Donna Hope

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Eastern Regional Network
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Environmental Diversity Consultant
New York New York

Named one othe "Top Women in Conservation & Environmental Justice" by ECODiversity Magazine, Donna U. Hope is a NYC-based environmental engineering specialist. Her company, UHope-Consulting, specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and diversity/equity/inclusion. Current clients include The JPB Foundation environment division to assist grantees supporting regional development of equitable, clean energy job transitions in low income communities and communities of color. Another client is the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (US DOE - NREL),  to assist with diversifying their collegiate wind turbine technology competition. Donna is also a Managing Partner of the HBCU Greenfund, raising awareness and funding for water and energy retrofits, and promoting environmental curriculum development in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

As an advisor and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the environmental movement,  Donna had the honor of being the first asked to help develop a Climate Equity Advisory Committee in 2016 for the the public policy organization Demos.  Since June 2014, she has been on the Green 2.0 Advisory Board with The Raben Group, promoting the highly acclaimed report “State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies,” and the newly launched resource website  From 2013 - 2017, Donna was a founding Chair of the NYC chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) networking group, providing support opportunities to grow and develop as leaders, and tools to be effective change agents. EPOC is a program of the Center for Diversity & the Environment, whose mission is to racially and ethnically diversify the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, diversifying institutions, and building communities. EPOC was made possible by an ELP Innovation Grant to CDE founder and ELP Senior Fellow Marcelo Bonta, and there are EPOC chapters currently active in 7 cities across the U.S., with several others in development (usually chaired by an ELP Fellow!). 

Previously, Donna was a "dual-agent" policy advisor working in the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability and the Washington, D.C. policy advocacy non-profit Institute for Market Transformation, managing NYC's green building and energy efficiency initiative the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. The previous 15 years of employment have spanned the multi-varied universe of environmental careers, including ecological scientific research, hydraulic and GIS topographical computer modeling, sustainability advocacy, civil and environmental engineering consulting, and public policy. She have worked at private firms, non-profits, and local, state and federal government agencies around NY tri-state area and Washington D.C. Her focus has included air quality assessment, water quality and infrastructure monitoring, soil and groundwater remediation, food equity and urban farming, and energy efficiency policy (please see my LinkedIn profile).

In 2000, she earned dual undergraduate engineering degrees from Spelman College and Renssealer Polytechnic Institute (RPI),  and in 2003 earned a MS in Environmental Engineering from RPI. Donna is a 2011 Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a LEED Green Associate. Donna is also one of the first 100 EcoDistricts Accredited Professionals.

In her free time, Donna enjoys reading thought-provoking books, listening to phenomenal music, and copious amounts of camping, hiking, exploring, and otherwise outdoor & nature-loving activities!