Alumni Engagement & Government Relations Associate
The GREEN Program
Stephen is a passionate student of environmental science & engineering. He is a recent graduate of the Rutgers University School of Engineering, where he studied Bioenvironmental Engineering, worked has an outdoor guide and educator, and began his involvement with The GREEN Program. He works at The GREEN Program currently, providing short-term experiential programs focusing on the UN Global Goals to university students around the world.
Director of Technology
The GREEN Program
Inspired by his favorite games growing up, Christopher developed his skills in computer science, software, and game development throughout his education. He went on to pursue his interests in design, developing websites in Philadelphia, where he first encountered The GREEN Program. Now, he is The GREEN Program's Director of Technology, where he manages all systems and points of contact.
Digital Makerspace Community Manager
Conservation X Labs
Tom Quigley is a digital marketer, entrepreneur and community manager with a background in ocean conservation. His unique blend of fieldwork experience in terrestrial and marine ecosystems in Australia, Madagascar, and the Cayman Islands gives him perspective and passion for his work with innovative SMBs. Joining as employee #2, Tom helped launch, operate, and scale a financial video-on-demand startup called Real Vision, managing its growth into a six-figure valuation within 3 years. He now works with Conservation X Labs to build the Conservation 3.0 community and encourage new technology solutions to conservation problems via the Digital Makerspace.
The Science Museum of Virginia
Dr. Jeremy Hoffman graduated with Distinction in Geology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, then earned his Ph.D. in Geology with a focus in Paleoclimatology at Oregon State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and OMSI Science Communication Fellow. He is now the Climate and Earth Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, focusing on local and regional climate impacts and making observations accessible to the public through data visualization, exhibit spaces, and educational multimedia.
Margaret Karles is an Experience Designer / UX/UI Strategist. She finds the world and how we navigate it fascinating. She has a passion for excellence in design and the user’s experience. Taking ideas and making them tangible is what she loves to do.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Jesse Goldstein is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His new book, Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism (MIT Press) offers a critical assessment of entrepreneurial approaches to addressing environmental problems with new technologies. A new research project looks at student entrepreneurship in the university setting. He teaches courses on environmental sociology and political economy, and is involved in a range of artistic and activist projects.
VCU Director of Sustainability
VCU Office of Sustainability
Erin grew up in the hills of North Carolina, with a deep appreciation for the beauty of the southeastern U.S. She graduated in 2007 from Appalachian State University with a BA in Sustainable Development and a minor in Anthropology. Upon graduation, Erin moved to Portland, Ore. to pursue her passion in sustainability. In 2008, Erin was hired as the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus. She worked in this role for two years, before being hired as the district-wide Sustainability Manager for PCC. While working in Oregon, Erin chose to pursue her Masters degree. She was awarded an MBA in Sustainable Business, concentrating in Government, Policy and Law in 2012 from Marylhurst University.
Erin was hired as the Director of Sustainability for VCU in April 2014. She relocated back to the south from the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family. Erin sits on various sustainability-focused boards throughout the city of Richmond, as well as a few national sustainability-focused boards and committees. In her free time, Erin can be found kayaking, hiking and gardening with her husband and two dogs.
Associate Professor of Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Dr. Stephen Fong received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and joined the faculty at VCU in 2005. His research group focuses on utilizing microorganisms to produce chemicals (e.g. biofuels) and he has started the SustainLab at VCU that focuses on developing and implementing systems that affect quality of life.