Aiko Schaefer, Stowe
Director, 100% Network & Strategic Consultant
Aiko provides strategic consulting to political campaigns, non-profits, government and foundations on policy and program development, with particular attention to equitable climate and clean energy. Aiko also directs the national 100% Network which works to identify, coalesce and elevate equitable clean energy policies and program models.
Aiko has over 25 years of experience working on public policy campaigns around the US on poverty, inequality, consumer protection and conservation, as well as running state and federal partisan campaigns. Most relevant, Aiko is the founding director of Front & Centered, Washington state’s largest people of color coalition which was formed to ensure inclusive and equitable state climate and clean energy policies. In that role she served as the Co-Chair of the state climate table and was a principle author of the 2018 climate ballot measure. Prior to her work on climate and environmental policy, Aiko was an invited lecturer at the University of Washington where she taught courses in public policy and social movements in their graduate school.
Aiko lives in Stowe with her husband and their two teenage children.
Ashley Orgain, Burlington
Global Director of Advocacy and Sustainability, Seventh Generation
Ashley has served as a VPIRG board member since 2014. At Seventh Generation, Ashley is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Company’s issue advocacy campaigns and outreach. In 2010, she became the first Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting social and environmental progress through education, conservation, research and advocacy. Formerly, she served as the Company’s representative in developing the curriculum offered by the Kaplan-Seventh Generation Sustainability Institute. Ashley received her Green MBA in Environmental and Organizational Sustainability from Antioch University New England. She is an active member of her community, serving on the Wellness Committee for her son’s pre-school and formerly sitting on Hinesburg’s Planning Commission. She credits her move to Vermont in 1998 to valuable time she spent working on VPIRG’s summer canvass. Ashley was elected VPIRG Board President in 2018.
Dori Wolfe, Strafford
Owner and Principal, Wolfe Energy
Prior to launching Wolfe Energy, Dori co-founded groSolar, a national distributor and installer of renewable energy systems. She managed nearly all aspects of the company at different times since its inception in 1998. She has been an active member of the Strafford Energy Committee since 2006. Dori is currently serving on the Governor’s Council for Energy & the Environment, and has just completed her tenure on ReSource Vermont’s Green Jobs Council. As former clerk of SolarFest, the largest renewable energy fair in New England, she helped lead the organization to a stronger position in education and outreach. Prior to forming groSolar, Dori was a Senior Engineer at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers. Dori has a BSME degree from Cornell University.
Drew Hudson, Columbia, SC
Executive Director at Environmental Action and Founding Partner at PowerThru Consulting
A VPIRG board member since 2008, Drew describes himself as a cat-herder, wrangler of impossible coalitions, and developer of complex communications and field campaigns. His consulting confab specializes in helping candidates and campaigns identify the messages and tools to effectively mobilize people in pursuit of peace, justice and sustainability — from simple websites to massive voter mobilization and everything in between. Recent clients have included Greenpeace, TrueMajority.org, USAction and others. Drew built his skills in political organizing and communications as a fellow at MoveOn.org, Field Director for the Symington for Governor Campaign and at VPIRG, where he served as Field and Communications Director from 2003-2008. Before settling in Vermont, Drew worked for the State PIRGs and their affiliates in Maryland, Georgia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Duane Peterson, Essex Junction
Duane has served as a VPIRG board member since 1998. Duane is a social entrepreneur with an eclectic 35-year career in socially responsible business, campaign management, government service and community involvement. He moved his family from California in 1996 to Vermont where he worked as Chief of Stuff at Ben & Jerry’s for 12 years getting to execute Ben Cohen’s creative vision. Committed to advancing values-led business models, he’s a member of the national Social Venture Network, Vermont Venture Network and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He also serves on the Boards of the HowardCenter and USAction. Duane co-directs SunCommon, a solar venture modeled after VPIRG’s highly successful solar communities program.
Kanika Gandhi, Montpelier
Agrichemical Section Chief, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture
Kanika is the Agrichemical Section Chief at Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture. Prior to joining the Agency, Kanika was a standout advocate with VPIRG, focusing her efforts over 18 months on energy, environmental, and agricultural policy work. In particular, she was a leading voice on our campaigns dealing with plastics and pesticides. Before coming to VPIRG, Kanika worked as a policy specialist at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. She also worked briefly as a consultant with the City of Providence Department of Economic Development.
Kanika fell in love with Vermont when she spent time farming on an organic vegetable operation in southern Vermont. While her interests are varied, she has always been drawn to agricultural issues and she has a love for politics. She is a graduate of the highly regarded Emerge Vermont program. Kanika earned her BA and MPA from Brown University and now makes her home in Montpelier.
Mathew Rubin, Montpelier
President of Spruce Mt. Design
A VPIRG board member since 1984, Mathew is the President of Spruce Mountain Design where he is engaged in run-of-river hydro project operations and energy conservation work. Mathew is also President of East Haven Windfarm, a small commercial wind energy project. He has previously developed, and continues to own and operate, three small hydroelectric power plants in Vermont, and has consulted on the development of numerous other hydro projects in New York and New England. Mr. Rubin has served on the boards of directors of a wide array of community and civic organizations including Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Independent Power Producers Association, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
Dr. Michael Scollins, South Burlington
Retired Doctor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Scollins is a retired primary care internist who practiced medicine in Vermont for 35 years. He spent 20 years in his own practice at Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington, before joining forces with Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) – a partnership that lasted an additional 15 years. Mike is a former President of FAHC medical staff and spent time as one of their attending physicians. He also served as a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at UVM College of Medicine. Mike has a special interest in cardiovascular prevention, adverse drug reactions, innovative models for health care delivery and cost control. He joined VPIRG as a trustee in 2010.