R. Steven Brown is the Executive Director. He joined ECOS in September 1996, after having assisted in ECOS' creation in 1993. He has worked on environmental protection since graduating from the University of Kentucky with an MS in Zoology and an MA in English in 1976. From 1985 to 1996 he was the director of The Council of State Governments' environmental policy center, where he conducted numerous environmental and technical policy studies on state-federal issues. He worked for Kentucky's Division of Air and the Division of Permits; later he spent four years with private engineering firms. A native Kentuckian, he is the author of numerous articles, monographs, and books on environment and technology. Some of the things Steve does for ECOS include:
- Working in concert with the officers and Executive Committee, oversees and manages entire ECOS operation;
- Organization's chief staff representative and spokesman on Capitol Hill, to federal agencies, to other state associations and to other organizations;
- Works with ECOS' primary committees to inform them of pending legislation and rule-makings, and to develop policy responses to them;
- Proposes and develops strategies for consideration by leadership;
- Chief staff liaison with government agencies;
- Works directly with ECOS Officers and Executive Committee on planning meetings to discuss policy and make organizational decisions.
Carolyn Hanson is the Deputy Executive Director at ECOS, assisting as the Chief Operating Officer of ECOS. She also supports the Compliance Committee. Before holding this position, she was a Senior Project Manager at ECOS working with the Waste Committee, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group, the Federal Facilities Forum, the Quicksilver Caucus, and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). She joined ECOS in September 2002 after working with the National Science Resources Center at the Smithsonian Institution to help develop an inquiry-based science curriculum. Prior to that she was a high school chemistry teacher in Asheville, North Carolina and Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Carolyn holds a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College and a M.P.A. with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She is originally from Florida.
Jim Blizzard is serving as Senior Counselor while on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment from EPA's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. He is staffing the Air Committee and the Climate and Energy Subcommittee. Before his return to federal service, Jim worked with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, as well as several secondary school systems, colleges, and universities. He also was elected to the Livonia Central School District's Board of Education, serving as President for the last two years of his term. During previous federal service, Jim served as Deputy Director of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, overseeing programs under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act, and the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Act. In addition, he oversaw implementation of the Marine Sanctuaries Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Program. He also served in the immediate office of Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, with responsibilities for intergovernmental relations. He has state experience, having served on the staff of the New York State Assembly. Jim lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Barbara, and has two grown sons.
Phone: 202-266-4921 Email: jblizzard @ ecos.org
Edin Ferreira is the Staff and Research Assistant at ECOS. Edin previously interned at ECOS and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy at Georgetown University. Her passion for studying ethical dilemmas regarding group and individual culpability fostered her interest in environmental policy and advocacy. Edin grew up in Flushing, Michigan. She lives in Frederick, Maryland where she enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing.
Email: eferreira @ ecos.org
Lee Garrigan is a Senior Project Manager at ECOS, with primary responsibility for the Water Committee, Nonpoint Source Subcommittee, State Water Quality Resource Analysis Project, Lean Government, EPA-ECOS Environmental Information Technology Leadership Council (EITLC), Data Management Work Group (DMWG) and the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC). Lee has extensive water policy and association experience, coming to ECOS after nearly 8 years of service as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and as the Administrator for the Water Infrastructure Network. Previously in her career, Lee worked for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI). She gave up her career as a radio news anchor to move to the Washington, DC area to accept a political appointment at the U.S. Department of Labor. A native of Pennsylvania, she holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Phone: 202-266-4922 Email: lgarrigan @ ecos.org
Beth Graves is a Senior Project Manager at ECOS, supporting the Planning Committee and Partnership and Performance Workgroup (P&P). Beth joined ECOS after having worked with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for 14 years. While at NC DENR, Beth was engaged with the Department's performance-based leadership program - the Environmental Stewardship Initiative - and leading work with industry, local governments, and hog producers on environmental management systems (EMS) related projects. Beth also worked with local governments on organics diversion, source reduction, and recycling initiatives and policy as well as grant and reporting efforts with local governments. Before beginning work in state government, Beth worked for a non-profit on a mixed paper/biosolids composting project with the City of Durham, NC. Beth graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics.
Phone: 202-266-4923 Email: bgraves @ ecos.org
Matthew C. Jones is a Senior Project Manager with ECOS. Matt supports the work of the Cross-Media Committee and the Quicksilver Caucus. He also supports the work of the Federal Facilities Forum and the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group, among other assignments. Prior to joining ECOS in February 2008, Matt worked as a City Planner with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Matt served as an Intern for ECOS during the summer in 2001 and 2002. Matt holds a Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy/ Environmental Studies from Muhlenberg College. He is the author of the graduate thesis, "Mercury Emission Reductions from Medical Waste Incinerators: Federal/ State Regulations and their Implementation in the New England States between 1996 and 2002." Matt grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Frederick, Maryland.
Phone: 202-266-4925 Email: mjones @ ecos.org
Joanne Key is the Office and Grants Manager at ECOS. A retired federal civil service employee, Joanne is one of the longest serving ECOS staff members, having started in October 1996. She is responsible for all grants' fiscal and administrative accountability and reporting, management of the ECOS office including building liaison and a number of other administrative and logistics support areas. Joanne is a native Virginian. Some of the things Joanne does for ECOS include:
- Overseeing administrative operations (including grants management);
- Maintaining and collecting staff quarterly project reports as well as contract and grant paperwork;
- Serving as payroll specialist;
- Serving as building liaison (i.e., office supply and furniture and computer purchases); and
- Maintaining and enhancing the organization's emergency preparedness plan.
Phone: 202-266-4926 Email: jkey @ ecos.org
Lina Khan is the Winter 2013 intern at ECOS. She is currently a third year student at the University of California - San Diego and is in the process of completing her B.A in Environmental Policy with a minor in Economics. She is interested in various environmental concerns and is open to learning more about positive environmental progress across the political spectrum. At UCSD, she is on the executive board for Siblings without Borders, a mentor program with children living in low-income communities in Baja California. As a hobby, Lina enjoys film and media production.
Phone: 202-266-4934 Email: lkhan @ ecos.org
Neomi Levy is the Comptroller for ECOS. With over 20 years of experience in accounting, Neomi manages ECOS' accounting books, creates checks and invoices, and is responsible for all grants fiscal accountability and draw downs. She joined ECOS in May of 2007. Neomi's previous professional experience includes working as an accountant in a variety of areas, including non-profit organizations, commercial mortgage lender, and professional services.
Some of Neomi's tasks in ECOS are as follows:
- Prepare financial statements
- Prepare subsidiary entries for posting to general ledger accounts
- Develop and monitor program budgets
- Prepare and balance payroll and benefits records
- Analyze financial data
- Maintain accounting software and related databases
- Compile information to assist outside accountant in the preparation and filing of annual tax returns for both parent and subsidiary organizations
- Work with external auditors
Phone: 202-266-4927 Email: nlevy @ ecos.org
Greg McNelly is the Senior Project Manager supporting the National Environmental Information Exchange Network. Prior to joining ECOS, Greg was the Senior Environmental Scientist at the Water Environment Federation, where he managed programs focused on surface water quality, ecology, water reuse, and watershed management. A native of Ohio, Greg attended Miami University where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.En. in Environmental Science.
Phone: 202-266-4930 Email: gmcnelly @ ecos.org
Lia Parisien is a Senior Project Manager for ECOS. Lia staffs the ECOS Waste Committee and its projects, including a new five-year cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA to provide outreach for the Toxics Release Inventory. In her communications role, she serves as Chief Editor of ECOS publications including the weekly newsletter ECOSWIRE and monthly online publication ECOS Green Report. She edited the ECOS quarterly journal ECOStates for eight years and published several compendia of state environmental innovations. She also serves as ECOS’ media liaison. In the area of conference planning, Lia has planned more than 20 major meetings for the association, including semi-annual membership meetings, two special meetings spotlighting state environmental achievements, and two cooperative meetings with U.S. EPA. Lia joined ECOS in 1999 from Inside Washington Publishers (Publisher of Inside EPA), where she served as Group Manager and Chief Editor of a series of environmental newsletters and newsmagazines. Previously, she worked as a Production Assistant for CBS News 60 Minutes and in media relations. A summa cum laude graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., she majored in foreign language and communication media and minored in international studies.
Bryan Shipley is the Project Manager for the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Capacity Building, Education, and Outreach partnership with EPA. Bryan has an accomplished history in environmental project and program management having served in this capacity for over 9 years. Before arriving at ECOS, he served as program manager at Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT) for several NOAA contracts in oceanic hydrographic surveying/mapping, fisheries, and communications. Prior to ERT, he functioned as Federal Program Manager for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) developing and managing numerous grant programs in partnership with NOAA in the coastal and marine environments. Bryan also served at the National Academy of Sciences for over 5 years working on over 15 Academy reports in such areas as endangered and threatened species, arsenic in drinking water, and air quality. He holds an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in environmental science and outdoor education from Hartwick College.
Phone: 202-266-4928 Email: bshipley @ ecos.org
Carolyn Sistare is the Administrative Assistant at ECOS, which she joined in March 1999. Carolyn is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and holds a Diploma in Spanish, English Literature and Economics from St. George's College. She is responsible for administrative and logistics support for various ECOS projects, including ITRC. Some of the things Carolyn does for ECOS includes:
- Provides travel support and assists with meeting planning;
- Maintains and updates membership and contact databases for ITRC;
- Arrange and coordinates travel logistics for ITRC and other projects; and
- Works with ITRC on processing travel vouchers.
Phone: 202-266-4932 Email: csistare @ ecos.org
Anna Willett is the Director of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), a program of ECOS. ITRC is a private-public partnership with the mission of removing barriers to the acceptance and use of innovative environmental technologies and processes by providing information resources to the environmental community. Anna is a nationally recognized expert on in-situ (subsurface) remediation technologies. Her expertise includes chemical and biological treatment processes for groundwater and soil, as well as environmental chemistry and microbiology. Prior to coming to ECOS, she served as the industry representative on ITRC's Board of Advisors form 2005 to 2007 and launched ITRC's Industry Affiliates Program. Anna came to ECOS from Comprehensive Environmental Utility Services, LLC (CEUS), where she was a Senior Vice President and Partner. Prior to CEUS, Anna worked as a Senior Engineer at Haley and Aldrich, Inc. from 2005-2007, a Research and Development Manager for Regenesis from 2002 to 2005, and a Chemical Engineer at Pharmacia Corporation from 2000 to 2002. She holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in biological engineering from Cornell University.
Phone: 202-266-4933 Email: awillett @ ecos.org