Our Team

The Greenleaf team brings a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to our work– we believe this enables us to engage more effectively with our collaborators to integrate disciplines and apply their research towards tangible results. A shared passion for supporting a sustainable, healthy world by addressing environmental causes of preventable human ailments is what brings us together and keeps us moving forward.

Our ability to effectively further our mission comes from the depth and variety of knowledge and expertise brought to programmatic work by our board of directors and service partners. We collaborate with the staff, service partners, and board at our affiliated organization, Greenleaf Advisors. They include leading researchers in the fields of human health, resource management, environmental sciences, economics, and other disciplines. Greenleaf staff provides the operational support and research project management to guide our service partners working together across disciplines to address primary environmental threats to human health. In this way, Greenleaf produces sound scientific recommendations to inform policies and practices.


John A. Andersen, Jr.


Katie DeMuro

Program Manager

Francine van den Brandeler

Associate, Climate and Water Fellow

Ben Bezark


Service Partners

Julia Armstrong D'Agnese

Earth Knowledge
CEO and Co-Founder

Naomi Davis

Blacks in Green
Founder & CEO

Warren Dick, PhD

The Ohio State University
Professor Emeritus

Ali Fatemi, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Global Finance Journal
Emeritus Chairman and Professor of Finance
DePaul University

Jim Hietala

VP, Sustainability and Market Development
The Open Group

Janet Hock, PhD

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Center for Urban Health Investigator

Nancy Holm

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (Retired)

Pierre-Andre Jacinthe


John Jimison

Energy Attorney and Consultant

Pete Mulvaney

Group Leader

Dick Munson

Writer on Energy and Agricultural Innovation

Darrell Norton, PhD

USDA National Soil Erosion Research Lab
Research Soil Scientist, Retired

Dan Peerless

Global Sourcing Lead

Tony Pierce

SunBright Energy
Director of Business Development

Brian Richter

Sustainable Waters

Sabina Shaikh, PhD

University of Chicago, Faculty
Director, Program on Global Environment, Environmental & Urban Studies

Ashish Sharma, PhD

Discovery Partners Institute,
University of Illinois System
Climate and Urban Sustainability Lead

Robert Spoerri

Beneficial Reuse Management

Roy Wehrle, PhD

University of Illinois-Springfield
Professor Emeritus

Paul West, PhD

Project Drawdown
Sr. Scientist, Ecosystems & Agriculture

Don Wuebbles, PhD

University of Illinois, Emeritus Professor
Earth Knowledge, Director of Climate Science