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Multidisciplinary Team

The multidisciplinary team of staff and students offer experience and expertise across a diverse range of areas. We are formally trained as public administrators, engineers, planners, attorneys, finance/business specialists, economists, policy specialists, information and data scientists, environmental scientists, and more.


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Erin Riggs

Executive Director

Erin Riggs is the Executive Director of the EFC and conducts applied research surrounding legal, policy, and accounting framework that influences environmental finance issues around the country. She graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin … Continued

Email address for Erin Riggs
Phone number for Erin Riggs 919-966-3126

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Christy Ihlo

Deputy Director

Christy Ihlo joined the EFC as the Deputy Director in 2021, overseeing the daily operations of the Center. She brings a diverse background including program management, monitoring and evaluation, technical report writing, spatial analysis, and … Continued

Email address for Christy Ihlo
Phone number for Christy Ihlo 919-966-1040

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Tom Roberts

Senior Business Analyst

Tom Roberts is the Senior Business Analyst for the EFC at UNC. Tom has an Associate in Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College and a Bachelor of Science in … Continued

Email address for Tom Roberts
Phone number for Tom Roberts 919-455-5647

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Julia Cavalier

Data Infrastructure Engineer

Julia Cavalier joined the Environmental Finance Center in 2018. Prior to joining the EFC, Julia had 15 years of experience in the water sector and 13 of those years spent with the Public Water Supply … Continued

Email address for Julia Cavalier
Phone number for Julia Cavalier 919-962-0716

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Elsemarie Mullins

Project Director

Elsemarie Mullins joined the EFC in the spring of 2020 as a Project Director. She provides trainings and technical assistance for water and wastewater providers, conducts applied research on affordability, paying for nutrient management, the … Continued

Email address for Elsemarie Mullins
Phone number for Elsemarie Mullins 919-843-8474

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Christian Lutz

Project Manager

Christian Lutz has been with the EFC since 2019 and is currently a Project Manager. They research utility rates data and visualizes them in the EFC’s Finance and Rates Dashboards. Christian also researches and teaches … Continued

Email address for Christian Lutz
Phone number for Christian Lutz 919-962-8273

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Evan Kirk

Acting Senior Project Director

Evan Kirk joined the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2016. Evan is currently Acting Senior Project Director. He manages statewide water, wastewater, and stormwater rates surveys in multiple … Continued

Email address for Evan Kirk
Phone number for Evan Kirk 919-962-2789

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Stephen Lapp

Acting Project Director

Stephen Lapp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2018. He majored in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. As an undergraduate, Stephen interned with UNC’s … Continued

Email address for Stephen Lapp
Phone number for Stephen Lapp 919-962-6203

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Omid Barr

Project Director

Omid Barr joined the Environmental Finance Center in 2020 as a graduate research assistant. He earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland in 2018, after which he interned with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. In … Continued

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Garrett Basnight

Research Assistant

Garrett Basnight is a recent graduate of Environmental Studies at UNC working on research and outreach assistance at the EFC. He will be managing EFC social media accounts and providing graphic design and hands on … Continued

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Evan Liebgott

Research Assistant

Evan graduated from UNC in May 2021 with majors in economics and philosophy and a Spanish minor. He worked at the EFC as a student for two years before joining the full-time staff and currently … Continued

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Kimberly Kirkhart

Research Assistant

Kimberly Kirkhart joined the EFC as a graduate research assistant in summer 2021. She received her B.S. in Finance from UNC Charlotte in 2018 and Masters in Climate Change & Society from NC State University … Continued

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