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Ryan manages Delta’s portfolio of carbon and agriculture initiatives, focusing on business services, emission reduction incentives, and market infrastructure development. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance on corporate reporting initiatives, creating conservation opportunities for farmers and forest owners, and identifying strategies to expand access to emerging markets. He also develops new projects and partnerships to advance Delta’s mission, particularly around urban agriculture and climate change. While at Delta, Ryan has worked on a wide range of issues related to environmental markets, business development, land planning, green procurement, energy management, and local food systems. He is a member of the Chicago Advocates for Urban Agriculture Steering Committee and holds a B.S. in Finance from North Park University and a M.A. in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds.
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Tom has a deep background in sustainability, clean tech innovation and the market factors that drive environmental conduct in the private sector, with special experience in the energy industry. He developed his expertise through the four years he spent at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX, the world’s pioneer in emissions trading), ultimately as Senior Vice President of Membership, and through extended assignments with the Clean Energy Trust and, most recently, as Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy for Delta Institute. At CCX Tom promoted the development of market-based tools to measure and reduce harmful emissions. He has been a strong public voice in academic and industry settings on environmental policy and market mechanisms for emissions reductions, and has worked with the power industry, manufacturers and NGOs. Tom is an attorney with almost two decades of civil trial experience in Cook County, Illinois, recording dozens of verdicts and appeals and distinguishing himself in the legal community. As Senior Advisor at Delta, Tom applies his experience in facilitation and negotiation, bringing together divergent groups at the intersection of energy and environment in community consultation. Tom was an invited member of the Chicago Society of Trial Lawyers and the Loyola University School of Law’s Circle of Advocates, and taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola University’s law school and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He earned his JD from Loyola University School of Law and his BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Kevin Dick, LEED AP + O&M
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Kevin is the Project Manager of Certifications Programs, a portfolio that encompasses LEED EB O&M and C&I certifications, and other emerging standards. With more than ten years of experience managing and implementing energy efficiency and green building projects, Kevin has a wide experience in many aspects of building and operations. Previous to his current role, Kevin managed implementation of the residential programs for the Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program and Nicor Gas Efficiency Program, founded and directed the Delta Institute Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Program, and managed over four million square feet of LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certified projects for the Delta Institute, including Silver Certification of NBC Tower and Gold Certification of Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. Kevin has presented on, published, and provided trainings on a variety of topics, including energy efficiency and weatherization, green cleaning, native landscaping, best management practices for stormwater, urban forest diversity, and endangered species management. Kevin has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a M.A. in Geography & Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.
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Donna has long been committed to designing programs to bring economic development opportunities to underserved communities. A co-founder of the Delta Institute, Donna also founded and served as the executive director of a local economic and employment development council and has held leadership positions in nonprofit organizations and consulting groups dedicated to those issues. She also served as Deputy Commissioner for Industrial Development with the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, where she worked with the Department of Environment to create the city’s $50 million Brownfield Redevelopment Initiative. She established the Model Industrial Corridors Program and was involved in efforts to promote retail development in underserved areas, negotiate redevelopment agreements, supervise infrastructure improvement programs and establish site assistance services. She has developed and managed brownfield site redevelopment strategies, secured pre-development, development and technical assistance funds, facilitated the creation of numerous community, redevelopment, sustainable development and strategic plans, and designed and managed a collaborative public policy forums. Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Carleton College and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.
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Kelly provides the Delta Institute with over 10 years of experience in non-profit and small business administration. As Director of Finance and Operations, Kelly keeps the office running by managing human resources, office operations, and accounting responsibilities. She also oversees administrative support, quality assurance, and file management. Kelly holds a Bachelors degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Development from DePaul University.
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Lucy provides technical assistance with financial and project management tracking software, and also assists staff in completing reports and grant requirements for more than 20 funded projects. Lucy has five years of experience working at nonprofit organizations in areas such as women's rehabilitation, education and environment. She started her work in grants administration at Neighborhood Development associates, writing grants for low-income housing developments. Lucy graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Sociology and International Peace Studies.
Brittany Gifford is a Technical Associate, providing technical support for programs including the Great Lakes training program, brownfield redevelopment, green buildings and agriculture initiatives. Before joining Delta Institute, Brittany was a researcher at Argonne National Lab, working on water treatment and automobile recycling technologies. She was also a Research Fellow at the U.S. EPA focusing on environmental cleanup and emergency preparedness. Brittany's most recent role was Research Associate at both the Energy Policy Institute and Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, working on renewable energy policy research. Brittany holds a B.S. in Biology from Lewis University and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Chicago.
