Who We Are
DEPLOY/US is a community of influential leaders and concerned citizens who share a commitment to pragmatic climate and energy solutions, sustainability, and economic growth. We amplify and accelerate the efforts of individuals and groups across society, building unexpected partnerships, engaging new constituencies, and creating new pathways to impact.
The DEPLOY/US leadership team is intentionally lean and agile, working with strategic partners and our broader DEPLOY/US community to deliver results. In all of our work, we draw on the expertise and guidance of an exceptional network of leaders from across the political spectrum who share our goals and pragmatic approach.
Andrea Strimling Yodsampa, CEO
Andrea Strimling Yodsampa is founder and CEO of DEPLOY/US. She brings to this role a passionate commitment to climate and energy solutions; two decades of leadership in government, civil society, and academia; and expertise in negotiation, stakeholder engagement and strategic alliances. In addition to her work leading strategic collaboration in the climate and energy space, she has advised U.S. military and civilian agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and leading entrepreneurs on negotiation and strategic alliances. She has taught and lectured at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute; U.S. Institute of Peace; National Defense University; Fort Bragg; U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Marine Corps University; and other public and private institutions in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. She played a leadership role in developing methodologies and software tools for resilience assessment and planning that have been successfully piloted by the US Department of State and the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A). She served for over a decade as a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and established and led FMCS’ Inter-Organizational Cooperation Program. She co-founded, with colleagues, the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Peacebuilding. In 2002, she served with US diplomats on a five-member delegation to the Stockholm Forum on Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College, a Master of Public Policy in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Catrina Rorke, Senior Fellow
Catrina Rorke is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute and founder of the Institute’s energy program. Ms. Rorke is dedicated to clarifying a well-defined and limited role for government in shaping policies for a cleaner, more secure, more abundant energy future and promoting thoughtful conservatism in our public discourse. She previously founded the energy program at the American Action Forum, served on the staff of former U.S. Rep Bob Inglis, R-SC and helped him craft the first Republican-sponsored carbon tax bill, and helped launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Manik Roy, Senior Fellow
Manik Roy is an environmental policy expert focusing on climate change. He was previously the director of political assessment with the ClimateWorks Foundation and vice president for strategic outreach with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (previously known as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change). While at Pew, Dr. Roy helped start and manage the US Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of major corporations and environmental groups working to enact a comprehensive US climate policy. He held prior positions in the US Senate and House, US EPA, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Roy has BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and a PhD in public policy from Harvard University.
Siobhán O'Riordan, Senior Advisor, Capacity Building
Siobhán O’Riordan has over 20 years’ experience building organizational capacity, strengthening partnerships, and developing sustainable leadership for foundations and nonprofits. She helps organizations navigate change and transitions through structuring strategy and supporting leadership to amplify and activate next-level growth and success. Ms. O'Riordan has served in senior roles at the Council on Foundations and National Park Foundation in addition to other executive roles across philanthropy and was recognized for her work in philanthropy by the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and New Ventures in Philanthropy. Ms. O’Riordan received both a BA and MAT from Tufts University.
Cassy Krueger, Program Manager
Cassy Krueger is a strategic systems thinker with a passion for engaging stakeholders in climate and energy solutions. She has supported organizational development, communications, and various projects for nonprofits in the public health, environmental, and peacebuilding sectors. She has a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's in Sustainable Peacebuilding and Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
DEPLOY/US benefits from the experience and advice of an exceptional network of leaders, including our distinguished Advisory Board. Advisory Members reflect the diversity of our broader DEPLOY/US community.
Lindsay Crouse is an award-winning veteran of stage and screen. Daughter of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Russel Crouse, Lindsay has spent her life working on and off broadway. Over the years she has been featured on numerous television dramas, and guest-starred on prime time series such as NYPD Blue, ER, Frasier, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Law and Order. Some of her best known films include House of Games, The Verdict, The Insider, Mr. Brooks, Daniel, Slapshot, All the President’s Men, Indian in the Cupboard and Places in the Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Francesco Femia is Co-Founder & President of the Center for Climate and Security, and Co-Chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG). He leads the Center’s policy development, analysis and research programs, and facilitates the primary forum for climate and security dialogue in the U.S. national security community. He has written, published and spoken extensively on the security implications of climate change, water stress and natural resource mismanagement in Syria and North Africa, including in the seminal report “The Arab Spring and Climate Change,” and in the SAIS Review of International Affairs, among others. He is also a regular commentator on how militaries and intelligence communities address climate change risks. He has over a decade of experience conducting research and policy development on the intersection of climate change, national and international security.
