Meet Our Team
ICLEI USA is staffed by experienced leaders and climate and resilience specialists committed to your success.
Angie joined ICLEI USA in 2014 as the Director of Resource Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She was promoted to Executive Director on January 1, 2016 and as such is a member of ICLEI’s global senior management team.
Since 1990, ICLEI has built and served a movement of local governments pursuing deep reductions in carbon pollution and tangible improvements in sustainability and resilience. ICLEI is the world’s leading network of over 1,500 cities, towns and metropolises, providing hands-on assistance with technical experts located in 17 global offices.
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 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 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, as the executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter, and as a Real Estate Product Manager of global corporate relocation services firm.
Alyssa joined the ICLEI team in 2023 to provide technical assistance to ICLEI USA members on greenhouse gas inventorying, forecasting, climate action planning, and monitoring using the ClearPath tool. Alyssa also supports communities advancing circular economy solutions, integrating sustainable procurement into operations, and incorporating climate equity throughout the climate action planning process.
Before joining ICLEI USA, Alyssa supported several cities and towns in Colorado on their sustainability journeys. She managed the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program in Lakewood, CO, a program that helps cities harness the passion of neighbors for climate action and community resilience. She also supported Lakewood in the areas of sustainability plan annual reporting, sustainable procurement, zero waste strategies, and community engagement. Following inquiries from other Colorado communities, Alyssa led the expansion of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program to the cities of Fort Collins and Wheat Ridge. Most recently, Alyssa was the Sustainability Analyst for the Town of Superior, CO where she led the Town through comprehensive planning, development and implementation of its first sustainability plan. Alyssa received a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Western Colorado University.
Angelica leads ICLEI USA’s climate change adaptation and community resilience work. She manages the ongoing development of ICLEI USA’s protocols, tools, guidance, and training materials in the areas of climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. She also provides technical assistance to local governments on integrated climate action planning and circular economy.
Angelica started her career at ICLEI as a student assistant with the ICLEI World Secretariat office in Bonn, Germany, where she supported the Circular Development team’s work on the Circular City Actions Framework and the Circular Turku Roadmap Toward Resource Wisdom. Before joining ICLEI USA, Angelica helped design and execute environmental risk assessments for the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) section of the United Nations University.
Angelica holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security from the United Nations University and the University of Bonn. She wrote her master’s thesis on green infrastructure planning in U.S. cities.
Anne Jansen joined the ICLEI USA team in 2023 to assist in the organization’s Resilience Pathway. She supports ICLEI USA’s members in the areas of climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning by mapping and analyzing climate hazards, social vulnerability, and the ICLEI Community assets, as well as by providing additional technical assistance and support.
Anne has a background in environmental geography and geographic information science (GIS), which she studied while completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked for local and regional governments as well as non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the relationship between communities and the built and natural environment. Anne also has experience in stormwater management, transportation policy, parks planning, social vulnerability analysis, environmental equity, and natural hazard resilience.
Anne Marie Cleary Rauker
Anne Marie Cleary Rauker joined the ICLEI USA team as the Communications Officer in 2021. As the Communications Officer, Anne Marie informs ICLEI network, partners, and the public about ICLEI services, achievements, and opportunities. She collaborates and supports over 300 ICLEI USA members with climate and sustainability communications and outreach. Anne Marie works closely with the technical team to develop content for local government sustainability and climate staff.
Anne Marie received her bachelor’s degree in ACS-certified Chemistry in 2019 from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where they worked in the Atmospheric Lab and is a co-author on peer-reviewed articles featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and Geophysical Research Letters. Passionate about Climate Action Plans and science communications, they attended Indiana University-Bloomington and received Masters in Public Affairs and Environmental Science with a specialized concentration in science policy and communications, graduating in late 2020. When she isn’t in the virtual office, they love to spend time exploring Colorado trails with her rescue dog, Lily Pad.
Bobby joined the ICLEI USA team in 2023 as a Program Officer to support members with conducting greenhouse gas inventories, writing climate action plans, and fine-tuning ICLEI USA’s online tools and resources. Bobby continues to work closely with members to hear their questions, concerns, and requests, helping them solve current problems and ensuring that members’ needs are at the forefront of ICLEI’s planning for future offerings.
