Our People

Staff

Audrey Schulman, HEET Co-founder and President

An experienced grassroots activist, Audrey has performed energy assessments on everything from homeless shelters to historic churches. She has also led HEET’s work on gas leaks by mapping the utility-reported gas leaks across Massachusetts. With Metropolitan Area Planning Council, she led the FixOurPipes.org study to find how to fix gas leaks faster and at less expense through increased municipal/utility coordination.  She was also the instigator of the Large Volume Leak Study. Schulman is the author of five novels, which have been translated into 11 languages, and reviewed by the New Yorker and CNN.

Jason Taylor, HEET Team Leader and Evaluator, Treasurer 

Jason works for Byggmeister, a preeminent remodeling and design firm. He has taught air-sealing at ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development), Weatherization Bootcamps, Train the Trainer events, SMOC Green Jobs Academy, Mass Green Initiative, and Roxbury Community College. He has personally trained over 150 green jobs students who are working in the field now. He has written air-sealing and insulation curriculum for MassCap. He assesses houses prior to energy-upgrade work-parties, leads HEET’s student outreach program, and speaks Spanish.

Zeyneb Magavi, Research Director

Zeyneb led HEET’s research team for the Large Volume Leak Study in 2017 and is currently completing a Masters program in Environmental Sustainability. She has worked in acoustics at BBN Technologies, followed by years of finding Information and Communication Technologies solutions to challenges in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the developing world. After studying Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health and working with a startup called DTree, she shifted her focus to health and sustainability in the built environment. One of her green & healthy home renovations was featured on PBS’s NOW show with David Broncaccio. She has also worked with SEN, a network of scientific consultants and editors, where her role included strategic planning as well as projects related to technology, health, and the environment. More recently, Zeyneb assisted Professor Ashford at MIT with a book on transforming the industrial state.

Jessica Garrett, Special Projects Director

Jessica Garrett is a science educator, author, voice actor, and climate activist. She recently co-authored the truly disgusting but fascinating book Oh Ick! 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! She has also written several not-so-gross, yet totally engrossing science textbooks. After studying biology and medicine, Jessica taught math and science as well as designed and taught K-12 STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math—curricula at MIT. Jessica grew up in a passive solar house in Maine where composting and recycling were a way of life. Now she tries to live that way in the big city. She also volunteers for Mothers Out Front, leads STEAM shows in schools, and records audio books.

Jason Taylor with a spray foam gun and the New York City skyline

Board

Ana Maria (Ania) Camargo

Ania is co-founder and director of Case Associates, a management consulting firm that has provided assistance to not-for-profit organizations in Boston since 1999. She has always been actively involved in her community including serving as Chair of the Harvard Business School Community Action Program, President and Chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, and co-founder of Downtown Schools for Boston. Ania is currently a member of WBUR’s Executive Advisory Council and is volunteering on the campaign against methane leaks in Massachusetts for Mothers Out Front.

Zeyneb Magavi

Zeyneb Magavi has worked at Harvard School of Public Health on technology-based solutions to challenges in Global Health and is currently assisting MIT Professor Ashford with a book on transforming the industrial state. She is also pursuing a Masters in Sustainability focusing on super-emitter gas leaks and methane reduction. She has designed and contracted three green & healthy gut renovations, one of which was featured on PBS and Renovation Nation. Zeyneb currently co-coordinates the Cambridge team of Mothers Out Front, serves on the ENVISION Cambridge Task Force, teaches gardening at the International School of Boston, and tries to keep up with her three daughters.

John Massie

John works for Sungage Financial, a Boston-based company that funds residential solar projects throughout the country. He has also worked at CrowdComfort, an energy efficiency startup, and Next Step Living, a residential energy efficiency company, where he organized local campaigns resulting in the installation of hundreds of residential solar systems and home energy retrofits. Outside the energy and climate world, he founded Somerville Skillshare, a free DIY educational platform, and recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a PADI-certified scuba diving instructor.

John Reinhardt

John has over 25 years experience in environmental policy analysis, including the role of Branch Chief for Industrial Wastewater Policy and Regulations for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for two decades. John was also an environmental policy consultant for USEPA and many other federal agencies on subjects such as industrial wastewater, drinking water, toxic substance control strategy development, and hazardous waste. John also has extensive experience with nonprofit management through his work as a board president and member of the Mystic River Watershed Association for over 20 years. He is also currently a team leader for HEET’s energy-upgrade work parties.

