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.
Assistant, Policy Analysis and Research
Senior Specialist, Programs
Director of Development and Communications
Director of Finance & Operations
Lead, Regenerative Food Systems
Senior Specialist, Land Stewardship
Senior Assistant, Finance & Operations
Lead of Policy, Analysis, and Research
Senior Specialist, Development
Director of Programs
Lead, Community & Brownfield Revitalization
Chief Executive Officer
Finance & Operations Specialist
Lead, Land Stewardship
Martin provides technical and programmatic support and GIS expertise for Delta’s waste and ecosystems projects. Native to the Washington D.C. region, Martin holds a B.A in Environmental Studies with minors in Architectural Studies and Art from Ithaca College. In Martin’s free time, he can be found on the pool deck coaching for the Chicago Dive Club at Northwestern University.
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Kevin oversees and implements Delta’s energy and buildings strategy, which includes managing Delta’s green building portfolio and residential and commercial behavioral energy programs. Kevin’s passion is finding new, innovative connections, and technology-based solutions that make permanent market change and enable partners and clients to be leaders in sustainability innovation. Born in Atlanta and raised in Cincinnati, Kevin has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a M.A. in Geography & Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. In his spare time, Kevin plays four musical instruments, cooks, gardens, goes on nature excursions, designs software, takes photographs, writes short stories, and occasionally keeps bees.
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Caitlin supports programmatic work across Delta’s objective areas. Before joining Delta, she worked as a Lab Operations Associate at Accugen Laboratories, aiding in quality control for a diverse set of industries. Caitlin holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago with a minor in Communications. While at Loyola, she aided in research surrounding farming conservation and pollination practices as well as urban agriculture. When she’s not in the office, Caitlin enjoys writing poetry, crafting homemade cards, and exploring Lake Michigan's shoreline, even in Chicago’s winter.
Jack Eskin manages projects in Delta Institute’s Green Infrastructure portfolio and provides programmatic support for the Resilient Communities initiative area, including urban redevelopment and brownfield revitalization projects. Prior to joining Delta Institute, Jack served as the Deputy Director of Redevelopment for the City of Gary, Indiana, where he oversaw land use planning, green infrastructure, brownfield redevelopment, and transportation projects. Jack holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking, biking around town, exploring restaurants, listening to music, and being a dad.
Sidney Freitag-Fey has over 10 years of development and fundraising experience. He comes to us from multiple Director and Manager level development positions at organizations such as Chicago Cares, Heartland Alliance, Center for Economic Progress and most recently Food Animal Concerns Trust. Sidney has a BA from Saint Louis University in Communications and English and an MA from Loyola University in Social Justice.
As Director of Finance and Operations for Delta, Helen is responsible for all of the financial, administrative and operational aspects of the organization. She brings more than 15 years of experience in a leadership capacity in accounting and administration in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Helen holds a B.S. in Accounting from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and M.S. from Keller University in Accounting and Financial Management. In her spare time, she loves football (GO STEELERS!), traveling, and playing with her dog.
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David is a Programs Ecosystems Lead in the Ecosystems practice here at Delta where he manages a portfolio of projects that focuses on building a more regenerative economy. David holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources and an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Michigan State University. Before his days as a Deltoid, David was the Managing Scientist of the Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he also led the Agricultural Innovation Prize. David was born and raised in the Mitten State and spent his childhood exploring the natural wonders of the Great Lakes. When David isn’t training to be the next Captain Planet, you can find him with his family in Madison, WI gardening, beekeeping, cooking, woodworking, and participating in any number of silent sports.
As ecosystems specialist, Olga utilizes analytical approaches and data analysis and visualization to facilitate the development and implementation of projects in Delta's ecosystems portfolio. She leads projects that connect innovative solutions and measurable outcomes on the landscape, particularly in freshwater ecosystems. Prior to joining Delta Institute, she served as the Research Manager for Alliance for the Great Lakes, providing analytical and research support for policy work and managing the academic network for the organization. Before the position at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, she conducted photo-catalysis research at Northwestern University in the Environmental Engineering Department. Olga holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Olga grew up in Russia, and has lived within two blocks of Lake Michigan shoreline since moving to Chicago in 2002.
As Finance & Operations Assistant, Mackenzie provides interdepartmental support to Delta staff, specializing in HR, accounting, operations, and executive assistance. Prior to joining Delta, Mackenzie worked for a financial management services company that specialized in real estate investment. She has a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences with a certification in Professional Event Management from Texas A&M University. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys camping and tries to visit at least one national park a year. She also enjoys hanging out with her dog, Quincy, eating Mexican food, and traveling home to visit her family in Texas.
