The purpose of the Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the governance and general promotion of AASHE so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. The Board consists of faculty, staff or administrators and business leaders representing AASHE members.
Current Board Members
- Jay Antle, Ph.D., Chair
Executive Director of Sustainability, Johnson County Community College
Term ends: December 2021
Dr. Jay Antle was born in Texas where he lived for the first 21 years of his life. While at Lee College, he took a field course in Yellowstone National Park that led him to become deeply interested in environmental issues. He completed his undergraduate education in history and then moved on to Arizona State University for his Master’s degree and then to the University of Kansas in 1992 for his Ph.D. in American Environmental History. While in graduate school, he participated in an exchange program with Johnson County Community College that ultimately led him to secure a professorship there in 2000 that he still holds. His responsibilities at JCCC have grown to include heading up the college’s Sustainability program as the Executive Director of the college’s Sustainability Center. He currently lives in Lawrence and is an avid hiker and storm chaser. He is also a runner with over 35 half-marathons and four marathons to his credit.
- V.S. (Raghu) Raghavan, Vice Chair
Director of Sustainability, Associate Director- Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College Term ends: December 2022
Raghu provides strategic direction to and manages a campus-wide sustainability program and teaches an honors course on sustainable development. His office is the coordinating hub for campus operations, academics, planning, athletics and student sustainability activities. He has been working towards transforming the campus as a learning lab by collaborating with faculty to provide applied learning and research opportunities for students through capstone projects, internships and volunteer opportunities. Mizzou currently has a STARS Gold rating and is ranked by the EPA as #2 university in the country for on-site renewable energy generation.
Raghu has extensive experience in higher education sustainability, energy conservation and information technology. He has graduate degrees in Environmental Engineering (New Mexico State University), Business and Information Management (both from Marymount University).
In addition to serving on the AASHE Board of Directors and Advisory Council, Raghu is also active within the City of Columbia, MO community. He serves on the City’s Climate and Environment Commission and previously served on the Mayor’s Climate and Adaptation Task Force. He serves on the board of PedNet Coalition, a nonprofit working to build strong communities that are walkable, bikeable, accessible and have thriving public transit systems.
- Ashwani Vasishth, Ph.D., Secretary
Associate Professor in Sustainability, Convener of the Undergraduate Sustainability Program (BA), and Director of the Center for Sustainability at Ramapo College of New Jersey
Term ends: December 2022
Ashwani Vasishth is part of the Environmental Studies Major, and is a faculty member in both the South India and Peru Study Abroad Convening Groups. His pedagogy is focused on Education for Sustainability from within a transdisciplinary framework, and within the context of a globalizing International Development paradigm. He has research interests in an ecosystem approach to urban ecology, in systems thinking and in the exploration of mental models.
He trained as an architect in India, with a particular focus on vernacular architecture and self-help housing in slums and squatter settlements. He subsequently received his Master’s Degree from MIT, Cambridge, in International Development. He worked as a regional sustainability planner with the Southern California Association of Governments in Los Angeles, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Environmental Planning.
He has taught and practiced sustainability, in one form or another, for the past forty-odd years, in a wide variety of circumstances. While at the California State University, Northridge, he founded and established a robust campus sustainability program. When he moved to Ramapo College, he helped establish their Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) Program, and became the founding Chair of the President’s Committee on Campus Sustainability. Since then, his work has ranged between sustainability pedagogy, campus sustainability, and community-level grassroots sustainability activism in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In addition to his work at Ramapo College of New Jersey, he currently serves as the President of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) and leads the AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
- David Phillips, Treasurer
Associate Vice President, Energy and Sustainability,
University of California
Term ends: December 2023
David Phillips provides strategic leadership for energy and sustainability initiatives across the University of California, which includes ten campuses, five medical centers, and three national labs. David and his team help connect researchers, students and operations staff to integrate sustainable practices in support of the University’s mission. One key focus is developing plans and actions to reach systemwide carbon neutrality by 2025. David’s operational responsibilities include managing the UC Wholesale Power Program, which supplies low-carbon electricity to all or part of seven campuses and implementing the UC Biomethane Program, which has developed biogas projects to supplant 10 percent of UC’s natural gas use. He is a Founding Partner and Vice-Chair for La Casa de la Universidad de California en Mexico, helping to guide UC’s activities and relationships in Mexico.
