The UAA is a volunteer-run organization led by the UAA Board of Directors.
Micah Leinbach, President
Micah is an educator by training, having started an outdoor education company in northern Michigan that used social learning techniques to do social justice education in wilderness classrooms. He’s since shifted into the corporate world, where he now works in leadership development and learning programs for Guild Education, Colorado’s fastest growing startup. He is also the founder of BOAT (“The Bus for Outdoor Access & Teaching”), a non-profit that provides accessible wilderness expeditions out of a converted school bus. His background is in environmental studies, and at various times he’s been involved in urban agriculture, green energy financing, wildlife biology, community organizing, and more. The outdoors and higher education won out in the end!
Sage Lincoln, Vice President
Sage is currently a Communications Associate at Urban Green Council, the New York City affiliate of the USGBC. She received a BS & BA in Geology, Ecology and Urban Studies with an Economics minor at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. As a Pittsburgher, Sage was deeply shaped by the region’s activist community and is excited become involved in her new NYC community! Sage loves biking through new neighborhoods and geeking out about the subway.
Katrina Klett, Secretary
Katrina is a beekeeper from ND and TX, having grown up in a migratory beekeeping family. She has spent the last 10 years living in rural China, where she has a honey company/social enterprise that helps mountain communities earn a sustainable living through beekeeping. She is also a master’s student in chemical ecology at the Chinese Academy of Science, focusing on Asian honeybee communication and swarming. She is passionate about using smart design in urban and rural areas to increase pollinator habitat and improve the quality of life for people. In her spare time, she loves distance hiking and swimming.
Zack Davidson, Treasurer
2011 Honorable Mention
Zack is the Director of Underwriting with Ecosystem Investment Partners (“EIP”), a Baltimore-based investment manager focused on developing environmental restoration projects across the US. Zack’s work involves managing the financial performance of EIP’s portfolio and identifying new opportunities for investment. Prior to EIP, Zack worked as an investment banking analyst with Barclays, providing capital markets advisory services to natural resources companies. Zack graduated from New York University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a focus on Finance and Social Entrepreneurship.
Catie Ferrara Iannitto, Communications
2009 and 2010 Honorable Mention
Catie works as a resilience planner for New York City, updating zoning regulations that guide development and urban design across the city’s floodplain. She came into urban planning by way of a liberal arts environmental studies education in upstate New York and development consulting work in Boston. Her days involve a lot of public speaking, active listening, writing, and qualitative analysis. In free time, Catie is probably out running, exploring the end of a public transit line, or catching live music.
Abby Halperin, Webinars
2010 and 2011 Scholar
Abby applies her experience in research, environmental policy, and environmental education as the Assessment and Grants Manager for the Center for Ecoliteracy. She is passionate about climate change and translating science, data, and research into real world decisions. Abby received a MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. Having now lived in England, New York City, Colorado, and Ohio, Abby is thrilled to be back in her home town of Berkeley, California. Abby is a 2010 and 2011 Udall Scholar and has served on the UAA board since 2017.
Cailey Gibson, Mentorship
Cailey hails from Vermont but now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked both domestically and internationally in public health and community development for the last ten years. She has a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Carleton College. She’s particularly interested in using community based participatory research and evaluation to advance health equity and environmental conservation efforts. Cailey enjoys long-distance hiking, live music, and all the delicious food in the Bay Area. She joined the Board in 2017.
Shah Noor Hussein, Mentorship
Shah Noor Hussein is a writer, educator, and unapologetic queer black feminist with an M.A. in Anthropology focusing on gender studies, black art and teaching pedagogies. Shah recently served as a Writing Fellow at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Teaching Fellow for the Peralta Community College System. They currently work as an adjunct professor at Laney College, a freelance writer and a multimedia artist in Oakland. Shah will begin their doctoral program at UC Santa Cruz in the Fall of 2019 as an esteemed Cota Robles Fellow. Their research (re)centers marginalized voices in dialogues on alternative epistemologies and cultural reproduction.