Our Team

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown

Program Director

Jessica grew up on the coast of Massachusetts where she found her passion for nature and science, and developed a knack for helping others. Teaming up with like-minded classmates, Jessica began organizing monthly beach clean-ups to raise awareness for litter reduction and showcase the harmful effects stray waste has on local ecosystems. Her gumption to explore the world of science and sustainability brought her to the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008 where she received a double degree in Sociology & Biology. Armed with the confidence to tackle bigger socio-environmental concerns, she joined forces with the Green Up Our Schools team to help improve the seemingly stagnant national recycling rates. Today, Jessica is the Program Director for Green Up Our Schools and a Sustainability Consultant for UHG Consulting. Working hard to live and promote a sustainable lifestyle, she hopes her passion for the environment inspires students to respect their environment and achieve greatness. Outside the office, Jessica enjoys long walks with her dog, Rotini, is an avid skier, climber, painter, and long boarder.

Tracy Ayres

Tracy Ayres

Executive Director

Tracy believes that we can and must be treating our planet better by reducing waste and lessening the impacts of climate change. She has worked on this goal at universities, private consulting firms, and non-profits since receiving her BA in Environmental Studies at UCSB, and her MSc in Biology from Colorado State University. Tracy remembers performing the “recycle rap” in 2nd grade and believes this experience, combined with the emphasis placed on environmental education by her elementary schools, instilled in her the importance of doing our part for the earth. She hopes to be able to spread that to today’s kids through her work at Green Up Our Schools. Tracy enjoys spending her time outside of work riding bikes and boards, playing marimba, and exploring the world with her family.

Liz Gangware

Liz Gangware

Director of Development

Liz grew up in Lake County, IL, moved to CO in 2013, and has been working with children since 2005. Growing up, her family would participate in river and forest preserve clean ups on a regular basis. She was taught at a young age that all living things must be treated with respect, and that includes the Earth. Liz believes we must actively create a better world for our future generations to inherit. At CU Boulder Liz was heavily involved in a climate justice group, holding the positions of Outreach Coordinator & Faculty liaison, and she is very excited to be bringing the skills and knowledge she learned running those groups to Green Up Our Schools! In her free time, Liz likes to walk her dogs, make music, volunteer, and enjoy the little things in life :]

Pauline Hanset

Pauline Hanset

Administrative & Program Assistant

Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Pauline moved to Knoxville, TN as a young kid. Having a zoologist dad and a marine biologist mom, she grew up exploring; hiking the Great Smoky Mountains, having an avid admiration for the perfect balance in nature, and respecting its plants and animals. Pauline’s mission in life is to leave the world a little better than when she entered it. She hopes to influence the perspective of as many people as possible to care for the earth and leave minimal environmental footprints. Pauline has a BA in International Relations and a minor in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. During her time there, she contributed to a comprehensive paper on plug load reduction solutions to improve energy efficiency on university campuses. Pauline works primarily for UHG Consulting as a Sustainability Consultant to help businesses improve their energy efficiency, water consumption and waste diversion. She did a lot of volunteer work with kids in college and loves helping out with Green Up Our Schools. Pauline provides program support and manages our administrative tasks. When not saving the planet ;), Pauline races bikes, climbs, and travels the world!