Meet Our Team
— Executive Director
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
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
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.
Dream in Green Founders
— Interim Treasurer & Co-Founder
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.
— Board of Director Member & Co-Founder
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.
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.
Meet Dream in Green’s Board of Directors
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.”More”
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.
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.”More”
Previously she worked as a Manager for The Structure Group (acquired by Accenture) with smart grid assignments in distribution automation, grid optimization and IT areas. She has also worked at Navigant consulting. She is the co-author of several white papers, holds two US patents, is Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and has authored several articles on energy and sustainability. Vanessa is now excited to serve Dream in Green, a local-organization in Miami that shares her values and motivation for environmental sustainability.
— Board of Director Member
Peter Giorgi is a passionate storyteller, creative advocate and true believer in the power of great ideas to change culture. As Celebrity Cruises’ Chief Marketing Officer, Peter oversees all aspects of the cruise line’s global marketing including brand strategy and creative development, digital marketing, social media, research, loyalty, direct marketing and advertising.More
Prior to Celebrity Cruises, Peter most served as Global Head of Advertising for Airbnb, where he contributed to the brand’s creative and strategic excellence, leading the development of strategic marketing platforms that dramatically increased the global growth and adoption of the brand. Prior to joining Airbnb, Peter was VP Account Director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, one of the world’s most awarded advertising agencies, where he worked on clients including Volkswagen, Jose Cuervo, vitaminwater, Kraft and The Miami Dolphins.
— Board of Director Member
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.
— Board of Director Member
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”More”
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.
Lisa M. Martinez
— Board of Director Member
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.”More”
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.
— Board of Director Member
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.