Board of Trustees

We are fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Trustees with a diverse skill set and a commitment to sustainable living.

Yamile Slebi, President

A native of Colombia, Yamile comes to sustainability from the world of social justice and international trade. Since moving with her family to Princeton in 2006, she has worked with numerous organizations whose goal is giving back to this diverse and welcoming community. You can find Yamile working on multiple initiatives that include green teams at local schools and a ‘save the trees’ campaign in her neighborhood.

Alexandra Bar-Cohen, Vice-President

Locally, Alexandra served in AmeriCorps for the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative helping the garden club take root at Littlebrook School, and has demonstrated a continued passion about instituting low-waste measures to “green” events. She loves helping Princetonians discover how easy it is to be more sustainable—from chatting with people about thinking before they toss to organizing a sustainable fashion show at GreenFest. Alexandra recently retrofitted her 1932 home with a geothermal heating and cooling system, and is grateful that her EV means she’ll never have to pump gas again.

Brian McDonald, Treasurer

A long-time Princeton resident and devoted volunteer to numerous local organizations, Brian has utilized his financial, organizational and strategic skills to help Sustainable Princeton grow into a more impactful and sustainable organization. He and his wife Leah are proud that for more than a decade, they have worked to keep 100% of their organic food and yard waste on their property where it has been turned into compost, fertilizer and soil.

Fran Price, Secretary

After spending time in small communities in the northern mountains of the Dominican Republic planting trees and installing solar panels as a Peace Corps volunteer, Fran decided to make forest conservation her career.  She has worked for The Nature Conservancy on forest issues for almost 18 years to incentivize better practices within the global forest industry. Fran lives with her husband Will (who also works in conservation) and two boys in a very “green” house in Princeton.

Steve Averbuch, M.D.

Princeton residents since 2017, Steve and his wife Rachel have a mindset regarding the environment and sustainability in everything they do. They practice whole foods plant-based eating, keep food and yard waste on their property, use renewable energy for their home, purchase carbon offsets for travel, and they consider the impact of each purchase and consumer action on the environment. Steve actively advances public conversations regarding food impact on and health impact from climate change and what individuals can do to mitigate these.

Eve Coulson

Eve is Vice-Chair of the Princeton Zoning board and active at the Princeton Jewish Center. She sees neighborhood building as an underestimated, yet very powerful, way to increase sustainable practices in daily life. She always takes the stairs — and she has discovered that sometimes the smallest things convey a big message. She carries a spork with her everywhere, which has not only saved the lives of countless plastic spoons and forks, but sparked many conversations (“What IS that thing?”) about how one’s habits can have cumulative positive impacts.

David Hill

An attorney with more than 25 years of experience working on energy and environmental matters, David is currently a Fellow and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and also advises private sector clients. Previously David served as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy from 2005 – 2009 and Executive Vice President & General Counsel of NRG Energy, Inc. from 2012-2018. In addition to serving on the board of Sustainable Princeton, David is board president of the Princeton Public Library Foundation and board treasurer of Arm in Arm, a nonprofit organization working to address food insecurity and prevent homelessness in Mercer County, NJ.

Mia Sacks, Council Liaison

A third-generation Princetonian, Mia is passionately committed to ensuring Princeton’s continued evolution as an equitable, sustainable and vibrant community. Her professional background working around the world in human rights, public health and civil liberties has enabled her to provide thoughtful and strategic guidance that informs Sustainable Princeton’s efforts. Willing to put in the time and sweat equity required to make change happen, Mia can be found most evenings at a municipal or public school meeting advocating for sustainable planning and growth.

Bruno Sarda

Bruno relocated to the area in 2016 and immediately fell in love with Princeton’s natural beauty. He led sustainability inside Fortune 500 companies for nearly 10 years, and now leads a large environmental non-profit based in New York. Bruno and his wife Jodi drive electric vehicles, buy 100% renewable energy for their home, participate in a local CSA, buy local and second-hand as much as they can, and avoid unnecessary consumption and packaging.

Gail Ullman

Gail’s career began with scholarly publishing, followed by decades of public involvement through Master Gardening, Princeton Environmental Commission, and the Princeton Planning Board. Her involvement with Sustainable Princeton expresses her commitment to good planning in the interests of our community and its environmental health.

Matthew Wasserman

Cofounder of this organization, Matt has leveraged his love for the environment and his corporate leadership roles to help guide Sustainable Princeton from its humble beginnings to the thriving nationally recognized organization it is today. These days, you’ll find Matt trying to solve the local food waste issues.

Shana Weber, Ph.D.

Shana Weber, Director of Sustainability at Princeton University, is a nature lover and works to stimulate local problem-solving to accelerate sustainability action across all of higher education. While not a Princeton resident, she is excited to support community-wide action as a University partner. She and her family are passionate about tinkering with and enhancing native habitats in her yard.

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