Bungane Mehlomakulu, Chairman
Principal, Integral GroupBungane is a design principal working at the boundary between architecture, engineering, and sustainability to deliver a balanced, efficient, and meaningful services to customers and clients. Partnering with clients he helps identify high impact strategies that leverage sustainability to unlock value across all aspects of the buildings performance. His work focuses on accelerating the sustainable design business case throughout the industry through direct project involvement, organizational development and, community engagement. Bungane’s passion for sustainable buildings encompasses the entire building design and operation where approach to design helps clients develop opportunities that lie outside the scope of traditional MEP services. Bungane is in his second year of service as EcoRise’s Board Chairman.
Dan Jensen, CPA, Treasurer
Chief of Staff, Capson Physicians Insurance Company
Dan Jensen is an internationally experienced c-suite executive with expertise in finance, strategy, operations and technology. Dan has developed and led teams in several industries from privately held start-ups to large publicly traded companies and has extensive experience in growth and turnaround stage environments. He has traveled the world and has lived in China twice and in Canada for over six years combined. As a recognized collaborator and leader, Dan thrives on the in the development of people and helping individuals and organizations understand and realize their potential. Having recently returned to Austin, Dan rejoined EcoRise as the Board Treasurer, after having served in the role for several years. He also serves as the Board Chairman for Consortium for Heath Action.
Laura Nettleton, Secretary
Development Director, Explore AustinLaura comes to EcoRise with expertise in nonprofit development. With a Master's Degree in Advertising from The University of Texas, Laura spent four years working in advertising agencies as a campaign strategist before she crossed-over to the non-profit sector. For the last four years while working in fundraising, Laura has raised over $3.5 million in donations and helped establish a grants department in a large, state recognized nonprofit. Currently the Director of Development at Explore Austin, Laura provides EcoRise with guidance in major gifts, donor cultivation, and grant writing.
General Counsel and Business StrategistGeoff dropped out of graduate film school to become singer/songwriter and touring musician. After his band broke up and he had to consult a lawyer, Geoff attended law school at U.S.C. Upon graduation, he practiced law in private practice with a large firm in California, leaving before becoming a partner to join Patagonia, Inc. as General Counsel. Geoff has been in-house counsel for companies in a number of business sectors, an entrepreneur (including co-founder of an independent record label, which is how he got to Austin), and an independent consultant/strategist in corporate social responsibility, organizational development and leadership. Along the way he has served as a board member/leader/legal advisor for many non-profits.
Marketing Advisor and Brand StrategistRachel Fagan has spent over 20 years developing brand strategy, crafting integrated campaigns, and driving growth for B2C and B2B businesses in both agency and client-side roles. After spending the first half of her marketing career in the world of consumer packaged goods, supporting brands such as Kraft Foods, Walmart and Pillsbury, she went in search of a more meaningful way to drive positive change in the world. Rachel’s next step in the career journey brought her to Green Mountain Energy and the renewable energy industry, where she found her calling. She spent seven years with the company, leading marketing for both the residential and commercial segments of the business and helping support its national expansion. Post-Green Mountain, Rachel led N. American residential marketing for SunPower, the $2B global solar panel manufacturer. She is thrilled to have recently been asked to join 3Degrees as Senior Director of Integrated Marketing. Rachel derives tremendous energy from her community involvement and position on the Board of Directors for EcoRise. As the parent to two amazing and opinionated(!) daughters in the 4th and 7th grades, she has a very personal connection to EcoRise’s mission. Rachel holds a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University and an MBA from The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.
Director, Austin Technology Incubator, University of Texas at AustinMitch has a passion for teaching the science and art of entrepreneurship and innovation to young professionals and students. As the Executive Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at The University of Texas at Austin, he works to ignite a passion around entrepreneurship across campus. He also serves as the Director of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) – the university’s business and technology incubator. His 30-year career includes directing of the Clean Energy Incubator at ATI, serving as VP of Sales & Operations for Tech Data Corporation, and holding a number of executive positions at Dell Technologies in the U.S., Europe, and beyond. He was recently named “Mentor of the Year” in Austin by the Young Men’s Business League and the Young Women’s Alliance as part of Austin Under 40; and was awarded “Volunteer of the Year for Economic Development” by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Board of Directors/Advisors at The Nature Conservancy, the UT Environmental Science Institute, Texas Foundation of Innovative Communities, The Austin Forum, and EcoRise. Mitch earned a BSBA in business and marketing from the University of Florida and pursued his MBA at the University of South Florida. He and his wife Janna have three children and two grandchildren.
Head of Customer Experience, WW Digital Channel, Apple
Tommy is a seasoned creative marketing executive with expertise in branding, communications, messaging, and design. He is currently leading the Digital Customer Experience for WW Digital Channel at Apple. He has previously held roles as the VP of Marketing at Nano Global, a molecular data and technology company, as well as the Chief Brand Officer at Verb, a social enterprise focused on democratizing social impact by connecting entrepreneurs, individuals, and global brands to the resources they need to do good. Prior to Verb, Tommy was the Global Creative Director for Dell where he ran teams that spanned UX, Global Brand, and the Dell Blue internal agency. His work at Dell also included many years serving the corporate social responsibility team on projects such as the annual Sustainability Report, Dell’s Reconnect recycling program, Dell’s Plant-a-tree program, and the Dell Earth initiative.