Jeff HughesJeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center at UNC. Jeff works with local governments, not for profit organizations, and private companies to identify and implement innovative methods of financing and maintaining environmental facilities and programs. Jeff has a Masters in Water Resources Engineering from the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate engineering degree from Duke University. Jeff served as the Chatham County Public Works and Utility Director between 1996 and 1999. He has worked extensively overseas as an environmental finance specialist with the Research Triangle Institute, providing technical support and training assistance to local and national governments throughout Eastern Europe and Africa.

staceyStacey Isaac Berahzer is a Senior Project Director with the Environmental Finance Center and works from a satellite office in Georgia. Stacey provides outreach services to local communities and disseminates tools and resources on topics such as funding strategies for stormwater management, rate setting practices, and general innovative financing techniques to improve water quality. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration at UNC Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree at NC Central University in Environmental Science. Stacey has worked in the area of pollution prevention and water quality at RTI International. Her experience in the field of education involved teaching high school, working with street children in Bolivia, research on closing the academic achievement gap in NC, and work in the area of “service-learning.”

Glenn BarnesGlenn Barnes joined the Environmental Finance Center in 2006. Barnes teaches courses, provides direct community assistance, and carries out research on a range of topics including stormwater management, water and sewer rate-setting, wetlands, woody debris recycling, and green government. Prior to joining EFC, he worked for non-profits in New England focusing on renewable energy, biofuels, and environmental regulation. Barnes holds a BA and MPA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Shadi Eskaf joined the Environmental Finance Center in 2004 and has worked on projects analyzing environmental systems in local, statewide, and regional settings. Shadi conducts research on a range of topics including water systems collaboration and regionalization, water and wastewater rates and rate-setting, residential water consumption, infrastructure capital needs, and funding. Shadi is currently a doctoral student in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. He received his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000. Shadi has also worked for the World Bank, Mercury Associates Inc., and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.


David Tucker is a Project Director at the EFC who works with local, regional, and state governments, not for profit organizations, and private companies on innovative environmental finance projects related to energy and water. David performs financial, economic, and statistical research and analysis for the Center. He also conducts community outreach, such as in a current project to assist small water/wastewater systems. David earned a Masters of Environmental Management degree (Energy and Environment concentration) from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. He previously served as a Clean Cities Specialist with Triangle Clean Cities Coalition/Triangle J Council of Governments, working on alternative fuel vehicles; and as a Climate Corps Fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund, working on energy efficiency upgrades to buildings. David speaks Russian and French, has worked and studied abroad numerous times, and is also interested in renewable energy; teaching and public engagement; the energy-water-food nexus; clean transportation; and sustainable cities and urban design.

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Carol Rosenfeld is a Senior Finance Analyst at the Environmental Finance Center, focused on financial models and mechanisms that governments, non-profits, universities, and other public organizations can implement to increase the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  She also conducts research on public private partnerships and alternative delivery options for environmental services.  Carol previously advocated for green banks at the Coalition for Green Capital and managed energy use for the City of Philadelphia.  She has also worked on sustainability strategy at the University of Pennsylvania, Exelon, and Environmental Defense Fund.  Carol holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.  She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program.

Kay_Lexi_2015_webLexi Kay Herndon is the Outreach Coordinator at the EFC. Lexi handles outreach and communications for the EFC, helping to ensure that all of EFC’s services and resources are available to those seeking guidance in environmental finance. She is always looking for new, creative ways to educate others about environmental finance. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from Elon University.

Perch, Allison_0Allison Perch joined the EFC in 2015 as a Program Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergrad, her studies focused on energy and sustainability issues. Before joining the EFC, she worked as an intern for the UNC Sustainability Office, managing web content and communications.

Past Contributors

Mary Tiger was the EFC’s  Chief Operating Officer until August, 2015. Mary is currently the Sustainability Manager at Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA).  Mary holds a masters of public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Environmental Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Prior to moving to Chapel Hill, she served as the Utility Conservation Coordinator for Loveland Water and Power in Colorado.

Jennifer WeissJen Weiss was a Senior Environmental Finance Analyst at the EFC until September 2015. Jen is currently the Energy Efficiency Policy Manager at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Jen focused on financial models and mechanisms that can be used by universities, non-profits, and other public organizations to encourage the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Jen holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California in San Diego. Jen has over 13 years of consumer and small business banking experience including commercial lending, product management, and online services.