Our staff, service partners and board bring a deep foundation of experience and commitment to sustainability and client service, while building a healthy and sustainable world.

John Andersen


John Andersen is founder and President of Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, where he advises businesses, institutions, and communities on strategies that advance their sustainable development. John’s thirty-three years of experience, serving businesses, capital clients, nonprofits, governments and institutions, demonstrates that it takes effective engagement across these sectors to achieve sustainable growth and solve complex problems. His current clients include regional governmental entities seeking to protect water resources, renewable-energy companies and regional energy collaborations, private-equity investment firms, nonprofits, energy research institutions, and industrial-materials recycling and waste-energy recovery companies. Previously, John was an International and Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed the company’s national land business and its strategic expansion into China. He was also the Great Lakes Director of The Nature Conservancy, where he worked across the region’s scientific, business, and government sectors to advance biodiversity conservation. John is a faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches Sustainable Value Creation in the Kellstadt Business School. Additionally, John is President of Greenleaf Communities, a nonprofit research entity that recruits and organizes multi-disciplinary teams of scientists to investigate environmental influences on health and apply that knowledge to improve industrial practices and public policies. John holds an A.B. in Economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Dan Peerless

Communications and Development

Dan is the Communications and Development Manager for Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities. He comes to Greenleaf with a background in environmental communications and education, as well as broad knowledge of the natural and environmental sciences. Much of his work with national environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Nature Conservancy was centered around translating the important scientific and policy information they generated so that it was accessible to wide-ranging audiences. He has worked to bring sustainability and conservation messages to groups ranging from scientists to politicians, school children to seniors, and every other aspect of society he could. Dan has worked with local, regional, national, and international programs and is always looking for ways to draw more people into meaningful conversations about the environmental and human health issues that face us all. Dan has a degree in biology from Hanover College and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Katie DeMuro

Research Intern

Katie works on conducting literature reviews for clients such as GYPSOIL. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Business.

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Ron Chamberlain

Chief Agronomist/Director of Gypsum Programs

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Ron Chamberlain is Chief Agronomist for GYPSOIL and Director of Gypsum Programs for GYPSOIL’s parent company, Beneficial Reuse Management. Ron is a leader in the application of gypsum as a soil amendment and is is advancing sustainable agricultural land management practices across the country to improve soil health for enhance crop productivity as well as area water quality. He informs customers and farmers on application of gypsum. Greenleaf Advisors works with Ron and GYPSOIL to protect and advance the beneficial reuse of coal combustion by-products. Ron has seen the benefit gypsum addition brings to his client’s farms through the improvement of soil structure, improved drainage and improved soil biology.

Ron has his BS in Agricultural Mechanization from Purdue University. His experience in the agriculture industry includes positions in management at Ag Spectrum Company, United Agricultural Products, Super Crost Seeds, BASF USA and BASF Europe.

Read more about Ron’s work with GYPSOIL.

Pete Mulvaney

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sustainability Specialist

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Pete Mulvaney is a Sustainability Specialist at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, an architecture, interior design, engineering and planning firm. Pete continues to work in partnership with Greenleaf on intelligent infrastructure projects such as our Chicago Area Waterways System project. Pete contributed to Greenleaf’s projects ranging from sustainable water resource solutions to wind and solar energy.

Pete has his MS in Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Previously, he has worked at the Museum of SOuthwest Biology, the National Institute of Health, HARZA Engineering (now MWH) and the Chicago Department of Water Management.

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Darrell Norton, Ph.D.

USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
Research Soil Scientist, Retired

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Dr. Darrell Norton recently retired as a Research Soil Scientist for the USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory (NSERL) located on the campus of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana where he also is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Agronomy and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Darrell consults with Greenleaf Advisors on the GYPSOIL project and other soil matters.

Dr. Norton holds a BS and MS from Purdue University. He has his PhD in ???? from The Ohio State University. He has lead research in the NSERL to evaluate various byproduct materials for use in controlling erosion and managing water in agricultural production systems. He has conducted projects and cooperative research with many U.S. Agencies and International Research Institutions including, CSIRO, EMBRAPA, UN-FAO.


