Dream in Green’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lauren Ordway has been selected as the new Executive Director for the organization, effective July 24th, 2017.
“After serving the South Florida community for over a decade, Dream in Green was looking for a leader who could bring transformational potential to the organization,” said co-founder Nick Gunia. “We know that we found such a leader in Lauren and we are confident that she will help to increase the impact and reach of our educational programs, not to mention broaden our network of support in the local community and beyond.”
Ordway’s background uniquely positions her to assume this post, with significant experience in both conservation and sustainability program management in the public and private sectors, as well as with fundraising. Ordway joins Dream in Green from the Nature Conservancy, where she most recently oversaw the Florida Chapter’s Climate and Clean Energy Program.
In this role, Ordway was responsible for leading efforts in Florida to accelerate a transition to a low-carbon future at the state and federal level and to rebuild the political center on climate and clean energy policy, in a joint campaign with the Environmental Defense Fund. Through this work, The Nature Conservancy worked as part of a coalition of groups that successfully advocated for and supported the passage and implementation of Amendment 4, providing tax exemption for businesses who wish to go solar, and reducing the financial barriers for clean energy development. During her time with the Nature Conservancy, Ordway also held the position of Associate Director of Development and helped to spearhead the creation of the Florida Chapter’s first urban conservation program in Miami. Ordway has also worked in the private sector within the Environmental Stewardship Department at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Ordway graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami, with degrees in marine affairs and policy, international relations and biology. She holds a M.A. from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where she remains engaged as the Vice President of the Alumni Association Board.
“In the wake of the federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, local and grassroots efforts are more important than ever, especially in a vulnerable community like South Florida,” noted Chairman Jesse Rittenhouse. “We are therefore thrilled by the addition of Lauren to our team since we know that now could not be a more critical time to strengthen the organization and enhance its capacity for fulfilling our mission in the community.”
Ordway succeeds Karla Utting, who has joined Miami Dade County’s Water and Sewer Department as their Energy Efficiency Manager. The organization would like to extend its sincere thanks to Dr. Utting for her dedication and service to Dream in Green during her tenure as Executive Director.