RISC Cluster Members + Project Team


Cluster Members

Dean Alonistiotis

Chief of Staff to Commissioner Kim Du Buclet, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Chicago, IL

Dean helped lead efforts on launching the City of Chicago’s first impact investment fund, integrating socially responsible investment strategies to their investment portfolio as well as supporting small businesses to create impactful economic development opportunities across Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. He works for MWRD, a water/wastewater utility serving over ten million residents in the Greater Chicago area.

Sonia Brubaker

Director, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Sonia works across the nation to help local leaders make informed drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure decisions by providing expertise and oversee research on topics such as financial planning, affordability of water services, financing partnerships, and other innovative financing approaches.

Therese Dorau

Sustainability Consultant – Kim Lundren Associates, and former Director, Office of Sustainability, City of South Bend, IN

Therese led sustainability initiatives for the City of South Bend and is well regarded as an expert on preparing for the impacts of the climate crisis.

Grant Ervin

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Grant drives strategy creation and execution of citywide sustainability and resilience initiatives for the City of Pittsburgh. He leads environmental, social and governance reporting activities, fosters cross-sector and intra departmental partnerships and creates value for residents. Over the past 6 years he has helped set ambitious carbon reduction targets, built city-wide and district scale resilience strategies and crafted innovative decision support products, while leading a variety of social, environmental and economic development activities.

Lottie Ferguson

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Flint, MI

Lottie Ferguson’s experience in the nonprofit sector, early childhood and after-school programs, small business support, information technology and public health initiatives converged in this position, designed to help Flint recover from economic and environmental crises and to create a more resilient community. In partnership with the University of Michigan-Flint, Lottie is leading efforts to create the city’s first sustainability plan, that will prioritize resident input.

Mike Foley

Director - Department of Sustainability, Cuyahoga County, OH

Since 2015, as the first Director of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County, Mike has led the development of the County’s first Climate Change Action Plan, an award winning 4 MW landfill solar project, and a new County public utility focusing on microgrid districts. Mike is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 14th District from 2006 to 2014.

Ron Harris

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Minneapolis, MN

Ron Harris leads citywide resilience-building efforts in the city of Minneapolis. In partnership with the city’s enterprise and community partners, and business leaders, Ron’s work focuses on “shocks and stresses” including topics such as the impacts of racial inequity, climate adaptation needs, and the impact of economic inequality within community.

Joel Howrani Heeres

Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Detroit, MI

Joel leads sustainability-building efforts across the city of Detroit. In partnership with the city’s enterprise and community partners, and business leaders, he provides strategic leadership, tactical guidance, and technical skills to drive triple bottom line (environment, equity, & economics) strategy and actions to help Detroiters improve their lives through creating a healthier, greener, more vibrant city for all.

Rebecca Kiernan

Principal Resilience Planner, City of Pittsburgh

Rebecca focuses on building social, ecological, economic, and physical resilience to city-wide shocks and stresses. She develops and executes relevant analyses, plans and implementation projects for the City of Pittsburgh, serves on the City’s Shade Tree Commission and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority Municipal Oversight Committee, and helped develop the Pittsburgh Watershed Resilience Accelerator Program.

Tim Kingsland

Storm Water District/MS4 Coordinator, Hobart Sanitary/Storm Water District, IN

Tim Kingsland leads the development and use of innovative green infrastructure practices for the management of storm water and environment sustainability. Previously, he led engineering design and construction management as a consultant, and the administration of sanitary and storm water utilities, regulatory compliance, and municipal management as a public sector leader.

Matthew Lake

Executive Director, Merrillville Stormwater Utility, IN

A certified MS4 specialist and certified watershed management professional with over 20 years of experience, Matt has implemented an innovative award winning municipal stormwater program that includes low impact development requirements. Previously, Matt was the Statewide Programs Coordinator well as the Statewide Urban Forester for Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and also led successful initiatives that oversee design and installation of soil & water conservation practices on urban and agricultural lands throughout the State of Indiana.

Jamie McCarthy

Sustainable Development Coordinator, City of Kalamazoo, MI

Jamie leads city of Kalamazoo’s redevelopment and sustainability efforts through her role within Community Planning & Economic Development and as liaison to the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She is passionate about pragmatic solutions that leverage investments to create an urban environment that is more resilient, efficient, and equitable.

Kevin Meindl

Planning Commissioner & Transportation Council MPO Director, Chemung County, NY

Kevin has a background in sustainable land management and planning. He has two master’s degrees in landscape architecture and regional planning from Cornell University and previously led the green infrastructure program, Rain Check, for the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Sewer Authority. In his current role, he directs the strategy and development of multi-sector resilience initiatives and programs that leverage transportation investments with land use and economic development policies.

Brandy Siedlaczek

Storm Water Manager, City of Southfield, MI

Brandy’s focus for the City encompasses capital planning and resource management for storm water conveyance with the ultimate goal of protecting water resources in the community through regulatory compliance, innovative design and public engagement. She is responsible for numerous large scale capital improvement projects focusing on green infrastructure and sustainability, and is well recognized for her efforts across the Metro Detroit region.

Joanne So Young Dill

Chief of Strategy and External Affairs for Commissioner Marcelino Garcia at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Joanne directs policy research, facilitates public-private partnerships, and throughout her career has focused on designing innovative environmental projects. A native of the Beantown, previously, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives at Friends of the Chicago River and currently serves on the Board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Melissa (Missy) Stults, Ph.D.

Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Missy Stults leads City of Ann Arbor’s efforts to become one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America; an initiative that includes implementation of A2ZERO, a plan to achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030. Prior to joining the City, Missy worked with cities and tribal communities around the nation to advance their climate and sustainability goals, including during her time as the Climate Director at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and as a consultant to philanthropic organizations.

Ellen Tarquinio

Program Leader, Environmental Finance Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Ellen is an experienced Financial Policy Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in government administration and infrastructure. Within the federal government, Ellen ideas and advice to EPA’s Administrator and program offices on ways to lower the costs of and increase investments in environmental and public health protection.

Nadia Vogt

Resiliency Officer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, WI

Nadia Vogt is a Senior Project Manager with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Nadia works across municipal, private and public sectors to effectively engage stakeholders in decision making around regional resilience. Nadia specializes in project development that leverages investments in
water resources to bring about additional triple bottom line benefits for communities with a focus on climate change and environmental justice populations.

Lisa Wallick, P.E.

Manager, Permitting & Stormwater Management Group (PSMG) Manager, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD), MI

Lisa is responsible for launching Detroit’s first stormwater ordinance, the drainage green credit program, and installation of DWSD’s green infrastructure capital improvement projects. Having spent a majority of her career as a professional consultant specializing in municipal wastewater treatment facilities with emphasis on planning and managing wet weather flow capacities, she brings extensive knowledge of the region’s combined sewer overflow system and treatment facilities, as well as the Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements.

Project Team

Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., P.E.

RISC Project Director and Senior Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), Ann Arbor, MI

Sanjiv developed this project, put the team together, and now coordinates it. A frequent presenter on topics related to economic instruments in the water infrastructure market, Sanjiv is credited with two of the Great Lakes’ largest green stormwater infrastructure related transactions and aspires to make these ideas mainstream.

William (Bill) Schleizer

CEO, The Delta Institute, Chicago, IL

Bill drives strategy behind Delta’s collaboration with more than 200 communities throughout the Midwest to solve environmental challenges and spur economic development. He has over 18 years of experience in systems analysis, environmental science, and consulting. He is a 2019 Notable LGBTQ Executive for Crains-Chicago Business, and enjoys experimenting with vintage cookbook recipes.

Paul Herman

CEO, Human Impact + Profit Investor, LLC, San Francisco, CA

Paul serves as an expert in impact investing, resilience investing, and opportunity zone investing. He brings refreshingly unique experience having worked previously on evaluating investments for Boards of Directors while at McKinsey and Company, designing and implementing investment strategy at Omidyar Network, and rating 125,000 investments for positive impact for people, planet, and trust.

Anna Wolf

Project Manager, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Chicago, IL

Anna assists with the community engagement aspects of RISC, and brings a wealth of related experience having interviewed 12 communities about their water infrastructure issues, and secured partnerships with and executed in-depth engagements in four cities: Gary (IN), Dearborn (MI), Flint (MI), and Buffalo (NY). In each city, she assisted municipal staff in investigating and implementing innovative practices on topics including water affordability, GSI, and lead service line replacement.

Beth Gibbons

Executive Director, American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), Ypsilanti, MI

Beth is a senior advisor to RISC, and through her leadership of ASAP, a premier professional society for climate adaptation and resilience practitioners and researchers. She maintains an extensive and unique perspective on advancements and innovations across resilience and adaptation themes, both nationally and across the Great Lakes region. Previously, she was the Director of the University of Michigan Climate Center, and manager of NOAA’s Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center.

Richard Freund

Sustainable Infrastructure Manager, CDP North America, New York City, NY

Richard is a senior advisor to RISC and assists in leveraging CDP’s matchmaker’s program to help host meetings with financiers and municipalities as needed. In his current role at CDP, he oversees engagement with a range of global investors and other capital markets participants on sustainability and infrastructure projects submitted to CDP by local governments around the world.

Cherian George

Global Head, Fitch Ratings’ Infrastructure, New York City, NY

Cherian advises the RISC team on municipal ratings and their influence on project investments. Based in New York, he manages ratings and analysis on over 500 transactions globally, which includes water, public and social infrastructure, and public-private partnerships.

Jack Eskin

Senior Specialist, The Delta Institute, Chicago, IL

Jack provides task support related to water and green stormwater infrastructure, using his 8 years of urban planning experience, focusing on environmental planning, economic development, and sustainable development.

Allison Hooks

Sustainable Infrastructure Senior Associate, CDP North America, New York City, NY

Allison works with local governments across the world to advance investment in subnational climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects through CDP’s Matchmaker program as a Sustainable Infrastructure Senior Associate at CDP. Previously, she was a Climate Corps AmeriCorps Sustainability Fellow with the City of Oakland, CA where she analyzed the city’s climate action plan’s funding sources.

Reilly Manz

Programs Associate, Delta Institute, Chicago, IL

Reilly leads RISC’s communications framework and delivery. A part of Delta Institute’s Program Implementation team, he previously worked in a similar capacity at the Great Lakes Commission. Reilly enjoys skiing, photography, and clean drinking water, and occasionally, can be found rollerblading Chicago’s lakefront.

Greg Cannito

Co-founder, Rainplan and Managing Director, Corvias Solutions

Greg is a national leader in the development of numerous Public Private Partnership models such as Community Based Partnerships (CBP3) and the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), that leverage private and/or public funding to achieve long term performance base outcomes tied to government policy and regulatory objectives.

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