Delta Institute Welcomes New Board Members

Delta Institute is fortunate to have a very active and thoughtful Board of Directors who ensure that we are as strategic and impactful as we can be. This month, four new members were appointed to the board. Please join us in welcoming:

Executive Director, Greater Ohio Policy Center

Lavea BrachmanLavea Brachman is Executive Director and a co-founder of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, shaping the organization’s direction and strategic policy priorities aimed at restoring prosperity to Ohio. She brings a passion for community and economic redevelopment to this work and a belief in the productive impact of linking sound policy with good practices. Lavea previously served as an Associate Director and Ohio Director of Delta Institute from 1998-2004, managing land use, urban revitalization, brownfield redevelopment, and water quality projects. Lavea speaks frequently and writes on policies and practices for revitalizing legacy cities and most recently co-authored “Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities,” a policy report examining these cities’ challenges and offering a set of recommended solutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a law degree from The University of Chicago Law School, and a master’s in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Partner, IDEO


Andrew Burroughs BWAndrew Burroughs is a Partner at global design firm, IDEO.  After joining IDEO in 1992, Andrew has specialized in design related to the healthcare and energy fields. Early in his career at IDEO, Andrew designed consumer products and award-winning healthcare delivery devices and tools, including a kidney transporter (now in the MOMA collection) that preserves, protects, and performs measurements on the kidney while in transit. In 2007, Andrew published Everyday Engineering: What Engineers See, a book that gives a glimpse of the world through the eyes of an engineer. His work at IDEO has been recognized with several awards, including the IDEA Gold Award from the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), the IDSA Design of the Decade Silver Award, and Silver and Gold Medical Design Excellence Awards.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art. Andrew is a licensed professional engineer, and he resides in Wisconsin with his wife and three children.


Director, West Monroe Partners

Paul Decotis bwPaul DeCotis is a Director at West Monroe Partners within the Energy and Utilities practice. Paul has over three decades of experience in the energy field and 12 years of management consulting experience before joining West Monroe Partners. Paul has extensive experience in power marketing in his tenure with Long Island Power Authority as both Vice President of Power Markets and Managing Director of Contract Oversight. Paul has extensive governmental experience as Deputy Secretary for Energy serving as senior energy advisor to two New York Governors. He chaired the State Energy Planning Board and was a member of the New York City Energy Planning Board. Paul was also an adjunct professor for 26 years affiliated with such schools as Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Cornell University, and Sage College Graduate School. Paul holds a BS in International Business Management from University College at Brockport, an MA in Economics from University at Albany, and an MBA in Finance and Management Studies from Russell Sage College.

Economics Lecturer, University of Chicago

Sabina ShaikhDr. Sabina Shaikh is an Economics Lecturer at the University of Chicago in Public Policy and Program on Global Environment. Her research includes the valuation of economic benefits from improvements in natural resource quality in the Great Lakes region as well as the use of economic incentives for pollution control and ecosystem improvements. She is founder and coordinator of the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group at the University of Chicago. Sabina has published numerous papers and publications on a range of topics, including ecosystem service valuation, green buildings, climate change mitigation, and environmental inequity.  She holds a BA from University of Wisconsin- Madison, an MA from Colorado State University, and a PhD from the University of California at Davis.

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