Sustainable CT Staff Bio's
Lynn has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University since 2014. Under Lynn’s leadership, the Institute spearheaded and administers Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program that provides a roadmap and resources to help communities become more efficient, healthy, economically vibrant, resilient, collaborative, and livable. Lynn serves on the Governor’s Council on Climate Change, is a board member of the CT Green Building Council, and is an inaugural fellow in the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program. She has over twenty years of experience in developing public policy and managing a broad range of environmental programs in areas including: climate change, energy efficiency, recycling, solid waste planning, pollution prevention, and coastal area management. Lynn 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.
Jessica is a part of the Sustainable CT initiative at ISE, serving as the Institute’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 ISE, 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.
Alyssa manages the certification process and data analysis, oversees action development and revision, and provides legal counsel to Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program to accelerate municipal sustainability actions. Alyssa earned her Juris Doctor with honors and her Master of Public Health Degree in Health Law and Policy from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Biology from Harvard University. She formerly served as Project Manager for Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging, where she led the state’s livable communities initiative and served as a policy expert on wide-ranging health, planning and zoning, transportation and housing issues. Alyssa has worked for numerous health policy organizations, including the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health and the Connecticut Health Foundation. Alyssa began her career as an attorney at the law firm of Robinson and Cole.
Mark joined Sustainable CT in 2018 to help develop partnerships and program strategy. In this role, Mark leads fundraising and partnership efforts, as well as special projects strategy at Sustainable CT. Prior to joining Sustainable CT, Mark was at Confluence Philanthropy, where he organized the Climate Solutions Collaborative working group to help foundations increase their impact investing in climate solutions. In this role, Mark worked with philanthropies and family offices to explore strategies to mobilize a broader set of resources to achieve programmatic goals through capital markets. Mark has worked on corporate sustainability at Ceres and Cone Communications and began his career researching and grantmaking around international development and global systems issues at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Jenna joined the ISE staff in 2015 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has contributed to the production of videos designed to raise awareness of on-campus recycling. Jenna assists in the day-to-day administration of the office, coordinating Eastern’s Green Campus Committee, planning schedules, handling purchases, and providing general outreach on events and activities.
Zac graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems. He worked as an intern at the Institute for Sustainable Energy starting in May 2016 and was hired as staff in May 2017. His work revolves around database and website creation and edits. Zac, in partnership with the Center for Community engagement, created the “Warrior Food Recovery Program”. This program delivers unused and unspoiled food from Eastern’s dining services to the Willimantic Covenant Soup Kitchen for others to eat. Zac will continue his work at ISE helping with the “Sustainable CT” website along with support on other IT related applications.