Environmental and Economic Innovation Since 1998.


Delta Institute is a nonprofit that collaborates with communities to solve complex environmental challenges across the Midwest.


Delta Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1998 that envisions a region in which all communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Working with our partners, we identify opportunities for environmental solutions and design, test, and share solutions that yield social, environmental, and economic benefits for communities.


Martin Brown

Martin Brown

Specialist, Programs

Kevin Dick, LEED AP O+M

Kevin Dick, LEED AP O+M

Program Director

Caitlin Dillon

Caitlin Dillon

Assistant, Policy Analysis and Research

Jack Eskin

Jack Eskin

Senior Specialist, Programs

Sidney Freitag-Fey

Sidney Freitag-Fey

Director of Development and Communications

Helen Hardy

Helen Hardy

Director of Finance & Operations

David LeZaks

David LeZaks

Lead, Regenerative Food Systems

Olga Lyandres

Olga Lyandres

Senior Specialist, Land Stewardship

Mackenzie Manley

Mackenzie Manley

Senior Assistant, Finance & Operations

Mila Kellen Marshall

Mila Kellen Marshall

Lead of Policy, Analysis, and Research

Patrick Murphy, CFRE

Patrick Murphy, CFRE

Senior Specialist, Development

Eve Pytel

Eve Pytel

Director of Programs

Margaret Renas, PE, LEED AP O+M

Margaret Renas, PE, LEED AP O+M

Lead, Community & Brownfield Revitalization

Emily Rhodes

Emily Rhodes

Specialist, Programs

William Schleizer

William Schleizer

Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Schultz

Katherine Schultz

Finance & Operations Specialist

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Lead, Land Stewardship

Megan Walton

Megan Walton

Associate, Programs


Kate Ansorge  |  Development Committee Chair
Managing Director, Chicago Real Estate Services, IFF

Andrew Burroughs
VP of Customer Engagement, Healthy Minds Innovations

Monica Chadha
Founder, Civic Projects

Jon Cheffings
EVP, Strategy, SCC&M

Paul DeCotis  |  Coal Committee Chair
Director, West Monroe Partners

Paula DiPerna
Advisor, CDP

Mark Eidelman  |  Board Chair
Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase

Jeff Fort  |  Lumin Committee Chair
Partner, Dentons US LLP

Allison Hannon Holly
Senior Sales Manager, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy

Ann McCabe
Interim Executive Director, The Climate Registry of North America

Josina Morita  |  Secretary
Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Henrietta “Hank” Saunders, CFA
Chair, Natural Resources Commission, Village of Glenview IL

Sam Schiller  |  Vice Chair + Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Environmental Markets Consultant

Sabina Shaikh
Director of the Program on Global Environment, University of Chicago

Sanjiv Sinha
VP, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

David Ullrich
Advisor, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Jeff Williams  |  Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
CEO, Public Sector Consultants, Inc.


Savitha Chelladurai
Sustainability Program Manager, Navy Pier, Inc.

Tim Cycyota  |  Programming Chair
Program Specialist, CLEAResult

Sydney Fitch
Energy Efficiency Analyst, Verde Energy Efficiency Experts

Erin Fry  |  Treasurer
Analytics Engineer, Tradewater

Taylor Gendel  |  Board Co-Chair
Project Coordinator, Franklin Energy

Ellen Gottschling
Transportation Planner, Sam Schwartz Consulting

Ashley Hodges  |  Communications Chair
Program Manager, Calumet Collaborative

Marguerite Huber  |  Board Co-Chair
Communications Associate, American Institutes for Research

Todd Koenig  |  Secretary; Outreach Chair
Logistics Coordinator, Vosges Haut Chocolat

Kirsten Melling
Consultant, West Monroe Partners

Sylvia Panek
Financial Advisor, Natural Investments, LLC

Laura Yates
Principal Consultant, Laura E Yates Consulting LLC


Delta’s work is funded through a combination of government and foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, earned income, and individual donations. Since 2008, Delta has received general operating support through an endowment established by the Grand Victoria Foundation. We encourage you to learn more about Delta by reading our annual report and reviewing our IRS Form 990, 501c3 letter, Guidestar profile, and FY16 audited financial statement.
2019 Budget

$2,930,091

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