about our environment and sustainability as well as energized by positively engaging executives, thought leaders, philanthropists, and consumers. She has a unique ability to bring disparate groups together, cultivate clarity to align team efforts, and motivate teams and leaders alike to achieve a shared vision. She lives in San Francisco and when not working, Lita thrives on the warmth of her family and friends, hiking in diverse environments, sustainable food, and fine art photography.

Meighen Speiser
Chief Engagement Officer

Meighen is ecoAmerica's Chief Engagement Officer, overseeing the strategy and management of marketing, programs, and research for ecoAmerica and ecoAmerica initiatives. Before joining ecoAmerica, Meighen was the Brand Director for (RED). She was integral to the conception, launch and continued growth of the (RED) brand, and led collaboration with partners (Gap, Hallmark, Windows and more) on all consumer-facing expressions of their (PRODUCT) RED partnership. Meighen also worked at Mattel, Inc. where she held roles in brand and marketing for their consumer products division with over 1,000 worldwide licensees of the Barbie other Mattel brands. Previously, Meighen achieved success in financial services as VP Marketing for Robertson Stephens Investment Bank. As Chief Engagement Officer at ecoAmerica, Meighen fulfills her long-time goal of a career in sustainability and to lead marketing for an eco-progressive organization. Meighen lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young children.

Jennifer Tabola

Health Sector Director

Prior to joining ecoAmerica as the Health Sector Director for MomentUs, Jennifer served as the Senior Director of Education at the National Environmental Education Foundation where she led national strategy, programming and partnerships to advance K-12 environmental education and equip youth to develop solutions to environmental challenges through grants, awards, learning resources, contests and events, including National Environmental Education Week, the country’s largest celebration of environmental education. Jennifer’s career spans the nonprofit, government and philanthropic sectors and includes serving as one of the inaugural AmeriCorps Program Officers and the Director of Training and Education for the National Civilian Conservation Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service, helping to establish an early literacy initiative in Minnesota which has become the country’s largest state AmeriCorps program, conducting executive search with the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, and running a consulting practice tackling environmental, education and civic engagement issues.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador with her husband, Jennifer helped develop the country's first urban environmental youth service corps and collaborated with international and local NGOs to establish a community mobile health clinic. A Las Vegas, Nevada native, Jennifer earned a Bachelor's in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and holds a Master’s in Education, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She has served as an Executive Fellow crafting welfare to work policy within the California Governor’s Office and as an Education Policy Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership. Jennifer serves on the Green Schools National Network Advisory Council, is a certified Master Naturalist, and loves adventures on the sports field, in the great outdoors and urban centers, and on the stage with her two young boys.

Jeremiah Worrell

Office Administrator

As office administrator, Jeremiah works closely with the director of finance & administration and the senior leadership team to provide high-level administrative and operational support, while managing all aspects of the day-to-day running of the office. Prior to joining the ecoAmerica team, he worked for seven years as an operations manager for Regus Business Centers, where he oversaw the operations and accounting for his location, ensuring budget compliance and profitability on the local level and for the company at large. Jeremiah also worked at the United States Department of Justice as an office assistant in the Civil Division. Jeremiah studied Business Administration at Georgetown University before transferring to pursue other professional pursuits and passions.

In addition to his professional duties, Jeremiah works tirelessly at his church where he is very active in the music department as a choir director and vocalist, leveraging his studies in vocal music education from George Mason University. Singing and recording with the choir has afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively and to help his community through outreach events.

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