The Leadership Team It's Nice to Meet You!

Engineers for a Sustaianble World is run by a group of dedicated volunteers distributed across the United States. The Leadership Team consists of the core group of volunteers that manage the day to day activities of the organization. Both our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are volunteer boards.

Brittany Bennett, Executive Director

Brittany Bennett is the Executive Director of Engineers for a Sustainable World. She has been a part of ESW for five years since 2012, starting in her first year at Smith College where she was a Chapter President. Brittany was involved in one of ESW-Smith's premiere projects - the design of a cargo bicycle to transport goods for Dining Services. After winning Smith's "Sustainable Leader" award, Brittany went on to become the first Director of Chapter Relations at ESW-Headquarters in 2013. As Director, Brittany restructured the relationship between ESW chapters and Headquarters. Brittany is also the author of ESW's Chapter Leader Guide. After a year with ESW-HQ, she decided to pursue her passion for K-12 education. Brittany created new STEM lesson plans, workshops, and other educational content for ESW. She was later promoted to Deputy Director, and eventually became the Executive Director of ESW. As ED, Brittany is dedicated to supporting projects, both student and professional, that have a lasting sustainable impact on campuses, in communities, and in the world.

Our Team

Sohn Cook
Deputy Director

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Zoe Bottcher
Build Day Program Director

I give chapters the support that they need for successful Build Day Events in their local communities!

Sophie Hopps-Weber
Chapter Relations Coordinator

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Alyssa Recinella
Annual Conference Chair

I unite our membership for the biggest event on the year!

Alexandria Julius
CommUnity Program Director

I empower teams of students to create more resilient communities!

Yamit Lavi
Professional Members Coordinator

I help start up new professional chapters and oversee our professional member programming.

Ananna Anu
Branding Coordinator

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Crystal Andrews
Professional Relations Coordinator

I help connect professionals with ESW and help keep professionals engaged and up to date!

Arianna Alonso
Chapter Relations Coordinator

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Mariam Beg
Social Media Coordinator

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Shushman Choudhury
Content Coordinator

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Jackson Coleman
Professional Relations Coordinator

Civil E.I.T. at Stantec within the Water and Wastewater Department in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Priya Donti
New Chapter Development Coord.

I help bring new chapters into our amazing ESW network.

Egoamaka Egbe
Public Relations/Marketing Director

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Blakeley Ficenec
Chapter Relations Coordinator

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Stephen Le
New Chapter Development Coordinator

I help build new chapters across the country and make a few people smile in the process!

Laura Lilienkamp
Small Projects Grant Director

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Molly Patterson
Chapter Relations Coordinator

I help chapters get where they wanna go while having fun along the way.

Troy Salvatore
Chapter Relations Coordinator

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Sebastien Selarque
International Development Coordinator

I work to be a contact point of the feasibility and logistics of developing international chapters.

Rachel Starr
Chapter Relations Coordinator

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Kyle Gracey, Board Chair

Kyle uses his scientific, policy and communications experience to advance climate change and energy issues. As the Natural Resources Lead for PreScouter, he helps companies find sustainability technologies to better their products and services. As an independent digital and strategy consultant, Kyle supports sustainability organizations like the U.S. Climate Action Network and U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. His other positions have included: Research Scientist, Science Coordinator and Interim Communications Manager at natural resources accounting nonprofit Global Footprint Network; Energy & Climate Fellow at Worldwatch Institute; Executive Director at youth environmental justice nonprofit SustainUS; Environmental Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Science & Environment Consultant at Gade Environmental Group. He has significant international policy experience, having participated in numerous sustainability negotiations in the United Nations and other global meetings around the world. He has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for ten years and was a part of the Paris Agreement negotiations, working with Climate Action Network – International. Kyle also co-founded the youth constituency at the UN climate change negotiations. Kyle also serves as chair or former chair of several other nonprofit boards. He holds degrees in ecological economics, biochemistry & biophysics, and geophysical sciences & public policy. He is earning his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Board of Directors

Rena Chen
Executive Director, Spark Scholars

Alex Dale, PhD
Solve, MIT

Paulo Lopes
Environmental Attorney

Maple Zhang
Senior Strategic Planning Manager, Walt Disney Studios

Brian Lange
Partner + Data Scientist, Datascope Analytics, Datascope Analytics

Peter Rowan
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Fox Networks Group

Advisory Board

Illana Aldor
Research Scientist, Bridgestone

Karin Dykeman
Technology Education Teacher, Liverpool, NY

Kristin Kielich
Operational Strategic Initiatives Senior Business Analyst

Marilyn Waite
Author, Sustainability at Work (Routledge)

Melissa O'Mara
Founder & Chief Catalyst, i3Activate

Michael Frey
Development Officer, Association for Energy Affordability

Mike Alcazaren
MBA candidate, Simon Business School