Tradewater has assembled a team of experts in environmental science, engineering, public policy, data analysis, and project development and implementation. Over their careers, the Tradewater staff have collectively developed carbon credit projects that prevented the emission of more than 4.9 million tons of greenhouse gases.
Tim is a founder and the CEO of Tradewater. He provides strategic direction for the firm in all business areas. He is developing new programs to further Tradewater’s mission and expand its impact. He is working to open new markets and facilitate the firm’s international expansion. Tim brings to Tradewater 36 years of experience in carbon programs, environmental policy, hazardous waste cleanup, and pollution prevention. He founded Wabashco in 2008 to develop carbon offset and renewable energy projects in the Midwest, and in 1998 he co-founded the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to improve environmental quality and promote community and economic development in the Great Lakes Basin. He ran the Delta Institute’s environmental program, which included a wide range of water quality, pollution prevention, toxic reduction, and carbon sequestration work. Tim has worked for a range of environmental organizations in both the private and non-profit sectors including Clean Sites, ICF, and the Center for the Great Lakes. He was a Dana Meadows Sustainability Leadership Fellow with the Sustainability Institute. Tim holds a B.S. from Northwestern University. He has held leadership positions on many boards over the years including the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Rebuilding Exchange, Delta Institute, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes, among others. He currently serves on the board of the Lochland School.
Gabe is a founder of Tradewater and currently serves as the COO. He oversees implementation of Tradewater’s domestic carbon offset projects and collaborates with the CEO to expand existing greenhouse gas mitigation programs and establish new ventures related to innovative technology and international carbon markets. Gabe began working in environmental project development at Wabashco, LLC, after a 12-year career as an attorney. He served first as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois. He then joined the law firm of Miller Shakman & Beem, a commercial litigation boutique, where he became a partner and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Throughout his career, Gabe has served in various leadership roles in the non-profit world. While in law school, he founded Youth Rights Media, a non-profit in New Haven, Connecticut, dedicated to empowering youth to protect and advance their legal rights, and served on their Board of Directors for close to ten years. He also served for six years on the board of the Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago non-profit committed to developing a market for the reuse of building materials, including spending four years as Board Chair. Gabe holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Mariel joined Tradewater in 2020 and is the Operations and Verification Manager of the company’s international program. She holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica, where she developed a strong interest in the relationship between business productivity and environmental sustainability. Before joining the team, she worked as a data analyst in the clothing manufacturing industry, where she also led actions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. In 2018, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge in the UK, to broaden her perspective beyond the limits of the engineering domain. Mariel is passionate about defending animal rights and finding solutions to the current climate crisis. Her research was focused predominantly on engineering interventions to reduce the impact of meat through a system thinking approach. Mariel lives and works in Costa Rica.
Steve joined the Tradewater team in 2020 as the Director of Program Implementation. In his role, he leads the team tasked with the identification and collection of ozone depleting substances around the United States. Prior to joining Tradewater, Steve spent 15 years as a project manager in West Africa. Originally serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, Steve continued the mission of rural development around the region. He was a technical advisor for President Jimmy Carter’s Guinea Worm eradication program in Mali and Ghana. He founded a social commerce initiative and partnered with the Burkinabe education ministry to close the digital gap by providing public and private schools with access to computers and training. Most recently, Steve worked with rural stakeholders in the agricultural supply chain of Shea butter for the world’s leading producer. Outside of work, Steve spends his time tinkering with engineering projects around the house and chasing his children around Humboldt Park.
Fatima joined Tradewater’s international team in 2021 as the Program Manager for projects and programs in Africa, Middle East, and other neighbouring regions. With a passion for processes and solving problems, she studied Chemical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in South Africa. She also has experience in Project Management, having managed multiple projects across the oil and gas, food and beverage and aviation fields. Before joining Tradewater, her more recent attention has been focused on process improvement and creating organisational efficiencies through waste removal and streamlining of processes. Fatima lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Joseph joined Tradewater in 2019 as an Environmental Program Associate and supports the work of the U.S. Ozone Depleting Substances program. He studied at Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Science where he spent two years running one of LUC’s student run businesses, Ireland’s. After graduating in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Joseph worked with local Chicagoland breweries to help find solutions for waste byproducts of the brewing process, including the foundation for a pipeline connecting rural dairy farmers with urban brewers and advocating for brewers at the Master Brewers Association to research more sustainable brewing techniques and technology. Joseph joined the Tradewater team in order to further understand how environmental thought can interact with the world of business—and to hopefully leave a positive mark while he is at it.
