Executive Director

Timothy Male

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Director of Markets

Phoebe Higgins

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Director of Water

Sridhar Vedachalam



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Deputy Director of Water

Maureen Cunningham


Senior Advisor for Water

Katy Hansen

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Senior Analyst, Water & Technology Policy

Jessie Norriss


Tribal Mitigation Fellow

Mariah Black Bird


Conservation & Environmental Markets Fellow

Kavita Kapur Macleod

Joya Banerjee

Senior Advisor for Water

Joya Banerjee

Advisory Board

The Innovation Center is privileged to have the expertise and support of our Advisory Board, made up of individuals with enormous and diverse expertise in conservation, finance, business, and law.

Adam Davis

Adam serves as managing partner of Ecosystem Investment Partners and has over thirty years experience in owning and running businesses that align economic incentives with environmental outcomes.  He has focused specifically on mechanisms that enable land-based offsets and the financial value of natural systems since the late 1990s and is one of the national leaders in this investment space.

Christine Harada

Christine Harada

Christine is a climate and impact investing expert, trained in engineering and business. She serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for Heliogen, a company using concentrated solar to create heat for industrial processes, electricity and hydrogen production. Previously, she was a Partner with Ridge-Lane LP, a triple-bottom-line advisory that creates sustainable social value by bridging the gap that exists between private companies, investment capital, and government. From 2015-2017, Christine served as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama administration and as Acting Chief of Staff at the U.S. General Services Administration earlier in 2015.


Leigh Whelpton

Leigh leads the Conservation Finance Network’s (CFN) effort to expand the use of innovative funding and financing strategies. Leigh has spearheaded the development of new trainings and workshops supporting a growing number of public, private, and nonprofit professionals focused on conservation finance.

Scott Bryan

Scott Bryan

Scott is President of Imagine H2O, a global nonprofit organization that empowers people to develop and deploy innovation to solve water challenges globally. The organization’s water innovation accelerator program alumni have collectively raised over $590 million in early-stage capital. Scott previously developed ESG and cleantech investment strategies for institutional clients at Royal Bank of Canada and Piper Jaffray.

Steve Quarles

Steve is a Partner at Nossaman LLP specializing on federal wildlife law, including the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Steve has served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as Deputy Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and represented the Ford Foundation in Brazil.

Kevin McAleese

Kevin McAleese

Kevin is President of the Sand County Foundation, an entrepreneurial non-profit supporting voluntary conservation on working lands through ethics, science, and incentives. He led a 10-year program to enhance regeneration of eastern forests and founded the Cooperative Sagebrush Initiative.


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I’m Elias, a Water Policy Intern this summer at EPIC. I am a rising senior at Carleton College majoring in Environmental Studies and History. Most recently my school work has focused on examining agricultural water policies in California and also on looking at the joint histories of water pollution and the development of public drinking water systems in American urban spaces. Outside of school, I have spent the year lobbying for clean energy policy in Massachusetts, mapping air pollution and environmental justice communities with GIS, and examining water rights and public trust for California’s Fresno river. I am excited to further explore issues of water and equity this summer during my time with EPIC!

I am Olya, Water Policy Intern for Spring 2021 at EPIC. I am a sophomore at the University of California, Davis. I am a Political Science - Public Service major and an Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning minor. After graduation, I plan on attending law school to study environmental law. I developed an interest in environmental law after taking a few environmental policy-oriented courses at my university. I look forward to exploring different means of encouraging the private sector to participate in conservation, as well as researching modern technology that seeks to improve water conditions across the country.

I’m Isabel, an Endangered Species Policy Intern for Summer 2021 at EPIC. I am currently a rising junior at William & Mary. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and Environmental Science and Policy. After graduation, I plan to attend law school to study environmental law. My interest in environmental law and policy grew out of my experience growing up in Washington state and constantly being surrounded by incredible nature. I have worked as an educator at conservation organizations and participated in many public land maintenance projects. I am excited to continue my commitment to conservation at EPIC this summer.

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I am Lauryn, a Water Policy Fellow at EPIC for Summer 2021. I am a recent graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. After a year or so to pursue additional professional experience, I plan to attend an interdisciplinary environmental policy master’s program abroad. A research project on Michigan's Line 5 during my Congressional Internship and further regional environmental policy work in the Pacific Islands developed my keen interest in this policy area. I look forward to researching federal water infrastructure policy and aiding in the development of affordable water solutions with EPIC.

I’m Brigid, a Water Policy Intern at EPIC for the Summer of 2021. I am a rising sophomore at the College of William and Mary and the University of St Andrews majoring in International Relations. As someone who grew up in the Chesapeake Bay area, I have long been interested in what can be done to protect local water quality, whether by attending the Patuxent River Appreciation Day festival to learn about a Chesapeake Bay tributary or through participating in an oyster habitat construction process to do my part in improving the health of the Bay. I look forward to continue this work through conducting research on lead pipes with EPIC.

I’m Shaun, a Water Policy Intern at EPIC. I am a rising junior at Cornell University majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations, with minors in Law and Society, History, Inequality Studies, and History of American Capitalism. I’m from Park City, Utah. I love hiking and exploring National Parks! In Park City, I have worked with land preservation and environmental education nonprofits. I look forward to developing solutions for the water equity issues in the United States. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career that focuses on the intersection of environmental justice, labor rights, and human rights.