MEET OUR TEAM
Cecil is the Chief Sustainability Officer, 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% 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 serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Green Council and the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture. He earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Dianne is the Director 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. Prior to NYU Dianne worked in County-level government in California developing and implementing energy and waste management polices for new construction while retrofitting County buildings for energy efficiency. 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 and Certified Energy Auditor.
Jauna is the Assistant Director of Sustainability, supporting the team in achieving sustainability goals across NYU campuses. Before joining NYU, Jauna worked for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation on multiple projects including leading project management for the PACT NYCHA renovation portfolio and developing food equity programming. She also worked on recycling and organics outreach programming for the NYC Department of Sanitation and developing green building operations and waste management training out of LaGuardia Community College for the Research Foundation at CUNY. Jauna earned an MS in Environmental Technology following a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from the New York Institute of Technology.
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.
Nicholas Liu-Sontag is the Manager of Sustainability, helping to develop and implement NYU’s sustainability programs and commitments. He brings a background in buildings and energy to his work in advancing NYU’s mission to create healthier, more comfortable, and lower impact spaces for the NYU community. Nicholas has seven years of experience in the energy engineering and passive house fields. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College and he is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Consultant and LEED Green LEED Accredited Professional.
Sophie Golomb is the Manager of Sustainability, overseeing the Office's outreach, engagement programs, and communications. She supervises the NYU EcoReps program, coordinates events and university-wide initiatives, and helps to spread awareness of sustainability throughout the NYU community. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Studio Art from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU Steinhardt.
Joann supports the Office in organizing events, developing student engagement initiatives, and coordinating the Green Grants program. Born and raised in New York City, she is passionate about sustainable urban dwelling through education and design. Her previous work includes green roof research and construction with NYC Parks and outreach for the DSNY organics collection program. She holds a B.F.A. in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and enjoys rock climbing, capoeira, and trying new recipes.
Hina Wilkerson is the Communication Supervisor for the Office of Sustainability, managing the office’s social presence and developing content for the Sustainablog. She received her B.A in communication with a minor in religion from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Currently a first year graduate student in the department of Media Culture and Communication, her research interests pertain to visual culture and representation of marginalized voices. On her free time she likes to cook, listen to podcasts, and take photos.
Wayne is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in International Policy & Management. He received his BSBA in Marketing and Finance with a minor in Economics from Western Carolina University. He became passionate about sustainability through his work at an international NGO conducting ecological restoration in developing countries. His other passions in public service are advancing indigenous knowledge, strengthening citizen empowerment, and creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ peers in public policy. After work he likes to play the saxophone, swim, and hike!
Carson is a senior studying Environmental Studies and Global Liberal Studies concentrating in Critical Creative Production. She is extremely passionate about sustainable agriculture, food waste, and anything involving low waste cooking. In her free time she enjoys cooking, watching movies, and exploring New York City with friends.
Eni is a second-year Nigerian-American studying International Relations and Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish. Environmental justice and sustainable development are her two main areas of interest because she’s interested in looking at how the world would function if there was more equitable food distribution, better environmental literacy and civic engagement, and greater geographic diversity in sustainable infrastructure planning. She enjoys learning about spirituality and faith-based groups, podcasts, the fashion industry, reading, taking self defense classes, and relaxing at Costco.
Tess is a junior in CAS studying Environmental Studies and Urban Design and Architecture. Her passion for sustainability and the environment grew out of seeing how the beautiful areas that she hiked with her mom in California were transformed by wildfires and development, and the skylines were clouded with smog. This is why her major is focused on greening the urban environment and building green infrastructure in our community. Outside of school, Tess enjoys thrifting, hiking, and taking the Q down to the beach with her roommates.