USDN Board of Directors

Jesse King, USDN Board Chair

Jesse King is the founder and managing director of Fulcrum Advisors LLC, a firm that provides consulting services in the arenas of leadership, organizational development, and philanthropy. Some non-profit sector clients include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Children's Defense Fund, The Black Community Crusade for Children, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Jesse served as the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the Daniels Fund and as a project manager for the Rockefeller Foundation. Jesse’s board service included the REI CO-OP, Inc., Net2Phone Inc., The Chinook Fund, The Denver Community Foundation, and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

Ingrid Fish, USDN Board Vice-Chair 

Ingrid has 17 years of experience working for the City of Portland, and is currently in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Transportation Decarbonization Policy. She develops strategic policy direction to decarbonize Portland’s transportation sector and increase equitable access to low-carbon transportation modes including walking, biking, transit, shared and electric vehicle use. Ingrid managed the development of Portland’s 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy, and she coordinates with stakeholders to implement transportation decarbonization-related Climate Emergency Workplan and Electric Vehicle Strategy actions. Ingrid worked with team to develop Portland’s 2022-2025 Climate Emergency Workplan, Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan and the City’s first Climate Change Preparation Strategy. She is currently working on strategies to decarbonize Portland’s transportation system including developing EV-Ready requirements for Portland new construction buildings, partnering with Portland Bureau of Transportation staff to design an equitable transportation pricing system, greening the City’s fleet vehicles, reducing carbon emissions from the freight sector and increasing the amount of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure in Portland. Prior to working for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, she worked for Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the City of Portland Budget Office.

Zachary Baumer, USDN Board Treasurer

Zach Baumer leads the City of Austin’s climate protection efforts, providing strategic direction to meet the goals of municipal carbon neutrality by 2020 and net-zero community-wide emissions by 2050. Zach served as a Sustainability and Environmental Consultant, collaborating with major private corporations and public entities. He earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco and holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Zach loves sports, watching football and basketball, playing competitive tennis, and coaching his daughters’ softball and soccer teams.

Alvaro Sanchez, USDN Board Member

Alvaro S. Sanchez is The Greenlining Institute’s Director of Environmental Equity, where he leads a team that develops policies to improve public health, catalyze economic opportunity, and enrich environmental quality for low-income communities and communities of color by leveraging public resources that address pollution, fight climate change, and helps vulnerable communities adapt to a changing environment. Prior to joining Greenlining, Alvaro led Green For All’s stormwater infrastructure strategy. In 2011, he received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California, where he focused on affordable housing and economic development. Alvaro is a lifelong public transit rider who took his first solo bus ride in Mexico City at the age of 8.

Darice Ellis, USDN Board Member

Darice J. Ellis has worked extensively in sustainability-related fields for more than thirty years, covering both public and private sectors. She served a number of years as a senior staff specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional office in Philadelphia, PA, managing and implementing various indoor air, water, and children’s health programs and policies. Darice joined the city of Phoenix in 2006 and currently works in the City Manager’s Office of Sustainability as a specialist. Her job focus is on the development and advancement of the city’s sustainability goals as well as growing student sustainability leaders and providing them civic engagement opportunities in policy and decision making. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), graduate work in multicultural education from Eastern College (St. David’s, PA) and The Executive Leadership Program, The Graduate School (Washington, D.C.). Darice is committed to protecting human health and the environment. She remains passionate about the equitable treatment of people, is dedicated to fairness and inclusion, and absolutely loves consignment and thrift shopping.

Cheyenne Flores, USDN Board Member

Beginning her career as an Urban Sustainability Director's Network EDI Fellow, Cheye led the implementation of the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability’s first neighborhood Heat Plan, Beat the Heat Hunting Park. Working at the intersection of heat resilience and energy security, Cheye advances the equitable energy transition using a framework to advance community capacity-building and prioritize culturally-relevant solutions. Currently, Cheye works at the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability Municipal Energy Office managing programs intended to increase energy efficiency and climate resilience in the City building stock.

Sadhu Johnston, USDN Board Member

Sadhu is a thought leader on cities: how they work, how they can be improved, and how they are evolving to handle the myriad of challenges that they are forced to take on. He was the City Manager of Vancouver, BC from 2016 until 2021 where he was responsible for managing the operations of the City, including oversight of a budget of over $1.6B and over 7,000 staff. He spearheaded initiatives to address housing, homelessness, development, and climate change issues. He was the Chief Environmental Officer of Chicago under Mayor Richard M. Daley where he led the development of the first climate action plan in a major North American city. He is co-author of "The Guide to Greening Cities" published by Island Press in 2013 and is a co-founder of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.

Deborah Raphael, USDN Board Member (Advisory)

Debbie Raphael has had a 30 year career in public service at the city, county and state levels. Most recently, she was the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment where she led bold climate action initiatives focusing on human health and biodiversity as well as emissions reductions. Prior to this, Debbie was the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Named one of the world’s 100 most influential leaders in climate policy, Debbie is a sought-after spokeswoman on local and national environmental issues. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon entering college, Debbie switched her major to botany after she fainted watching stitches being removed while in her “Hospital Occupations” class.

Barbara Buffaloe, USDN Board Member (Advisory)

Barbara Buffaloe recently served as the Sustainability Manager for the City of Columbia, Missouri, where she was responsible for integrating short and long term sustainable comprehensive action plans, resource conservation, and related sustainability programs and operations to advance a more sustainable, vital and well-planned future for the city. She has been active in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Missouri Heartland Chapter and several local organizations. Barbara earned her Bachelor’s degree and MS in Environment & Behavior from the University of Missouri Department of Architectural Studies. Barbara is a big fan of breakfast tacos and always makes a point to find some when travelling for work or pleasure.