Anthena brings more than five years of experience in office administration and communications to the Delta Institute. Her responsibilities include general office duties and departmental support. She has completed work programs with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, Gallery 37 and the HOI United Way. She holds a first honors diploma from St. Ignatius College Prep and a Bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Economics from Bradley University.
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Matt Harrison provides program and technical assistance across Delta’s project portfolio, including incentives and strategies for emission reduction, carbon and nutrient trading, climate change adaptation and mitigation, waste diversion, energy efficiency, urban agriculture, brownfield redevelopment, ecosystem modeling and restoration, and ecosystem service valuation. Before joining Delta, Matt worked collaboratively to identify a system of incentives and strategic engagement opportunities for conservation among private landholders in a New England watershed, through payment for watershed services. Most recently, at the Metropolitan Planning Council, he conducted research in support of policy and legislative initiatives and provided technical assistance for water resources management, planning, and project implementation. Matt holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.S. from the University of Michigan.
Melissa Lott is a Technical Associate at the Delta Institute’s Michigan Office, providing support for programs including the Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan and Business Energy Financing Programs as well as programs with a focus on phytoremediation and reforestation among others. Her areas of experience include environmental sustainability, urban agriculture, land use, economic development and human services. Before joining the Delta Institute, Melissa was a research assistant at Michigan State University focusing on nonmotorized trails and greenways. She went on to join the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance assisting with the promotion and development of nonmotorized trails. Melissa’s has also worked with the Ingham County Land Bank as the Garden Program Coordinator, providing a connection between land and other resources while assisting residents in developing, managing and maintaining urban gardening projects. Melissa holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a M.S. in Natural Resources in the Department of Community Agriculture Recreation Resource Studies from Michigan State University.
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Colleen assists with the day to day operations of the Chicago Green Office Challenge, which helps buildings throughout the City of Chicago reduce their environmental impacts and further Chicago’s sustainability goals. Her broader interests include regenerative architectural design, urban ecology, biomimicry, and public interest design. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin
Katie Yocum Musisi
Communications & Development Manager
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Katie brings to Delta over 7 years of experience in strategic communications and public policy in the nonprofit and government spheres. Previously, Katie served as Deputy Chief of Staff at Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that works to promote economic development and improve quality of life in rural America, and her prior employers include the Federal Communications Commission and the Media and Democracy Coalition in Washington, D.C. At Delta Institute, Katie oversees development activities and associated communications and marketing. Katie holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As an entrepreneur and business executive, John advises the Delta Institute on its social ventures strategy. John is the founding partner and CFO of Hodo Soy, a leading producer of organic tofu for the grocery and food service markets. As founding partner at Hodo, John performed every job and managed every function needed during the company's growth, with a focus on strategy, marketing, and finance. Prior to launching Hodo, John was the first employee at ViaFone, one of the earliest players in mobile phone application software, and managed business planning and distribution operations for Motorola in China. Through much of this time, he also independently developed real estate properties. John earned his MBA from Kellogg School of Management and BA from Dartmouth College.
Todd joined the Delta Institute in 2006, bringing a unique combination of natural resource management experience and environmental law. In addition to managing Delta’s Michigan office, Todd develops projects in the areas of pollution prevention, energy efficiency, sustainable development, and ecosystem services. Todd was also part of the team that created Michigan Saves, a non-profit organization dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable. He served a 1 year term as a Director on the Michigan Saves Board and now staffs Michigan Saves as the Manager of Contractor Services. Todd holds a Masters degree in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School and a Bachelors degree in Forestry from Michigan State University.
Chief Executive Officer
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Jean Pogge is CEO of Delta Institute, a center of innovation that creates market opportunities to achieve environmental sustainability and economic development. Pogge is known nationally as a leader in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors with a particular expertise in building triple bottom line institutions. Pogge spent 18 years at ShoreBank, the first and largest community development and conservation bank in the U.S. At ShoreBank, Pogge served as Executive Vice President of the Community and Consumer Banking Group and was a member of the bank’s Executive Leadership Team. Prior to joining ShoreBank, Pogge served as President of the Woodstock Institute, a national non-profit research and policy organization working in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform policy. She also has served as curriculum consultant and adjunct professor for the Certificate in Non-profit Management through the Great Cities Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jean holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from Barat College.