Bobby started with ICLEI USA as a Graduate Intern in 2022, primarily assisting with the development and planning for the 2022 Race to Zero cohorts. Before working at ICLEI USA, he was a student in the Masters of the Environment program at University of Colorado in Boulder with a focus in Renewable and Sustainable Energy. Bobby’s previous experience is diverse, highlighted by marine biology, conservation, and residential development.
Senior Program Officer
Calyn Hart joined ICLEI USA in 2018 as a Program Associate, supporting the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), and currently serves as a Program Officer to support local governments in the pacific northwest and southwest regions. Calyn provides technical assistance to local governments for greenhouse gas inventorying, forecasting, climate action planning and monitoring using the ClearPath tool and the Land Emissions And Removals Navigator (LEARN) tool. Calyn also supports communities implementing nature based solutions, increasing biodiversity and incorporating climate equity throughout the climate action planning process.
Calyn received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Business and a minor in Biology in 2017 from the University of Redlands in Southern California. After graduating, Calyn joined the CivicSpark Fellowship program to support the City of Santa Clara’s climate action goals. While supporting the City of Santa Clara, Calyn updated the City’s LGO and Community- wide GHG inventories, produced the City’s Climate Action Plan Annual Report, provided the framework for a Transportation Demand Management Plan, implemented the City’s Pilot Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program and the County’s Green Business Certification Program.
At ICLEI USA, Carly works to support our members and connect them with any resources they might need. Through “member journeys,” technical support for greenhouse gas inventories, and connecting members, Carly regularly interfaces with members from across the United States. She enjoys working through the unique challenges each community faces.
Among her accomplishments, as a graduate-student consultant to NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, she was part of a team that analyzed the drought-information needs of the U.S. outdoor recreation industry. As that economically crucial industry looks toward a future in which drought is a daily management issue, her team was were tasked with researching how, when, and what type of information will be useful to business owners in assessing and responding to changing conditions. Carly also has consulted with economic-development leaders in Colorado’s Delta and Montrose Counties to develop GIS-based food source assessment, and with a national consumer-product brand on its sustainable-packaging strategy.
Carly received a Masters of the Environment (MENV) from University of Colorado Boulder. Previously she attended North Carolina State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management with a minor in Non-profit studies.
Caroline started with ICLEI USA as a graduate student intern in 2022 focused on researching scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions and consumption-based emissions inventories. She is now a Program Officer supporting the Low Emissions pathway and members with technical expertise on greenhouse gas accounting, forecasting, wedge analysis, and climate action planning. Caroline also co-leads ICLEI USA’s Circular Pathway, providing guidance on transitioning to circular economies through sustainable procurement, waste reduction strategies, and more.
Caroline received her bachelors degree in Geology-Environmental Studies in 2018 from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Following graduation, she began her career in environmental consulting as a geologist focused on soil and groundwater contamination identification and remediation. In 2021, Caroline followed her passion for decarbonization at the local level when she started graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder where she received her Master of the Environment degree with a specialization in Renewable & Sustainable Energy. During her graduate school program, she completed a capstone project for Vail Resorts which analyzed the feasibility and impact of decarbonizing on-mountain buildings through electrification and the installation of rooftop solar and battery storage.
Dr. Jake Leech
Senior Program Officer
Jake is the primary point of contact for local and regional governments in Florida and Georgia, offering technical support for greenhouse gas inventorying and helping to develop “member journeys” and connect members to tools, resources, and each other. He also leads ICLEI USA’s Knowledge Management and Data Analytics initiative, using member data to improve ICLEI USA’s tools and resources and identify “what works where and why” for government actions on emission reductions.
Before joining ICLEI USA, Jake spent four years as a founding member of the Palm Beach County Office of Resilience in Southeast Florida, where he managed the County’s greenhouse gas inventorying, led the County’s electric vehicle initiatives, and was the County’s representative to the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. He holds a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and M.S. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a B.A. in Philosophy and Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University, and was formerly a lecturer on the Geology faculty at the University of Miami.
Senior Program Officer
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 USA’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.
Jadon aids in emissions reductions efforts and greenhouse gas technical advisory as a Program Officer at ICLEI USA. He provides training and assistance to ICLEI’s member communities on topics such as ICLEI’s ClearPath software, target setting, and emissions reduction strategy development. Jadon also engages in data collection and quality reviews for greenhouse gas inventories and provides research support in additional fee-for-service projects.