Dr. Jessica Green is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Phylagen, Inc. She is also a Biology Professor at the University of Oregon, where she is Co-Director of the Biology and Built Environment Center (BioBE), and External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. Jessica is an engineer and ecologist who specializes in biodiversity theory and microbial systems. She uses interdisciplinary approaches at the interface of biology and data science to understand and model complex ecosystems with trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with the environment. She is internationally recognized for her research in microbiome science and technology, with highly cited articles in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is frequently quoted in business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and NPR. She has received numerous awards including a Blaise Pascal International Research Chair, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a TED Senior Fellowship. Jessica received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California Berkeley, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Magna Cum Laude from UCLA.
Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox is the President and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. He has published numerous articles and contributed to Sacred Acts: How Churches are working together to Protect Earth’s Climate by New Society Publishers. He has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, NPR, PRI and is regularly interviewed by the press. Named one of the ten Environmental Religious Saints by the Huffington Post, he led the 300 mile Creation Care Walk from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. and the 80 mile Gulf Coast Prayer Walk during the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. Prior to EEN, Mitch pastored a local church for 18 years, and before ordained ministry served the coal industry as Director, Fuel Systems for Allis Mineral Systems.
Deb Kemper is the Managing Director of the Boston chapter of Golden Seeds and a member of the DEPLOY/US Board of Directors. Her involvement in Golden Seeds includes deal flow, membership, education, and operations. She is an active early-stage investor, mentor to entrepreneurs, and board member. Prior to Golden Seeds, Ms. Kemper spent many years in management consulting at McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the healthcare, energy, and electronics sectors. She earned an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she was a Tuck Scholar. She completed her B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University where she graduated With Distinction.
Jordan Lane Gilmore
Jordan Lane Gilmore is a creative generalist, investor, and relationship manager focused on 3 Es: Environment, Entrepreneurship, and Entertainment. As President of Lane Group, a management & political consulting firm, he serves as a lobbyist to energy companies and on behalf of a range of international water issues. As a scientist & entrepreneur he develops smart devices and consumer products, many of which are environmentally conscious. Recent ventures, for example, include 2 menswear brands in North America emphasizing sustainability. When he’s not working with start-ups he is dog-sitting or screenwriting for short-films, one of which is featured on his website: jordanlanegilmore.com.
David Miller is Founder and Executive Managing Director of Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG). An engineer by training, he brings over twenty years of technology startup management experience and over eighteen years of seed stage investing experience. He has been on the board of directors or advisory board of MyEnergy, Azima DLI, and Cambrian Innovation. Previously, Mr. Miller founded several companies, including Quantum Telecom Solutions, which developed software for programmable switching equipment. He grew the company to profitability, with over 100% annual growth over a four-year period, and then negotiated venture financing and sold the company to Excel Switching Corp. a public company that shortly thereafter was itself acquired by Lucent Technologies. Mr. Miller was awarded a patent for co-developing a “one number” telecom service, and taught at Rutgers University in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and completed his doctorate at MIT’s Lab for Energy and the Environment. He has an appointment as Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Russ W. Rosenzweig
Russ W. Rosenzweig is an expert, entrepreneur, and innovator in the expert witness search andlitigation finance industries, having worked with nearly every major law firm and thousands of professors over a 25 year career. His first company, Round Table Group, was founded in 1993 and acquired in 2010 by Thomson Reuters. His expertise has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fortune, Crain's, and in a Stanford University case study. Beyond his work in the legal services industry, Russ is an expert and speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship, leadership, and marketing. Philanthropically Russ is the founder and executive director of World Ventures Group, dedicated to resolving global conflicts via commerce and entrepreneurship. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jim Rubens attended Dartmouth College and lives with his family in New Hampshire. He has started and run over ten small businesses and makes his living as an investor in commercial real estate and in New England high tech start-ups. Jim served in the state senate, launched debate on passage of NH’s electricity deregulation law, and wrote New Hampshire’s charter school law. He has chaired the NH GOP Platform Committee. He ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primaries for US Senate in 2014 and 2016. Jim co-founded and served as President of Headrest, one of New Hampshire’s first substance abuse crisis centers and published a book on addiction psychology. For his volunteer work, Jim was named the New Hampshire Union Leader's 2013 Citizen of the Year.