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Eve joined Delta Institute as program manager, focusing on sustainability, new markets and energy efficiency projects. Previous to her current role, Pytel most recently served the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in Chicago as Director, Environmental Initiatives and led the Clean Air Counts Program. In addition, Pytel served as associate director of environmental initiatives at Chicago’s LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) Council. Pytel has won numerous awards and published nearly a dozen papers, including several regarding the devastating effects of emerald ash borer. She earned a master’s degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
Margaret Renas, LEED AP O+M
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Margaret Renas, PE, LEED AP O+M is an environmental engineer at Delta Institute. Margaret is responsible for project management and implementation of sustainability related projects including: energy efficiency programs; waste management initiatives (i.e. management of construction and demolition debris and electronic waste); sustainability plans and product certifications; process mapping programs for the manufacturing sector; quality assurance/quality control for weatherization programs; and consulting, research and analysis for LEED green building design. Margaret received a B.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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Vanessa manages Delta’s residential energy efficiency programs, administering grant funds to low-income homeowners to receive energy efficiency services, developing energy efficiency contractor best practices and piloting green healthy services to address homes more holistically. She also manages the Chicago Green Office Challenge, assisting buildings throughout the City of Chicago helping them with tools to be more efficient in their buildings. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. She is an avid biker and succulent grower who likes to volunteer with Chicago Short Film Brigade, Fire This Time Fund, Rebuilding Together Chicago, Third Coast Audio Festival, Chicago Botanic Gardens and the American Indian Center of Chicago.
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Bill has been with Delta Institute for eight years, and serves as Managing Director, overseeing project management, finance, administrative and development strategy across the organization. He leads several project areas, including those related to climate, agriculture, water and ecosystems. Bill also provides expertise and technical assistance to a range of Delta’s programs including sustainability planning, environmental management, energy efficiency, economic development, protocol and policy development and analysis, pollution prevention, brownfield redevelopment, data analysis and modeling. He holds a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and a M.S. in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University.
Senior Technical Associate
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Dan Swick is a senior technical associate at the Delta Institute. He provides programmatic and technical support for many of Delta’s programs, including carbon market initiatives, waste diversion, energy efficiency, data analysis and modeling and ecosystem services initiatives. Dan has a background in geospatial technology, specifically remote sensing, environmental management and ecosystem services applications. Before joining the Delta staff, Dan was a project coordinator for the Chicago Department of Environment’s Sustainable Backyard Program, a rebate program designed to incentivize small-scale ecosystem services on residential property. Dan holds a BGS in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas.
Sean Terry is a Technical Associate at the Delta Institute. Sean utilizes his background in physical planning, construction and building performance to provide programmatic and administrative support on a number of Delta’s initiatives related to the built environment, including: Delta’s Weatherization Program, Deconstruction, Waste Diversion and Resource Management, LEED Certification, and Brownfield Redevelopment. Sean also provides support on a number of Delta’s community outreach initiatives focused on resident and stakeholder engagement; data logging consumer behaviors; and program design focused on contractor-related training/enterprise development in relevant environmental sustainability sectors such as green building retrofitting, recycling and adaptive reuse strategies.
Sean has received a B.S., Community Planning & Urban Studies, Alabama A&M University, M.A., Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Elise helps in developing triple bottom line ventures that address pressing environmental and social issues. She is the founder and executive director of Delta's affiliate social venture, Rebuilding Exchange, whose mission is to transform the waste paradigm, turning would-be liabilities into assets, while creating new markets and living wage jobs for people with barriers to employment and forging a sustainable local economy. At Delta, Elise has led a number of sustainability projects, including the development of the 2011 Cook County Solid Waste Plan and the LEED certification for the 4.2 million square foot Merchandise Mart. Before joining Delta, Elise was the Project Coordinator for Chicago Center for Green Technology, a former brownfield site turned LEED Platinum business incubator and project of City of Chicago, Department of Environment. Elise is a member of the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation and board member of Building Materials Reuse Association. She is also a 2013 Chicago Community Trust Leadership Fellow and a 2012 Chicago Magazine Green Award winner. Elise has a BA from University of Illinois, at Chicago.