Leadership Team

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Grey McLean

Grey is the founder of the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative where he oversees overall strategy and relationship development. Grey is committed to combating climate change, driven by the knowledge that it is the greatest challenge that we face as a global community. In addition to C3, Grey is also adjunct faculty at UVA's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy as well as a Director for the Adiuvans Foundation, a private foundation focused on combating climate change and advancing early childhood education and well being. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, he was the co-founder and COO of MedAssurant, Inc. (now Inovalon, Inc.), a healthcare data analytics firm. Grey serves on the boards of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program and the Southern Environmental Law Center. He lives in Free Union with his wife, Sarah, and their four children. If you are having trouble finding him, look in the woods.

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Teri Strother Kent

Teri is C3's Director of Programs and Communication.  She is passionate about creating a better world through community involvement. She taught reading and writing to middle school students for nearly ten years before founding Better World Betty in 2008, a local organization dedicated to empowering people and businesses with fast, fun, and friendly eco-living tips. She led the first green business challenge in Central Virginia, The Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge, which helped nearly 150 businesses increase their efficiency and sustainability measures. Teri worked as Communications Manager at the Rivanna Water and Sewer & Solid Waste Authority before joining C3 in September 2017.  She loves throwing the football with her two teenage boys, dancing 5 Rhythms, and hiking.


Claire Habel

Claire Habel, C3’s Residential Program Manager, grew up in Minnesota.  She graduated from DePaul University cum laude with a Bachelors in Intercultural Communication and earned her master’s degree in Environmental Communications & Advocacy from James Madison University. She also taught public speaking there. Most recently Claire worked for the City of Charlottesville Office of Communication and Environmental Sustainability Division. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and yoga in her free time. (Photo coming soon)


2018-2019 Internship Team

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Stephanie Watson

Stephanie, C3's Policy and Program intern, is a graduate student at the University of Virginia Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy. Originally from Arizona, Stephanie grew up camping and spending time in nature creating a passion for environmental protection and striving to live with a minimal footprint. After working for wildlife and environmental organizations in D.C. for several years, she decided to pursue a masters in environmental policy working to bridge the gap between policy design and implementation to further create positive impacts and value for future generations. In her spare time, Stephanie can be found adventuring outdoors, exploring Charlottesville via foot, and bird watching.

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Sofya Olenicheva

Sofya, C3’s Home Energy Challenge intern, is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia double-majoring in Public Policy and Global Environments and Sustainability. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sofya is passionate about finding ways to change the culture around sustainability and find creative policy solutions to manage waste production and resource use. After graduation, Sofya hopes to pursue a career in environmental law. In her spare time, Sofya loves to travel, spend time outdoors with her dog, and cook for friends and family.

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Sarah Bryan

Sarah Bryan, C3’s Program Development Assistant intern, is a third-year student at the University of Virginia from Vienna, Virginia. At UVA, Sarah is studying Global Sustainability and Foreign Affairs with a minor in Spanish. She is an active member in the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition, an activist network of students and young people across Virginia working to stop pipeline construction. Following graduation, she is considering a career in grassroots organizing or environmental law. Sarah loves to hike in the Shenandoahs, cook, and play music.

Advisory Board Members

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Kristin Clarens

Kristin Clarens is an attorney specializing in international law. She practices out of Washington, DC and does extensive pro bono work in the Charlottesville area. She is an enthusiastic proponent of community organizations and efforts, serving on the local board of the International Rescue Committee as well as the PTO of her kids' public elementary school. In January of 2017 she founded Charlottesville Families in Action, an organization that connects families and businesses to local nonprofits to increase community engagement. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and bachelor's degrees in Classics, English and Anthropology from the University of Michigan Honors College. She has three young children and has lived in Charlottesville since 2008. 

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Deborah Lawrence

Deborah Lawrence is a biogeochemist and Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. For the past 25 years, she has studied ecosystems and climate earning a Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jefferson Science Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2009, Lawrence served as science advisor in the Climate Office at the US Department of State and since 2010 has consulted on tropical forests and climate change for the International Programs Office of the US Forest Service, and the Climate Office of the US Agency for International Development. She serves on the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) board. She recently conducted research on the human dimensions of addressing climate change at Stanford University. Currently Deborah leads the provost’s inaugural Global Research Program of Distinction in Food, Fuel and Forests. She is eager to get to work with C3, forging community to combat climate change.

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Devin Welch

Devin Welch is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development at Sun Tribe Solar. Passionate about sustainability, he has spent his career championing free market principles as a means to achieve positive change across a broad range of environmental issues. Devin’s professional experience focuses on finding and capitalizing upon the critical intersections of sustainable best practices and corporate self-interest. At Sun Tribe, he continues his work on market transformation by engaging with individuals, businesses, and governments to reimagine the way energy is produced while realizing tangible benefits for all stakeholders. Prior to Sun Tribe Solar, Devin contributed to the World Wildlife Fund’s Markets Initiative and co-lead the communications strategy for the 2010 Earth Hour, at the time the largest public demonstration in history with the participation from an estimated 90 million Americans. Currently he is a founding member of the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance and sits on the Richmond Advisory board for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as well as the Amazon Aid Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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