Who We Are


mami-haraMami Hara is committed to advancing equitable and sustainable cities and regions through collaboration and strategic investment. She has led management and policy coordination of a renowned public utility and direction of an international design and planning firm. In her public sector and private practice roles, Mami has guided planning and implementation of award-winning green infrastructure, sustainability, economic development, and waterfront programs across the US. In those efforts she has advanced sustainable land and water management practices through cultivating leaders, partnerships, participation, planning and knowledge sharing. Mami has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University and is an advisor to several planning and design advocacy organizations. She has taught at PennDesign, Temple School of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.  Formerly a principal with Wallace Roberts + Todd and First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Water, Mami is now the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Seattle Public Utilities. She co-founded the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange and remains an active volunteer member.

paula-conollyPaula Conolly, AICP, is committed to making green stormwater infrastructure work in communities across North America. She is the Director of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange (Exchange), a peer learning network of municipalities, water utilities, and counties seeking to advance their green stormwater infrastructure programs. Prior to the Exchange, she led policy initiatives for Philadelphia’s renowned Green City, Clean Waters program, helping to change “business as usual” to implement over 30 acres of green stormwater infrastructure on vacant lands, parks, streets and private property.  Ms. Conolly helped to spearhead a state-of-the art drinking water protection program for the City of Philadelphia, helping to raise over $3M to improve and protect the Schuylkill River Watershed. Prior to that, Paula consulted on public health and environmental initiatives at Booz Allen Hamilton. Paula is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

maggie_ullmanMaggie Ullman is the principal at Ullman Consulting and serves as network advisor to the Exchange. Maggie lives in Asheville, NC and is the former Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Asheville. She co-founded and coordinates the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network and is the Regional Network Coordinator for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). As the USDN Regional Network Coordinator, she developed and is implementing a national strategy for peer learning and collaboration between nine regional networks of USDN.  She understands the nuances of place, including regional, demographic, and cultural differences, and she is adept at using her substantial experience and insights to help teams.For seven years served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Asheville where she directed all of the city’s sustainability programs, projects, and policies. Her ability to institutionalize sustainability, align complex goals across multiple stakeholder groups, leverage resources, and implement successful programs resulted in an impressive 28% municipal carbon reduction for her community. Maggie served on USDN’s planning committee from 2011-2014, spearheaded USDN strategy development for the regional networks of city sustainability directors across North America. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the North Carolina Sustainability Energy Association a non-profit with a rack of record of propelling clean energy in North Carolina through legislative and regulatory advancements. Her skill in convening and facilitating stakeholder networks was featured in the 2014 book Connecting to Change the World, Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact. https://ullmanconsulting.net/biography/

April_photo_1495328573April K. Donnellan joined Global Philanthropy Partnership as executive director in 2005. The Global Philanthropy Partnership is the fiscal sponsor of the Exchange. Previously she served as program director of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (now Chicago Council on Global Affairs). Prior to that, Ms. Donnellan was a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State completing assignments in Port Louis, Mauritius and Washington, DC. April served as staff assistant to the assistant secretary for international organization affairs, and as a sanctions/peacekeeping officer covering the Middle East and Africa. She earned a Meritorious Honor Award for her work implementing multilateral sanctions. Ms. Donnellan, a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a graduate of Georgetown University and fluent in French. In 2007, April was named a Next Generation Fellow, participating in the Midwest Assembly of the Next Generation Project of of the American Assembly. For the Midwest Assembly’s report, please see: U.S. Global Policy & The Future of International Institutions. A Girl Scout troop leader since 2006, April also serves on the boards of the Women’s Global Education Project and the Stanley Foundation.

The Exchange is a project of the Global Philanthropy Partnership