Lisa McNeilly, Director of Sustainability
Lisa McNeilly has worked in the environmental field for over 20 years, with a record of embedding sustainability at all levels of diverse organizations. She has advanced sustainable operations in Berkeley, CA, and the Grand Canyon, promoted climate change and energy policy in Washington, D.C., and researched food policy in West Africa, but her desire to engage more deeply on equity and social justice has brought her to Baltimore. She holds a Master`s degree in Public Policy from Princeton and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Davidson College.
Anne Draddy, Sustainability Coordinator
Anne Draddy has worked for Baltimore City government for 17 years. She jump-started the city’s TreeBaltimore campaign, where during her 2-year tenure, she formed close to 100 partnerships and facilitated the planting of 12,000 trees. Because of her work, Anne was named Best Do-Gooder by the Baltimore City Paper. Anne was an Energy Program Manager, managed the Jones Falls Trail, re-ignited the very-active Friends of Druid Hill Park and co-authored the book, Druid Hill Park the Historic Heart of Baltimore. Previous to joining the City, Anne was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Sarah Buzogany, Food Access Planner
Sarah Buzogany is the Food Access Planner for the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. Sarah provides direct support to the Food Policy Director and works to implement the food desert retail strategy, analyze policies and best practices, and manage grants. Previously, Sarah has worked on sustainable agriculture policy at the state and national levels, managed a farmers market, and researched innovative farmer to consumer and nutrition education models. Sarah earned a Masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University and holds degrees in Sustainable Agriculture and Spanish from the University of Kentucky.
Andrea Calderón , Youth Sustainability Coordinator
Andrea Calderón is the Youth Sustainability Coordinator in the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. Andrea manages the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge, a grant program for Baltimore City Public Schools to implement student-led sustainability projects. Andrea also advises High School Youth Environmental Interns who develop advocacy on specific environmental policy issues. Andrea has previously worked in four different City Schools and completed two Americorps terms developing the Baltimore Green Schools Network at City Schools. She has also worked with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study on their Long Term Ecological Research Project in Baltimore and has assisted Recreation and Parks’ Canoe and Kayak Program. Andrea can be found dancing up a storm in Baltimore’s eclectic art scene.
Abby Cocke, Environmental Planner
Abby Cocke joined the Baltimore Office of Sustainability in 2011. Prior to that, she got a BA in Environmental Studies at UMBC, and worked for five years at the Parks & People Foundation, first as a Community Organizer, and then as the Manager of Community Greening Programs. Her current work focuses on urban agriculture, green school initiatives, and forest conservation. She is an Ednor Gardens resident, and grew up in Baltimore County. Her hobbies include biking, growing things, and local theater.
Andy Cook, Environmental Planner
Andy Cook is the Program Manager for the Made in Baltimore Program. He joined the Office of Sustainability in 2014, days after receiving his Master in City Planning degree from MIT. Andy spent eight years as a photojournalist covering arts, culture, and education in Baltimore City, and food systems and post-disaster recovery in New Orleans. In his current position, he works to strengthen Baltimore City’s light-manufacturing sector and create strategies for industrial redevelopment.
Holly Freishtat, CN, MS, Baltimore City Food Policy Director
Holly Freishtat is Baltimore City’s first Food Policy Director. In this role, she created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, an inter-governmental collaboration that aims to increase access to healthy affordable food in food deserts in Baltimore City. She is a key advocate at the city, state, and federal level for policies to enhance availability of healthy affordable food in Baltimore’s food deserts. Holly has spent over a decade working on food issues in a variety of contexts, experiences that have provided her with an understanding of the food system from the perspective of a nutritionist, an educator, and a farmer. She has a Master’s of Science from Tufts University in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and was a Food and Society Policy Fellow in 2007. Holly’s favorite vegetable to grow is Purple Haze Carrots from Territorial Seeds, her favorite dish to prepare is seasonally inspired homemade pizzas, and she loves to try out the new farm to table restaurants in Baltimore and around the country.
Amy Gilder-Busatti, Landscape Architect and Critical Area Coordinator
Amy’s primary areas of responsibility include overseeing the creation of the City’s Green Network Plan and representing the Office of Sustainability on issues and initiatives related to water quality, greening, and urban design. Before joining the Office of Sustainability, Amy worked as a landscape architect and land planner with several Baltimore area architecture and engineering firms. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Morgan State University. Amy is also a licensed landscape architect in the state of Maryland.
Alice Huang, Food Access Planner
Alice Huang is the Food Access Planner with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. She works on good food procurement, provides technical assistance to small retailers on SNAP and WIC related issues and is responsible for coordinating Food PAC, and the Resident Food Advisors. Alice holds a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and has experience in project management and health behavior research. In her spare time she loves baking, creating traditional Taiwanese dishes, and trying out new foods.
JaLeesa Tate, Coastal Resources Planner
JaLeesa Tate is the Coastal Resources Planner in the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. She oversees the Critical Area Management Program and the tidal floodplain. Her work focuses on improving water quality, conserving and restoring habitat, and ensuring the safety of residents in the floodplain. JaLeesa is also a Certified Floodplain Manager. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, JaLeesa worked for the Salisbury – Wicomico County Planning Department as an Environmental Planner. JaLeesa has a B.S. in Geography and Geosciences from Salisbury University.
Victor Ukpolo Jr., Floodplain Manager
Victor Ukpolo Jr. is the Floodplain Manager in the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. He reviews permits and manages the City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Morgan State University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Victor has a regulatory compliance background in storm water, solid waste/recycling, and lead-based paint. Prior to his compliance experience, he worked for several years as a community organizer in Maryland and Washington D.C. on water quality and storm water issues.
Denzel Mitchell, Brownfields Greening Coordinator
Denzel Mitchell joined the staff of the Office of Sustainability in February of 2017 as the Brownfields Greening Coordinator. He is working on a year-long EPA grant. Denzel has a varied background as a teacher, food educator, and farmer. His commitment to environmental justice, food security and access brought him to greening work in Baltimore City. He graduated from Langston University and attended the University of Oklahoma for graduate school. He lives in Union Square with his wife and five children and their dog, Gracie.