Next Generation Advisory Council

ELPC’s Next Generation Advisory Council of early- to mid-career professionals acts as ELPC ambassadors and supporters. Members are interested in sustainability and renewable energy development and in gaining access to substantive professional and networking opportunities. ELPC’s Next Gen Advisory Council meets quarterly for strategic policy briefings, networking receptions and fundraising events. The Council members are:

Derek Eder (Co-Chair)

is a web developer in Chicago. He is best known as the owner of DataMade, an open government and open data consulting company and as co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data. He is the organizer for the Open Gov Hack Night, a weekly event for building civic technology with open data. B.S., Computer Engineering, Washington University - St. Louis, 2005.

Libby Joyce (Co-Chair)

is a corporate philanthropy and marketing professional, currently working as the Community Relations and Events Specialist for CNH Industrial. She previously worked as the Director of Corporate Relations at Shedd Aquarium and a Public Relations & Marketing Associate with Grange Furniture, Inc. M.A., Public Relations & Advertising, DePaul University, 2009. B.A., Media Studies, University of Southern Maine, 2005.

Charles Adler

is a Co-Founder of Kickstarter, a fundraising and publishing platform where project creators can communicate with the people that are supporting them. Before that, he was Principal and Creative Director for Source ID and Account Director and Senior Strategist for B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University, 1996.

Laud Azu

is an Operations Supervisor with Kellogg Company. He previously worked as a CSR intern with JBT, a Management Trainee with Ampco System Parking, and a tutor for Tutors of America. M.S., Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2012. B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University, 2008.

Gina Chen

is currently pursuing her J.D. at Northwestern University and is a summer associate at DLA Piper, LLP. Previously, she assisted with organization development for the Chengdu Urban Rivers Association, a non-profit non-governmental organization that protects rivers and the environment, and promotes sustainable rural and urban development. She also served as the Director of U.S. Operations and the VP of Growth & Development at Education In Sight. J.D., Doctor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, anticipated 2017; B.A., Political Science, Yale University, 2011.

Tomas de'Medici

is the founder of The Chicago Sustainability Series, an initiative to explore the intersection of the city’s green and entrepreneurial communities, with each dialogue serving as an issue specific local fundraiser. He earned his B.A. in Urban and Global Studies with a Chinese language minor from Trinity College. He sits on the Startup Institute Alumni Board, and is involved with the Young Leaders Fund and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs YP program. B.A., Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College-Hartford, 2011.

Amy Ewaldt

is the Owner / Director of Cortland Preschool and Tutoring, where she developed the Lucy Flower Children's Garden Club. The school actively works with the West Bucktown community to grow, share, repurpose, support, and renew, from gardening events to clothing swaps, recycling projects to Cortland scholarships, composting to early conservation education. M.A., Teaching, Columbia College, 2007.

Jack Godshall

is Vice President of Corporate Development at Invenergy LLC. Prior to joining Invenergy in 2010, Jack served as Entitlement Manager at Street-Works Development and a Project Manager at Stadtmauer Bailkin Economic Development Group. M.B.A., Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Accounting, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2015. B.A., Political Science, Chinese, Kenyon College, 2006.

Carey Goldblatt

previously worked as the Service Area Manager of Environmental Health and Safety for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and as a Staff Scientist and Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at ATC Associates, Inc. She was a board member of the Parkways Foundation Young Professionals Organization and has worked with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the Education department. She was a Business Marketing Intern at ELPC while attending graduate school. M.B.A., University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2002. B.S., Environmental Science, Brown University, 1997.

Drew Gravitt

works in Energy Business Development for the Schneider Electric Buildings Business, where works with clients to upgrade aging facility equipment, lower utility bills, meet renewable energy goals, and improve building and employee performance. He worked previously as a Territory Manager at EFCO, Corp. and in sales, project management and marketing for Ryland Homes. B.S., Marketing & Management, Drake University, 2006.

Erik Gullickson

is a Financial Advisor at Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Previously, he served as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments. B.A., Aurora University, 2007.

Rajesh Karmani

is the founder and Chief Impact Officer of Zero Percent, a Cloud and mobile platform for businesses to manage their food donations in a convenient, reliable and safe way. He also serves as a General Member on the Associate Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Previously, Rajesh worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Computer Science. Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012; B.E., Computer and Information Systems, NED University of Engineering and Technology, 2004.

Nick Poplawski

is a Program Analyst at the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, which works to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities all across Illinois. Georgetown University, 2008.

Corey Schires

is the Founder and Lead Developer at Scholastica, a start-up that allows academics to create, manage, and publish peer-reviewed journals online. Corey brings a wealth of knowledge regarding best strategies for information sharing. M.A., History, University of Chicago, 2007. B.A., History and Politics, West Virginia University, 2004.

Colleen Smith

is Chief of Staff for State Representative Ann Williams, and works with the legislative Green Caucus. Previously she served as Women's Outreach Coordinator for Quinn for Illinois, and as Clean Water Advocate for the Sierra Club of Illinois. She is pursuing her Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado- Boulder, 2012.

Jeff Smith

is Principal of Energy & Utilities at West Monroe Partners, working to deliver and manage smart energy solutions and grid assessments for the greater Chicago area. Previously, Jeff worked as a project developer for Recycled Energy Development and a field technician for Clean Air Engineering. M.P.A., Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, 2007. B.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, 2006.

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