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Liz Harvell

Graduate Research Assistant

Liz Harvell graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017 where she majored in Business Journalism, with a minor in Environmental Science and Studies. After graduation, Liz coordinated communications and … Read more

Email address for Liz Harvell elizabeth_harvell@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
Phone number for Liz Harvell 919-445-0847

Sam Hayes

Graduate Research Assistant

Sam Hayes is currently a Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Prior to starting this program, Sam worked as a GIS Analyst and Project Coordinator for Furman University’s Shi Institute for … Read more

Email address for Sam Hayes shayes98@unc.edu

Lexi Herndon

Lexi Kay Herndon

Director of Communications and Business Operations

Lexi worked for the EFC from 2013-2018, first as Outreach Coordinator and most recently as Director of Communications and Business Operations. In that role, Lexi coordinated communications and outreach for the EFC, helping to ensure … Read more


Jacob Horner

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jacob Horner is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Energy Management and minoring in Geography and Information Science. He began working at … Read more


Rose Houck

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rose Houck is an undergraduate student studying statistics and environmental science. She will graduate in the Spring of 2025 and hopes to pursue ocean conservation during her career. Rose began working at the EFC in … Read more

Email address for Rose Houck rosehouck@unc.edu

Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes

Director

Jeff Hughes was the Director of the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the UNC School of Government between 2003 and 2019. The EFC grew under Jeff’s leadership from a staff of two to over 30 … Read more


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 … Read more

Email address for Christy Ihlo cihlo@sog.unc.edu
Phone number for Christy Ihlo 919-966-1040

Daniel Irvin

Daniel Irvin

Environmental Finance Community Advisor

Daniel Irvin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016, where he majored in Public Policy and Philosophy with a minor in Environmental Studies. As an undergraduate he interned with … Read more


Miguel Jackson

Strategic Outreach Director

Miguel Jackson joined the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) as the Strategic Outreach Director in July 2023. His focus is developing and executing strategic communications highlighting EFC’s efforts to municipalities, media members, the general public, and … Read more

Email address for Miguel Jackson miguel.jackson@sog.unc.edu

Alicia James

Project Manager

Alicia James began working as a Project Director at the EFC at UNC in September 2023. Her experience includes program administration, policy, community participation, and public finance. Throughout her career, Alicia has led program and … Read more

Email address for Alicia James ajames@sog.unc.edu