DAVID MANN, CHAIR
David Mann, a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Globes Professional, received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Mr. Mann is founding principal of GreenTek Consulting, LLC, a sustainable design and construction practice and GreenTek Renewables, LLC, a consulting firm for renewable energy projects. Mann currently teaches both Structures and Building Technology in the Architectural Engineering Technology program as well as Renewable and Alternative Energy in the Building Efficiency and Sustainable Technology program at Norwalk Community College.
PIPPA BELL ADER, VICE CHAIR
Pippa, an occupational therapist by training, has has participated in various town initiatives and has chaired successful Westport-based energy efficiency programs, including the Westport Home Energy Challenge and Solarize CT. As a member of the Green Task Force she aims to engage Westport and Westporters in sustainable measures.
George Masumian has been practicing architecture for 39 years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Harvard. As a Westport resident he has been an active member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club for 17 years where he has served on the Rotary Board of Directors and chaired community directed activities. In 1994 he was appointed to the Westport Architectural Review Board and has been chairman of that board for the past 15 years
Peter moved to Westport from London in the summer with his family. He is setting up his own business Time4Good (currently based in Westport Innovation Hub on Ketchum Street, but also spending time in New York with the B Team). He spoke at the Westport Arts Center on opportunities to solve climate change (the last five years spent at Carbon War Room); has joined the town's Green Task Force; and become a member of the board of Earthplace, the Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center.
Steve Smith, Building Official, has worked for Westport since 1968. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing Westport’s solar PV permitting process, one of the simplest and least expensive solar PV permitting Town processes in CT. With his help, Westport has achieved an average permit turnaround time of 2 days, and had its fastest project permitted, installed and interconnected in 30 days, as compared to an average of approximately 80 days for the state
Dawn Henry is the Founder of Henry Strategy Partners, a boutique strategy and insights consultancy. Prior to starting her own company Dawn spent 18 years working in Consumer Insight roles on both the client and agency side. She is a volunteer presenter for The Climate Reality Project, having been trained by former US Vice President Al Gore to educate the public about climate change and inspire people to take action. She is also a Board Member
of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound, a regional organization which uses law, science, and education to defend and improve the land, air, water, and climate of Connecticut & Long Island Sound; a volunteer with the Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. ; and on the Leadership Team of the CT EV Club. The mission of club is to advance electrification of transportation. Dawn has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College.
Sam has a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Studies from the Harvard Extension School, and a bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He is the chairperson of NicaPhoto. The mission of NicaPhoto is to empower disadvantaged children and their families living in the poorest barrios of Nicaragua, allowing them to reach their full potential, and in doing so, to break the cycle of extreme poverty.
Tony McDowell is Executive Director at Earthplace, a regional nature discovery and environmental learning center located in Westport. Earthplace has a 62 acre nature center which includes a live birds of prey exhibit, and nature museum, and nursery school. It is also the home of Harbor Watch, a water quality testing lab and field science program that extends from Fairfield to Stamford. Tony is a Norwalk native and Westport resident of many years. His personal interests in hiking, sailing, and winter camping.
Sally R. K. Fisk is a senior attorney in Pfizer Inc.’s Environmental Law Group. Sally is lead counsel and a strategic advisor for the company’s Environmental Sustainability program, including the Energy & Climate Change program. Sally provides legal counsel and enforcement defense on complex environmental, health and safety regulatory, permitting and compliance matters to global manufacturing, logistics, R&D, and commercial facilities and to the global EHS function. Sally leads the Environmental Law Group’s business transactions program; environmental sustainability claims and disclosures program; and provides legal support for certain of the company’s philanthropic product donation programs, including as lead counsel for the company’s donation to the International Trachoma Initiative.
Sally was previously an associate in the environmental and land use practice group of Robinson & Cole LLP where she represented businesses, municipalities and individuals on environmental, health and safety regulatory, transactional, land use and remediation matters.
Sally received her JD, cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law, and her BA in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College.
Sally lives in Westport, Connecticut where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Peter Ratkiewich has been a Westport employee since 1989. He was hired as the Deputy Town Engineer and took over the responsibilities as Town Engineer in October, 2008. In his current capacity, Peter supervises the Engineering Department, oversees the administration of designs and design contracts and consultant activities concerning municipal infrastructure improvements, including but not limited to: sanitary sewers; storm drains; municipal refuse and recycling facilities; highway maintenance; parking lots, roadway and intersection improvements. A graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Mr. Ratkiewich is a Registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Maine, is registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Formerly of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, previously worked in the Office of Management and Budget, where she managed over $2 billion of New York City revenue. She also served as the chief of staff for the city’s Parks and Recreation Capital Division, where she led a staff of 400.
A resident of Monroe, Harris graduated from Fordham University with a degree in political science and urban studies. She holds a Master of Science from the New School University’s Milano School focusing on urban policy analysis and management. Since assuming the position, Sara has lead the application process for Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities.