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Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi

July 15, 2022

Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi is an applied economist and urban planner with methods expertise in policy-oriented quantitative research and data management. El-Khattabi holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Anna Patterson

July 15, 2022

Anna Patterson Joined the EFC as a Project Director in June 2022. She is focusing her work on helping communities and water utilities improve their environmental health and financial resilience. She brings experience in stormwater management for a water/wastewater utility, … Continued

Andrew Waters

July 15, 2022

Andrew Waters comes to the Environmental Finance Center as a project director after working in the nonprofit land conservation field for fifteen years. An undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill, Andrew received an MBA from UNC Greensboro and is currently completing … Continued

Hope Thomson

June 1, 2022

Hope Thomson joined the EFC as a project director in April 2022. She focuses on providing technical assistance to utilities, as well as researching barriers and solutions to increasing water service connections in underserved areas. She earned her B.S. from … Continued

Kathryn Obenshain

February 9, 2022

Kathryn Obenshain joined the EFC staff in July 2022. Kathryn graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in May 2022 with degrees in Environmental Studies and German Literature and Culture. As a student, she worked at the EFC as an undergraduate research … Continued

Christy Ihlo

May 10, 2021

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 international fieldwork. During her career, … Continued

Tom Roberts

May 10, 2021

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 Business Administration from the University … Continued

Elsemarie Mullins

May 10, 2021

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 impacts of COVID-19 on water … Continued

Evan Kirk

May 10, 2021

Evan Kirk joined the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2016. Evan is a Project Director. He manages statewide water, wastewater, and stormwater rates surveys in multiple states and conducts applied research on affordability, … Continued

Julia Cavalier

May 10, 2021

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 Section of the North Carolina … Continued