Paula 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.
Kasey Armstrong applies skills in project management, leadership, facilitation, and organizational development to helping changemakers harness their capacity to collaborate, strategize, and achieve their goals. Working on projects across the U.S. and internationally has inspired her to understand local, place-based challenges and opportunities within a global systems context. She has facilitated and designed group processes for a variety of groups and projects including the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, Gould Farm in western Massachusetts, and SIT Study Abroad’s International Honors Program: Social Innovation in Uganda, India, and Brazil. Kasey is also passionate about sustainable food systems. Previously, she was the Assistant Manager at Gould Farm’s farm-to-table restaurant. She was the Manager of the Somerville Mobile Farmer’s Market for the 2018 season, and she designed and facilitated a workshop on Storytelling for Systemic Change at the 2018 Women’s Food and Agriculture Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Washington state. Kasey holds a M.A. in Environment & Community from Antioch University Seattle’s Graduate Programs in Leadership and Social Change and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Suffolk University.
April 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.
Anna Radev brings nearly 20 years of broad-ranging experience across varied leadership roles primarily in the nonprofit sector, with emphasis on marketing communications, programs, and strategic partnerships at highly-regarded nonprofits. Before joining the Exchange, Anna led the operations of a start-up nonprofit – the Childhood Domestic Violence Association – where she also oversaw the resource development and deployment, partner cultivation, and communications efforts, targeting a broad range of constituents. Anna has worked closely within both large institutional nonprofits and small nonprofit start-ups to refine and augment their strategic vision, brand, messaging, communications efforts, funding strategies, and overall reach. She has spearheaded the development of Strategic Communications Plans, facilitated high-profile strategic partnerships, implemented cutting-edge initiatives, launched landmark national awareness campaigns, and produced multiple websites, videos, and hundreds of written materials, including a 170-page book. Anna holds two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s of Public & International Affairs.
Alison De Luise applies 15 years of international development policy, program and partnership experience towards urban sustainability challenges. At the GI Exchange, Alison currently provides workgroup/member support and also contributes to strategic planning and partnership strategy development. In addition, she is also currently a senior advisor with the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she works with stakeholders to develop holistic strategies for addressing interconnected water challenges that Southwest Pennsylvania faces. Previous work has included community development in Swaziland, representing the Australian government in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands, managing the agricultural productivity program for the Australian aid program, and leading strategic partnership development for an international research organization focused on agricultural biodiversity. Alison holds a Master in Environmental Management from Duke University, where her research focused on how cities can harness green stormwater infrastructure investments to maximize other social, environmental and economic co-benefits.
Amelia Lord a Venture for America (VFA) Fellow, is the newest addition to the GI Exchange Team. She recently received her BA in Political Science at Georgia College & State University, where she also served as Student Body President for two terms. At the GI Exchange, Amelia assists in a variety of capacities, including systems and database management, process improvement, and member engagement.