Meet our Staff/Board

STAFF

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  John Eisele, Executive Director 

John is a 37-year resident of Tucson and is passionate about sustainability and environmental  issues, particularly as it relates to “green” buildings and homes. John has an Engineering  degree from the University of Michigan and has had a wide-ranging career, including 22+ yrs  with IBM, owning several businesses and marketing a variety of environmental products. John  is committed to assist in the expansion of high performance buildings in Tucson and the  success of the Tucson 2030 District.

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 CHAIR, Peter Dobrovolny, retired architect and planner.

Prior to retirement in February 2014, Peter was a part of the City of Seattle’s Green Building Program and worked with the private sector development community to fulfill the mission of the City’s Sustainable Building Policy. Beginning in late 2009, Peter was intimately involved in creating the first 2030 District in Seattle, and through national connections in the green building field, brought the concept of a 2030 District to Tucson in 2016.

 

 

 

 

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 VICE CHAIR, David Eisenberg, Founder, Development Center for Appropriate Technology

DCAT launched their program Building Sustainability into the Codes in 1995 seeking to create  a sustainable context for building codes, grounded in real world building experience. David  served two terms on the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors where he founded  and chaired USGBC's Code Committee for nine years. He was vice chair of the first ASTM  subcommittee on sustainability for buildings and led the task group that developed.

 

 

 

 

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  SECRETARY, Jaimie Galayda, Lead Planner, Tucson Water, City of Tucson

Jaimie recently joined Tucson Water’s Public Information and Conservation Office as a Lead Planner. Prior to that she was the Planning, Transportation & Sustainability Policy Advisor for Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Before joining the City, she was a Project Manager for CLIMAS, an applied climate science program within the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. She spent a number of years as the Research Director for Yudelson Associates, a sustainability planning and consulting firm. Mrs. Galayda earned a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 2006. She is also a LEED AP in Existing Buildings.

 

 

 

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 Dale Brentrup Graduate professor emeritus of architecture.

Professor Brentrup has 45 years of extensive professional and academic experience in integrated design methods. He brings a broad research background in building sciences, human factors, daylighting, environmental systems and energy simulation to the Tucson 2030 District Board of Directors. Where he continues to focus on district building energy/ water demand, resource mitigation and sustained regional opportunities.

 

 

  

 

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Carmine DeBonis, Deputy Country Administrator - Public Works

Carmine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the built environment through his 20+ years with Pima County, including many successful years as the Director of the Pima County Development Services Department. Carmine currently oversees 7 County departments including Development Services, Transportation, The Office of Sustainability and Conservation and others.

 

 

 

 

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Trevor Ledbetter, Director UofA Office of Sustainability

Trevor directs the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability, where he hopes to further sustainability initiatives that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially just through enhanced student and community engagement. He believes the Office should advance the use of campus, and the Tucson community, as a living laboratory and model for experiential education, equipping students to meet global challenges, while also facilitating research and outreach programs that create sustainable solutions.

 

 

 

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  Michael Peel, Southern Arizona Director, Local First Arizona

Michael has spent his career developing and facilitating community-based partnerships and collaborations, creating innovative programs and bringing key partners together to create community and statewide solutions. Michael has also served on a variety of boards, including the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Tucson Clean and Beautiful. he was honored in as the USGBC 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Arizona Community.

 

 

 

  

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 Bruce Plenk, Solar Possibilities Consulting, Lawyer

Bruce is a public interest attorney and solar advocate. He  served as the City of Tucson's Solar Energy Coordinator for 6 years, helping put solar on many city facilities, developing solar policy and spreading the word about the value of solar energy. He is the former chair of the Southern Arizona Solar Partnership and worked for several local solar companies. HIs home has PV and solar water heating and he hopes that everyone else will too and soon! His legal work has focused on environmental law and representing low-income clients, at Southern Arizona Legal Aid and elsewhere. He has been a frequent participant in hearings before the Arizona Corporation Commission relating to solar energy and energy efficiency, advocating that more of both be required of local utility companies. 

 

 

Michael Sadowsky, Sales Manager, Merit Foods
 

 

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  Barbara Warren, Exec. Dir., Arizona Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Barbara has resided in Tucson for a total of 30 years. She is a retired practicing physician (Internal Medicine and Community Medicine) with a degree in public health in health services administration and served on faculties of 4 medical schools. PSR promotes clean, safe, renewable energy, water protection and conservation, and education for our communities to address the health and environmental impacts of global climate change and the threat of nuclear weapons.

 

 

 

 

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  Perry Whithorne, Asset Manager, Holualoa Companies, Tucson AZ

A Tucson native, Perry is responsible for leasing, acquisitions, asset and construction management for commercial and industrial properties in Southern Arizona. His portfolio includes several properties located within Tucson’s Emerging 2030 District. He has 23+ years of real estate experience, including serving as Director of Operations for a commercial appraisal firm and the same role for a design-build architecture, construction and development company. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College and has M.A.’s from both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.