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 $50M+ 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.
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.
Walker Wells - Vice President of Programs, Director of Green Urbanism Program
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.
Jeff Supak, Community Resiliency Program Associate
Jeff Supak began his career with Global Green as an Americorp VISTA in 2011. When he first started at Global Green, Jeff worked with wetland owners in south Louisiana to explore blue carbon as a financing tool for coastal restoration. Now Jeff manages Water Wise NOLA, which represents a group of water professionals and concerned citizens who actively work to address urban water issues in neighborhoods that need it the most.
Jeff grew up in South Texas where his grandparents and parents farm rice. Unfortunately, this type of work is diminishing in Texas due to water issues; thus, Jeff and his family have had many first hand experiences with climate change. It was Hurricane Katrina and its lasting effects that brought Jeff to New Orleans. Once he saw the devastation and the severe inequity that showed itself after Katrina, it inspired Jeff to work with people in the community to provide information sharing and other resources to create positive growth.
Jeff truly loves living in New Orleans! He is one of the very few people who actually enjoy the hot and humid summer because it reminds him of home. His second favorite season is Mardi Gras of course (Mardi Gras isn't just celebrated on Fat Tuesday--it is two months of celebration)! Before and / or after work, you can find Jeff either teaching or practicing yoga at Free to Be Power Yoga studio. He loves yoga because what happens on his mat is relatable to things that happens off his mat. Yoga continually reminds him that anything is truly possible both inside and outside of a yoga studio.
Matt De La Houssaye - Director, NYC Office & Coalition for Resource Recovery
Matt de la Houssaye serves as a director for Global Green USA's New York Office & Coalition for Resource Recovery. In this role, Matt's responsibilities include managing the food waste recovery initiative. Prior to joining Global Green, Matt worked as a project developer and manager to implement recycling projects for large corporations and conduct New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funded feasibility studies for biomass, composting, and solar technologies.
Matt began his career at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where he coordinated representatives from local government, the public, and the tourism industry in advocating municipal and regional policy. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, and a dual B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Emory University.
Eleni comes to the Global Green USA with an MPH in Environmental Health Science and Policy. She works on a range of projects advocating for sustainable city policies and promoting regional green campaigns.
Eleni loves to travel and her background supporting underserved communities has taken her to New York City, throughout Central America, even China! Her unique experiences with different cultures around the world has compelled her to preserve and protect this extraordinary planet.
Michelle Pyne is the Director of the New Orleans Office and manages Global Green USA’s Holy Cross Project, a sustainable building project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. In this capacity she coordinates operations of the Holy Cross Visitor Center, a LEED Platinum model home toured by over 25,000 visitors, and oversees construction of phase II, the Community Development and Climate Action Center. She also works to bring sustainable building practices to affordable housing and K-12 schools around the country.
Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in Interior Design and Environmental Policy and Planning and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
Krista Frank helps advance Global Green's mission by coordinating with municipalities, affordable housing developers, and organizations across the United States to promote more sustainable and equitable development practices at every scale.
Krista holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree and a Certificate of Horticulture from the University of Cincinnati. Her studies also include Interior Design and have taken her around the globe from the American Southwest to Spain, India, and to multiple internships in California, where she now calls home.
William Bridge - Strategic Partnerships & Development
Dean Harvey is our most recent addition to our accounting department and returning after five years away from Global Green! Dean was with Global Green from 2006 to 2010 before he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and while back east, Dean worked as the Senior Staff Accountant with another environmental non-profit, Conservation Law Foundation. Dean also brings an award-winning chili to the table as he has spent the past five years involved in chili cook-offs and a very active member with the International Chili Society… yes there really is a Chili Society! Dean says that competition chili cooking feeds his soul because he loves to compete, raise money for charity and interact with the people. When he isn’t crunching numbers or making chili, you might find Dean volunteering for LA Pug Rescue / Pug Nation as he loves all the “squished faced grunters."
Dean comes to Global Green with extensive experience in startups and environmental companies in both accounting and operations. Dean has a passion for process, the environment and trying to keep people laughing but most importantly he proves that once a Global Greener… always a Global Greener!
Sharon joined Global Green in 1999 as the office receptionist and takes pride in assisting the staff members in making sure administrative needs are met and that everything runs smoothly in the office.
The Los Angeles native worked previously in film production and for the LAUSD school board. She has always been environmentally conscious and feels blessed to live in the beautiful city of Los Angeles, where she doesn't have to travel far to dip her toes in the sand. During her time off, she especially enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Chris Weiss has extensive roots in environmental advocacy having grown up in Santa Barbara, California—known to many as the environmental capital of the state. He has over 10 years of experience as an election campaign professional. He has consulted with and run successful local and statewide election campaign efforts in California, Florida, Texas and North Carolina.
In 2001 Chris was asked to join Friends of the Earth to direct the efforts of the DC Environmental Network. Chris spent the next nine years growing the Network and helping to win over 20 significant environmental campaigns to restore area rivers, combat global warming and promote food security in the Washington Metro region.
