Elena Esteban, Director of Online Media and Engagement
The arc of Elena’s career and life story reflects her choices around living simply, protecting the environment, and promoting social justice. With 20+ years of leadership experience in nonprofit and for-profit communications and business development, she's helped many regional and national organizations promote missions relating to organic agriculture, sustainable living, social services, and the arts. Recent positions include helping High Mowing Organic Seeds and Circus Smirkus establish successful marketing programs and substantially grow their reach and revenue. Elena has received awards for packaging and print design and completed her B.A. in writing and design at Vermont College of Norwich University, as well as graduate studies in ecology, writing, and design at Goddard College. When she's not figuring out ways to broadcast ideas and engage with New Dreamers around the world, you can find her in her garden at a mountain trailhead in northern Vermont, snowshoeing with her two rescue dogs or biking with her husband and young daughter in the Northeast Kingdom.
Guinevere Higgins, Director of Development
Guinevere joined New Dream in March 2012 as Director of Development. Prior to her work with New Dream, she was Program Officer at the WestWind Foundation, a small, family foundation with program areas in Environment and Reproductive Health & Rights. She has also taught ecology and food studies at a Quaker high school, provided research analysis for Environmental Health News, and managed a small organic farm. In addition to her position with New Dream, she is an organic and edible gardening consultant and helped found Charlottesville, Virginia’s thriving school garden program, City Schoolyard Garden. Guinevere holds a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College and lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband and two dogs.
Lisa Mastny, Senior Editor and Director of Publications
Lisa comes to New Dream with 20 years' experience in the environmental and sustainability fields. Currently, Lisa also serves as senior editor at the Worldwatch Institute, where she edits the annual State of the World report and other publications. She also provides editing support to a variety of nonprofit and international organizations, including Food & Water Watch, the UN Environment Programme, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and REN21. Previously, Lisa worked as a researcher at Worldwatch where she focused on issues of green purchasing and consumerism, sustainable tourism, and environmental governance. She also worked briefly at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with Greenways/Zelene Stezky, a group seeking to promote cultural preservation and sustainable tourism in the Czech Republic. She received her Bachelor's in International studies from Johns Hopkins University and dual Master's degrees in International Relations and Environmental Management from Yale University. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time outside and exploring new places. She lives in Durango, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters.
Edna Rienzi, Director of Programs
Edna is passionate about focusing on “more of what matters” in her life, which is what led her to initially volunteer with New Dream in 2012. Prior to New Dream, she was a lawyer and, then, a full-time mom. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in politics, with certificates in Latin American Studies and Political Theory. She has her Master’s in Political Science from Yale University, and a law degree from Harvard University, where she also served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. In her precious free time, she loves reading everything from Harry Potter to positive psychology studies to poetry, listening to Mumford and Sons, volunteering in her town, and cooking adventurous dishes that her kids often refuse to eat.
Casey Williams, Director of Operations and Outreach
An outdoor enthusiast with a passion for the positive, Casey has dedicated her career to building the capacity of communities to preserve the natural world. Having spent the last 15 years developing workshops related to environmental monitoring, natural resource management and land revitalization, Casey is skilled in using community engagement and collaborative decision-making to develop strategies to address environmental issues. Prior to joining New Dream, Casey managed the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute for UVA’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation. She has helped to figure out creative ways to reuse old industrial properties across the country, developed conservation strategies for a 2,300-acre farm in Albemarle County, Virginia, and conducted wetland and stream restoration programs for Audubon International and the Izaak Walton League. Casey is a “double Hoo,” holding a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. She enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and two young daughters.
Kelley Dennings, Behavior and Social Change Fellow
After graduating from NC State with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Kelley started her environmental career working in the recycling industry. She became a local recycling coordinator in North Carolina, which included an operational, educational, and policy component. She then worked for the state’s recycling office and national Keep America Beautiful, where she conducted various social marketing, social media, and traditional advertising projects. Recently, Kelley worked with the American Forest Foundation to help build their landowner conservation social change program. She is currently working on her Master’s in Public Health at the University of South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys taking pictures of water towers.
Maggie Wauklyn, Design Intern
Maggie is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. A commitment to living lightly on this earth and her own delight in simple pleasures drew her to New Dream. She believes illustration is a medium for everybody—like murals in cities—and sees this accessibility as a way to share stories that might not otherwise be heard. Her chief fascination is work done behind the scenes, making things we might otherwise take for granted. In addition to painting, she has cleaned houses, made smoothies, been an extra in an opera, worked at a newspaper, and hand-sorted recyclables at a festival. She is an avid birdwatcher and a budding mycologist, and spends as much time as she can in her garden. Her website is simplykumquat.com.