Matthew Schreiner, HEET Co-founder and Team Leader, Clerk

Matthew founded the North Cambridge Energy Initiative and leads the League of Urban Canners. He is an engineer and has learned weatherization skills by working on his own home.

Audrey Schulman, HEET Co-founder and President

Audrey has audited over 200 buildings. She personally weatherized her own home to lower its carbon emissions 50%. She is a registered thermographer who assesses houses prior to energy-upgrade work-parties and oversees the work. She served on Cambridge’s Blue Ribbon Panel to Green the Schools. She is also the author of four novels. Her novels have been translated into 11 languages and reviewed by The New Yorker.

Jason Taylor, HEET Team Leader and Evaluator, Treasurer

Jason works for Byggmeister, a preeminent remodeling and design firm. He has taught air-sealing at ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development), Weatherization Bootcamps, Train the Trainer events, SMOC Green Jobs Academy, Mass Green Initiative, and Roxbury Community College. He has personally trained over 150 green jobs students who are working in the field now. He has written air-sealing and insulation curriculum for MassCap. He assesses houses prior to energy-upgrade work-parties, leads HEET’s student outreach program, and speaks Spanish.

Toby Woll

Toby has worked in the field of executive education for thirty-five years, most recently at MIT Sloan School of Management and the Center for Quality of Management. Her focus has been designing and delivering programs that engage leaders in putting management systems and theory into practice. One of her particular interests is discovering ways to use technology to enhance the educational experience. Toby has been active in political campaigns and with advocacy groups that work on practical solutions to target climate change.

Advisory Board

Michael BlasnikMichael Blasnik

Michael is a national expert in residential energy efficiency. With 30 years in the field, he has specialized in analyzing the performance of buildings and appliances though both intensive research projects and large-scale analysis of utility billing data. He has performed many studies of real world retrofit energy savings for utilities, government agencies, and others. Michael invented zonal pressure diagnostics and developed the SIMPLE building energy model. He was a member of the RESNET technical committee, on the editorial advisory board of Home Energy Magazine, and on several BPI subcommittees. Michael is Nest Labs’ Senior Building Scientist.

Tony_4327-11-150x150Anthony D. Cortese, ScD

Anthony is a Senior Fellow of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society through higher education. He was its co-founder along with Secretary of State John Kerry and Teresa Heinz. He formerly worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency and was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The first Dean of Environmental Programs at Tufts University, he is also a trustee of both Tufts and Green Mountain College as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from both Allegheny College and the University of Maine Presque Isle, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from State University of New York Oswego.

CITIESProfessor Nathan Phillips 

Nathan is one of the country’s leading researchers in methane emissions from natural gas leaks under urban streets as well as an expert in a surprising variety of other areas. He has researched and published groundbreaking reports on gas leaks in cities such as Boston, Washington DC, and New York City. He is Director of Boston University’s Earth House Living Learning Community and a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. His areas of research include global change biology, tree physiology, and the structure and function of resilient resource distribution systems, human or natural.

Partners

Since 2009, HEET has organized and hosted energy-upgrade work-parties with many community partners. Working with our sister groups, HEET has trained over 3,500 volunteers and made improvements in over 225 buildings.

HEET has collaborated with dozens of local organizations, including:
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Cities of Quincy, Cambridge, and Boston
Co-op Power
Environmental Justice League of RI
Green Justice Coalition
Homeworks Energy
Massachusetts Climate Action Network
Massachusetts Green Jobs Coalition
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light
Bew Generation Energy
Renew Boston
Renew Energy Partners
Rise Engineering
Sierra Club, MA Chapter
Students for a Just and Stable Future
Sustainable Business Network


HEET is also a member of the Gas Leak Allies along with:

Arise Springfield.org
Boston Climate Action Network
Brookline GreenSpace Alliance
Clean Water Action
Climate Action Now–Western MA
Conservation Law Foundation
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Friends of the Public Garden
Garden Club of the Back Bay
Gas Safety USA
Green Justice Coalition
Mass Health Care Providers Against Fracked Gas
Mothers Out Front
Neighborhood Association of Back Bay
Sierra Club, MA Chapter
Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
Twodegrees@greenneighbors.earth
350MA
Dr. Nathan Phillips, Boston University
Dr. Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy