ICLEI USA Staff

Angie Fyfe

Executive Director

Angie Fyfe joined ICLEI USA in 2014 as the Director of Resource Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She was promoted to Executive Director on January 1, 2016.

Angie’s strategic vision for the organization is to create exceptional value for ICLEI local government members, partners, and funders by harnessing the power of the ICLEI network and the deep expertise ICLEI has developed since it was formed by local elected officials in 1990, and to build on ICLEI’s unique global role as the focal point for local governments in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

With a focus on climate finance and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, she aims to weave health and equity considerations into ICLEI USA offerings based on her interest in human-centered design.

Angie’s previous experience includes serving as the Associate Director and program manager of the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, where she was part of the team to develop and implement 57 pieces of clean energy legislation under Governor Bill Ritter, and as the executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter. Additionally, Angie was the founder of an online real estate services company and the Real Estate Product and Partnership Manager of global corporate relocation services firm. Her clients included Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Costco, IBM, CH2MHill, and Frist Data Western Union.

Angie is a LEED AP O+M and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance. With a wealth of sustainability leadership experience, she actively advises the City of Denver on its climate action agenda as a member of the Denver Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Advisory Council. Her former advisory positions include the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant sub-committee, appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy to advise Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, the University of Colorado Denver speakers’ bureau Wirth Chair Sustainability Series, and the Women in Sustainable Energy non-profit. In 2014, the Denver Business Journal named her one of Colorado’s Top Women in Energy.
Angie and her husband live in a small bungalow near a Denver urban park where, when she’s not traveling for work, she can often be found taking an early morning run. Their daughter is a recent college graduate, now teaching in New Orleans with the Teach for America program and their son is studying Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

    

 

Eli Yewdall

Senior Program Officer, Climate & Membership

Eli Yewdall is a Senior Program Officer developing resources to help local governments measure, manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eli supports ongoing development of ICLEI’s protocols, tools, and guidance and training materials in the areas of greenhouse gas inventories, forecasting, and climate action planning. Eli also leads ICLEI’s work engaging local governments in the development process for improved building energy codes.

Before joining ICLEI, Eli worked for two years as a full-time volunteer with St Joseph’s House of Hospitality in Rochester, NY to provide meals and shelter to and advocate on behalf of homeless individuals. Eli has also produced educational materials on climate change for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative.  Eli has a Masters in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from Gonzaga University.

 

    

Kale Roberts

Program Officer, Network Relations

Kale joined the ICLEI USA team in 2016 and provides technical assistance to ICLEI members on greenhouse gas emission inventories, sustainability planning and climate adaptation efforts, in addition to highlighting member and partner successes as part of the communication team.

Before joining ICLEI USA, Kale worked with the United Nations Development Programme’s Climate Change Adaptation Team from the Bangkok Regional Hub. He supported countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region to develop proposals aimed at unlocking climate finance for adaptation projects. Kale also is a former editor of Mother Earth News, North America’s largest sustainable living magazine, where he coordinated climate and energy content. From 2010-2012, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in rural Thailand, where he worked on a project with the Thai Ministry of Energy to build home-scale biogas digesters and initiate carbon accounting in community forests. Kale received an M.S. in Climate Science and Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University.

    

Mike Steinhoff

Program Manager, Tools & Technical Innovation

  • Location: Boston, MA

Mike Steinhoff has worked with ICLEI-USA since April of 2009 and has lead the development of several tools including the Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant (CAPPA), ADAPT, The Green Business Challenge Web App, and most recently, ClearPath. In addition to managing the back end of ICLEI’s IT resources, Mike works on the development the accounting frameworks and protocols for local emissions management and provides broad technical support across ICLEI’s Mitigation, Adaptation, and Green Business Challenge programs. In his time at ICLEI, Mike has helped to develop numerous numerous GHG Inventories and Climate Action Plans for individual cities. Mike came to ICLEI with an interdisciplinary background which includes MSES and MPA degrees from Indiana University and a BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee.

 

    

Riana Ackley

Senior Officer, Network Relations

Riana is responsible for providing support to ICLEI’s membership network. Riana leads ICLEI’s renewable energy program, providing support to local governments on 100% renewable energy and the Solar Marketplace. In addition, Riana manages ICLEI’s work engaging local governments in the process for improved building energy codes. Riana previously managed the technical assistance program for the Solar Outreach Partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Through this program, Riana helped cities and counties remove barriers in local markets and increase installed solar capacity.

Riana previously worked at the Solar Energy Industries Association where she established partnerships and alliances with external organizations to advance the solar industry and managed relationships with the SEIA member law and accounting firms.

Riana holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville in Philosophy and Political Science.

 

    

Saharnaz Mirzazad, AICP

Senior Program Officer, Resiliency Specialist

Working across all of ICLEI USA’s climate and energy programs, Saharnaz contributes to the development of domestic and international initiatives. She identifies synergies across programs and builds relationships with regional offices, ICLEI members, supporters, and non-profit partners. Within ICLEI programs, she is the co-manager of the California China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC) and the Hayward Community Project. Saharnaz is also the lead staff for climate adaptation projects such as the San Diego Hazard Mitigation project, and she supports Solar Outreach Partnership team.

Before joining ICLEI USA, Saharnaz worked as an urban planner and designer for ten years on multiple international and national projects. Her area of expertise includes sustainability planning, land-use planning, and urban revitalization. She has experience of working with both private and public sectors.

Saharnaz has a master’s degree from UC-Denver Urban Planning School and a Certificate in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure from UC-Denver Engineering and Applied Science School. She also holds a Master in Urban Design and a Bachelor in Architecture from prestigious universities in Iran. Saharnaz’s technical certifications include AICP and LEED GA.