June 1, 2015
Michelle is the Partnership Coordinator at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, a public Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school in Manhattan. Her role encompasses working with industry partners, teachers and administrators to develop and implement the school’s training and work-based learning programs for 9-12 grade students in the career fields of sustainable buildings and horticulture. Before joining UAGC, Michelle served as an Americorps VISTA and then Outreach Coordinator with nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives, launching it’s Los Angeles office. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, and has been certified as an instructor by organizations including the USGBC, Roots of Success, and the Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunities Program. Michelle is also a founding partner of Dandelion Community Ventures, established in Brooklyn in 2014.
Jordan Bonomo – Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Jordan joined GreenHomeNYC in 2009 and coordinated the Green Building Tours program for six years before joining the board – though he still helps organize the occasional tour. He is currently the Building Energy Auditor for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Prior to his career in energy efficiency, he was a campaign organizer for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. Before that, he lived in Thailand, teaching English to high school students. A native New Yorker, he enjoys exploring the City and making home brew in the world’s smallest kitchen. He holds a BA in Political Science from Boston University and an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Lucie Dupas – Entersolar
Lucie is one of the lead engineers at Entersolar, a commercial solar installer developing projects in the Northeast. She also heads up the Operations and Maintenance activities for EnterSolar. Prior to joining EnterSolar, Lucie started her career in solar working with Sollega, a solar racking company incubated in the NYC ACRE / NYU-Poly incubator, and she still has strong ties with clean energy startups in the city. Following Sollega, she worked at Bright Power as a Senior Solar Engineer at Bright Power, a NYC-based energy management company. Lucie has extensive experience making solar projects happen in the challenging NYC regulatory environment. Her background allows her to successfully lead a wide variety of projects, not limited to technical challenges. She graduated from INSA Lyon with a Masters Degree in Energy Engineering. When not at a solar installation, Lucie can be found in the kitchen cooking French food or at a museum.
Jim Henderson – Sustainability Consultant
A consultant at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Jim oversees asset management of the CHLDC real estate portfolio and manages the Two Shades of Green project which promotes energy efficient, green and healthy building improvements. He has also served as a Sustainability Consultant at NYG Green Partners and The Community Preservation Corporation. Jim is the co-founder of Friends of Stryker Park, a nonprofit community organization committed to transforming the north side of West 97th Street into a vibrant, multi-use green space and public amenity. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political Science from Queens College and a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Design, Construction & Development from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University. He is also certified as a Multifamily Building Analyst from the Building Performance Institute.
Evan Mason – Consultant
Evan Mason has experience in building science, business development and policy initiatives. She has provided project management, business development and technical services at Enterprise Community Partners, focusing on low cost/no cost measures to enhance building performance and reduce costs. Evan is also founder of Sustainable Homes and Yards, an organization that renovates rowhouses and apartments by incorporating building energy performance, historic preservation and interior and landscaping design expertise. Evan is on the Board of Scenic Hudson and the NY League of Conservation Voters. She holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College of Urban Affairs and Urban Planning. Evan has taught at Hunter College’s Department of Urban Planning and Affairs and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Planning and Development at Hunter College.
Dan has 26 years experience working in the field of energy efficiency. Dan began by performing energy audits and was a construction manager, in multi-family buildings for the Weatherization Department of New York City Housing Preservation and Development’s Energy Conservation Division. He currently serves as the Weatherization Director at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC). In that capacity he continues conducting energy audits, construction management and overall program management for the Weatherization Assistance Program at NMIC. Dan is also an active board member of the Association For Energy Affordability (AEA) for the last 20 years, for the past 6 years a member of the NYSWDA board of directors and serves on the board of Green HomeNYC as well. Dan is certified as an EPA Lead Paint Supervisor and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dan has presented at past ACI conferences, National and Regional WAP conferences, NESEA Boston / NYC and at each of the Multifamily Conferences held in NYC and Chicago.
Tom Sahagian – Retired
Tom became an energy geek in 1981 and retired in 2015. During that time he worked on just about every kind of energy-efficiency and renewable energy project there is. Most recently he worked at Enterprise Community Partners; previously he worked at NYC OLTPS, Rentricity, Power Concepts, Con Edison Solutions, EME Group, HPD and Banana Kelly. He is particularly proud to have served on former mayor Bloomberg’s Green Codes Task Force in 2009. Tom prefers to be in the field solving problems to sitting at a desk or in a meeting. He enjoys teaching and hopes to do more of that now that he’s retired.