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Delta Institute Welcomes Its New Board Members

07.19.17 | Announcements

If you’re wondering why we believe so strongly in our work at Delta, take a look at our board. As our projects continue to expand, our board grows to ensure that we stay on our path to provide market-driven solutions for environmental resilience and economic vitality.

Our new members bring expertise, insight, and decades of experience to guide our strategy and create the biggest impact in Great Lakes communities. Join us in welcoming:

JON CHEFFINGS, EVP, Strategy at SCC&M
JON CHEFFINGS, EVP, Strategy at SCC&MFor more than 30 years, Jon Cheffings has been an advertising/marketing professional and managed the strategy discipline across four major marketing and communication disciplines: advertising, activation, shopper marketing, and media. From 1987-1995, Jon worked for Lintas as a Strategy Director in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Milan.  Jon moved to Chicago in 1996 to set up a Strategy department for Ogilvy & Mather before starting his own Strategic Planning Consultancy, “Integrale” specializing in helping organizations develop the value of their brands internally and externally. Jon’s clients included AT&T, Capitol One and Dyson. Jon currently serves as the EVP, Strategy with SCC&M, a communications consultancy focusing on bridging and aligning internal and external communication for organizations.

ALLISON HANNON HOLLY, Senior Sales Manager, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
ALLISON HANNON HOLLY, Senior Sales Manager, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy Allison Hannon Holly is a clean energy professional currently working as a Senior Sales Manager with GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore wind business for the Midwest region. Previously, Allison served as the Commercialization manager at Current, powered by GE. In this role, she led new market development around the concept of virtual power plants. Additionally, Allison worked to solve sales and marketing challenges across five GE businesses on three continents. Allison built software-as-a-service energy efficiency businesses and consulted with businesses and governments globally on climate change, clean energy policy and technology. She managed engagements with Mayors, CEOs, and governors at The Climate Group in New York, Bejing, London and Chicago. Allison has a BA from University of Chicago in Environmental Studies, an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University Graduate School, and an MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

ANN MCCABE, Interim Executive Director, The Climate Registry of North America

ANN MCCABE, Interim Executive Director, The Climate Registry of North America Chief Fundraiser, MidAmerica Regulatory Conference (MARC)For the first 30 years of her career, Ann worked for the governor focusing on multiple Great Lakes issues, managed environmental regulatory issues for BP and Amoco, and consulted to industry, trade associations and nonprofits, including the American Petroleum Institute and American Public Power Association. Her interest in nuclear issues stems from living in a state with the most nuclear generation, spent fuel, at risk plants and shut down plants. As chairman of the NARUC Nuclear Issues Subcommittee for two years, she presented on spent nuclear fuel storage and at risk nuclear plants. For more than 20 years, Ann McCabe has been an energy and environmental regulatory professional working with industry, government and NGOs. Ann currently serves as the interim Executive Director of the Climate Registry of North America while previously serving on their board and executive committee. There, they develop greenhouse gas tracking and report and verify protocols. Ann has a Master’s in Public Policy from University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from Williams College.

JOSINA MORITA, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
JOSINA MORITA, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Josina Morita was elected to be an MWRD commissioner in 2016, serving to protect the health and safety of the public in its service area, protect the quality of the water supply source (Lake Michigan), improve the water in watercourses in its service area, protect businesses and homes from flood damages, and manage water as a vital resource for its service area. Josina is the first Asian American elected to a countywide board in Cook County. She brings over a decade of experience in structural racism training, racial equality organizational development, multiracial coalition building, racial equity strategy and policy, racial disparity research and demographic mapping. Her work has been recognized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Japanese American Citizens League. She sits on the State of Illinois’ Racial Profiling and Data Oversight Board and Asian American Employment Plan Council, Cook County’s Asian American Advisory Council and the Village of Skokie Plan Commission.

DAVID ULLRICH, Executive Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
DAVID ULLRICH, Executive Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities InitiativeDavid Ullrich is the outgoing Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, leading efforts to accelerate the work in becoming a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well being of its people.  For more than 30 years, David Ullrich worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest. Throughout his tenure, he served in many capacities within the office including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. David graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973, with an emphasis in environmental law.