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Will Cotterman

Graduate Research Assistant

Will Cotterman is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning. He also plans … Read more

Email address for Will Cotterman wrc@unc.edu

Megan Doherty

Project Analyst

Megan Doherty is a Project Analyst at the UNC Environmental Finance Center (UNC EFC). In this role, she does applied research into various funding streams available to water and wastewater utilities and helps communities access … Read more

Email address for Megan Doherty mdoherty@sog.unc.edu

Kristen Downs

Project Director

Kristen Downs was a UNC EFC Project Director from September 2022 to October 2023. She completed her PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the fall of 2022, with a focus on the relationships between … Read more

Email address for Kristen Downs kristen.downs@sog.unc.edu
Phone number for Kristen Downs +1 (919) 962-8901

Alicea Easthope-Frazer

Project Director

Alicea Easthope-Frazer is a Project Director at the UNC Environmental Finance Center (UNC EFC). In this role, she supports utilities to become financially sustainable and communities to achieve water and wastewater access. Alicea believes championing … Read more

Email address for Alicea Easthope-Frazer aliceaef@sog.unc.edu

Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi

Interim Executive Director

Dr. Ahmed Rachid (AR) El-Khattabi is the (Interim Executive Director) and Associate Director for research and data at the UNC Environmental Finance Center (UNC EFC). In this role, he oversees the production of financial sustainability … Read more

Email address for Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi arelkhattabi@sog.unc.edu

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Shadi Eskaf

Research Director

Shadi Eskaf worked at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill between 2004 and 2021. He joined the EFC as a graduate student Research Associate before becoming a full-time employee … Read more


Samantha Feinstein

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Samantha Feinstein is a current graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Health in Environmental Sciences & Engineering. Alongside her studies, she is completing … Read more

Email address for Samantha Feinstein spaige@live.unc.edu

Kaden Graham

Project Analyst

Kaden Graham is a Project Analyst at the UNC Environmental Finance Center (UNC EFC). In this role, he conducts data analyses and creates data visualizations with financial information from various sources utilizing RStudio and Microsoft … Read more

Email address for Kaden Graham kadenpg@email.unc.edu

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Anna Gustines

Graduate Research Assistant

Anna Gustines joined the EFC in 2021 as a graduate research assistant. She is a second-year master’s degree candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning, specializing in Land Use and Environmental Planning. Anna … Read more

Email address for Anna Gustines gustines@email.unc.edu

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Robin Haley

Graduate Research Assistant

Robin Haley is currently a graduate student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science with coursework emphasis on database systems and digital services in archives. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration … Read more

Email address for Robin Haley robhal22@email.unc.edu