— Executive Director
M.A. – Teachers College, Columbia University
B.S. – Florida International University
Professional Educator’s Certificate for the State of Florida & State of New York
Barbara grew up in south Florida, graduating from G. Holmes Braddock, a local public school in Miami and attending FIU to obtain her undergraduate degree in elementary education with a focus on Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having spent two years teaching English as a foreign/second language in a high school in eastern Europe.
She was a classroom teacher for 10 years teaching both in Miami public schools and New York City public schools. She earned her Master’s at Teachers College, Columbia University for International Educational Development with a focus on Peace Education and Conflict Resolution. Upon her return to Miami, she began her informal educator experience through Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s environmental education outreach program where she integrated sustainability and conservation lessons to teachers and students throughout south Florida. Her experiences uniquely position her to take on the role of Executive Director, leading the organization in expanding its programs in the region.
— Program Manager
University of Miami
M.A. in Marine Conservation
B.A. in Marine Affairs
Alexandra moved to Miami in 2007 from Kansas to attend the University of Miami. There she obtained her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in marine conservation. Prior to joining Dream in Green Alexandra was researching fisheries ecology with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Looking for new challenges outside of scientific research, Alexandra came across the opportunity to join the Dream in Green team. She is excited to be a part of DIG by heading its programs both in schools and the community and to oversee their expansion in South Florida.
— Program Coordinator
North Carolina State University
B.S. in Environmental Technologies & Management
Diego is originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico where he developed his passion for sustainability and the value of protecting and preserving the world’s beautiful flora, fauna, and resources. He later moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to study at North Carolina State University where he gained a broad knowledge and experience in sustainability and environmental education. Although not a South Florida native, Diego has been visiting the Miami-Dade area his entire life and is eager to be part of Dream In Green to continue his career as an environmental educator.
— Past Chair & Executive Committee
BA Dartmouth College
Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, University of Miami
Davis Polk & Wardwell NYC
VP & GC of K.G. International
Nick Gunia, LEED AP, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miami. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Nick earned his Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was on the University of Miami Law Review.
He began his career at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where his practice areas included mergers and acquisitions, banking and investment management. In 2003, Nick relocated to Miami to serve as Vice President and General Counsel of K.G. International, Inc., a leading Miami-based marketing and distribution firm. In 2006, Nick launched Alterna Corp., the leading green building products distributor in the Southeast region and thereby fulfilled his long-time goal of combining his passion for environmental sustainability with his career in distribution.
Nick is a Past Chairman of the Miami Branch of the South Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which promotes green building practices through educational programming and community outreach. Nick also served on the Board of the Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the USGBC from 2008-2010. Nick is a former member of the Green Commission for the City of Miami and the Sustainability Committee for the City of Miami Beach. He is also a 2005 graduate of the Greater-Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami Program. In 2010, the Miami Herald recognized Nick as one of South Florida’s top “20 Under 40” emerging business leaders.
— Founder & Alumni Advisory Committee
West Point Graduate > Rank of Captain
Law Degree Florida State University
Davis Polk & Wardwell NYC
Carlos is a graduate of West Point. A former Army Captain, he led soldiers in the United States and the Republic of Korea over a seven-year military career and piloted the UH-60 Black Hawk, OH-58 scout, and UH-1 Huey helicopters. He went on to earn a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently practices as a litigation partner with the law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami, Florida. In addition to devoting his time to Dream in Green, he is the President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, an organization dedicated to providing free civil legal services to Miami-Dade County’s low income citizens.
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
J.D. University of Miami School of Law
Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts & environmental advocate who founded the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts young patrons group. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the boards of LegalArt, the Funding Arts Network, New World Symphony’s executive committee and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Amy is a Leadership Miami alum and was a Fellow in the prestigious Miami Fellows Initiative.
