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Career History

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Career History

2010 – present  Adjunct Faculty, SUNY Dutchess,  team teaching Sustainability 101 survey course.

2004 – present  Executive Director, Sustainable Hudson Valley (http://www.sustainhv.org).  Responsible for all aspects of strategy, organizational development, operations and funding for small regional organization that fosters sustainable community and economic development by linking energy and environmental action to green job opportunities. Highlights:

  • · Convened 7 regional summits and conferences to bring climate change, energy action and green economy opportunities to government, business and civic leaders;
  • · Introduced “local-first” economic strategies to the region through author tour of Michael Shuman’s Small Mart Revolution, showings of the film Independent America, and “local-first” economic strategy for 10 towns and villages;
  • · Co-convened first regional scenario planning exercise for climate change adaptation, Rising Waters;
  • · Designed and piloted 10% Challenge campaign to cut energy use 10% and build 10% participation, now gearing up in 14 communities representing over 100,000 people.
  • · Developed Resource Center for Sustainable Communities, a technical assistance and capacity building network of national experts, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and New York State Smart Growth Director.

2002 – 2007  Instructor and Adjunct Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, teaching required leadership course to 150 undergraduates and teaching upper-level Public Service Internship course engaging 25 students in community projects throughout Troy.

2001 – 2003  Executive Director, Sustainable Careers Institute and Career Counselor, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, NY City. Trained career counselors, counseled multicultural urban population including recent immigrants and 9/11 survivors.

1999 – 2000 Executive Director, Hudsonia.  Guided 25 year old, closely held environmental research institute through its first creation of strategic plan and internal policy framework; managed completion and outreach strategy for the Biodiversity Assessment Manual for the Hudson River Estuary Corridor; oversaw budget increase from $225,000 to $350,000; activated the board and doubled its size.

1998   Editorial Consultant, Stonyfield Farm.  Helped CEO of this fast-growing company develop first draft of corporate memoir published as Stirring it Up: How to Make Money and Save the World (2008).

1996 – 1997         Development Manager, Global Action Plan for the Earth.  Working with CEO and board, developed and administered  successful foundation and governmental grants, municipal contracts and marketing strategies for EcoTeam Program, a predecessor to The Low Carbon Diet: A Thirty Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds by David Gershon.

1995  Author, Making a Living While Making a Difference (first edition, Bantam;  2nd ed. 2000 and 3rd ed. 2007, New Society Publishers).

1993 – 1995         Research Associate, Center for Psychology and Social Change, Cambridge, MA.  Directed Corporate Leadership Research Initiative focusing on the psychology of decision makers taking unusual risks and initiatives for the common good.

1980 – 1992         Freelance journalist, author, communications consultant.

  • · Articles published in Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Business Ethics, Whole Life Times, Equal Times, New Age Journal
  • · Editor, Cambridge Express news and features weekly, 1981
  • · Author, Bearing Witness, Building Bridges: Interviews with North Americans Living and Working in Nicaragua (New Society Publishers 1984)
  • · Author, Breaking Ranks (New Society Publishers 1989)
  • · Featured speaker, Pastors for Peace humanitarian caravan to Nicaragua + 4 statewide educational tours with Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, 1985 -1990

Written by melissaeverett

August 17, 2011 at 4:10 am

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