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Our Team

Aster Girma 
Executive Director
LEED Green Associate
BS City Planning, MSc. Development Studies, MSc. Urban Studies/Economic Development
Certificate in Sustainability best practices and implementation
Professional Membership: American Planning Association, International Economic Development Council, U.S. Green Building Council, Nevada Chapter

John N. Gathegi 
Senior Policy and Legal Analyst
J.D., Ph.D., Library and Information Studies
M.A., Political Science 

Julian Farquhar
Advertising Creative Director and Marketing Strategist

Abenet Taye
Program Development Analyst
MPA, Program Evaluation & Policy Analysis 
Professional Membership: The American Society for Public Administration

Woldeab Hailezghi
Environmental Technology Research Associate & Webmaster 
BS, Mechanical Engineering, MS. Energy Systems

Sonja Brown
Research Associates
MA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Natural and Social Science

Roman Schomberg
Research Intern
BA in Anthropolog, Masters in Anthropology

Peter Gower
Researcher Associate
B.A., Political Science
B.S., Georaphy
M.Sc., Land Use Planning
LEED Green Associate
Certified Planner by American Institute of Certified Planners


Board Members

Dr. Judith B Cordia Director
Division Chair Nursing & Allied Health,
Western Nevada College

Jeff Narten, MA, MSc. Urban Studies/Economic Development
Davis, California

Girma Ayele,
Chief Engineer, Department of the Navy, Military Sealift Fleet Support Command
BS, Marine Engineering

Tim Kosier
Carson City, NV

Jean M. Perpich
Regional Acquisition Officer,
Wells Fargo Bank
Carson City, NV