Dr. Christopher Wedding is the ELI Lead Course Instructor and Executive-in-Residence at Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and CEO of IronOak Innovations, a sustainability strategy consulting firm. In addition, he is an investment professional, entrepreneur, start-up advisor, sustainability expert, speaker, and author. He has 15 years of experience in environmental science and management, sustainable business, private equity, angel and seed investing, innovation, entrepreneurship, real estate development, international research, and teaching. His other professional roles include: Co-Founder/Principal of g-bit, a market intelligence software platform for environmental sustainability trends; Director of R&D and Sustainability of Cherokee, an environmentally focused investment company; Adjunct Professor with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School; faculty member with the Institute for Defense and Business, an executive education program for the US military; and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council since 2004. He served as green building advisor for the first two LEED Platinum certified projects in North Carolina and one of the first ten Gold certified LEED for Neighborhood Development projects in the world. He also served as the catalyst and asset manager for the two largest solar PV landfill projects in the US.
Terry Bellamy is the Director of the City of Durham Transportation Department. He is an experienced senior public administrator possessing over 30 years of experience advocating for green planning solutions, implementing innovative economic development practices and developing best practices in public policy. Prior to his leadership at Durham’s Transportation Department, he served as Assistant Director for Transportation Planning in San Antonio, TX. He holds a Masters in Regional and Community Planning from Iowa State University.
Wendell Davis is the County Manager for Durham County. As the chief executive officer for county government operations, Wendell manages a half-billion dollar budget and approximately 2,000 employees. He has led a strategic approach to county governance with metrics and data as the principal drivers for decision making. He has also served as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at North Carolina Central University. He holds an M.B.A. from Southeastern University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
Jason Elliott is Assistant Director of Sustainable Duke. Sustainable Duke is charged with reducing the environmental impact of Duke University, strategic planning for sustainability, educating the campus community regarding sustainability on campus, and developing programs to positively influence campus sustainability behavior and operations. Previously, he served as program coordinator at Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, maintaining and evaluating carbon offset projects adopted by Duke University. He holds a Bachelors degree from Manchester University and a dual Masters of Forestry and Environmental Management degree from Duke University.
Tani Colbert-Sangree is the Program Coordinator for the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI), which works beyond the University’s campus to identify projects like urban forestry and swine-waste-to-energy that will reduce emissions as Duke strives to be carbon neutral by 2024. Tani received a BA in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College in 2013 and a certificate in GHG Management through the GHG Management Institute in 2014, before founding his GHG consulting business, Tomorrow’s Climate Solutions later in 2014. Now at Duke University, Tani manages the offset strategy of the DCOI to achieve carbon neutrality at Duke by 2024 and develops guidance materials and protocols to improve offset project implementation globally.
DeDreana Freeman serves as the City Council member for Ward 1, City of Durham. Additionally, she has over 10 years of experience in community development and organization, including supporting children’s health and academic success with East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI); addressing environmental hazards with the Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health (PEACH); and organizing sustainable community initiatives with the Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) and the Durham Equitable Economic Partnership (DEEP).
Dr. Henry McKoy is Director of Entrepreneurship and faculty in the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. He served from 2010-2012 in the North Carolina Department of Commerce where he was appointed by the Governor as Assistant Secretary. Before entering state government, he was a successful, well-respected, an award-winning business and banking leader with more than 15 years of retail and commercial banking experience, community financial development, charitable and community service, at the local, regional, and national levels. He holds a Ph.D. in Community Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Andre Pettigrew is the Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of Durham, North Carolina. As a senior executive, business strategist and economic development professional, he has more than 15 years of experience developing and managing complex multifaceted organizations. He is the former executive director of Clean Economy Solutions, a national non-profit whose mission is to accelerate the growth of sustainability and clean energy in the US. He is an accomplished civic leader, having worked as the executive director of the Office of Economic Development for the City and County of Denver and Vice President of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.
David Reese, President, and CEO of the East Durham Children’s Initiative brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the organization. Throughout his career, David’s work has focused on creating the opportunity for low-wealth families and developing chances for children to succeed. David previously served as a chief operating officer for Food Recovery and Distribution at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. He is past co-chair of Partnership for a Healthy Durham and past vice chair of Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Downtown Durham Rotary Club, Durham’s Partnership for Children, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Kidznotes, and Leadership Triangle. He also serves on the Downtown Durham YMCA’s advisory board, the Mayor of Durham’s Poverty Reduction Task Force, and the United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Education Council. In 2006, he was recognized as one of Triangle Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” business leaders. David holds a Master of Business Administration.
Anthony Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of the Durham Housing Authority, where he works closely with the City of Durham on joint affordable housing goals. He has previously served as Deputy Executive Director of Baltimore Housing, and as CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Erin Victor is the Sustainability Specialist for the City of Durham, where she has led a cross-departmental strategic planning process for the City of Durham’s first-ever Sustainability Roadmap. She facilitated the data collection process for assessing local sustainability efforts using the STAR framework, resulting in Durham’s recognition as a 4-STAR certified community, and published the City’s first Sustainability Report. She holds a Masters degree in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Vincent is the Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, as well as the Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management. Vincent’s research focuses on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries. He has also worked extensively on the adjustment of national income and wealth accounts for resource depletion. He has degrees from Yale University (Ph.D., 1988), Michigan State University (M.S., 1984), and Harvard University (A.B., 1981).