Board of Directors
B.B.A. International Management in Latin America
LEED Green Associate
CEO & Co-Founder of Recycling Energy Forum
Jesse is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Dream in Green. He is an ecopreneur that brings together sustainable businesses, nonprofits, and governmental organizations to share in solutions to help our environment and communities. Jesse co-founded the Recycling Energy Forum as an annual conference and full-service marketing agency to make purposeful connections for sustainable businesses.
He is also part of the leadership committee for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Miami Branch and the Ambassador to South Florida Universities on behalf of Net Impact. In addition, he helped build the first permitted biodiesel production facility in Miami-Dade County and was the lead recycling professional for a national recycle and solid waste hauler. His long-standing passion for sustainability, environmental education, and corporate social responsibility, is evident in his career paths and developed from his start as a young boy scout, later as a summer camp counselor teaching about nature, and in his university studies as the president of his Net Impact chapter at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Jesse brings this passion and ecopreneur business insight to Dream In Green’s Board to help us achieve our mission and support our cause.
Lisa M. Martinez
— Vice Chair
Founder and President, L.M. Genuine Solutions LLC
Bachelors and Masters in Education
Lisa Martinez is a civic leader, public servant, systems connector and life-long educator, dedicated to uplifting the South Florida community where she has lived and worked for her entire life. She is the Founder and President of LM Genuine Solutions, LLC, a strategic management, and business-consulting firm, specializing in serving the needs of government entities, education, and public and private businesses.
Prior to launching her own firm, she served as Chief Strategy Officer at M-DCPS directly assisting the Superintendent of Schools, in creating, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives district-wide. She was also the County’s liaison on children issues including school readiness and education related programs until she took on the role of Chief of Staff. Ms. Martinez began her career as an elementary education teacher at Coconut Grove Elementary School. Her 10 years of experience in the classroom combined with her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Elementary Education and National Board Certification within her field prepared her to take lessons learned into the community. In 2002, she developed a non-profit organization, the Positive Partnerships Program, to target at-risk youth within the Coconut Grove area. The success of this program led her to become the City of Miami Mayor’s Director of Policy and Legislation, developing and leading policy work including the establishment of the first Education Compact with M-DCPS, Faith-Based and Community Based Initiatives, Elevate Miami and various other programs and initiatives.
University of Alabama
B.S. Quantitative Finance
Mark is a third generation Floridian born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. He left Florida for a short time to attend the University of Alabama. After graduating, Mark returned to begin a career in finance and now works on the Strategic Finance team at Magic Leap. Mark is a proud CFA Charterholder, who has a passion for strategic thinking. He spends most of his free time on the water fishing or diving, and his connection with the ocean is what drives him to contribute positively to the environment.
— Board of Director Member
U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP Certified
Israeli Business Consultant
Attorney @ Greenberg Traurig
Meital’s practice focuses on government relations. She primarily advises Cleantech companies in the areas of renewable energy, alternative fuel transportation and infrastructure, energy efficiency, water and waste treatment, green materials and green buildings.
Meital has worked on U.S. congressional and federal legislative matters as well as with various federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture.
As the coordinator of the Corporate and Securities Israeli practice development and initiatives from a business perspective, Meital assists Israeli companies seeking to enter the U.S. market and expand their operations in the States.
There has been proven success as these Israeli companies have been matched with strategic partners, potential joint ventures and other business-to-business connections. Meital often serves as a speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and Israel on Cleantech and Israel related matters.
— Board of Director Member
Eastern Connecticut State University – Bachelor Degree in History and Social Science
Jessica is the Marketing and Membership Manager at The Commonwealth Institute. Prior to this, she was a Program Director for a nonprofit in Miami working alongside the Miami-Dade county school system. She was born and raised in Connecticut, but recently made the tropical transition to Miami in 2018. Jessica is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in History and Social Science. Jessica enjoys running, volunteering at her church and in the community and traveling whenever she can.