Paul Smolevitz

Paul Smolevitz is a Managing Director and founding principal of TM Capital Corp., an independent investment banking firm based in New York, Boston, and Atlanta. INSERT PAUL + GLA

Paul is a graduate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has led TM Capital’s execution of many complex transactions, including strategic acquisitions, exclusive sales and divestitures, financings, restructurings and fairness opinions in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution and service businesses. Previously, Paul was a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc. and a Senior Accountant at Deloitte & Touche.

Read more about Paul at TM Capital Corp.

Sabina Shaikh, Ph.D.

Dr. Sabina Shaikh is a part of the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Program on Global Environment, where she directs the Environment, Agriculture and Food group. She is also a Senior Consultant at Cardno ENTRIX focusing on the economic valuation and development of mechanisms for the provision of ecosystem services in both the private and public sectors. Dr. Shaikh’s expertise helps GLA…..

She holds a PhD from the University of California-Davis in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Shaikh’s research focuses on the economics of ecosystem services, including the valuation of benefits and costs related to the environment and the development of market-based mechanisms for environmental and natural resource management. She has developed economic models for natural-resource-based recreation demand, wildlife habitat, forestry and fishery management, urban storm water management, land use and the effects of climate change on agriculture and environment.

Read more about the Environment, Agriculture and Food group.

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Britt Burton-Freeman, Ph.D.

Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman is the Director at the Center for Nutrition Research at the Institute for Food Safety and Health, Illinois Institute of Technology. She helps work and inform Greenleaf Advisors on human health issues.

Dr. Freeman has her PhD/MS in Nutritional Biology and her BS in Dietetics and Chemistry. Dr. Freeman has been involved in  obesity and metabolic disease research for over 15 years, including basic science and clinical  research in academic, biotechnology and drug development settings. Dr. Freeman’s current research interests are in mitigating [the] disease process through dietary approaches focused on the health promoting properties of whole foods.  Specific disease targets are vascular disease and obesity, including food intake regulation. In her current appointment, she leads a public health initiative  with FDA/CFSAN to develop and provide underpinning science for comprehensive approaches using innovative processing solutions to support the availability of safe food with health opportunities.

Read more about the Institute for Food Safety and Health at IIT.

Janet Hock, Ph.D. UPDATE

Janet Hock brings an interesting mix of career experiences and scientific executive expertise to Greenleaf Communities. From 2007-2010, she was Founding Executive Director of the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health (MIHGH), and continues there as Senior Investigator and Professor (adjunct) at the University of Maine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr Hock directs multidisciplinary environmental oncology and community-based participatory research programs in Maine. These include BioGeoBank, a cancer tissue repository that uses patient data and geographic information systems to map behavioral and environmental exposures. Prior to MIHGH, Dr. Hock was Vice President Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer for Aastrom Biosciences. She also was a Professor at Indiana University, Indianapolis, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Hock was program director and founder of the Indiana University Cancer Center Bone Cancers Multidisciplinary Research program. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hock was Director, Skeletal Diseases Research Group, and later Senior Research Advisor for Product Development at Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Hock was Lead Scientist for Forteo, contributing to the successful clinical development of two FDA-approved, important first-in-class drug treatments for osteoporosis, Evista® and Forteo®. Dr. Hock has held faculty positions at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She holds L.D.S. (R.C.S.), B.D.S. (D.D.S. equivalent) and Ph.D. (Faculty of Medicine) degrees from the University of London, U.K., and an M.Sc. and Clinical Certificate (Periodontology) from the University of Iowa. Dr. Hock has served as peer reviewer and consultant to several government agencies, has authored more than 120 publications and is inventor on several patents.

Pierre Jacinthe, Ph.D.

Dr. Pierre-Andre Jacinthe is an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI. Dr. Jacinthe works with Greenleaf Communities on our IPL project.

