Founder, President & Chief Innovations Officer
Gina LaMotte is a social entrepreneur who is most passionate about unlocking the power and potential of youth as bold leaders and innovators. Gina founded EcoRise in 2008, bringing the topics of sustainability, social entrepreneurship, biomimicry, design thinking, and green building into hundreds of classrooms around the world.
Leading up to EcoRise, Gina spent ten years working with innovative educational programs serving youth in Brazil, India, Nepal and Guatemala, as well as Harlem, New York, and Taos, New Mexico. In 2004, Gina moved to Austin, Texas and pioneered a robust summer and after-school program at a Title One middle school. She also built and led a youth cultural exchange program to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and served as a facilitator and counselor at the Global Youth Peace Summit. While in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, Gina studied sustainable development and social entrepreneurship and earned a certificate in Non-Profit Studies at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.
Gina practices systems-thinking and human-centered design, and recently completed the School for Systems Change program at the Forum for the Future. She currently serves on the SXSWedu Advisory Board and is a former co-chair of Austin ISD's Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. Gina has presented extensively at local, regional and national conferences around the topics of green schools, design thinking, and sustainability education.
Jonathan Stott is an experienced leader with a passion for building community and driving impact. He believes that non-profit organizations can further their mission through a values-based organizational culture that fosters staff autonomy, mastery, and purpose. He has led organizations through periods of rapid growth and change and improved performance measures and outcomes.
Jon has seven years of experience in education reform, focused on closing the achievement gap and increasing experiential learning opportunities for all students. As the founding Dean of Students at Codman Academy Charter Public Schools, Jon co-designed a tutoring program that increased student growth percentiles on state assessments, resulting in Codman posting the highest combined median student growth profile of any district in the state. In 2010, Jon became an independent project management consultant working with a range of educators and private and public sector leaders in support of innovative school design projects. In 2011, he helped successfully launch two schools: Margarita Muniz Academy, Boston’s first public dual-language high school and Baystate Academy, a health sciences middle school in Springfield, MA. In 2012, he moved to Austin, Texas, and joined Idea Public Schools as a founding member of their Campus Leadership Team. At Idea, Jon helped ensure a successful launch for one of the first in-district charters in Austin, resulting in strong academic and operational performance.
Jon is currently based in New York City, where he is a council member of NationSwell. He is completing his Executive Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Jon graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. In his spare time, Jon enjoys cooking, backyard gardening, and exploring NYC on bike, ferries, and of course—the subway.
Abby Randall, M.S.
Director of Programs
Program Manager + Storytelling Specialist
As a founding member of EcoRise, Kizzy has played various roles for the organization since its inception. She has over 15 years of youth development experience as an impassioned sustainability educator and youth facilitator. Fueled by her natural orientation towards supporting youth to discover their unique potential in shaping our future, she employs an inquiry-based approach that effectively engages participation, draws out collective knowledge, inspires creative problem-solving, and creates spaces for authentic and meaningful connections across differences.
Her diverse experience in education spans across classrooms and communities in Nigeria, Brazil, Jamaica, Hawaii and Austin and includes; classroom teaching, group facilitation, program development, curriculum development, youth facilitator training as well as leadership and professional development.
Kizzy has been an avid member of the non-profit world since she finished college. She is also a founding member of Amala Foundation and their first Youth Program Director. In this position, she created and directed Amala’s ground-breaking program, the Global Youth Peace Summit, which unites immigrant, refugee, international and local teenagers for a week dedicated to personal growth, cultural exchange, leadership development and community building. She held this position for 5 years before she helped launch EcoRise.
Kizzy is a heart-centered, highly adaptable, dynamic individual that is committed to helping foster cohesion, collaboration and meaningful connection for organizational and community growth.
Jenji Henson, M.Ed.
Chief of Curriculum Development
Jenji has spent 20+ years creating educational resources for the classroom. She began her career at Holt, Rinehart & Winston (HRW), an educational publisher now known as HMH. There she helped create one of the first environmental science textbooks designed specifically for high school students, as well as countless middle school science products and a high school health series. Over the years, Jenji has helped develop a number of influential and award-winning materials on a variety of topics, including environmental science field guides and virtual laboratories, professional development materials, and online learning curriculums on topics ranging from K–12 Science and Literature to college-level Criminal Justice Ethics. Jenji also co-founded and served as president of the HRW Green Teams, a group designed to help the 350+-employee organization foster environmentally sustainable business practices as well as inspire employees to make positive changes on the job and at home. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s of Education in Educational Technology degree and E-Learning Certification from the University of Texas. Jenji leads curriculum efforts and helps write and manage grant proposals for EcoRise.
Marketing and Design Specialist
Passionate about finding ways to intertwine the practical with the creative, Laura is now EcoRise's Marketing and Design Specialist. Before falling in love with EcoRise, Laura worked in theatre production, costume technology, and digital design while earning a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from St. Edward's University. She co-founded a student TV station at St. Edward's, fostering a supportive community where students from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of interests could work together and express themselves in a tangible medium. Laura is enthusiastic about elevating EcoRise's refreshed brand and growing her personal talents and soul with her amazing teammates.
Texas Program Manager
Kristi has over 12 years of experience in public education. She has served as a science teacher, department chair, and instructional coach. Kristi is certified in science with supplemental certifications in ESL and GT and is a National Board Certified Teacher in science. Kristi has written science curriculum, integrated technology, and outdoor learning into curriculum, and led professional development for Austin ISD. She has also served as a science mentor teacher in AISD through the Texas Regional Collaborative. Kristi has supported new teachers in her work as a Content Seminar Leader for Texas Teaching Fellows, an instructional coach for the New Teacher Project and University Facilitator and Field Supervisor for the University of Texas UTeach program. Kristi now serves as the Texas Program Manager for EcoRise.
In her spare time, Kristi serves as the Director of National Board Certification for Teach for American in San Antonio, Texas. She also volunteers for the Travis County Master Gardeners and enjoys gardening with her kids in her NWF Certified Backyard Habitat.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Amaryllis is a passionate environmentalist who enjoys serving the community, which has significantly shaped her development. She is a vocal champion for environmental conservation and strongly believes that through innovation we are capable of providing society with transformative results. As a native, she has watched the city change dramatically throughout her life and has remained committed to contributing to the unique values that have made Austin such a special place to live.
Amaryllis received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas State University in 2012. She began her career at Birds, a locally owned and operated barbershop, then transitioned quickly into a fast-paced position at Whole Foods Market. The experience provided her the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge regarding efficient and effective operations- something she has grown quite passionate about.
Naturally resilient and enthusiastic, Amaryllis welcomes change and proactively seeks new challenges. She is thrilled to be a part of the EcoRise family.
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