The Honorable Claudine Schneider was the first and only woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress from Rhode Island. She served during the Reagan/Bush years on the Science, Research and Technology Committee where she introduced the first and only revenue neutral, Global Warming Prevention Act and secured the bi-partisan support of 140 of her colleagues. Portions of the omnibus bill passed including the first Appliance Efficiency Standards that resulted in the Energy Star appliance ratings. After Congress, Claudine taught leadership at the JFK School of Government at Harvard. She then co- founded an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, Energia Global. Fulfilling the 10 year exit strategy, she then went into consulting. For the Department of Energy, she worked with utilities, explaining the costs and benefits of utility scale solar. For the EPA she secured 50 Fortune 500 corporations. She then led 30 of the world’s largest PV solar manufacturers to increase domestic market share. Claudine has consulted with the U.S. Air Force, numerous corporations, National Grid. Her commitment to the solutions to climate change span decades, and all sectors of our economy and world. She has delivered inspirational and motivational climate speeches on every continent, and is relentless as a change agent.
Lara Slachta is an attorney, entrepreneur, and investor, and a member of the DEPLOY/US Board of Directors. Leveraging over a decade of experience in corporate law, Ms. Slachta focuses her work on investment and finance structures that generate both economic and social impact. She spent seven years with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP in the corporate transactional and fund formation groups. She served as VP, Counsel at Wellington Management Company, LLP. She serves on several nonprofit boards.
John Steiner is a networker, tranpsartisan activist and creative consultant, often with his wife and partner, Margo King. From 2004-2009 he helped organize Reuniting America, as it brought together conservative, moderate, liberal and progressive leaders of national organizations to engage in constructive dialogues. He was a founding board member of Search for Common Ground and a co-founder of the National Commons, a predecessor organization to the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He was one of founders of the Social Venture Network and the Threshold Foundation. He currently works full time as a co-founder and board member of the Bridge Alliance, as co-leader of the Citizen Summit, and as a board member of the Mediators Foundation. He works closely with Mark Gerzon, author of The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide. With their two grown children, John and Margo are trustees of the Steiner King Foundation. They are also members of Impact Partners, which invests in social impact documentary films.
Jon Strimling is the CEO and co-founder of UltraCell Insulation. He has 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, largely focused on the commercialization of innovative products and services, with a focus in renewable energy. Mr. Strimling’s experience spans a variety of industries, and often lies at the intersection of new technology and market opportunities. He previously spun WoodPellets.com out of US Dynamics, where he grew the renewable heating fuel business to dominate online sales of pellet fuel. His background includes driving innovations in manufacturability at GE Aircraft Engines, commercializing new renewable energy and water systems at DEKA Research & Development, and performing a variety of senior operating roles with American Industrial Partners.
Kim Syman is a Managing Partner at New Profit where she leads efforts to combine the power of New Profit's network with organizational learning about how social innovation grows. She oversees field-building, communications and convening strategies, which accelerate social problem solving by bringing together social entrepreneurs with leaders in government, philanthropy, business, and the media. She also co-leads New Profit’s emerging Early Learning Fund. She was a member of the founding team that helped conceptualize and design New Profit in 1997 and 1998. In 2013, she was named to a cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship focusing on advanced leadership in public, nonprofit and private sectors. She also serves on the Massachusetts Advisory Board for Youth Villages.
Neal Yanofsky’s career has spanned several industries with the common thread of developing and executing strategies and building teams that drive growth in revenue, margin and shareholder value. Mr. Yanofsky provides strategy consulting to CEOs in the retail, consumer services and restaurant industries, and to private equity firms that invest in these businesses. Neal’s current and recent board positions and advisory engagements include Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Snap Kitchen, SmartLunches, Mobee, and Papa Gino’s / d’Angelo. Past roles include President, International of Dunkin’ Brands; CEO of Generation Mobile; President of Panera Bread; and vice president of Fidelity Ventures. He serves on the boards of not-for-profits Lifespace Communities and the West End House Boys and Girls Club, the advisory board of activist hedge fund Voce Capital, and is a member of the Harvard Art Museum Collections Committee. He received his A.B. from Harvard College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and was a post-graduate fellow at London School of Economics.
Dinah Schmechel, International Contributor
Dinah Schmechel graduated from the University of Cologne as a B.Sc., studied one year at the Fudan University of Shanghai and will soon obtain a Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. What influenced her most were four years working in international development cooperation. Amongst other projects, she was responsible for the world-wide Federal Government campaign to host and promote the Green Climate Fund and to develop the first International Forum on Germany initiated by Federal Chancellor Merkel.