Renee Garrels

Program Manager

Renee joined EcoDistricts in early 2018 to help launch the Accelerator technical assistance group. Her focus is on ensuring that everyone has the tools they need to create inclusive and resilient communities they want to live in.

Renee began her career working with refugees as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Baltimore, and then ran the day to day operations for an Individual Account Program in Chicago.  In the world of sustainability, she has held positions in Solid Waste & Recycling, LEED consulting, and commercial energy efficiency.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Philosophy from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University.  Outside of the office you will find her in the garden with her dogs and chickens.