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Mila is Delta’s Lead of Policy, Analysis, and Research—our newest focus area. She is a PhD candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS from Chicago State University in Environmental Biology, Geography, and Chemistry. If Mila isn't working to solve environmental challenges, she is teaching yoga or spending time with her children.
Patrick T. Murphy, CFRE serves as Delta Institute's Senior Specialist, Development. Patrick is a PhD student in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University. He holds a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership and a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago.
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Eve leads Delta’s communities portfolio which seeks to empower communities to solve legacy environmental challenges while maximizing economic and community development opportunities. She has 15 years of urban planning experience and is a subject matter expert in waste, green infrastructure, and social enterprise. Prior to joining Delta Institute, she served as the Director of Environmental Initiatives at the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. Eve has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. She serves on the board of the Building Material Reuse Association, is a parent to 10 year-old twins, and practices Jiu Jitsu.
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Margaret is an environmental engineer responsible for project management, implementation and development of sustainability-related projects in the Resilient Communities initiative area. Her work focuses on community-based vacant property and brownfield redevelopment (from initial site acquisition and investigation through site cleanup, interim reuse, and permanent redevelopment), working with local communities to assess air quality, stakeholder relationship/partnership building, and community engagement. Margaret received a B.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Margaret plays the violin, loves volunteering at By the Hand and has two adorable house rabbits.
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As Program Specialist, Emily manages projects in the Communities portfolio and provides programmatic support for Delta’s work on community development and urban infrastructure. Prior to joining Delta, Emily worked as a Senior Project Manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she oversaw planning projects focusing on goods movement and the industrial sector. Emily is a native Michigander and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College, and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy. When Emily is not at Delta, she can be found exploring neighborhoods in her new hometown, tending to her houseplants, and hanging out with her cat, Taco.
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Bill Schleizer is the CEO of Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on thriving communities and landscapes. He drives strategy, development, and engagement while collaborating with communities across the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges. He has over 18 years of experience in systems and policy analysis, environmental science, ecosystems and consulting and serves on the Advisory Board for Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and his master’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University. He hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin and is a trivia champion who loves a challenge.
As Finance and Operations Senior Specialist for Delta, Katherine is responsible for administering the financial and operational aspects of the organization and assisting with grant management and I.T. She has worked in non-profits for her entire career, including a family foundation, a university, and smaller programmatic organizations, totaling 15 years of experience in the field. Katherine grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and stayed in Chicago after receiving her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She loves spending time with her husband and their dog, doing DIY projects, and catching up on TV and movies.
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As a Programs Ecosystems Lead, Ryan leads projects in Delta Institute’s ecosystems portfolio, including the areas of climate, agriculture, water, and forestry. He is instrumental in fostering new projects and partnerships, particularly around green infrastructure, agriculture, conservation finance, watershed prioritization and environmental markets. Prior to joining Delta Institute, he served as the Operations Manager for Cardno, managing the environmental and ecological restoration division for the Illinois office. Prior to Cardno, he worked 12+ years for the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District in Hamilton, Ohio implementing conservation best management practices in the agriculture and urban arena. He is a Certified Conservation Planner and holds a Bachelors in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wright State University. When he is not saving soil, Ryan enjoys spending his time exploring Chicago and is on the hunt for the best chicken wings in the City.
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As Programs Associate, Megan Walton works on projects related to waste reduction and resilient communities. Prior to joining the programmatic team, Megan worked on the Finance and HR team at Delta Institute. Megan holds a B.A. in Art History from Trinity University in San Antonio and an M.S. in Public Service Management with a graduate certificate in Metropolitan Planning and Development. Out of the office, Megan enjoys reading, riding her bike, and traveling, and particularly enjoys exploring the Great Lakes region.
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Kate Ansorge | Development Committee Chair
Managing Director, Chicago Real Estate Services, IFF
VP of Customer Engagement, Healthy Minds Innovations
Founder, Civic Projects
EVP, Strategy, SCC&M
Paul DeCotis | Coal Committee Chair
Director, West Monroe Partners
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
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
Director of the Program on Global Environment, University of Chicago
VP, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Advisor, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Jeff Williams | Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
CEO, Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
Sustainability Program Manager, Navy Pier, Inc.
Tim Cycyota | Programming Chair
Program Specialist, CLEAResult
Energy Efficiency Analyst, Verde Energy Efficiency Experts
Erin Fry | Treasurer
Analytics Engineer, Tradewater
Taylor Gendel | Board Co-Chair
Project Coordinator, Franklin Energy
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
Consultant, West Monroe Partners
Financial Advisor, Natural Investments, LLC
Principal Consultant, Laura E Yates Consulting LLC