As Executive Director, Brian utilizes his more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience to manage the operations and staff and develop the overall strategy for the organization.
Brian has been involved with environmental issues and sustainability since graduating with a degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture. Prior to joining Illinois Green, he worked for the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan where he helped to coordinate a successful campaign to reduce mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants and worked to implement new legislation to combat urban sprawl.
Brian has testified before state legislative committees and authored several reports on a wide range of public interest issues. For example, his report Chemical Compliance, an analysis of toxics found in children’s products, led to the national recall of a children’s toy containing lead.
Katie directs and implements education programming, fosters organizational partnerships and collaborations, works with all staff on their program goals, and oversees day to day activities of the organization.
Before Illinois Green, Katie worked for the Chicago Department of Environment leading volunteer, intern and education programs at the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) for two years. And for four years, led the volunteer programs at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.
Outside of work, Katie serves on the Village of Brookfield’s Board of Trustees. She started her love of the outdoors, nature and the environment mowing lawns and pulling weeds at a lawn care service and on the grounds crew at University of Michigan.
Contact Katie about partnerships, education programs, industry connections, general green building questions, and ideas about how to save the world.
Liz manages the Illinois Green Schools Project & Mentors, the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program, and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee on the board.
Since 2015, Liz has worked to expand Illinois Green’s event management as well as volunteer and community engagement initiatives. Her background in event planning, volunteer management and environmental issues has added capacity to coordinate and manage Illinois Green’s broad spectrum of programming. She previously worked as a sustainability educator and volunteer coordinator working with students and volunteers at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Ecology Action Center, and National University of Health Sciences.
Outside of work, she volunteers on the Village of Schaumburg Environmental Committee. She loves to travel, having gone to 42 states & 4 countries, and is always looking to add more places to add to her list! She enjoys cooking and trying new recipes.
Since 2019, Ashley has overseen the Programs committee, Auxiliary Board, GreenBuilt Home Tour, and volunteer-led education webinars.
Following undergrad, she worked at the clothing company GUESS as the corporate social responsibility intern supporting their 2017 Sustainability Report. While living in California, she worked at an elementary school in Mar Vista where she taught K-5 students about gardening and sustainability. After working there, she moved home to the Chicagoland area and began interning at Seven Generations Ahead where she had her first nonprofit experience and learned about zero waste.
Outside of Illinois Green, Ashley upcycles old or thrifted clothing. As an advocate for sustainable fashion, she loves to make old clothes feel new. She loves hiking and spends time traveling and connecting back with nature.
Maggie joined Illinois Green Alliance as an intern in 2020 and began serving as the Communications Associate in 2021. She oversees social media, newsletters, the website, and communications campaigns.
She previously interned at the Shedd Aquarium and managed communications for Northwestern University’s sustainNU program during her undergraduate years. She is passionate about the intersection of sustainability and communication and promoting solutions to build resilient communities.
Maggie loves drawing comics for friends and perfecting her homemade biscuit recipe. An avid birdwatcher, she spends her weekends exploring local and state parks.
Contact Maggie about event promotion, media opportunities, and the newsletter.
Internships & Jobs
At this time, Illinois Green does not have any open internships or jobs. We tend to have summer internships posted in the spring. Check our job board, sign up for emails, and follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date.
Illinois Green Alliance Contact Information:
Illinois Green Alliance
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1502
Chicago, IL 60654
P: (312) 245-8300
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