Community Engagement & Outreach
Jessica serves as Sustainable CT’s liaison to municipalities. In this role Jessica directs municipal outreach, manages ongoing community engagement, and identifies and develops training opportunities for communities. Prior to joining the Sustainable CT program, Jessica was the Program Manager at the CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. In that role, Jessica supported and tracked the Institute’s research and outreach projects intended to increase resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities in Connecticut to the growing impacts of climate change. Jessica also worked as an Environmental Analyst at the State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), working in the Office of Climate Change, Technology, and Research. Among her many roles at DEEP, Jessica was responsible for producing the State’s annual greenhouse emissions inventory as well as assisting with the development and implementation of emissions reduction strategies from multiple sectors, most notably transportation. Jessica also oversaw the State’s Offsets program of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Jim is a 30-year professional in marketing, public relations, non-profit development, and collegiate communications. He's been a successful entrepreneur in web site and graphic design, a pioneer in the development of new media and cross-channel integration, and has worked on fundraising, member/donor, and circulation management campaigns for numerous progressive organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, and Harper's Magazine. Prior to joining Sustainable CT, Jim served as the communications manager for a five-division facilities department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for nearly 17 years, leading strategic communications efforts in support of a multi-billion-dollar capital construction plan that included waste reduction, sustainable energy, and cutting-edge green building design. Jim is an artist and writer, a husband, a father of two, and a brother. He's a graduate of the George Washington University School of Public Affairs.
Community Partnership Manager
Joseph oversees the ongoing development and expansion of the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund. Joseph draws on his past experience with city, state, and federal government programs, community development, and entrepreneurship to help guide leaders and community teams as they innovate and grow diverse, inclusive sustainability projects across Connecticut.
In his former role as the BiCi Co Community Bike Shop program manager, Joseph oversaw the start-up and growth of a full-service, non-profit bike shop in a low-income neighborhood. The shop serves a community of youth and adult riders of Spanish and African descent, outside the lines of the stereotypical rider. He balanced the mission of educating youth and adults about bicycle maintenance and safe riding with the profit-driven imperative to reinvest in the community. While at BiCi Co Joseph led a successful Sustainable CT Community Match Fund project to support BiCi Co’s DIY bike repair hours.
Lynn is the founder and Executive Director of Sustainable CT. Sustainable CT was launched by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University (ISE) under Lynn’s leadership as Executive Director of ISE from 2014 to 2022. In 2022, Sustainable CT became a stand-alone nonprofit, continuing its mission foster inclusive, resilient, and vibrant Connecticut municipalities that provide opportunities for all to thrive. Lynn has over 25 years of experience in developing public policy and managing a broad range of environmental programs and worked at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for many years in areas including: climate change, energy efficiency, recycling, solid waste planning, pollution prevention, and coastal area management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Lynn is an enthusiastic gardener, composter, and frequent bike-commuter and strives to live her values and create positive models for change.
Certification Program Manager
Mary's experience spans from Wall Street to Main Street, having worked as a Policy and Research Associate for an investment bank in Manhattan and later establishing Dickerson Development Consulting, LLC, providing economic development and strategic planning services to small municipalities and rural communities. From 2007 to 2022, Mary worked in a variety of roles for the Town of Portland, including Economic Development Coordinator and Planner. She has a passion for adaptive reuse, brownfield redevelopment, and open space preservation. Mary has served on the Board of Directors of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, was a member of The Lower Connecticut River Valley Regional Planning Committee, and is a Trustee of the University of Saint Joseph, where she is also President of the Alumni Council. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Saint Joseph and received her International MBA from Central Connecticut State University. When not working, she can be found hiking and kayaking in New Hampshire’s lakes region.
Nicole received a Bachelor or Science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from The University of New Haven. She's worked as a research assistant with the Long Island Sound Mapping and Research Collaborative (LISMaRC) utilizing ArcGIS to produces benthic habitat maps to better manage the Sound. With CT SeaGrant, Nicole served as the LIS Mentor/Teacher Intern, creating ArcGIS StoryMaps for educators and students to use as an immersive experience into the habitats of Long Island Sound. She's collaborated with CT government officials, CT DEEP, professors and other professionals to gain a full understanding of on-going threats to the Sound ecosystem. Her additional research has focused on the decline of coral reefs in the Caribbean. Nicole currently sits on the Board of Directors for the East Haddam Land Trust. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and traveling.
Program Assistant, Website & Admin. Support
Torin graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. He worked as an intern at the Institute for Sustainable Energy starting in May of 2018 and was hired as a Sustainable CT staff member in the fall of 2019. His work mainly revolves around social media management and website development.