Global Green Staff
A leader in global education and non-profit management, Dr. Les McCabe joined Global Green USA as President and CEO in July 2014. Previously, he was President and CEO of The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) in Charlottesville, VA, establishing the Institute as a leader in global youth education with its signature academic program, Semester at Sea, and managing a $50+M annual budget. During his 20+ year tenure at ISE, McCabe was credited with steadily increasing both the fiscal strength and outreach capacity of the organization. Dr. McCabe brings unique sustainability and humanitarian expertise to Global Green, helping the national environmental nonprofit emphasize the human aspect of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
A native of Claremont, California, Dr. McCabe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine, a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington, a second Master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies, with an emphasis in global education, from the University of Pittsburgh. After seven years of dedicated service to the clinical needs of children and families in the Seattle area at the Casey Family Program, Dr. McCabe joined the Institute for Shipboard Education in Pittsburgh, PA, when the program’s academic sponsor was the University of Pittsburgh. At ISE, Dr. McCabe helped to establish a sustainability curriculum within the Semester at Sea program, and inspired college-age students to explore and examine environmental issues related to globalization, including ecology, marine environment, and climate change.
Dr. McCabe has recently located to the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, where he lives with his partner Bill Bridge. He has two children who attend college at the University of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When Dr. McCabe isn’t working he enjoys world travel, skiing, and staying active in his community.
Mary Luévano is Vice President of Global Green USA. Prior to becoming Vice President, Ms. Luévano served as Policy and Legislative Director for over 15 years where she oversaw many of Global Green’s groundbreaking initiatives related to green building and clean energy--including the creation of a revenue stream for disadvantaged communities in California’s Global Warming Law, AB 32, and a $300 million set-aside in California’s state-wide solar program for affordable housing.
In her role as Vice President, Ms. Luévano is responsible for facilitating general administrative affairs; special projects; organizational policies, procedures and compliance; and intergovernmental relations; among other responsibilities. In addition, she will continue to be Global Green USA’s public policy senior representative.
Prior to joining Global Green, Ms. Luévano worked for eight years as a Congressional staffer in the offices of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston and U.S. Reps. Augustus Hawkins, Calvin Dooley and Jane Harman. In 2004, she was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn to serve on the City of LA’s Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners where she was elected Vice President. In that capacity, she also served as the alternate representative to the LA Coliseum Commission. Ms. Luévano served for three years (one as President) on the City of LA’s Environmental Affairs Commission and two years on the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors as Chair of the Government Relations Alumni Advocacy Committee.
Ms. Luévano holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California, Los Angeles and has completed the Congressional Research Service’s Graduate Legislative Institute in Washington, DC.
Walker Wells is Vice President of Programs and Director of the Green Urbanism Program for Global Green USA, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica. He works with cities, neighborhoods, and community development organizations across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices through technical guidance, stakeholder facilitation, and the development of innovative polices and programs. Mr. Wells is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow with the Royal Institute of Technology Urban Planning Program in Stockholm, a 2012 Pritzker Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and co-author of the 2007 book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing.
He is a certified urban planner, a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Rater, an appointed member of the State of California Green Building Code Advisory Committee, an invited contributor to the Planetizen.com, and a lecturer at the Claremont Colleges and the UCLA Urban Planning Program.
Mr. Wells holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.He studied at Lund University and the Lund PolyTechnic Institute School of Architecture in Sweden. Prior to joining Global Green Mr. Wells was a Senior Urban Design with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, an Associate Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and an Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden.