Donna Hope has recently departed the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability after being a Policy Advisor for 4 years on green building and energy efficiency, leading the efforts of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Donna’s previous 15 years of employment have spanned the multi-varied universe of environmental careers, including ecological scientific research, computer modeling, sustainability advocacy, civil and environmental engineering consulting, and public policy. She have worked at private firms, non-profits, and local, state and federal government agencies around NY tri-state area and DC. The focus has included air quality assessment, water quality and infrastructure monitoring, GIS topographical and hydraulic modeling, soil and groundwater remediation, food equity and urban farming, and energy efficiency policy.
Currently, Donna is a freelance consultant for hire, presently contracted to work on efforts related to the EPA Clean Power Plan and the NY State Reforming the Energy Vision, assisting non-profits and foundations.
Donna is also very involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the environmental movement. Since June 2014 she has been on the Green 2.0 Advisory Board with The Raben Group. In this role, Donna promotes and speaks on behalf of the highly acclaimed report “State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies,” and the newly launched resource website DiverseGreen.org. As well, since June 2013 Donna has been acting co-chair of the NYC chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color networking group, a program of the Center for Diversity & the Environment. There are EPOC chapters currently active in 7 cities across the U.S., with several others in development, and was made possible by an ELP Innovation Grant to CDE founder Marcelo Bonta. CDE’s mission is to racially and ethnically diversify the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, diversifying institutions, and building communities.
In 2000, she earned dual undergraduate engineering degrees from Spelman College and Renssealer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and in 2003 earned a MS in Environmental Engineering from RPI. Donna is a 2011 Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a LEED Green Associate.