Paul Schechter | Executive Director

Paul is an environmental justice entrepreneur who has developed numerous community-focused projects.  He received an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from UW-Madison in 2004 and a masters in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh in 2007.

Board of Directors
Seth Nowak | President

Seth is a sustainable real estate investor, entrepreneur, business consultant and trainer. He has served dozens of housing and food co-ops as director, officer, staff, consultant, and developer. Seth has deep expertise in energy efficiency programs and policy, having led or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed published research reports. He holds an MBA, a Master of Public Affairs, and an Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate, from UW-Madison. 

Matthew Doyle Olson | Treasurer

Matthew is a resident and board member of the Arboretum Cohousing community. He holds a Master's degree in sustainable food systems and entrepreneurship from College of the Atlantic. Matthew has a variety of non-profit experience including chairing the finance committee of an organization with 1200 members and a $2M annual budget. He works as a software product manager at Forte Research Systems.

Abby Davidson | Secretary

Abby is a building products engineer at PFS TECO who holds degrees from UW-Madison and Madison College. She is a longtime advocate of cooperative housing, an all-weather biker, and aerial dancer. She currently serves on the board of Freewheel Bicycle Collective, MACHA, and represents the Bay Creek Neighborhood on the SSM Redevelopment Steering Committee.

Ricardo Jomarron  | Director

Ricardo currently works with disabled individuals for Catholic Charities and organizes farmers for bee protection. He has a 30+ year environmental advocacy track-record, working with Greenpeace, NRDC, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Wilderness Society, Heritage Forest Campaign, Pew Charitable Trusts, Clean Wisconsin, and Growing Power. His job titles have included: program director, media director, regional director and canvas director. His speaking and media appearances have taken him coast to coast, to Canada, Ireland, Iceland and The Netherlands as well as across Wisconsin. Ricardo’s videos, graphics and analysis have been part of college curricula, legal testimony, legislative hearings and a keynote address at The United Nations Environmental Programme’s annual meeting.

Allison Dungan | Director

Allison Dungan lives in Madison, WI with her partner Joe and good dog, Junie. She moved to Madison to go to study Agroecology and now works to promote health and racial equity for Public Health Madison and Dane County. Outside of work, Allison enjoys playing ultimate frisbee (in costumes), nordic skiing, being part of a community garden, and sharing meals with friends.

Board of Advisors

Joseph Shumow

Reinhart Law

John Young

Accipiter Properties

Allison Dungan

Community Development

Division, City of Madison

Mitch Brey

RePower Madison