Our Team

Jessica Brown, Program Manager – Jessica grew up on the coast of Massachusetts where she found her passion for nature and science, and developed a nack 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 affects 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 Manager 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, 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, Development Director


Board of Directors

Darren Johnston, Founder and Chairman

Dan Krause

Patty Breech