ICL BOARD CHAIR
Founder, Bold Bison Communications and Consulting
After 20 years in the non-profit sector, Brandon Hayes launched Bold Bison in 2019 to provide forward-thinking communications services, strategy consulting, and facilitation support to the conservation movement. Brandon was Director of Communications at Openlands, Chicago’s regional land trust and leading conservation organization, where he directed all aspects of external communications, including messaging, printed pieces, website, traditional and digital media, creative design, and photo and video content. Brandon was Manager of Communications and Development at Marwen, which provides high-quality visual arts training to underserved Chicago youth. He was a publicist at Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s leading regional theater. He has also directed operas and plays in Chicago and metropolitan Detroit.
Brandon regularly presents workshops and trainings at national and regional venues. He is an essayist and photographer who has written extensively about the National Parks on AsTheyAre.org, where he chronicles his and his husband’s journey to visit all the US National Parks. His photographs of the National Parks are available on OutInTheParks.com, with a portion of proceeds benefiting each park’s associated friends group. Brandon has a BA in Humanities with concentrations in Art History, English, and History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has a certificate in Training, Facilitation, and Consulting from the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. He serves on the boards of the Institute for Conservation Leadership and Chicago Artists for Change.
ICL BOARD Vice Chair
Chief of Staff, Defenders of Wildlife
Thu Pham has worked for over 20 years on national efforts to advance women’s leadership, environmental protection, progressive movements, and strategic philanthropy. She currently serves as chief of staff at Defenders of Wildlife, a national organization dedicated to the protection of wild animals and plants in their natural habitat. Before becoming chief of staff, she served as secretary and in several leadership positions on its Board of Directors.
Thu spent much of her career at Rachel’s Network, an influential network of women funders who work at the intersection of women’s leadership and environmental philanthropy. She is a lifetime member of Rachel’s Network. Thu currently serves as a board director for The Boat Company, Institute for Conservation Leadership, the Eastern Market Main Street, and CRYSP DC.
As a 20+ years resident of Capitol Hill, Thu has served as a volunteer in a variety of roles including the Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA, a team manager for a travel soccer club, and a coach for Capitol Hill Little League. She also volunteered with Calvary Women’s Services and Dress for Success-DC, two women services organizations.
Oladele “Dele” Dosunmu
ICL BOARD Treasurer
Principal, OGDOSUNMU CPA, PLLC
Dele is Principal of OGDOSUNMU CPA, PLLC, a full-service accounting firm. Dele has over 30 years of experience in accounting. In his years of accounting experience, he has mostly served the non-profit industry, both as an accounting staffer and contractor. Organizations he has worked for include Boy Scouts of America, Latin American Youth Center, and Association of American Railroads. He has held various positions including Controller, Director of Accounting and Management Reporting, and Chief Financial Officer. In 2007, Dele decided to pursue an ambition he had nursed for many years; he founded OGDOSUNMU CPA, PLLC. OGDOSUNMU CPA, PLLC offers various services to clients including for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Dele served on the Boards of Safe Shores, a Children Advocacy Center, and Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School; both in Washington, DC. Dele received a Bachelor of Science with an accounting concentration from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.
ICL BOARD SECRETARY
Senior Environmental and Regulatory Counsel, Owens Corning
Madeline Fleisher is senior environmental and regulatory counsel at Owens Corning, which develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Since graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, Madeline has spent over a decade practicing as an environmental and energy attorney, starting at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. She began her Ohio career as an attorney for the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a Midwestern environmental non-profit, advocating for clean energy and clean water. Madeline subsequently spent several years at a Columbus law firm representing clients in a range of public utilities commission and court proceedings, and handling a range of regulatory, legislative, and transactional matters in the energy and environmental fields.
Madeline is also a parent to two delightful children and serves on the Board of Trustees and as Social Action Committee co-chair for Congregation Tifereth Israel. She lacks the photography skills to join Instagram but does enjoy the occasional bracing debate on Twitter as @CleanEnergyNerd.
Senior Manager of Youth Leadership Programs, National Wildlife Federation
As Senior Manager of Youth Leadership Programs for the Education and Engagement team at the National Wildlife Federation, Crystal has over 11 years of experience educating youth from communities of color on environmental issues and inspiring them to take action to ensure environmental justice for all.
