Elizabeth (Betta) Broad
Betta Broad is working on the transition to a clean energy economy in New York. A native New Yorker, Betta has been an advocate for social justice, peace and sustainability for over two decades. Her first campaign was organizing for “Justice for Janitors” on her college campus. She then worked for a labor union, on campaigns to oppose unfair free trade agreements and to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. As Deputy Director of Earth Day Initiative, she organized the major Earth Day festivals in NYC for five years before joining the campaign to ban fracking. She co-produced a series of videos called “Love NY: don’t frack it up!” and worked with advocates across the state to successfully ban fracking in New York. While working for Catskill Mountainkeeper she created the RenewableNY program that subsequently received a $1.8 million award from NYSERDA to expand Solarize campaigns across 15 counties.
In 2016, she helped launch the New Yorkers for Clean Power campaign and continues to serve as NYCP’s director, working collaboratively with an extensive network of advocates to accelerate the shift off fossil fuels in the building, transportation and power sectors. She recently joined the team at the Association for Energy Affordability as the Director of Advocacy and Organizing where she primarily works on advancing energy efficiency, equitable electrification, and clean energy policy, programs and legislation that benefit low-income communities in New York. She serves on the boards of directors of Citizens for Local Power and Brooklyn for Peace. She was appointed to the City of Kingston’s Climate Smart Commission, the Ulster County Climate Smart Committee and the Power Generation Advisory Panel for the NYS Climate Action Council, making her the only person in New York to serve on a climate action advisory board at the city, county and state level.
Director of Advocacy and Organizing
Lisa Marshall joined the NYCP team after serving as Program Director of HeatSmart Tompkins, New York’s first and most successful Clean Heating and Cooling community program. As HeatSmart Director, Lisa implemented education and outreach about heat pumps and other building energy efficiency measures as well as providing direct support to households, businesses, and municipalities implementing building decarbonization. Under her leadership, HeatSmart Tompkins doubled previous program participation and dramatically increased the proportion of low-to-moderate homes getting heat pumps installed.
Prior to HeatSmart Tompkins, Lisa worked as a community organizer with the climate organization Mothers Out Front where she built and supported multiple local organizing teams around New York State. As a community organizer, she recruited and trained volunteers and helped them to shape, execute, and win local climate campaigns. She also collaborated with allies on multiple statewide campaigns and mobilizations. Within Mothers Out Front, she helped to architect and launch a multi-state “Beyond Gas” campaign.
A long-time member of the Renewable Heat Now campaign team, Lisa has been at the forefront of advocacy for building energy efficiency and heat pump adoption policy at the state level where she advocated effectively for bringing affordable, equitable building electrification to scale through education and outreach, messaging, lobbying and building grassroots pressure on elected officials and state agencies.
Lisa’s long-standing interest in climate change began decades ago when she wrote her first high school research paper on global warming. In graduate school, her research focused on changes in soil biogeochemistry due to climate and desertification. It wasn’t until moving to NY’s Southern Tier and buying a home that was leased to a gas company, that she became directly involved in climate and energy advocacy. Lisa holds an M.S. in Earth Science from Dartmouth College and a B.A. in Geology from Claremont McKenna College (via Pomona College).
Melissa graduated SUNY New Paltz in 2015 where she majored in Geography and minored in Environmental Studies. While in attendance she was the Campus Recycling Coordinator and organized large-scale events such as Reuse 2 Reduce, an end-of-year move-out program, which in her final year of managing diverted six tons of material from the waste stream. After graduation, Melissa worked with RAMTeCH Software Solutions on-site for Central Hudson Gas and Electric in the Electric GIS department. She managed a team of 12 technicians in the United States (and a few more off-shore in India) as their Project Coordinator. While working in her Geography realm for the next 5 years, Melissa continued to follow her environmental passions on the side. She joined the Climate Smart Kingston Commission in 2018 and is now in her second term. Also in 2018, she accepted a part-time job with NYCP as an Outreach Representative. In this role, she helped plan a Waste Conference with the Ulster County Environment Management Council, organized a Climate Solutions Summit with NYCP and facilitates Kingston’s Repair Cafes. Most recently she has been a cohost of a series of meetings to guide Hudson Valley municipalities through Scenic Hudson’s Solar Mapping tool. Melissa is the new Program Manager at NYCP and is excited to bring her management background, event planning and passion to the campaign to help lead the NYCP team.
Communications & Advocacy Manager
Senior Clean Power Fellow
Ibrahim is a bright, playful spirit who authentically reflects and acts on bold questions. He has woven fatherhood, sports, protecting the planet, technology, youth development, culture, music, poetry and a commitment to faith and family into a career focused on transforming our relationship to the planet, deepening democracy, and finding regenerative solutions to persistent human problems. He sits on the boards of the International Living Future Institute , the New York Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land , Sapelo Square, and Green City Force. Ibrahim is the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and earned his Master of Public Administration at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he now lectures. In 2018 Ibrahim founded Green Squash Consulting, a management consulting firm based in New York working with people, organizations, companies, coalitions, and governments committed to equity, justice, and protecting the planet.
Junior Clean Power Fellow
Amelia is a rising senior at the University of Rochester and a Junior Clean Power Fellow with NYCP. At school, she is studying Environmental Health and Political Science and is passionate about fighting the climate crisis and protecting human health. This past year, Amelia worked as an Environmental Programs Intern for the City of Rochester where she assisted on projects to make access to nature and environmental education more equitable for children. She is excited to continue working on environmental issues with a commitment to equity and justice with NYCP. Amelia is originally from Tarrytown and remains in New York for school, so she is especially excited to promote the transition to a green economy for her home state.
Junior Clean Power Fellow
Daniel is a senior at SUNY New Paltz completing a Clean Power Fellowship with NYCP through May 2023. At school, Daniel is studying Geography with a concentration in urban planning. He is passionate about the environment and climate justice. He wants to further pursue a career in urban planning. He wants to make sure he has an impact on NYCP during his internship. He hopes to create future plans and cities to help the environment while also helping those in need. He is from Middle Village, New York but resides in New Paltz. He hopes that the experience he gains from his internship will help to promote more environmental and equal ideas during his life.
Clean Energy Coach
Tom Konrad, PhD, CFA, is a portfolio manager, financial analyst, and freelance writer specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, to review energy updates and state programs with community members. He also serves as the Chair on the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission, and has joined the NYCP as our first Clean Energy Coach!
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Clean Energy Coach
After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, in Jamshedpur (India) and working for several years as a software engineer, Samrat became a teacher and currently teaches physics, mathematics, and software programming courses at Wallkill High School. Samrat is a former chair and coordinator of the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition. He is also a Climate Reality Leader and currently serves as co-chair of the Hudson Valley/Catskills chapter of the Climate Reality Project.
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Clean Energy Coach
Steve Wehr is a retired IBM senior engineer and electric vehicle enthusiast. Since he bought his first EV in 2019, he has written several papers, given classes and presentations on EVs and charging, and been published by Sustainable Hudson Valley. Steve spends all day reading about electric vehicles, charging, renewable energy, and battery technology, so you don’t have to.
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