David was formerly Director of Utilities at UC Davis, where he managed their city-scale water, waste and energy systems. While at Davis, he led teams that developed a 63-acre behind-the-meter solar power plant, constructed an on-site waste treatment system to reduce campus landfill disposal by 25 percent, and implemented several massive wastewater recycling projects. Phillips was also a key contributor in the successful partnership with local agencies to develop a new treated surface water supply for the campus.
David has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UC Davis and is a California registered professional engineer.
- Ann Erhardt, Past Chair
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sustainable Business, Aquinas College
Term ends: December 2022
Ann is a highly-analytical, organized, effective and detail-oriented professional with 10+ years of experience in the sustainability field. Ann received her sustainable business/environmental science degree and master’s of management and organizational leadership from Aquinas College. She also achieved an advanced study certificate in design and innovation from Ferris State University. Ann’s expertise and knowledge as energy programs director (WMEAC) and director of sustainability at Michigan State University and her contagious passion for sustainability make her an invaluable resource and natural leader.
Ann has built collaborative relationships with key leaders in administrative and academic divisions as well as external organizations; developed and implemented communications, outreach, and marketing strategies resulting in widespread campus participation in energy conservation and waste reduction initiatives; represented MSU Sustainability to campus and regional community. She effectively engages and brings together diverse stakeholders to implement sustainability best practices and cross-disciplinary programs.
Ann is fluent in sustainability best practices and relevant environmental science. Her specialties include change management, strategic planning, student leadership development, and building-level efficiency assessment and retrofit planning. She has exceptional analytical problem-solving abilities and demonstrated abilities to build motivated teams and collaborate with diverse partners.
- Guilbert Brown, MIS
Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO, Millersville University
Term ends: December 2023
Guilbert Brown is the Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO for Millersville University. He previously served as the Acting Assistant Vice-Chancellor with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and as the Vice President for Finance & Administration at Edinboro University (EU). While with the EU, he presented to AASHE on sustainability projects at EU including energy management, geothermal and solar installations. As Director of Budget & Financial Planning at George Mason University, Gil served on Mason’s Sustainability Council and worked with student leaders to establish the Patriot Green Fund to promote sustainability projects. As a Special Trustee for the Southeastern University Research Association (SURA) he supported SURA’s leadership of the Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed. He has also served as the chief budget and planning officer at Rice University, Georgetown University and Oregon State University, where he developed strategies to strengthen research activities at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
From 1995-2000 Gil conducted workshops on strategic planning and budgeting for the National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO), and has conducted workshops and annual meeting sessions for NACUBO, the Society for College & University Planning (SCUP), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). He is a co-author and chapter contributor to multiple books on strategic enrollment management and has served as a consultant to private and public institutions on linking strategic enrollment management with financial planning, budget and planning processes, technology strategy, cost analysis and organizational change.
Guilbert Brown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Denver with degrees in political science and philosophy and earned a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a higher education concentration from George Mason University.
- Monica Dean
Managing Director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business
Term ends: December 2022
Monica Dean has over 26 years of professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Previously, as the Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs and Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York. During her tenure, the Field Programs were ranked as a top program for nine years by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine and received several awards from the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers and the International Council for Small Business. Monica was also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Management where she co-taught and co-created three courses – Women and Entrepreneurship, Gender Differences Among Entrepreneurial Leaders and Business Meets 3D Digital Design & Fabrication. Prior to Baruch, Monica’s experience includes six years as a senior vice president at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national not-for-profit research and advisory organization founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, and six years as an associate with the consultancy firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Monica holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in civil engineering from Howard University. She has a number of publications and workshops to her credit, served as a panelist at several major business conferences, and spoken on urban business and entrepreneurial issues before various academic, government and business groups worldwide.
- Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D.
Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain Director, Georgia Institute of Technology
Term ends: December 2023
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied anthropologist specializing in sustainability, cultural diversity, collaborative governance, community development, networks and experiential education. She is recognized for fostering grassroots participation in sustainability and climate action, using methods from visual and environmental anthropology, popular education, asset-based community development, participatory facilitation and museum education. Since Aug. 2015, she has been the Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology, that prepares students to use their disciplinary expertise to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges in ways that advance community well-being and create thriving natural systems. Dr. Hirsch is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech and serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute hosted by DePaul University.
- Audrey Jamal, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Vice Chancellor at the University of Guelph
Term ends: December 2022
A key aspect of Dr. Audrey Jamal’s work involves implementing the sustainability pillar of the University of Guelph’s strategic framework. In this capacity, she is leading an initiative to track and develop innovative campus-wide sustainability targets.
As an Adjunct Professor in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at U of G, Dr. Jamal teaches and develops courses related to substantially and urban leadership. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo, and her research focuses on local economic development strategies that smaller cities can use to create dense, urban neighborhoods. She also serves on the board of the Canadian Urban Institute.
- Cynthia Klein-Banai, Ph.D.
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago
Term ends: December 2022
Cynthia Klein-Banai has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her dissertation was on quantitative measures of sustainability in institutions of higher education, including greenhouse gas inventories and ecological footprint analysis. She also holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment within the School of Public Health. She received her MS in Environmental Science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Klein-Banai has been serving as the Associate Chancellor for Sustainability at UIC since January 2008. She founded the Office of Sustainability where her team promotes sustainability as part of our campus culture and enhances UIC’s mission of student success, improving public health, and serving the communities of Chicago. Recently, she guided the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy to develop the UIC Climate Commitments of Carbon Neutral Campus, Zero Waste Campus, Net Zero Water Campus, and Biodiverse Campus. The Office focuses on environmental sustainability with a goal of providing economic and social benefit to the campus community. The Office provides applied learning and research opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and special projects. In addition to the Sustainability Internship course, she will be teaching a new graduate level course at UIC called “Principles of Sustainability” in Spring 2017.
Her proudest accomplishments with the office include launching a Sustainability Internship Program that has provided on-the-job training in sustainability, along with a weekly educational seminar for over 105 students since its inception in 2014. She led the Sustainability Strategic Thinking process for the campus that resulted broad campus engagement and a report “To Green and Beyond: Excellence through Sustainability at UIC” with recommendations for integrating sustainability into UIC’s core function of teaching, research, and practice.
Under Dr. Klein-Banai’s leadership UIC received the 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, the 2011 Illinois Recycling Association Award for Outstanding College and University Recycling Program, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA recognition, Bike-Friendly University recognition, and the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System Silver Level rating in 2014.
Dr. Klein-Banai is also a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Illinois program. She is active within her home community of Oak Park-River Forest, through the Green Congregations group that engages in advancing the PlanIt Green sustainability plan within the faith-based community, serves on her synagogue board of directors, and the board of “In the Gardens”. In her free time she practices yoga, gardens and keeps hens.
- Meghna Tare, MBA
Executive Director for the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact, University of Texas at Arlington
Term ends: December 2023
Meghna Tare works to address opportunities that promote sustainability in several areas including greening facility operations, promoting innovative research, supporting and encouraging student initiatives, implementing an environmentally and sustainability-focused curriculum. She recommends policies and strategies to advance the university’s commitment to being leader in campus sustainability.
She is a passionate and decisive change agent with proven success driving results, building teams, setting ambitious goals, guiding strategies, developing and executing plans. She is an effective and inspiring communicator, trusted team player and relentless optimist who enjoy building strong relationships and partnerships.
She is a TEDx UTA speaker, serves on several boards including the Transportation Research Board-a divisions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was featured as Women in CSR by Triple Pundit, and awarded Women of the Decade in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Women Economic Forum. She graduated with an MBA in Sustainable Management, MS in Environmental Science, and MS in Chemistry.