Advisory Board

Megan Vorhees, Board Co-Chair
Program Director, Institute on the Environment; Affiliate Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Megan Vorhees’s career has primarily focused on leading interdisciplinary campus-community higher education partnerships that provide engaged scholarship and leadership opportunities for students and faculty seeking to address complex social and environmental issues. She was the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Public Service Center at the University of California, Berkeley and the Community Service Coordinator for Lewis & Clark College. She also has led youth development and youth employment programs in the non-profit sector. Megan has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College, and a Masters in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Union.


Matthew Grimley, Board Co-Chair
Research Fellow, University of Minnesota

Matthew Grimley is a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with broad experience in policy analysis, energy-centric transitions, and multilevel networks of change. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and Biology, and an M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota with a focus on energy policy and geographic information systems. A humorous historian and natural anthropologist, Matt is keenly observant, cool under pressure, and brings an extensive knowledge of birds to the team.


Asher Michels-Allen
Housing Development Associate, CommonBond Communities

Asher Michels-Allen is a Housing Development Associate with CommonBond Communities. His work focuses on multi-family, affordable housing development. Asher holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He brings a focus on housing justice and information access to the Green Neighbor Challenge. Asher lives in Minneapolis and enjoys riding his bike on trails, listening to music, reading about history, and generating ideas for political comedy.


Saren Glenn
National Organizer, Power Shift Network

Saren Glenn is a Power Shift Network National organizer. Their work focuses on centering class and race consciousness in the youth environmental movement. Saren has spent years studying leftist revolutions and political strategy on a desert commune in El Paso, Texas. They bring a unique perspective and strong human-centered, anti-capitalist, abolitionist values to the Green Neighbor Challenge. Saren enjoys reading Octavia Butler, hanging out with their cat Leo, and watching the sunset behind the mountains in the desert sky.


Neal I. Cuthbert
Retired, Former VP of Programs, McKnight Foundation

Neal Cuthbert brings many years of experience with nonprofits, big and small, in many areas. He previously worked in philanthropy as the VP of programs at the McKnight Foundation, and is currently enjoying retirement, while still consulting with NGOs and artists. Neal attended Detroit public schools and received a degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, as well as completing some graduate work in art history at the University of Minnesota. Neal enjoys taking walks, making things, and spending time in forests and near rivers. He is excited about the Green Neighbor Challenge’s potential to take a market-based approach to policy change.


Cameran Bailey
Solar & Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Council

Cameran J. Bailey (he/him) is originally from Bellville, TX, and grew up on both U.S. coasts. He now serves the public as a bio-regional planner at the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council. He brings the perspectives and learnings of predominantly black communities and white institutions. He brings an intersectional, cross-sector systems analysis lens to his work. He is trained and practiced in civil & environmental engineering and regional planning. In his free time, Cameran enjoys gardening, anime, adapting fans from broken equipment into small wind turbines.


Bill Jarrett
Managing Director, TrueNorth Capital Partners

Bill Jarrett is Managing Director at TrueNorth Capital Partners, and will help guide the Green Neighbor Challenge in our capital-raising, financial analysis, and project management. He attended Dartmouth College, Yale School of Management, and University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC). Bill is excited about creating awareness around green energy and effecting change to protect the climate. He enjoys biking and seashore vacations with his family.


Melissa Varga
Science Network Community Manager and Partnerships Coordinator, Union of Concerned Scientists

Melissa Varga is the Science Network Community Manager and Partnerships Coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her work involves training scientists to be effective advocates for equitable, science-based policy change. Melissa is originally from Canal Fulton, Ohio, and now lives in Washington DC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University. She loves exploring America’s National Parks and her goal is to hike all 62 of them (she’s halfway through!)


Tom Garry
Senior Attorney, The Nature Conservancy

Tom Garry is a Senior Attorney with the Nature Conservancy. With degrees from Princeton University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Auckland, his work focuses on supporting sustainability, environmental justice, and natural climate solutions. He brings legal experience and organizational strategy to the Green Neighbor board, and is excited about the project’s potential for scalability, data democratization, and individual empowerment. He enjoys cycling, reading, travel, and backpacking, especially when he can unplug and get far out into nature where there’s no cell coverage.


Frank Jossi
Journalist, Midwest Energy News

Frank Jossi is a journalist with the Energy News Network, mainly covering the transition to clean energy in Minnesota. He also writes about sustainability, real estate and development, and covers stories for local and national publications. Frank received a BA in history and journalism from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, biking and hiking in his free time. A loyal Saint Paulite, Frank especially enjoys exploring the Twin Cities area’s beautiful city and regional parks.