In 2010 Global Green USA established a fiscal agency agreement with DCEN. In 2015 Chris officially joined the staff of Global Green USA to continue to lead the DC Environmental Network’s efforts to promote sustainability and help represent the interests of Global Green USA in our nation’s capital city.
Tim Bevins works to help create a more vibrant, just and ecologically sound urban realm at a variety of scales. Through the development of urban design interventions, sustainable community recommendations, short and long-range environmental planning and LEED-ND certification guidance, he helps advance Global Green's vision of a more sustainable future.
Tim holds a Bachelor's degree from UCLA as well as a Master of Urban + Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Global Green, he held a fellowship with the National Park Service where he worked on bicycle trail planning and design.
Maddie Gittlin began her involvement with Global Green as a Research and Outreach intern, helping to expand food waste recovery projects and explore options for future innovative projects. She now has joined us as a Project Assistant for our Coalition for Resource Recovery and our Green Urbanism Program.
Maddie has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she focused on waste management, resource recovery, and the role of diet in global climate change. She has studied and volunteered in places such as the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Fiji and in doing so, has had the opportunity to observe the environmental progress and advancement possibilities in various types of government, social conditions, and climate regions.
Besides a passion for the environment, Maddie also devotes herself to traveling, vegetarian cooking, and soaking up the sun. Mainly raised in sunny California, when she’s not hiking in the canyons, she’s running on the beach. Since a very young girl, Maddie has told everyone she comes in contact with that she wants to save the world. Now that phrase has adapted to “I want to save the world, one piece of trash at a time!"
Erynn Castellanos - Digital Communications Coordinator
Erynn comes to Global Green as a Los Angeles area native with the interest of changing her city and the world for the better. As our social media guru, you can contact her if you have any news in regards to local events or news findings that revolve around climate change.
She recently graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Communications and Political Science. She has worked with various volunteer organizations and institutions including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, West Covina Youth City Council, E.A.G.L.E. and LAUSD.
Her passions include exploring cities, forests, and literature. Along with working for Global Green, Erynn also works to promote educating children (K-5) about Earth sustainability.
Charlotte Will - Senior Associate, Strategic Partnership & Development
Charlotte is a recent UCLA Business Economics graduate whose passion for sustainability and interest in deriving business value from environmental projects led her to Global Green. As a Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships and Development, Charlotte works with corporations, NGO's, and other non-profits to identify the business value of green urbanism, green living, green schools, and the other Global Green programs.
Before joining Global Green, Charlotte interned at the U.S. Green Building Council headquarters in Washington, DC where she worked on adapting the LEED green building standard to the hospitality, industrial, and retail industries and obtained her LEED Green Associate credential. Prior to this, Charlotte worked on a residential solar program for the Community Environmental Council located in Santa Barbara, CA.
When Charlotte isn't working on finding the intersection between sustainability and profitability, she enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, and exploring LA by Expo line.
Bobby obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in Global Studies and was a member American Marketing Association at UCSB. He has also studied Economics at Economics School of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Bobby joined Global Green after graduating from college and now is working as the Global Projects Editor in Strategic Partnership and Development Department with a primary focus on support toward development and corporate partnership, and document drafting and editing.Before Global Green, Bobby worked in the Public Relations and Fashion fields, and bringing eco-friendly elements to these industries has also been a passion of his.
Born and raised in the coastal and industrialized area of China, Bobby has always been very curious about knowing how to achieve a balance between economic development and the environment. Joining Global Green allows Bobby to apply his worldly views from traveling and studying to the organization's global vision.
Outside Global Green, Bobby enjoys a spontaneous trip or a hike. A perfect weekend for Bobby should be: a great brunch in the morning, some relaxing time at the pool in the afternoon, and a fabulous black-and-white movie at night.
Stanford Barnes - Program Assistant, Green Urbanism Project
Stanford concurrently completed master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture from NC State University and Urban Design from UNC Charlotte. His undergraduate degree is in Landscape Design & Management with a minor in Architecture from Florida A & M University. His studies included additional coursework in Transportation Planning at Florida State University.
Stanford worked as an intern at the United States Botanic Garden [USBG] in Washington DC, where he designed and maintained gardens using primarily drought tolerant plants. His internship at the USBG nurtured his interest in public green space in urban areas as they have the ability to bring together people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
His hobbies include improving his Portuguese and Spanish language skills, cycling, and carpentry. He’s also a HUGE transit enthusiast. Learning about both the rich history and bright future of public transportation in Los Angeles is one of his favorite pastimes.
Jordan joined Global Green as a Research and Outreach intern helping to expand food waste recovery projects and develop future innovative projects. He now has joined the Coalition for Resource Recovery as a Project Assistant.
Originating in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jordan obtained two Bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Affairs and Germanic studies. He has lived, worked, and studied abroad in Germany, Taiwan, and most recently, Sweden. Jordan’s attainment of a Masters of Science in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University coupled with his nearly 6 years abroad gives him a global understanding of sustainability and development.
An avid runner and outdoors enthusiast, Jordan also enjoys skiing, cooking, and traveling. Owing to his years abroad and interest in language, he is fluent in both Swedish and German. If not making a batch of his world-famous deodorant you’ll most likely find Jordan walking as it is one of his favorite modes of transport.