Sumanth joined Tradewater in May 2020 and serves as a Manager of Human Resources and Administration. He supports the Human Resources and Administration team at Tradewater by troubleshooting IT issues, managing business operations, and overseeing supporting financial processes. Prior to joining Tradewater, he served as a Business Associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sumanth has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kevin joined Tradewater in 2019 as a Process Technician. Prior to joining Tradewater, he worked in manufacturing as a service technician and production associate. He also has several years of catering experience. Kevin also holds an A.A.S. from Oakton Community College.
As Director of Tradewater Refrigerant Solutions, Nick primarily oversees operations at Tradewater’s aggregation and reclamation facilities. Prior to joining Tradewater, Nick was an attorney for several years in both private practice and as an active duty service-member in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. Before law school, Nick taught middle school social studies in Brooklyn, NY as a Teach For America corps member. He holds a B.A. in both History and Government from Colby College, an M.S. for Teachers from Pace University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Nick continues to serve as a reserve officer in the JAG Corps, sits on the board of directors of Volunteers of America of Illinois, and is active in a number of civic organizations.
Katherine joined Tradewater’s international team in 2019. She works on transboundary movement matters and provides general administrative support related to the program. Katherine enjoys working on environmental protections towards a goal of achieving sustainable development. Katherine lives and works in Costa Rica.
Juano as he prefers to be called, graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his B.A. from Saint Edwards University. He went on to receive his M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. As a master’s candidate, he collaborated with Dr. Manu Raju from Columbia University Water Center on water sustainability and social mapping research and has since written articles and conducted research for various environmental projects as an independent consultant as well as part of social responsibility teams. His work has taken him to remotes areas of the globe in China, South Africa, Moldova, Mexico, Namibia, Senegal, The Dominican Republic among other countries. Juano is involved in multiple social-environmental projects working alongside NGO’s, Community Based Organizations and international policy centers, promoting the adaptation of STEM curricula in public schools; and encouraging businesses and communities to endorse Integrated Water Resource Management tools to prevent the over exploitation of water sources.
His professional consulting experience extends to areas in the Aviation, Sustainable Public Health, Water Distribution and Management, Transportation Sustainability, Freight, Government, and Non-Profit Management fields. Juano has a passion for knowledge and education and is currently working a book project with his dad about the psychological intricacies of humans in the nexus balance of sustainability and public health. Juano taught biology to middle school students both in Brooklyn, New York and Chisinau, Moldova. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences in Juan’s professional life. More recently, he taught Non-Profit Management as an Associate Lecturer for Columbia University.
Juano is an amateur photographer and avid traveler. He enjoys last minute adventures with his daughter, and his dog. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese and has a close relationship with Italian; in addition, he is currently studying Mandarin and French.
Juano is extremely excited about joining our team as Business Development Associate. His goal in this new position is to “highlight the human element to expand new partnerships and markets for Tradewater”. Juano strongly believes in teamwork and is always willing to assist and lend an extra hand.
Elyssa joined the team in May 2021 and serves as Communications Manager, where she leads efforts to share Tradewater’s work with the world. She’s responsible for developing and executing Tradewater’s communications strategies through digital marketing, social media, email, editorial content, web, and earned media. Elyssa previously managed digital marketing campaigns for global clients at Edelman, where her work on the Mitsubishi team won a B2B Marketing Award for Best Multichannel Campaign and Best Use of Content Marketing.
Elyssa has a BA in English from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Elyssa has an enduring appreciation for beautiful natural environments. Though she misses tree-covered mountains in her adopted home, she loves Chicago for its unique character, art and film communities, and dedication to great pizza.
Linda joined Tradewater in 2016 as Operations Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of refrigerant aggregation and processing. Prior to joining Tradewater, Linda worked in the field of consumer electronics as a Quality and Process Technician and holds an A.A.S. degree as an Electronics Technician. She is also a CORE Registered Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.
Chad is a Senior Associate at Tradewater working on carbon offset development. He holds a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Previously, Chad worked in Loyola’s Biodiesel Program using waste vegetable oil to create biofuel, biosoap, and a whole lot of messes along the way.
Beau joined Tradewater in 2019 as a Research & Development Associate. He drives innovation by developing, testing and implementing new initiatives such as carbon accounting and the expansion of the Ozone Depleting Substances program in the U.S. and abroad. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. Previously, Beau managed sustainability projects for large, complex buildings with Delta Institute, and helped hundreds of commercial buildings achieve LEED certification, ENERGY STAR awards and benchmarking ordinance compliance while at Goby. Beau previously served as co-chair of the Delta Emerging Leaders, offers pro-bono consulting through Illinois Green Alliance, and is the owner of REVIVEcollective, which produces immersive artistic experiences to creatively empower people of all backgrounds and benefits causes related to education, homelessness, mental wellness, and climate action.
