VP of Customer Engagement, Healthy Minds Innovations
Founder, Civic Projects
EVP, Strategy, SCC&M
Director of Compliance & Policy Engagement,
Gary Sanitary District
Paul A. DeCotis
Senior Director, West Monroe Partners
Tregg Duerson, MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Rebuild Foundation
Director of Advanced Analytics, Automation and Sustainability at MSI Express, Inc. & Executive Partner, HCI Equity Partners
Research and Partnerships Manager, GET Cities Initiative
Allison Hannon Holly, MBA
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Portfolio Manager, Product Strategy, Americas, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
Market Executive – Illinois Middle Market, JPMorgan Chase
Development Committee Chair
US Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
Founder and CEO, Recycled Granite
CEO, Roanhorse Consulting LLC
Founder & CEO, Carbon Yield
Sanjiv Sinha, PE, PHD
Vice Chair; Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Senior Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Experienced Consultant – Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Partners
Research Assistant, EPIC – University of Chicago
Associate, RW Ventures, LLC
Data Sourcing Lead & Employee Engagement Manager, HERE Technologies
Senior Environmental Program Associate, Tradewater, LLC
EHS Consultant, BBJ Group & IH Trainee, UIC SPH
Sustainability Coordinator, City of Waukegan
Data Engineer, SPINS
SUE ANN GAN
Senior Consultant, EY
Sustainability Specialist, Advocate Aurora Health, Inc.
Assistant Engineer, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
DELs Communications Committee Co-Chair
Manager- Strategic Projects & Analysis, United Airlines
Senior Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Kaufman Hall
Senior Consultant, Burro Hapold
CHRISTOPHER NEWMAN, PHD
Data Scientist / Database Developer
DELs Communications Committee Co-Chair and DELs Liaison to the Development Committee
Senior Account Manager, Amadeus
Digital Communications Senior, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
DELs Outreach Committee Chair and DELs Liaison to the Governance and Nomination Committee
Director of Account Operations, National Solar Service
DELs Programming Committee Chair and DELs Liaison to the Development Committee
Donor Relations Manager, Sarah’s Circle
DELs Treasurer and DELs Liaison to the Finance Committee
Senior Buyer – Ingredients Procurement, Kraft Heinz
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Delta Institute can only be successful in its mission if we direct our capacities, power, and collaborations toward creating greater equity and reversing institutional racism. We regard environmental challenges as intersectional issues that reveal disparities in how we allocate resources and value communities. We envision a region where ALL communities and landscapes thrive. This has not been the case since the forced removal of Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, Potawatomi, Peoria, Wyandotte, Delaware, and many other tribes from their ancestral lands. We recognize that racial animus, segregation, and institutional inequities have shaped our region and robbed us all of our potential.
At our core, we are an organization that is defined by its people and communities accelerating change, it is written into our very name. We do not minimize the challenges inherent to creating change, and believe it is part of our mission to interrogate ugly histories and current realities, and constantly learn, test, and collaborate until a new, better way of doing things is the standard. We believe that the solutions to our most difficult equity and environmental challenges are already being articulated in the communities that are impacted, and we seek to be a strong partner in securing resources, technical assistance, and government capacity to amplify and accelerate these remedies. To that end, we commit to building and sustaining an organization that represents all communities, to creating an atmosphere where we can bring our full selves to our work, and to directing our energy, diverse perspectives, and broad capacities to the task of renewing our region.
We have formally engaged in Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work since 2016 and created an ad hoc DEI committee including our staff, board, and auxiliary board in April 2019. We approached this as a process of continuous improvement, reflection and learning with the goal of integrating DEI into our programs and operations. This process includes the following ongoing activities:
- Expand representation of BIPOCs at all levels of the organization, including senior leadership.
- Assess our performance on DEI parameters through internal surveys and review processes across stakeholder groups.
- Acknowledge and create processes to reduce implicit bias in our hiring processes.
- Collaborate more equitably with our partners by uncovering hidden power dynamics, recognizing that community partners are best positioned to lead, and working proactively with partners to determine the best role Delta can take in collaborations.
- Communicating with funders about DEI dynamics in their grantmaking.
- Utilize our communications and fundraising channels to amplify partner community organizations and groups led by BIPOCs.
- Curate resources to help build our organizational capacity around intersectional DEI concepts.
- Ensure communications tools, particularly our website, are inclusive to those with disabilities and incorporate ADA Website Compliance 2.0 Guidelines.
We at Delta are using this Statement of Commitment to DEI to sizably inform our next iteration of a new Strategic Plan. Our current Strategic Plan goes through the end of our FY22 (June 30, 2022), but we realized that our current Plan is not reflective of who we are, or who we want to be. We will share more online as more progress is made. We are committed to implementing DEI recommendations identified by the DEI Committee organization-wide, with much of the work currently being organized by Delta’s Governance & Nominating Committee of the Board. For questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.