Meet Our Team
Assistant Vice President of Sustainability
Cecil is the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability, returning to NYU after nearly six years. Cecil formerly served as Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council and the Managing Director of the Building Resiliency Task Force for the City of New York. As Director of Energy and Sustainability at NYU from 2007 to 2012, Cecil was intimately involved in guiding NYU towards environmental excellence, leading efforts related to the co-gen plant, the Green Grants Program, 30% energy water, and emissions reductions, greater solid waste diversion rates, weaving sustainability into our procurement, and drafting NYU's Climate Action Plan. Cecil founded the eco-village Dancing Rabbit; is a New York State licensed professional engineer; and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. He earned a BS in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.
Director, Office of Sustainability
Dianne is the Director of NYU’s Office of Sustainability. Her team runs a variety of programs that empower and guide the NYU community to enact and embrace sustainability practices and behaviors. Dianne joined NYU in 2007 and developed a coherent, campus-wide sustainability program. Dianne holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Administrative Aide, Office of Sustainability
Jane O’Mahony is the Office Administrator, providing administrative support for all of the Office programs. She oversees the Office’s financial and HR related matters, in addition to contributing to any event planning and scheduling. Jane joined NYU in 2004 and previously worked with the Facilities & Construction Management and Energy Engineering teams. Her studies include Liberal Arts, Horticulture and Horticulture Therapy.
Assistant Manager, Office of Sustainability
Sophie Golomb is the Sustainability Programs Supervisor, overseeing the Office's communications, outreach, and student engagement programs, including NYU EcoReps. She also coordinates events and university-wide initiatives like Zero Waste Week, NYUnplugged, and Earth Month. Outside of the Office of Sustainability, Sophie directs the Teen Advocates for Sustainability Corps (TASC), a Green Grant recipient. She is pursuing her Master's in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU Steinhardt.
Aryn Aiken is the Events Coordinator, helping to plan events and outreach campaigns focused on sustainability on campus and around the city (especially issues related to waste). She is a senior Environmental Studies major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences and serves as President of EarthMatters, a student environmental advocacy group at NYU.
Edin Thornton is the Student Government Liaison and Partnership Coordinator, building new partnerships and raising awareness of sustainability across campus. Previously an EcoReps Coordinator, Edin led the development of EcoReps from a pilot to an institutionalized program. Edin is a senior Environmental Studies major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Raiana (Rae) Frey
Raiana Frey is an EcoReps Coordinator, working on educational material development and communications for the Office, in addition to managing the EcoReps program. Raiana is a senior Environmental Studies major at NYU College of Arts & Science with a minor in Game Design.
Dylan Garcia is an EcoReps Coordinator, organizing EcoReps events and training material, as well as helping with communications and media for the Office. Dylan is a junior at NYU Gallatin concentrating in Sociology and Urban Sustainability.
Nico Mendoza is an EcoReps Coordinator, working to foster sustainable living and environmental leadership among students at NYU. Nico is a sophomore Environmental Studies major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Green Grants Coordinator
Gregory Suter is the Green Grants Coordinator, working with Green Grant recipients through all stages of their projects to ensure the projects are successful. He also engages with teams interested in applying for grants to guide them during the application process. Gregory is a senior Finance and Marketing concentration at NYU Stern with an Environmental Studies minor.
Programs Coordinator, Sustainability Task Force
Kristen Arnold is a Programs Coordinator, managing the communications behind NYU’s Sustainability Task Force. She also updates and manages NYU’s Sustainability website. Kristen is a senior Environmental Studies major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Programs Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety
Supraja Sundaresan is a Programs Coordinator, working on a variety of projects with NYU’s Environmental Health and Safety Department and the Office of Sustainability. Supraja is a second-year graduate student at NYU Tandon, pursuing her Master's in Environmental Engineering.
Programs Coordinator, Sustainability Advocates
Solange Fortenbach is a Programs Coordinator, leading NYU's Sustainability Advocates program by training departments on how to green their office spaces and encourage sustainable behavior among their colleagues. Solange is a junior Politics and Environmental Studies double major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Student Engagement Coordinator
Lilly Ferris is the Student Engagement Coordinator, working to bridge the gap between student groups and administration in the environmental community at NYU. Lilly is a junior at NYU Gallatin concentrating in Satirical Literature and Climate Change with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is also Vice President of the EarthMatters club.
Katherine Facchini is a Communications Coordinator, managing the Office's social media networks and publishing articles on the Sustainablog. She also works in graphic design and photographs events put on by the Office. Katherine is a junior at NYU Gallatin concentrating in Environmental Public Relations.
Jenny Levine is a Communications Coordinator, managing and creating content for the Sustainablog, in addition to the NYUGreen and EcoReps social media accounts. She also also loves being an EcoRep and working with the Teen Advocates for Sustainability Corps (TASC). Jenny is a sophomore at NYU College of Arts and Sciences studying Journalism and Anthropology.
Programs Coordinator, Bike Share
Michael Forlenza is the Bike Share Coordinator and a serious nature lover. He keeps track of NYU's bike share program, which has over 5,000 users. When not working, studying, or cooking, Michael enjoys spending time with plants and all the critters they support--whether they hang out in a national park or an urban garden. Michael is a senior Environmental Studies and Metropolitan Studies double major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Bike Share Mechanic
Hemant Sharma is a Bike Share Mechanic, and works behind the scenes to ensure that the bikes stay up and running, and to spread the word of the Bike Share program to students at NYU. He loves biking around the city, and if you're looking for a bike companion to face the daunting streets, he will be glad to join you. Hemant is a junior Economics and Public Policy double major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.