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Meet Our New 2019 Board Members

08.14.18 | Announcements

We are proud to announce our three new board members for fiscal year 2019 – Monica Chadha, Paula DiPerna, and Sanjiv Sinha.

Our board is made up of 17 passionate individuals who share Delta Institute’s vision of a region in which all communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. We are ecstatic about our board’s diversity of backgrounds, specialties, and ideas.

Interested in learning about Monica, Paula, and Sanjiv? Learn about them in the following Q&As.

 

Monica Chadha

Monica Chadha is the founder of Civic Projects, which is a hybrid architecture practice in Chicago. Monica’s work serves communities by expanding the role of design and architecture collectively. She is also an adjunct professor at IIT.

What do you do?

I am an architect with a social impact hybrid design firm. (That’s a mouthful but essentially I work in and with communities, stakeholders and nonprofits to support economic development and neighborhood revitalization.)

What inspires you?

People – I love working with and being with people. Communities are shaped by those around us and I thrive in this environment.

Why are you excited to work with Delta Institute?

Mission alignment – I am excited to work with an organization that is embedded and focused on sustainability. I think there’s a real opportunity to build on social sustainability and social capital as part of a resilient community.

What do you do for fun?

Travel – our family takes every opportunity to travel and see different places, art, architecture and neighborhoods. We had one trip a few years back where the theme was ‘doughnuts and thrift stores’ and enjoy finding local restaurants to eat in as we travel.

Share a unique fact about yourself.

I went to grad school and completed a semester in Rome with infant twins – the girls were 10 months old when I started the program.

What’s your favorite place in the Midwest?

Detroit – specifically the vibrancy that is developing along historic commercial corridors such as the Livernois Corridor. I enjoy discovering new local coffee shops, restaurants and art every time I travel there.

 

Paula DiPerna

Paula DiPerna is Special Advisor at CDP North America, which is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

What do you do?

I serve as a Special Advisor to CDP, the global organization that invented environmental disclosure in 2003 and now operates the world’s only comprehensive fiduciary environmental disclosure platform. I am also a widely published author and public speaker. Currently, I am working on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) considerations in investment and resuscitating interest in carbon markets worldwide.

What inspires you?

The most progress for the least process.

Why are you excited to work with Delta Institute?

I’ve had a longstanding relationship with Delta Institute through my work with the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), when Delta was one of our first associated organizations and a pioneer in developing and monitoring bona fide offset projects.

What do you do for fun?

Many things, too many perhaps to mention. But avid golfer may be most relevant.

Share a unique fact about yourself. 

With Jacques Cousteau, I was instrumental in securing a globally recognized, legally binding 50 year moratorium on minerals and oil exploration in Antarctica, running as of 1989 (Madrid Protocol).

With Cousteau and Fidel Castro, I secured the release of 50 political prisoners from Cuba, despite US-Cuba relations being then at their worst.

I recently met Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss environmental and climate change issues at a Vatican conference on those topics.

What’s your favorite place in the Midwest?

I very much like Suttons Bay on Lake Michigan and, of course, Lakefront Park in Chicago.

 

Sanjiv K. Sinha

Sanjiv K. Sinha is Vice President at Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., which is an employee-owned firm specializing in the resolution of complex environmental issues through cost-effective project planning, management, and applied engineering and scientific expertise.  

What do you do?  

I serve as Vice President at Environmental Consulting & Technology (ECT) Inc., an employee-owned, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm that maintains 20 offices across the country, and offers a broad range of engineering, planning, management and scientific services within the environmental and water resources business sectors. As the corporate leader for the water resources service line, I provide overall firm-wide leadership, and program management oversight that include reporting, financials, meetings, and interaction with clients and other stakeholders.

Aside from my full-time employment at ECT, I am the outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Chicago-headquartered nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes. In this role, as a partner to the chief executive officer and other board members, I provide governance leadership, and support and sustain the work of Alliance.

Prior to ECT, I was a Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy consulting company that delivered strategy consulting services to Fortune-500 companies.

What inspires you?

I am motivated by innovative solutions to society’s challenges that must be addressed. I am also profoundly inspired by good strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

Why are you excited to work with Delta Institute?

I see Delta as an innovative think tank that has built a great brand name due to the uniqueness of the solutions it comes up with. I also see Delta as an Institute that works on a broader set of topics than I focus on which is always fun.

What do you do for fun?

Golf and travel. Also, I know it sounds boring to say this but I enjoy my work a lot.

Share a unique fact about yourself?

Honestly, there is nothing “unique” about me. We are all so similar that I don’t even know where to start. I am you.

What’s your favorite place in the Midwest?

The village of Northport in Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan, followed by Ann Arbor and Chicago, for entirely different reasons.