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Who We Are - OSCAR Team

Susie Strife, Department Head

Susie leads the county’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience, providing direction on policies and program implementation for internal and external sustainability activities while managing planning efforts and budgets. She also serves as the key liaison to other county agencies to support existing projects and guide the county towards a more sustainable future. Susie received her PhD from the University of Colorado in 2009, and often teaches courses on sustainability, green design, and environmental sociology.

Tim Broderick, Senior Sustainability Strategist

Tim is responsible for the implementation and updating of Boulder County’s Zero Waste Action Plan and works on a regional and state level to help shape zero waste policy and planning. He is the county liaison to the Resource Conservation Advisory Board which advises the commissioners on major waste diversion policies and strategies. Tim partners with Boulder County’s Resource Conservation Division on county funded studies, reports, and grant research.

Deandra Croissant, Climate & Circularity Specialist

Deandra is on the Nature-based Climate Solutions and Circular Economy Team. Deandra leads urban landscape initiatives to improve resilience and mitigate climate impacts, investigates opportunities within carbon markets, and helps design and manage OSCAR’s circular economy programs to reduce supply chain emissions in the manufacturing sector. She also works on regenerative agriculture initiatives such as the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund. Deandra completed her Masters of Sustainability from the University of Sydney.

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Brett Fleishman, Senior Climate Strategist

Brett manages OSCAR’s big-picture climate policy and strategy work. Driving projects, programs, and policies toward the scale and structure necessary to meet our climate and justice goals, Brett works with federal government agencies and regional partners to generate the needed resources and momentum. He has a background in climate finance, climate policy, organizing, and activism. Brett holds an MS in Development Economics from The New School.

Dave Hatchimonji, Residential Energy Efficiency Program Manager

Dave manages the residential EnergySmart service, which helps to make energy efficiency upgrades easier and more affordable for county residents, including designing and monitoring incentives and new financing products. Dave also serves as liaison to Xcel Energy and the Public Utilities Commission on energy efficiency issues and assists in the administration of the energy loan product. He began his tenure with Boulder County at Longs Peak Energy Conservation prior to coming to the OSCAR.

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Christian Herrmann, Climate Communications Director

Christian is a bonafide creative with an award-winning knack for telling compelling stories that drive engagement and bring big issues to life. Christian manages strategic communications for Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience. He is responsible for the department’s creative direction, branding, media relations, and public information campaigns, which have generated national and international news coverage. He also co-founded the Colorado Climate Communicators Coalition, a first-of-its-kind professional organization for governmental and government-adjacent communications professionals. His video and digital media work focuses on social justice, education, and the arts with emphasis on subjects from traditionally marginalized and LGBTQ+ communities. Christian completed his BA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University.

Sabina Maniak, Climate Communications Specialist

Sabina supports Boulder County by connecting with community members about climate action and sustainability programming and initiatives. She is responsible for web content, newsletters, and other communications materials for the office, and enjoys getting to experience and share all elements of the county’s climate and resilience work. Her interdisciplinary background includes experience in international climate policy, environmental justice, earth sciences, wind energy, and transportation. Sabina completed her Masters in Urban Resilience and Sustainability from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Morgan Gardner, Climate Communications Fellow

Morgan spearheads various communication initiatives that include copywriting, social media management, photography, graphic design, marketing, and more. With a passion for visual media and storytelling, Morgan collaborates closely with multiple internal and external departments to increase awareness of the climate crisis and inspire climate action. Her content serves to advocate for those most impacted by climate change while promoting climate sustainability and driving positive change. Morgan holds a BA in Journalism and Media Communications from Colorado State University.

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Marina La Grave, Climate Equity Specialist

Marina leads OSCAR’s intercultural communications, engagement, and language access initiatives. She works across departments and within the community to advance equity, strengthen collaboration on race and justice, and deepen relationships with the county’s most climate-vulnerable groups. By analyzing climate and sustainability initiatives through an equity lens, Marina supports decision-making processes and prioritized actions across the department. Marina is a United Nations translator and interpreter with over 30 years of experience.

Photo portrait of Collin Tomb.

Collin Tomb, Climate & Health Strategist

Collin reaches across county lines to address the common sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases through state-level programs and policy, working closely with Public Health and the Policy Office. She brings health, science and equity expertise to the policy process through government and professional collaborations. Collin has a background in bioscience, green building, business sustainability and air quality. She holds a BA in Biology from Harvard University and an M.Arch. from the University of Utah.

Lea Yancey, Community Sustainability & Electric Vehicle Specialist

Lea fosters partnerships with communities and organizations throughout Boulder County around a vision for sustainability. Her work encourages collaboration through partnership to achieve mutual goals, share knowledge, and leverage resources. Lea also leads countywide transportation electrification initiatives to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, electric bikes, and associated charging to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.