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Sustainable Westport

Gately Ross, Co-Director

Gately joined Sustainable Westport as Co-Director in September of 2021. She has dedicated her career to the health and conservation of wild and domestic animals and the health of the environment. She combines a deep understanding of ecology and human impact on populations and ecosystems with clinical practice and team leadership and training experience in veterinary emergency / critical care medicine.  

She hopes to use this experience to build partnerships and projects and support motivated individuals that contribute to Sustainable Westport’s goal of becoming a Net Zero community by 2050. Gately holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the College of Charleston, Masters of Science from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. Gately has been a Westport resident since 2007 and lives in the Greens Farms neighborhood with her husband, three boys and rescue dog.

Johanna Martell, Co-Director

Johanna Martell, Co-Director

Johanna joined Sustainable Westport as Co-Director in September of 2021. She has over fifteen years of experience as a legal and business advisor, both in-house and at leading global law firms, with a focus on commercial real estate, corporate, tax and estate planning. She has advised c-suite and senior leadership on deal structuring, strategy, legal and financial risks as well as forged collaborative relationships across a wide range of stakeholders in order to achieve business and legal objectives.

She hopes to leverage this experience to increase awareness and community support for Sustainable Westport’s initiatives to enable Westport to become a Net Zero community by 2050. Johanna holds an undergraduate degree in political economy from Princeton University and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. Johanna has been a Westport resident since 2013 and lives in the Greens Farms neighborhood with her husband and three sons.

Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd

Peter is Chair of Sustainable Westport, has been an Advisory Team member since 2014 and helped the Town create and adopt its Net Zero by 2050 goal at the same time as leading the B Team’s Net Zero initiative focused on creating global business support for the Paris Agreement. Peter is Founder and CEO of Time4Good, providing coaching and tools for leaders and their teams, helping create and clarify their path to maximum positive impact. At Yale University he is Lecturer at the School of the Environment and at the School of Management’s EMBA program. He is also Resident Fellow at Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and Venture Advisor at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking; helping to accelerate social and environmental entrepreneurship across campus. Peter is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and studied at the University of Oxford. He lives in Westport with his young family attending Kings Highway Elementary School, and is co-warden at Christ & Holy Trinity.

Dawn Henry

Dawn Henry

Dawn has been a member of the team since 2018, when her concerns about the Climate Crisis led her to cut back on her work as a Marketing Strategist and begin volunteering with several local environmental organizations. Our former Vice Chair, her passion areas currently include educating and engaging the public on climate change issues and solutions, and she focuses on Communications for Sustainable Westport. She is an avid electric vehicle enthusiast and is on the leadership team of the EV Club of Connecticut. Dawn is also a Board Member of Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound and presenter for The Climate Reality Project.

Sam Carpenter

Sam Carpenter

Sam joined the Advisory Team in 2017 after a nearly 30 year career in the energy sector. Just prior to joining the team, Sam received his Masters in Sustainability & Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School and recently Sam has been working with Citizens Resources in Boston advising them on alternative energy projects. Sam also heads up sustainability efforts for the Board of the Christian Camp Meeting Association in Centerville, MA.

Nico Eisenberger

Nico Eisenberger

Nico joined the team in 2019 with a desire to leverage his twenty-plus year career working on the forefront of sustainability issues to make a positive impact locally. He is the Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high potential clean economy companies and partners with innovators to drive scale, profit, and impact. Referred to by Fortune Magazine as one of the clean economy’s “go to guys,” Nico is recognized for his groundbreaking work with many global companies and game-changing start-ups in the clean technology space. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Diana Mashia

Diana joined the team in 2019 and launched Sustainable Westport’s social media presence which has quickly grown to be a primary engagement tool for the community. She is the Founder of Olian Solutions, LLC, which provides consulting services for Venture Capital firms and startups. Diana is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Columbia University with a focus on Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Policy. She is also a Board Member at Earthplace a Girl Scout Troop leader.

Tony McDowel

Tony McDowell

Tony has been an Advisory Team member since 2014. He is also the Executive Director at Earthplace, a regional nature discovery and environmental learning center located in Westport. Earthplace has a 62 acre nature center, early childhood education programs, and is also the home of Harbor Watch, a water quality research program. Previously, Tony enjoyed a 30 year career in sales, marketing and sustainability leadership roles for international forest products companies. Tony is a Norwalk native, a graduate of Boston University’s School of Management, and Westport resident of many years. He previously served on the board of Directors for Stepping Stones Museum, The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

David Mann

David Mann

David served as former Chair of Sustainable Westport and remains a member. Hi is a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Globes Professional who received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Mr. Mann is founding principal of GreenTek Consulting, LLC, a sustainable design and construction practice and GreenTek Renewables, LLC, a consulting firm for renewable energy projects. Mann currently teaches both Structures and Building Technology in the Architectural Engineering Technology program as well as Renewable and Alternative Energy in the Building Efficiency and Sustainable Technology program at Norwalk Community College.

Greg Zola

Greg Zola

Greg joined the Advisory Team in 2019. His background in technology and online marketing is helping to advance Sustainable Westport’s online presence. He is Founder of CarbonFoot Medical, a Google Partner marketing agency.  Greg’s prior marketing roles included work at Sony and web analytics firm WebSideStory (now Adobe SiteCatalyst).  He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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