ICLEI USA Staff

 

Executive Team

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.

    

 

Operations

 

Programs

Brian Holland

Director of Climate Programs

As Director of Climate Programs, Brian oversees ICLEI’s programs for GHG emissions management and climate resilience.  Since 2009, ICLEI’s Climate Team has continued to advance the cutting edge of local climate action under Brian’s leadership, including such activities as release of the US Community Protocol for community-scale emissions accounting; development of ICLEI’s industry-leading ClearPath software for managing energy and emissions; creation of Resilient Communities for America, the nation’s largest local leadership campaign for climate resilience; and our State of California partnerships that have institutionalized ICLEI protocols and tools into the State’s world-class climate policy framework.  In addition to broad expertise in carbon management and climate resilience, Brian has particular expertise in sea level rise adaptation, developed through such projects as the award-winning Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay and a sea level rise vulnerability assessment developed for the City of Los Angeles.

Brian is a city planner who has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors since 2004.  His projects have been recognized for excellence by the American Planning Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects, and he recently served as a Lead Author on the 2014 National Climate Assessment.  He lives in Pasadena, California with his wife Megan, their daughter Lucia, and their Boston terrier Elwood.

 

    

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.

 

    

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 the Technical Assistance Program Officer on ICLEI’s Resource Efficiency & Renewable Energy Team. Riana works with ICLEI’s partner organizations on the implementation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs). Riana manages the technical assistance program for SolarOPs working to provide timely customized assistance  to help cities and counties remove barriers in local markets and increase installed solar capacity.  Riana previously worked at the Solar Energy Industries Association as an External Affairs Associate 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.

 

    

 

Membership

J.R. Killigrew

Network Engagement Manager

J.R. serves as membership lead to the ICLEI USA member network providing technical support around emissions management and related software tools, climate action planning, and sustainability initiatives. J.R. also assists with sales and marketing of ICLEI’s tools and resources, and brings expertise in video production.

Prior to joining the ICLEI team, J.R. worked as the first sustainability coordinator for the non-profit Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  His work focused on spearheading the organization’s first sustainability report, greenhouse gas inventory, and short-form documentaries highlighting Sustainable Bolivia’s educational commitment to the local Bolivian community.  J.R.’s background also includes real estate sales, media production and graduate work in Corporate Social Responsibility and LEED for Neighborhood Development.
J.R. holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics from Pitzer College and is highly proficient in Spanish.