Pierre-Andre Jacinthe graduated in 1995 from the Ohio State University with a PhD in Agronomy/ Soil Biochemistry. His research focuses on nutrient cycling, water quality and the exchange of greenhouse gases (GHG) between land surface and the atmosphere. He is leading two complementary research projects in the School Branch watershed in Central Indiana to evaluate the impact of gypsum application to croplands on water quality (Indianapolis Power & Light and Greenleaf Communities), and assess the nutrient trapping efficiency of a multi-flow constructed wetland (Veolia and KBW funding). Dr. Jacinthe has just completed two USDA-funded projects as the principal investigator. The first project dealt with GHG dynamics in Midwest agro-ecosystems under no-till practices, while the second was an effort to model GHG fluxes in riparian zones of the White River watershed on the basis of landscape hydro-geomorphic attributes. Dr. Jacinthe has also worked on incorporating satellite imagery into aspects of his research dealing with regional GHG inventory.

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Warren Dick, Ph.D.

Dr. Warren Dick is a Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Dick advises Greenleaf on our gypsum projects and scientific research.

Warren Dick graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a PhD in Soil Science. His research focuses on soil biochemistry, microbiology and environmental soil chemistry. Dr. Dick’s research includes studying the impact of no-till agriculture, the role of microbes and enzymes in the soil. He also looks into the benefits of recycling waste material such as byproducts from coal combustion.

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The company is advised by partners committed to working across disciplines and sectors, bringing a unique combination of interdisciplinary knowledge to inform, and in many cases help deliver the services we provide. They bring expertise in capital markets, policy, research, infrastructure, business, and conservation.

Dave Andersen

Dave Andersen is an independent consultant specializing in strategy, partnership building, mergers and acquisitions and value creation. Dave is an advisor to Virox Technologies, a leader in Infection Control. He is a member of the Board of Directors and an advisor to eSpendwise, an eBuseness systems provider for spend management. Dave serves as Chairman of KidsUganda, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which is the primary funding source to the Maranatha Schools and Orphanage in Uganda.

Dave worked in business development, innovation and mergers and acquisitions for the Johnson Family of Companies for 20 years, until his retirement in early 2011. His most recent position was Vice President-Global Business Development at Diversey, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions. Dave also worked for Morgan Stanley in its New York, Chicago and Toronto offices as a Financial Analyst and an Associate in Corporate Finance.

Dave Andersen is passionate about creating value, both economic and social, by leveraging technology and innovation and creating partnerships built on “The Speed of Trust.”

Tom Bagley

Tom Bagley founded Pfingsten Partners, a private equity firm that invests in middle-market manufacturing, distribution and business-service companies focused on building better businesses. Tom has been involved in all aspects of the firm’s activities. He has more than 22 years of private equity investment experience and more than 34 years of experience with middle-market companies.

Prior to the formation of Pfingsten Partners in 1989, Tom was employed by Citicorp North America, Inc., as the Midwest Area Head of the Leveraged Capital Group in Chicago. In that position, he was responsible for leveraged acquisition activities in 12 Midwestern states. Before joining Citicorp, Tom held various management and lending positions at Continental Bank, N.A., in Chicago and Cleveland.

A Chicago native, Tom holds a B.A. in Economics, with honors, from North Park College and an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University.

Keith Bowers

For nearly three decades, Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design. As the Founder and President of Biohabitats, Keith has built a multidisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland and coastal habitat restoration, to regional watershed management and natural resource planning, to the development of comprehensive sustainability programs for communities and campuses throughout the country.

Keith is also President and Founder of Biohabitats’ sister company, Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc. ER&M provides professional installation and management services for restoration projects throughout North America.

Keith currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wildlands Network, a national organization focused on restoring, protecting and connecting North America’s best wild places, and he is the Theme Lead for Ecological Restoration under IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management.

In addition, Keith Bowers is an American Society of Landscape Architects Fellow, a registered Landscape Architect in six states and a Professional Wetland Scientist. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University.