Crystal has led Earth Tomorrow, an environmental education and leadership development program providing all youth—Black and Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) – equitable access to nature, career and leadership opportunities, and environmental advocacy. Through Earth Tomorrow, Crystal found her passion working with youth from frontline communities and inspiring them to be agents of change. Crystal also has experience implementing NWF’s Eco-Schools USA, an international K-12 school-wide greening program and EcoLeaders, a leadership and career development program for college students and young professionals. Crystal has a BS in Environmental Science from Spelman College in Atlanta and enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and three kids.
Transformational Change Consultant, Zephyr Collaboration
After 17 years with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a one-of-a-kind bi-state compact partnership between California and Nevada to preserve, protect, and enhance the iconic resources of Lake Tahoe, Joanne stepped down in 2022 as its longest serving Executive Director. She joined Zephyr Collaboration, a facilitation and mediation firm, as an independent transformational change consultant to pursue other paths for her passions. Joanne’s 40-year career has spanned environmental, land use, and transportation policy development; natural resource restoration programs; complex conflict resolution; and cross-sector shared and networked leadership for systemic change.
She began her career as an environmental attorney first in the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice and later at US EPA negotiating complex settlements under the federal environmental laws. Her interests evolved and she used her last 20 years for transformational change, both at the Presidio of San Francisco as it transitioned from Army base to national park and for Lake Tahoe within TRPA’s executive management. For more than a decade, she served as network leader and co-chair of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, a global model for collaborative landscape-scale restoration. She cultivated region-wide culture change from a top-down regional regulatory hierarchy to a shared adaptive leadership network to achieve environmental and socio-economic transformation for the bi-state Tahoe region. Joanne is active in the national Network for Landscape Conservation and the California Landscape Stewardship Network among other land conservation communities of practice.
Joanne graduated with a forestry degree from the University of Michigan, a law degree from the Columbus School of Law, and has lived and worked in Washington DC and San Francisco before making her home in the mountains of the west. Joanne and her partner Melodi live in Nevada’s Carson River Valley and spend leisure time at nearby Lake Tahoe. In her semi-retirement, she enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, walking her dog, reading, practicing martial arts, and pursuing her passion for collaborative conservation and stewardship.
Vice President of Policy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Kevin Mills is Vice President of Policy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, based in Washington, DC. He leads a movement to create routes that make walking and biking safe and convenient for everyday travel to elevate active transportation as essential to America’s mobility, public health, environmental and economic development goals.
Kevin previously worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, directing programs to reduce the climate and health impact of automobiles and to promote sustainable transportation, manufacturing and communities. He founded or played a key role in launching many innovative collaborative ventures—including the Partnership for Mercury Free Vehicles, the Great Printers Project and the Pollution Prevention Alliance—often with the assistance of ICL. Kevin is a graduate of Michigan Law School and began his professional career as an environmental advocate in Michigan.
Global Equitable Energy Transition Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
Melanie Santiago-Mosier is an attorney whose work focuses on the field of energy equity and justice, building on a career that has centered on clean energy policy and regulation. Currently, she serves as the Global Equitable Energy Transition Advisor for The Nature Conservancy. She enjoys working with teams to embed equity principles into their work, with the goal of supporting a just transition to a clean energy future. She has led similar work at organizations like Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Vote Solar, and others. Melanie has more than 15 years of experience in state and federal clean energy policy development and advocacy. She has led legislative and regulatory work for for-profit energy companies, served as legislative counsel for the Maryland General Assembly, and was the first Legislative Director for the Maryland Public Service Commission. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s “Leading Women” by The Daily Record, Maryland’s premier business and legal news publication. In 2018, she won the C3E award for Advocacy from the DOE, Stanford, MIT, and Texas A&M. In 2019, she was awarded a WRISE Honor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. In 2020, she was named one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record. Melanie holds her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law and her BA from St. John’s College. In 2020, she earned a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. She serves on a number of volunteer boards, including the Institute for Conservation Leadership and serving as secretary of the Climate Access Fund. Melanie enjoys hitting golf balls (she’s not good enough to call herself a “golfer”) and spoiling her cats Marvin and Millie.
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