Staff

Amy Holm

Executive Director

Amy Holm

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Amy is responsible for providing the strategic direction for TCR and oversees its programs, services and staff. She acts as chief liaison with the state and provincial Board members, as well as between states and provinces and their respective federal governments.

Prior to joining The Registry, Amy worked for numerous organizations in both the non-profit and private sector specializing in program management, special event planning, member relations, and public education, including the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Code Blue Foundation, Orange County Department of Education, Global Tomorrow Coalition and also, was a Board member of the Mono Lake Committee.

Amy received an M.A. in Environmental Policy in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A.in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College.

Alex Carr

Director of Special Projects

Alex Carr

Director of Special Projects

Alex leads TCR’s capacity-building work in developing regions and is also the key point of contact for the Canadian Board Directors. For the past 15 years, Alex has been working to address sustainable development issues and opportunities by building bridges between and developing the capacity of large, publicly-listed companies, NGOs, and governments in Australia, the U.S. and Canada. She brings a multidisciplinary management perspective with a focus on communications, organizational change, climate policy, and program development. Alex has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Sussex in England.

Michelle Zilinskas

Senior Manager of Registry Services

Michelle Zilinskas

Senior Manager of Registry Services

Michelle Zilinskas oversees TCR’s voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting and verification programs including TCR’s GHG, energy, and water accounting and verification guidance and the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS) platform. She leads the development and design of TCR’s accounting and verification policies, contributes to research initiatives, and facilitates consensus across industry, government and environmental non-profit stakeholders on best practices.

Prior to joining TCR, Michelle held positions at OurEnergyPolicy.org, the World Wildlife Fund, and the US Climate Action Network. Michelle holds a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. She is based in San Diego.

Chelsea Hasenauer

Manager, MRV Initiatives

Chelsea Hasenauer

Manager, MRV Initiatives

Chelsea leads TCR’s GHG- and water-related measurement, reporting, and verification initiatives and awards programs.

Prior to her time at TCR, Chelsea conducted policy research in the UK under InCrops’ EnAlgae project, exploring the production and trade of second generation biofuels. Chelsea also worked with Global Green USA’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Department to advance California’s own climate change mitigation and adaptation policies: AB32 and AB758.

Ryan Cassutt

Manager, Voluntary Reporting Programs

Ryan Cassutt

Manager, Voluntary Reporting Programs

In his role as a Program Associate with Government Services, Ryan Cassutt coordinates and manages the implementation of The Climate Registry’s government agency contracts. He also provides greenhouse gas accounting expertise and training to members of The Climate Registry.

Ryan is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus, having served with the California Indian Manpower Consortium’s Native Americans to Work Project in 2010 and 2011. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California.

Jen Cox

Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Jen Cox

Outreach and Communications Coordinator

As Outreach and Communications Coordinator at The Registry, Jen is focused on engaging sponsors and promoting their critical climate solutions around the annual Climate Leadership Conference and Climate Leadership Awards.

Beginning her career at the US Department of the Interior, Jen transitioned to staff and consulting roles building partnerships between nonprofits and philanthropists in Washington, DC and around the country. She specializes in developing funding and marketing strategies around environment, climate, and energy issues. Jen earned her BA with a dual concentration in environmental policy and history at the University of Michigan and is certified in nonprofit management by Georgetown University’s professional development program.

Jennifer Kaminski

Climate Leadership Conference

Jennifer Kaminski

Climate Leadership Conference

Jennifer is Director of Outreach and Communications in her role as TCR’s liaison for the Climate Leadership Awards and Conference. Joining The Registry in 2008, Jennifer has applied her background in public policy and communications to several roles within the organization. Prior to The Registry, she worked in client services and communications for a consulting firm, providing alternative investors with public policy due diligence across regulated sectors throughout the United States. In 2005, Jennifer was Deputy Campaign Manager for Rocky Delgadillo’s CA Attorneys General race, where she was responsible for coordinating political and labor outreach, organizing grassroots efforts, and overseeing schedule, endorsement process, and candidate advance. Prior to her campaign work, Jennifer worked for a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide managing market research projects within the radio industry. Jennifer has also spent time in the Washington press corp covering national politics for Talk Radio News Service. Jennifer earned her BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Media Relations from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Alissa Benchimol

Program Coordinator, Water-Energy

Alissa Benchimol

Program Coordinator, Water-Energy

As a Program Coordinator at The Climate Registry, Alissa contributes to the development and implementation of the Water-Energy Nexus Registry.  She also provides ongoing support to members within the Registry and conducts communication outreach.

Prior to joining the TCR, Alissa was a Fellow at DigDeep Water and worked on projects and research related to basic human rights access to water and energy. She is from Brazil and moved to the U.S. to further her education. She holds a B.A in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and a M.S. in Sustainability from Saint Louis University.

Holden Slattery

Marketing Communications Associate

Holden Slattery

Marketing Communications Associate

As a Marketing Communications Associate, Holden Slattery works to develop and implement TCR’s comprehensive marketing communications strategy. In this role, he imparts information and tells stories on various platforms about TCR’s programs and events. He also showcases the actions that TCR’s members and partners are taking to reduce their carbon footprints and lead the way toward a more sustainable future.

Prior to his time at TCR, Holden worked as a print and online journalist reporting on local government and public policy, and managed communications and media relations for a nonprofit news organization. In addition, he taught English and led youth development projects while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. Holden has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Sai Kolakaluri

Software Developer

Sai Kolakaluri

Software Developer

As a Software Developer at The Climate Registry, Sai Kolakaluri focuses on optimizing the Climate Registered Information System (CRIS), a web portal which TCR members use to report their greenhouse gas emissions. Sai is re-designing parts of the interface to improve user experience.

Sai is from Guntur, India. She came to the U.S. to get her master’s degree in computer science from National University in San Diego, and then worked as a software developer for the University of Connecticut before returning to California to work at TCR.

Kayla Asemanfar

Project Coordinator

Kayla Asemanfar

Project Coordinator

Kayla Asemanfar is a Project Coordinator at The Climate Registry, supporting contract, event, and project implementation. Kayla previously worked at TCR during the summer of 2017 as a technical services intern, during which she implemented solutions to TCR’s helpdesk management needs and analyzed members’ greenhouse gas reductions over their reported years.

Prior to joining TCR, Kayla developed GIS analyses for the South Bay Cities Council of Governments’ climate adaptation plan. She also conducted research on behalf of the Social Justice Learning Institute to investigate household health in Inglewood, California, as a potential marker for environmental injustice. Kayla was born and raised in Los Angeles and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA.

Alexandra Lilienfeld

Strategic Partnerships Associate

Alexandra Lilienfeld

Strategic Partnerships Associate

As Strategic Partnerships Associate, Alex assists TCR’s broader efforts to encourage subnational climate action, such as the Climate Leadership Conference, Climate Leadership Awards and TCR’s delegations to the UNFFF COP meetings.

Prior to joining TCR, Alex worked for various start-ups in the social impact space. Alex holds a BA in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her MS in Environmental Technology with an emphasis on Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College London.

Alexzandria Chalmers

Program Coordinator, Member Services

Alexzandria Chalmers

Program Coordinator, Member Services

As a Program Coordinator with Member Services, Alexzandria supports member efforts to develop and report their greenhouse gas inventories. She staffs the help desk, assists members with policy interpretation, and provides training and resources to guide members through the reporting process.

Alexzandria holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Amherst College. During her undergraduate career she helped make key decisions about sustainability policies and the direction of the college by consulting on the campus’s 30-year climate action plan, organizing and leading sustainability workshops for student leaders, and implementing a food justice project that redirected funding toward more sustainable sources. Alexzandria was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Chase Sherwood

Verification Program Coordinator

Chase Sherwood

Verification Program Coordinator

As Verification Program Coordinator, Chase oversees greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory verification activities. Chase provides technical support to TCR’s members, and ANSI-accredited third-party verification bodies to ensure that monitoring, reporting, and verification are conducted in accordance with TCR’s protocols. Her responsibilities include communicating with verification bodies and reporters undergoing verification, assessing conflicts of interest between verification bodies and reporters, and ensuring the quality and consistency of emissions inventories. In addition to verification oversight Chase researches developments in GHG accounting strategies, and ensures that TCR is at the forefront of climate policy developments.

Chase holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Georgia. During her undergraduate career she obtained a Certificate of Sustainability and created a business plan for a GHG offset project in the Bellbird Biological Corridor of Costa Rica which aimed to restore hundreds of hectares of degraded farmland to native forest conditions. Prior to joining TCR, Chase worked in environmental consulting for several years with a focus on environmental and public health impacts associated with urban development projects.