Laura Nettleton, Board Chair

Development Director, Explore Austin

Laura 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.

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 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 Health Action.

Amie Throndson, Secretary

Head of Marketing, myHouseby

Amie is a creative, revenue-driven brand and marketing strategist who is passionate about building strategies and experiential platforms that drive highly-targeted brand engagement and customer acquisition. Amie has spent 20 years working with the world’s top brands such as Walmart and Dell, transforming their position in the marketplace. Her leadership with the Walmart Foundation delivered Walmart’s first-ever Fight Hunger campaign along with numerous customer-facing donation programs spanning over 2+ years.

Valerie Barron

Director, Client Team, TNTP

Valerie brings over 20 years of experience working in and with public schools, with a particular interest in bringing together communities and schools to find solutions for local issues. As part of the Client Team at TNTP, a non-profit education organization that partners with school systems to achieve their goals for students, Valerie supports districts and charter networks across the country with a focus on academic strategy and teacher development. Prior to TNTP, Valerie taught and coached middle school science in Los Angeles and Texas and worked as a Research Associate for the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition in Washington DC.

Rachel Fagan

Marketing Advisor and Brand Strategist

Rachel 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.

Mitch Jacobson

Director, Austin Technology Incubator, University of Texas at Austin

Mitch 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.

Robert Leon

Senior Vice President of Global Services, Structure Tone, LLC

As Senior Vice President of Structure Tone’s STO Global, Rob is responsible for the management of top national accounts and international client relationships. Rob also acts as a brand manager by coordinating the market strategy for STO Global across geographic regions to bring the global strength of Structure Tone together with local experience to each client and project in the United States and abroad. Rob introduced green building to Structure Tone, launching the firm’s industry-leading sustainability program, and helped Structure Tone’s New York headquarters become the first WELL Certified project in the city. Rob helps cultivate Structure Tone’s next generation of thought leaders through the firm’s Emerging Leaders program giving future leaders the opportunity to see deeper into the culture of the organization, participate in workshops for their development as managers, and initiate evolution and change within the organization and the wider industry. Rob was a founding member of the Fifth Street Farm, a non-profit organization that provides hands-on education in food awareness and environmental sustainability by integrating urban agriculture and a rooftop farm into the classroom. Rob is on the Board of Directors at Alive Inside, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing loneliness through connecting the young with the elderly living with dementia using empathy, music, life story, and film.

Tommy Lynn 

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.

Bungane Mehlomakulu

Principal, Integral Group

Bungane 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 building's 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.

Jenny Robertson

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, AT&T

Jenny Robertson is director of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at AT&T, where she focuses on research and insights to inform strategy for the company’s environmental and social efforts. Previously she led sustainability reporting and oversaw the creation of AT&T’s 10-year CSR goals. Through her career, Robertson has worked on issues across the sustainability spectrum, including responsible supply chains, energy and resource efficiency, labor and human rights, and customer engagement. Prior to her role at AT&T, she worked in the technology and consulting sectors, focusing on sustainability, public affairs, and communications. Robertson began her career as a newspaper reporter, covering subjects such as higher education, business, government, and politics. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Kentucky and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. She enjoys horseback riding, live music, Kentucky basketball, and getting outside with her husband, son and two dogs.

Craig Steinfeld

People Operations and Technical Sourcing, Google

Craig is an entrepreneurial business leader focused on building transformative, impact-driven businesses. As a Technical Recruiter in his third year at Google, he supports high-growth engineering teams for Google's Cloud and Enterprise Platform. Prior to Google, Craig was an early-stage employee who helped build startups which then scaled quickly towards liquidity events. Craig's desire to create sustainable change and improve the world around him informs his work in business and into the non-profit environment. Craig previously served on the Board of Directors for Bluecure.org and he is passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle to impact the well-being of both people and the planet.

Interested in becoming an EcoRise Board Member? Submit your inquiry to executive.director@ecorise.org.