Read more about Biohabitats.

Read more about Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc.

Read more about the Wildlands Network

John Davidoff

John Davidoff has 30 years of experience working with national and international consumer, business-to-business and nonprofit organizations and brands. He specializes in brand marketing, strategic partnerships and business development and is the architect of the Davidoff Methodology for Mission-Driven Strategy and Marketing™.

Prior to founding Davidoff Communications in 2005, John was CEO of Entertainment Marketing, Inc. Prior to that, he ran a division of 75 marketing agencies for Omnicom, parent of the DDB Worldwide advertising agency. Before joining Omnicom, he was Chief Marketing Officer at General Growth Properties and spent 12 years at DDB Chicago, DDB Worldwide’s flagship, where he managed several of the agency’s blue-chip clients and founded the in-house Event Marketing and Sponsorship division.

John Davidoff serves on the President’s Advisory Council to Ithaca College, as a Director of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights (Chicago), on the Board of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, on the Board of the Wright Foundation for Transformational Leadership and on the faculty of the Wright Leadership Institute. John is a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Executives Club of Chicago, Chicago City Club, Social Enterprise Association and Union League Club.

Ali Fatemi, Ph.D.

Dr. Ali Fatemi is the Chairman of the Finance Department at DePaul University, where he is also a Professor. His current research deals with issues related to socially responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, dividend policy and corporate governance. Previously he held positions at Kansas State University and Wichita State University, and he has been a Visiting Scholar at U.C.L.A. and at University of Maastricht. He also has had teaching assignments around the world.

Dr. Fatemi has published in multiple leading academic journals. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Finance Association and is its past President. He is also a past Editor of Journal of Applied Finance (2000-2007) and a member of the Editorial Board or a reviewer for a variety of domestic and international finance journals.

Dr. Fatemi is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and in the International Directory of Business Management Scholars and Research. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, FEI, the Executives Club of Chicago, Chicago Council of Global Affairs and the Bond Club of Chicago and is a member of the Board of Directors at the National Iranian-American Council. He received his Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University.

Kurt Little

Kurt Little has had a long career in urban planning and real estate consulting. A Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, he is responsible for providing asset valuation and implementation strategies for underutilized real estate, with a focus on local, state and federal agencies; colleges and universities; and airports and transit-oriented development.

Mr. Little also serves as Director for the firm’s local markets business, focusing on new business opportunities that leverage Jones Lang LaSalle’s national platform. Among the local accounts that he manages are the State of Illinois, Navy Pier Inc., City of Chicago, O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Transit Authority. His duties also include new business development, implementation of systems and strategies and managing projects including: strategic planning, market analysis, site infrastructure assessment, due diligence investigations and reporting, master planning, financial planning, marketing and contract negotiation.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Little was an Associate with Camiros, a Chicago-based urban planning consulting firm.

Mr. Little earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.

Robert Spoerri

Robert (Bob) Spoerri is President of Beneficial Reuse Management, a firm that creates partnerships between industrial companies that generate materials suitable for beneficial reuse. Land owners and others use these materials in projects and products.

Mr. Spoerri has been involved in building, managing and leading high-performance businesses for more than 30 years. He spent more than 20 years at LaSalle Partners, a real estate services firm in Chicago, including 10 years as Chief Operating Officer and President. Under his leadership, the firm grew to national and international prominence and through merger with four other companies created Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL), now the world’s leading real estate services and investment management firm.

Mr. Spoerri subsequently served as CEO of two other businesses: Comro.com, a company in the real estate technology business, and Mapeley PLC, a London-based property investment and development company.

Mr. Spoerri received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Indiana University.

Dick Munson

Richard (Dick) Munson is Director of EDF’s Smart Power Midwest. EDF‘s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

He was previously Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs for Recycled Energy Development, a company that captures wasted energy and turns it into clean electricity and heat, thereby profitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Before joining Recycled Energy Development Mr. Munson directed the Northeast-Midwest Institute and coordinated with the Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions, which are bipartisan caucuses that conduct policy research and draft legislation on issues pertaining to agriculture, economic development, energy, the environment and manufacturing.

Mr. Munson has served as Secretary of the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association, Director of the Solar Lobby, Director of the Center for Renewable Resources, Co-coordinator of Sun Day, Coordinator of the Environmental Action Foundation and Lecturer in history at the University of Michigan. He now sits on the Boards of Directors for the U.S. Clean Heat and Power AssociationInstitute for Health Policy Solutions and Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

Mr. Munson is the author of several books and articles on energy and environmental policy. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Michigan.

Hugh Reams

Hugh Reams is a Partner at Shannon Advisors, which raises institutional capital from pension funds, endowments, foundations and high net worth family offices for buyout and venture capital funds. Prior to Shannon, Mr. Reams was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ) and Credit Suisse for 13 years, raising more than $12 billion from pension funds in the Midwest and Canada for buyout and venture capital clients including cleantech funds.

Previously, Mr. Reams was a senior member of the fund raising and client service team at Jones Lang LaSalle ( formerly LaSalle Partners). LaSalle invests money on behalf of pension funds in class A real estate. Mr. Reams was responsible for all U.S. investment-management client relationships. He was also previously a Manager in the Financial Institutions Group at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).

Mr. Reams has been a Board Member of the Chicago Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the McGaw YMCA and International Self Help (ISH), which is an organization that helps and teaches locals to build critical infrastructure in impoverished regions of the world.

He graduated with an economics degree from Denison University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.

Brian Richter

Brian Richter has been a leader in river science and conservation for more than 20 years. He is the Director of Freshwater Strategies for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program, which promotes sustainable water management with governments, corporations and local communities. Mr. Richter has consulted on more than 120 river projects worldwide, with a focus on the challenge of meeting human needs for water and energy while sustaining healthy rivers and lakes. Mr. Richter serves as a water advisor to some of the world’s largest corporations and investment banks. Mr. Richter has developed numerous scientific tools and methods to support river protection and restoration efforts, including the “Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration” software that is being used by water managers and ecologists worldwide. He has published many scientific papers on the importance of ecologically sustainable water management in international science journals and has co-authored a book with Sandra Postel entitled Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature (Island Press, 2003).

Sabina Shaikh

Dr. Shaikh’s research focuses on the economics of ecosystem services, including the valuation of benefits and costs related to the environment and the development of market-based mechanisms for environmental and natural resource management. She has developed economic models for natural-resource-based recreation demand, wildlife habitat, forestry and fishery management, urban storm water management, land use and the effects of climate change on agriculture and environment.

Dr. Shaikh is apart of the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Program on Global Environment, where she directs the Environment, Agriculture and Food group. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Shaikh has published in major professional journals and has been a contributor to books on environmental and ecosystem economics.

Dr. Shaikh is also a Senior Consultant at Cardno ENTRIX focusing on the economic valuation and development of mechanisms for the provision of ecosystem services in both the private and public sectors.

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David Lodge, D.Phil

Dr. David Lodge serves as Director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame and Director of Notre Dame’s new Environmental Change Initiative. From invasive species in the Great Lakes Region to waterborne diseases in tropical Africa, the Center’s mission is to promote the application of scientific knowledge to conserve Earth’s freshwater resources. Dr. Lodge facilitates partnerships, educational opportunities and outreach efforts with resource managers, policy makers and the public.

An ecologist, Dr. Lodge’s interest in the natural environment grew from his childhood fascination with the fish, crayfish, insects and other freshwater life of Georgia and Alabama, where he grew up. In his current research, he examines the impacts of global environmental changes on drinking water, recreation, fisheries, biodiversity and other ecosystem goods and services.

Much of Dr. Lodge’s research has a strong focus on ecological forecasting to better inform environmental risk assessment, policy, and management. Lodge is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow.

Dr. Lodge graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of the South (Sewanee) and a D.Phil. in Zoology from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar).