Jadon graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2023. Within this major, Jadon served the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and ICLEI USA’s collaborative effort Project Energy Nebraska project as both student and teaching assistant, providing communication and outreach support for the student data teams and instructing students in use of ICLEI’s ClearPath software for development of community-wide GHG inventories. Jadon has also previously developed GHG inventories for the Nebraska communities of Norfolk, Lincoln, and South Sioux City as an intern for Conservation Nebraska.
Zero Carbon Cities Advisor
Josh is a sustainability and decarbonization consultant and educator working across the clean energy and built environment spectrum. He is currently working with ICLEI USA as a Zero Carbon Cities advisor, supporting the Race to Zero campaign.
Josh is also the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Specialization lead within the Masters of the Environment (MENV) program at CU Boulder as where he teaches and advises. He also works an as an independent consultant on various district scale sustainable development projects with a focus on electrification, distributed energy, and grid interactivity.
He was recently the head of WSP’s Built Ecology practice and has worked on a range of horizontal and vertical sustainable buildings and infrastructure projects across the US and internationally, pursuing high level sustainability goals such as Net Zero Energy and Carbon, WELL, and LEED certification. Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability group YR&G, was a co-founder of the advocacy group GreenHomeNYC. He was co-chair of the ULI Colorado Healthy Places Committee and is a LEED Fellow. He holds Masters’ degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Columbia University in New York.
Senior Program Officer
Kale supports the United Nations’ Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) major group, coordinating U.S. local government engagement with UN climate and biodiversity conventions. As advocacy lead at ICLEI USA, he works to enhance city-state-national collaboration on climate and sustainability. Since 2016, Kale has provided technical assistance to hundreds of cities and counties on climate action planning, SDG-alignment, biodiversity, and sustainability planning. Today, he supports ICLEI USA’s Northeast regional members.
Prior experience includes work with the United Nations Development Programme’s Climate Change Adaptation Team from the Bangkok Regional Hub, where he supported countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region to develop Green Climate Fund adaptation projects. He was climate and energy editor of Mother Earth News, North America’s largest sustainable living magazine. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, working 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 Bard College and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Cal Poly Humboldt. He teaches at the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy and lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York.
Marisa joined the ICLEI USA team in 2023 to serve as the Program Administrator for the inaugural Cities Forward Initiative. In partnership with the US Department of State, Cities Forward will pair 12 Latin American and Caribbean cities with 12 US cities to engage in a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, capacity building, and diplomatic engagement focused on solving key urban sustainability, equity, and climate resilience issues. Additionally, Marisa will provide support to US cities and counties in the application of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through ICLEI USA’s vSDG Cohorts.
Before joining ICLEI USA, Marisa served as the first Executive Director for the international nonprofit PridePads Africa, which supports menstrual health and hygiene, education and women’s livelihood empowerment to women and girls in Cameroon. Marisa also spent 6 years as Co-Owner and Manager of The Fractal Society, Boulder’s premier circus entertainment company. During that time, she created and directed 2 iterations of the groundbreaking circus theater production “Cirque de Menses: A Menstruation Celebration”, which broke cultural taboos about menstruation while also raising funds for PridePads Africa through the power of circus arts, comedy, and education. Marisa is trilingual (Eng/Sp/Fr) and received her MS in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University with a concentration in Global Health and Development.
Cities Forward Graduate Intern
Melissa joined ICLEI USA in 2023 to support the Cities Forward Project, with a primary focus on ensuring that underserved communities take center stage in the program’s design and implementation. Her role involves providing support to the Measurement & Evaluation (M&E) leads to apply an equity lens to all program materials and design considerations, including surveys, interviews, and program learning workshops. Additionally, she conducts research on sustainability and inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), assists with communication tasks, and bridges English-Spanish language gaps. Melissa, originally from El Salvador, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Earlham College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Science in Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.
Before joining ICLEI USA, Melissa worked in a diverse range of roles in urban and environmental policy and planning. In 2021, she supported the City of Richmond, Indiana, in co-drafting their first-ever Climate Action Plan, which outlined goals, strategies, and policies aimed at reducing Richmond’s emissions by 25% by 2030. In 2022, she relocated to Boston and took on a new position as a Research Assistant at Tufts University, contributing to a project focused on understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latinx community-based organizations in East Boston. Most recently, Melissa served as a Transportation Planner Intern, supporting Nelson Nygaard on both domestic and international transit projects, with engagements spanning various cities across the USA and locations such as San Juan, Puerto Rico.