Clarissa joined Tradewater in 2018 as a Customer Service Representative and supports the work of the U.S. Ozone Depleting Substances program. She earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. She also holds an Associate’s Degree in World Languages from City Colleges of Chicago, where she focused on French and Spanish. Prior to Tradewater, she worked in theatre, as a vocalist, in retail, and as an administrative assistant.
María José joined Tradewater’s work in 2018 when she was approached by the CEO and COO to partner and help with expanding work to Latin America. María José directs Tradewater’s international work in Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean countries. Her roles include overseeing, finding, collecting and destroying ozone depleting substances from all over the world. Prior to joining Tradewater, she has collaborated as a climate change and sustainability consultant in numerous projects and programs relating to climate change adaptation, greenhouse gas accounting and management, corporate sustainability, and climate policy. For seven years, she was a Technical expert for the Secretariat of the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Platform (LEDS GP) Latin American and Caribbean Regional Platform (LEDS LAC), where she took on various coordinating and advisory roles around climate policy and action. She is also the founding member of the Costa Rica based NGO, Center for Urban Sustainability, and a member of the Balaton Group. María José holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica, and a M.S. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. María lives and works in Costa Rica.
Rachel joined Tradewater in 2016, and currently serves in the capacity of Controller. In this role she manages the organization’s daily accounting operations including payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Previously, she served as the Director of Business Operations and Verification where she led a team that was responsible for managing the verification of Tradewater’s carbon projects, overseeing logistics, operationalizing new business ventures, and providing further support to the firm’s carbon offset projects. Prior to joining Tradewater, Rachel spent 9 years as a middle school math teacher, and also served as a bookkeeper for other businesses. Rachel has a B.A. from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and is currently pursuing a MS from the University of Illinois.
Kirsten joined the Tradewater team in 2019 as the Director of Market Development. In her role, she leads the effort around making carbon offset credits available to new markets. This includes not only making carbon credits available to corporations, but also to individual consumers who want to make an impact on climate change. Prior to joining Tradewater, she worked in the Foodservice Industry for a Supply Chain solutions company. Here she worked in a number of different functional roles which included account management, promotions and project management, marketing analytics, resource management, and business development strategy. Kirsten holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.S. degree in Business and Applied Math from The Illinois Institute of Technology. Outside of work, Kirsten is a devoted mother to two and coach to many in her passion to mentor and develop youth through sports such as football, soccer, and basketball.
Samantha joined the Tradewater team in August 2021 as the Digital Marketing Strategist. She is responsible for the digital marketing efforts in the Communications department. Prior to joining Tradewater, she managed the digital media division for a nationwide behavioral health program. Outside of her career, Samantha spent five years living abroad volunteering for environmental advocacy programs across the globe. She is excited to continue this mission to combat climate change with Tradewater.
Lindsay M. Miller is the Manager of Program Implementation at Tradewater. As a seasoned corporate and nonprofit management professional, she brings over 17 years of experience in client engagement, staff leadership and customer service to the organization. In her recent management roles, she led teams of planners and coordinators in both the Account Director and Senior Account Planner positions at corporate leisure and travel agencies: focusing on large-scale incentive programs. Throughout her expansive career, Lindsay has spent her time managing, mentoring, and brining creative solutions to a diverse list of corporations and nonprofit causes, such Creative Group, Inc., Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, and the National Restaurant Association. Lindsay attended Columbia College Chicago where she studied Marketing and Public Relations. Lindsay currently lives in Chicago, where she was born and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and learning new recipes.
Victor joined Tradewater in 2017 as a Process Technician and works in the aggregation and processing of a variety of refrigerants. He also served in the United States Air Force as a Fuels Specialist, working with petroleum and associated equipment. Prior to joining Tradewater, Victor operated hydroprocessing units at a Research & Development plant.
Sreya joined Tradewater in 2020 as a Data Developer. She handles the development and analysis of Tradewater’s data systems. She has a Master’s Degree in Data Analytics Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston. Prior to joining the Tradewater’s team as a full-time employee in 2020, Sreya worked as an intern in 2019. She gains inspiration knowing that her work contributes to the efforts the company is achieving to fight climate change. She loves traveling and learning about people and the places she visits.
Rebecca joined Tradewater’s international team in 2021 as an Operations Executive, and supports research, outreach and operations work globally. She recently completed her environmental engineering studies yet has worked for both public and private institutions related to the environmental field in Costa Rica. Most of her professional experience has focused on developing strategies to manage data and high volume of information. This includes internal auditing processes related to the environmental management system and conformity assessments and working to develop a life cycle assessment in compliance with international standards as ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 in the cleaning manufacturing industry.
Aside from her formal qualification she has had the opportunity to work with a non-profit intercultural organization as a volunteer. She supported international students and Costa Rican host families along with the whole intercultural exchange experience, helping her to open her perspective and understand that despite all our diverse backgrounds, we can also share singular interests as global citizens.
Valeria joined Tradewater in 2020 as an Environmental Program Associate working on carbon offset development. She earned her Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Previously, Valeria worked at UIC’s Environmental Health and Safety Office as well as did research looking to see if “green” rehabbing of low-income housing in the Chicago area is associated with environmental and personal health indicators.
Gina joined Tradewater in 2018 as an Administrative Associate, striving to keep the office running smoothly and supporting many facets of the carbon offset program. In 2020, she began a new role as a Business Operations and Verification Associate where she supports verification review, business operations, logistics, and getting new projects off the ground. She earned a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she focused on the performing arts and environmental studies. Prior to Tradewater, Gina was a Social Media Moderator for Groupon.
Kevin joined Tradewater as Director of Engineering in 2016. He leads a team to conduct research, examine market potential, pilot test projects, and scale new business lines and approaches to further the company’s business development goals. Additionally, he leads a team that manages all of Tradewater’s data and analytics. Prior to joining Tradewater, he worked in academic research on the development of catalysts for energy and environmental applications. He also has experience in the olefins processing industry. Kevin holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.
Josué joined Tradewater’s international team in 2021 as a Communication Strategist. He has degrees in both advertising and social communication and has worked, mainly, in projects with social inclinations. Most of his professional experience has focused on developing and supporting communication strategies focused on social causes. According to him, his most important experience was working in Era Verde as an editor and production assistant, where he began to understand the potential that communication has towards making social issues visible.
Deidra Smith joined Tradewater in 2021 as the Director of Human Resources and Administration with over 20 years’ experience in the private and not for profit sectors. Deidra’s HR experience includes implementing initiatives in Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Performance Management, and Training & Development.
Deidra has held leadership roles in the Financial Services, Social Services, Medical and Publishing industries. She is an experienced HR Consultant and Career Coach that helps individuals and businesses reach their full potential. Deidra teaches English to students in Brazil, China, and Japan.
Deidra holds her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Illinois State University in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Deidra is a member of the the Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM and the local Chicago Chapter. She holds her PHR, SHRM-CP and DEI certifications.
Deidra is extremely excited to join the Tradewater team and collaborate on initiatives that will expand the Tradewater footprint.
Kurt joined Tradewater in February 2019 as a Customer Service Representative, supporting the work of the U.S. Ozone Depleting Substances program. Outside of work, Kurt is an accomplished pianist of over 20 years and has performed at venues across the United States including the White House. He is a proud husband and father of two precious little angels. He is excited to join the environmental field and help contribute to making this world a better place for his children.
Daniel joined Tradewater International in 2021 as an operations executive. He is a chemical engineer from the University of Costa Rica, and is currently studying to obtain a Master´s degree in Integrated Water Resource Management. Most of his professional experience is in the private sector as an industrial consultant first and later working at the Standardization Institute in Costa Rica. He experienced firsthand the process of developing standards for the refrigeration, environmental, and food sector, among others, and learning about certification processes. Aside from professional qualifications, he is a SCUBA diver. Being able to observe how fast marine life is declining is one of his many motives to pursue a career in the environmental sector, where he can fight against climate change.
Thom joined Tradewater in August 2016 and serves as an associate in the company’s CFC collection program. Prior to joining Tradewater, he spent 30 years as an actor, director, stage manager, technical director, and production manager for various non-profit theater organizations.
María José joined Tradewater’s international team in 2019 as the Coordinator of the Ozone Depleting Substances program for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the program in the region and seeking for new collaboration opportunities. Clear on her passion towards sustainability, she studied Environmental Engineering at the Technological University of Costa Rica. Her role with Tradewater is more than a job, but an opportunity aligned with her purpose of bringing solutions to fight environmental issues and building a better life quality for all. Prior to joining the team, María José worked in the hospitality industry, developing projects to reduce the environmental impact and optimize the use of natural resources in the hotel sector and extending this knowledge of good practices to local communities. María lives and works in Costa Rica.
Casey joined Tradewater in 2021 as a Research & Development Associate on the Engineering and Innovation team. In her role, she supports Tradewater’s mission by scoping innovation concepts, developing them into pilot projects, and green lighting these projects for implementation. Casey holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. During her time at Northwestern, she developed and tested catalysts for chemical reactions applicable to sustainability and renewable energy. Casey also has academic research experience in energy storage devices. Prior to joining Tradewater, Casey worked as a Staff Engineer at MSA Safety on new product development of combustible gas sensors used in portable safety devices to detect methane and other flammable gases.