Board of Directors

Keally DeWitt

Keally DeWitt is a clean energy business executive and mindfulness practitioner and facilitator. She currently serves as Vice President, Marketing and Public Policy at GAF Energy, a solar start-up nested within the largest roofing company in the world. Convictions that carbon-neutral is the new black--and that being fully present, kind and curious is key to strong relationships and organizational results--drive her work. 

She started in renewables as the Head of Marketing for the largest solar company in the Northeast before moving into marketing and public policy leadership roles at Sunrun and SunPower. As the National Organizing Director of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), Fortune magazine described the netroots work she pioneered as “radically changing” political advocacy through digital technology. Prior to joining GAF Energy, she served as Head of Marketing at Mosaic, the largest solar loan provider in the U.S. She has a BA from Brown University.

Omay Elphick

Omay serves as Director of Power Marketing at Gravity Renewables, Inc.  With a decade of experience in renewable energy development and a decade of experience at environmental advocacy and higher education institutions, Omay brings a unique perspective to Gravity Renewables’ community and institutional focused project development model. Prior to joining Gravity Renewables, Omay was Director of Project Development at Alteris Renewables focusing on developing commercial scale solar projects for municipal, higher education and private school customers.  Earlier in his career he served as Deputy Director for People’s Power and Light, a green power marketing and advocacy group supporting community-scale wind, solar, small hydro and cow-power projects in New England.  Omay received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Skidmore College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has been a Senior Fellow at the Environmental Leadership Program in Washington, DC since 2006.  He is an avid wooden boat builder and furniture maker and lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and family.

Charles Herrick

Dr. Herrick is retired Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Stratus Consulting. He has consulted extensively with a wide range of U.S. government agencies, providing analytical input and strategic direction on issues including climate change adaptation, acid rain, sustainable fisheries management, environmental indicators, public right-to-know, and control of invasive species.  A leading expert in program evaluation, he designed program theories of change and other evaluation frameworks to characterize a variety of program delivery mechanisms, outcomes, and impacts for major foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit service-delivery organizations. As a consultant to municipal and water sector research foundations, he partnered with municipal and utility executives and managers to address topics including watershed management, organizational cultural change to support sustainable operations, emergency response planning, protection of critical information, and implementation and evaluation of environmental regulatory tools and programs.

Throughout his career, Dr. Herrick has maintained active association with academia, teaching regularly and publishing frequently in the peer reviewed and refereed literature.  He is currently adjunct faculty at New York University’s Washington Center. He is active in non-profit board service, including his role as Treasurer of ELP. This Spring, he was appointed by Washington DC Mayor Bowser to serve on the Citizen’s Advisory Commission to the Chesapeake Bay Program. He is recipient of the Friendship Place 2018 Benjamin Cooper Award for “outstanding contributions to the cause of ending homelessness” in the greater Washington, DC metro area.  

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones is the Program Director for the education and diversity programs in NSF’s Geosciences Directorate. At NSF, Brandon’s portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate education and workforce development programs as well as diversity and inclusion efforts as they relate to geoscience disciplines and STEM overall. Brandon is currently a board member for the American Geophysical Union and member of the Dean's Advisory committee for University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Brandon received a BA in biology from The Lincoln University (PA) and both his graduate degrees in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. He taught five years of high school science in the interim between his postgraduate degrees.

Christina Kakoyannis

Christina serves as the Director of Conservation Planning & Evaluation for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Since 2007, she has led a collaborative effort to institutionalize performance measurement, evaluation, and adaptive management into the Foundation’s conservation grantmaking. Her efforts have contributed to the Foundation becoming a results-driven organization which learns from its experience and achieves greater impact. Prior to NFWF, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Evaluation Support Division. Christina is active in the field of program evaluation. She served as the Chair of the Environmental Program Evaluation group for the American Evaluation Association from 2015-2017 and was a founding organizer of the Environmental Evaluator’s Network, a community of practice committed to improving environmental evaluation. Christina holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University. 

Mary Nemerov

Mary Nemerov has worked in board development and fundraising for environmental organizations for more than 15 years. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the University of Michigan, Mary has led major fundraising efforts in both the Northeast and California. In June 2014, she took on the leadership of the Sierra Club’s Office of Advancement, where she manages membership and direct marketing, planned giving, business partnerships, and major gifts efforts. She continues to play an engaged role in working with the Sierra Club’s most generous donors.

Shiva Prakash

Shiva is an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) where her work centers on addressing the legal barriers to community-owned renewable energy and other climate justice and energy democracy oriented campaigns in New York City and State. Before joining NYLPI, Shiva completed legal internships at the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Conservation Law Foundation, and a judicial internship with the Honorable Judge Thompson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to her legal career, Shiva worked at New Ecology Inc., a Boston-based non-profit, where she was a project manager on affordable and public housing projects incorporating energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, and other aspects of environmentally sustainable and socially conscious design. Shiva received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar, a Master’s in City Planning (MCP) specializing in Housing, Community, and Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a B.S. in Economics also from MIT. 

Jeff Roth

Jeff Roth is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Associate with over 20 years of experience. He has been a leader within the Firm’s disaster management exercise team for over 15 years where he plans and executes disaster management exercises. He has personally designed and facilitated over 100 environmental and disaster management planning conferences and exercises.

Jeff is a native of the Detroit area.  After receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, he attended the U.S. Army Chemical School, graduating with honors in 1997. In 2007, he earned a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has related certificates in Decision Making for Climate Change and Disaster Management with certifications as a FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner, Business Continuity Planner, Project Management Professional, and Certified Floodplain Manager.  Prior to his time at Booz Allen Hamilton, Jeff was a Chemical Officer in the U.S. Army.  He was then a Chemical, Natural Energy, and Utilities consultant with Accenture in New York City and executed projects for DuPont, CONSOL Energy, Rhodia Chemicals, and American Water.

Jeff has a strong interest in green architecture, urban sustainability, and photography.  His volunteer commitments reflect his interest in community-based energy and environmental solutions, including his work with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity and Engineers Without Borders.  He is a member of the Booz Allen Track Team and Marathon Teams, which compete in United States Corporate Athletic Association events annually.  He has a lifetime goal of running marathons on all seven continents and in all fifty states, including as many consecutive Boston Marathons as possible.  To this end, he has completed sixty-three marathons and will be running his 16th consecutive Boston Marathon in April 2017.

Ethell Vereen

Ethell Vereen, Ph.D., is highly motivated by a broad interest in environmental health, water quality, and environmental microbiology. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, at Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), one of the nation’s leading Historical Black Colleges and Universities; and the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men.

Ethell’s current research focuses on the ecology of waterborne diseases, with an emphasis on water quality. “My work on water quality is focused on understanding the sources, transformation, transport, and ecology of waterborne pathogens—specifically, Salmonella and Campylobacter, as well as fecal indicator organisms. I am also interested in exploring undergraduate STEM education and pedagogy, with an emphasis on Pan-African and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the sciences.”

Ethell was also recently awarded a $300,000 Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Metagenomic Approach to Assess Water Quality and Microbial Load Variability of an Urban Watershed,” which is expected to increase the research capacity at Morehouse College and provide additional training opportunities for the College’s STEM students. 

Ethell earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from South Carolina State University, a master’s degree in environmental health at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, and a doctorate in ecology from the University of Georgia. He was also a FIRST (Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.