Jennie Ward-Robinson

Dr. Ward Robinson founded and leads the Institute for Water and Public Health Research (IPWR) as the Executive Director. Its mission is to improve public health through the consumption of quality drinking water. She also is an Associate Professor at Texas A & M University in the School of Rural Public Health where she oversees international research projects focused on water and health outcomes for the Caribbean region.
Dr. Ward Robinson, known for her systems approach, has spent her career in a variety of roles including organizational leadership, professional development, fund raising, recruitment, training and retention of staff.

Dr. Ward Robinson received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Development with an emphasis in industrial engineering, the Master of Science degree from Kansas State University and the Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she has been recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award for her long-time contributions to improving minority health.

Dr. Ward Robinson, known for her systems approach, has spent her career in a variety of roles, including organizational leadership, professional development, fund raising, recruitment, training and retention of staff.

Sid Mohn

Interns contribute at Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities in a variety of capacities, utilizing their research, analytical, and communication skills to support our client services delivery and company development, while gaining experiences that will advance their careers. They have analyzed solar development values for an investment client evaluating a real estate portfolio, researched and synthesized literature on sustainable agricultural practices, developed our website and social media, prepared and facilitated our board meetings, developed marketing and communication pieces, conducted foundation research and submitted grant applications, and helped with office administration, accounting and finance. Greenleaf demands professional performance and develops requisite skills of its interns.

Past interns have gone on to work for Akoya Capital, Boston Consulting Group, Braintree, Deloitte, Delta Institute, Google, The Nature Conservancy, Thoma Bravo, and Tesla.

Past Interns

Melissa Chanthalangsy

Melissa contributed to Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities through the launch of a new social media initiative, including Twitter and Facebook, in an effort to engage partner organizations and clients and to inform the wider public of the missions of both enterprises.  She also conducted research for potential funding opportunities for regional water planning projects within the State of Illinois for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Melissa is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago. She has previously interned at UChicago’s Office of Sustainability and works as a student coordinator of the Environment,  Agriculture, and Food research group.

Emmy Grace

Emmy is passionate about sustainability and believes in Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities missions. Emmy contributed to research for Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities, particularly on gypsum as an agricultural amendment. These efforts have informed nutrient management standards in Ohio. Emmy also helped organize Greenleaf events, including the DePaul Sustainable Business Conference. Additionally, she created graphics and marketing pieces. Emmy is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental studies and Hispanic studies. She graduated magna cum laude and is a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa. Currently, Emmy is pursuing her M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the American University, School of International Service.

Kari Grace

Kari worked on several efforts for Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities. She assisted with searching for funding opportunities for Greenleaf Communities and preparing grant proposal materials for its healthy soils applied research projects. She helped with administrative tasks like preparing the annual Board meeting events, and editing communication pieces. Kari earned a BA in sociology and Hispanic studies with a minor in environmental studies and graduated summa cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Ken-Ichi Hino

Ken-Ichi is pursuing his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Prior to enrolling at Chicago Booth, Ken-Ichi focused on efficient energy and waste energy recovery projects at Recycled Energy Development, leading financial analysis of acquisition opportunities as well as evaluating wholesale and renewable energy markets for high-value project locations. Ken-Ichi also has 3 years of experience as a management consultant for financial institutions, specializing in operations optimization, as well as 1 year as an economist focusing on central government budget management, including energy subsidy expense projection. Additionally, Ken-Ichi serves as a board member of the Chicago chapter of Young Professionals in Energy, a nonprofit networking organization providing a forum for career development for professionals in the energy industry. Ken-Ichi holds a BA in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Derek Wietsma

Derek is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs [MPA] degree at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs [SPEA]. His studies concentrate on urban economics, sustainability, and finance. Derek has contributed to several Chicago-based sustainability advising organizations including Foresight Design Initiative and Centre for Sustainability and Excellence.  During the academic year he serves as the teaching assistant for graduate course Public Management Economics.

Sarah Sperling