— Board of Director Member
BA Colgate University Molecular Biology
MHSA, University of Michigan School of Public Health
AVP Operations, HCA Ambulatory Surgery Division – East Florida
Ryan Miller, was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology. He continued his education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he received a Masters in Health Services Administration. He is currently the Assistant Vice President of Operations for HCA’s Ambulatory Surgery Division – East Florida market.
Dr. Gwendolyn Foote
— Board of Director Member
M.A. University of Texas
Doctorate of Education
Dr. Gwendolyn Foote graduated from College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University; M.A. in Art from University of Texas; and earned a Doctorate of Education. As a professional Biomedical Technologist, an experienced wildlife rehabilitator, and mentor / science teacher.
Dr. Foote is a lifelong activist for environmental issues. For years, she has worked with Dream in Green Program, with her students and Nautilus Middle School, and other environmental programs, impacting students’ lives and communities. Dr. Foote is a proponent for raising environmental awareness through education and empowering people in finding solutions for environmental concerns, in improving the quality of life and our global home. This is up to each and every one of us, working together.
— Board of Director Member
Founder and Principal of B. The Impact LLC
BA Psychology / Florida International University
- Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy, University of Pennsylvania
- Corporate Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program, NY University
Alexandra Barrera is a Corporate Social Responsibility professional with over 15+ years of experience. Alexandra has worked on strategy, research, corporate sustainability and impact measurement of several social impact initiatives and campaigns in various media companies, such as Univision, Warner Bros. International, Hallmark and Viacom Latin America.
She is currently the Founder and Principal of a consulting firm, specializing in social impact and corporate responsibility marketing, programs, research and strategies.
Alumni Advisory Committee
— Alumni Advisory Committee
BoA Biological Basis of Behavior UPenn
Co-founded Civicom Inc.
AVP, Co Development @ Baptist Health South Florida
Eric Wenke was born in Queens, NY and has lived in several cities before settling in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in the Biological Basis of Behavior with a Concentration in the Physiology of Neural Systems. After graduating, Eric began his career at the New England Consulting Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm where he worked with C-Level Executives at Fortune 500 clients on acquisitions and new business development.
Representative clients included Sprint, Heinz, Nabisco, Acxiom, AC Nielsen, Tickets.com and Sprague Energy.
After consulting, Eric next co-founded a profitable Internet Telephony start-up, Civicom, Inc., where he served for several years as Chief Operating Officer and currently sits on the Board of Directors. From 2004 to 2008, Eric lead Strategic Planning and Business Development practice for Telefonica North America, supporting and managing several Telefonica SA operations in the region with a focus on developing and bringing to market innovative communications solutions. Eric is currently AVP, Corporate Development at Baptist Health South Florida. Outside of work, Eric is an avid fan of life on the beach, reading, fitness/nutrition, music/entertainment and pop culture.
— Alumni Advisory Committee
BS Electrical and Computer Engineer, University of Mendoza, Argentina
MS Electrical Engineering in Power Systems, UTA, Texas
Co-Founder Resilient Grids, LLC
Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Vanessa Ramirez is an electrical engineer consultant. Originally from Argentina, she has been in the US for eighteen years, and in Miami for fourteen. She has been involved in the energy sector for over fifteen years with experience spanning from generation, transmission, energy markets, and smart grid implementations in distribution systems at major US utilities and energy stakeholders. She is currently working as an independent consultant for Utilicast.
She was a Manager for The Structure Group for 8 years with smart grid assignments in the distribution automation and IT DMS areas. Previously she had worked at Navigant consulting as a Senior Consultant. She has also worked at PB Power as an Engineer Consultant performing studies on grid congestion/pricing, congestion management, ancillary service functions, and reactive power assessment of deregulated markets performed through modeling of the system using different power tool applications. She is the co-author of several white papers, holds two US patents, and has authored several articles on energy and sustainability. She has served at the board of directors at the AEE’ Council of Women in Energy and Engineering Leadership (CWEEL) group, a globally recognized organization; and is now excited to serve Dream in Green, a local-organization in Miami that shares her values and motivation for environmental sustainability.