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The Power Behind SCEN


Executive Director (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Alexander is the Executive Director of the Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN), where he leads and manages a network of 78 organizations across 11 Southeastern states. Alexander was most recently Associate Campus Director of Ana G. Mendez University System - South Florida Campus, where he helped manage the entire Campus operation, including academic and student affairs, and community outreach. Previously, he was Foundations Director at the Democracia USA project of the National Council of La Raza, where he was charged with managing its institutional donor portfolio, while also supporting major individual donor fundraising. Alexander has worked in Hispanics in Philanthropy, where he was responsible for leading program design, fundraising, and project management for capacity building, educational, and economic development projects in varied regions in the U.S. and in Latin America. Alexander also worked as a consultant in the Argentine Consulate General in Miami supporting international trade negotiations. In his varied roles and as a consultant, Alexander has managed and built multiple stakeholder networks, also raising millions for multiple initiatives and causes through donor cultivation and grant-writing activities.  He is a college professor and seasoned presenter at conferences and training workshops on topics such as leadership, fundraising, organizational development, and network management. 


Deputy & Programs Director (Washington, NC)

Raised on the Pamlico River in Washington, N.C., Amy has spent her career in public service for environmental protection. She earned a B.S. in biology and M.A. in environmental science education at East Carolina University and spent three summers researching sharks in the Bahamas in association with researchers from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She served as an outreach specialist for the Center of Applied Aquatic Ecology before joining the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2004. Over the next decade, Amy rose in the ranks to become the regional office supervisor for DEQ’s Washington region. in 2013, Amy joined Appalachian Voices, a non-profit based in Boone, NC that promotes diverse local economies and thriving communities and defends the land, air, and water of our region from the worst environmental threats. She is a project partner on The Lilies Project, a project to use art and creative placemaking to increase awareness of the impacts of coal ash and to aid in uplifting the communities who bear the toxic burden of our electricity's hidden cost.  Amy joys spending time outdoors with her two children, hiking, boating, camping and playing music together. Amy served as the co-chair for the Environmental Justice Working Group from 2016 to 2017. 


Operations Director (Greenville, SC)

Sophia is a sustainability scientist whose passion lies in communications and marketing. 

She graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science and a passion for grassroots movements. Over the summer of 2018, Sophia conducted research for her senior thesis in Costa Rica, which focused on the challenges of scaling up grassroots conservation programs and mapping partnerships in the area. 


Since graduating in 2019, she interned for Miliken & Company, a diversified industrial manufacturer. Her roles included: data visualization, an overhaul of the recycling program at headquarters, and the creation of sustainability PowerPoints. Most recently, she worked with a non-profit located in Greenville, SC on marketing and research projects. Recently, Sophia joined SCEN as a fellow to assist with communications and the new asset mapping project. 


Communications Director (Atlanta, GA)

Deven Trowers is an accomplished public relations, media relations, and marketing communications professional with 15 years of experience in both agency and non-profit sectors. Throughout her career, Deven has developed numerous public relations campaigns for nationally recognized clients such as PUMA, The Coca-Cola Company, and Hillshire Farms. Her expertise extends to the social justice arena, where she led the communications departments for Black Voters Matter and the Partnership for Southern Equity.

Deven's efforts have secured feature stories in prominent media outlets, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Steve Harvey Morning Show, Essence, The Root, Rolling Out, Heart & Soul, USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and the Huffington Post.

Outside of her professional life, Deven is dedicated to her family as a loving wife and Chief Mom Officer of three. She is actively involved in her community, serving on the boards of the West Georgia Alumnae Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, the PTO as Vice President of her daughter's charter school, and the Junior League of Douglas County. Additionally, she is a proud graduate of the Leadership Douglas Class of 2021.

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Membership and Policy Manager (Birmingham, AL)

Abigail Franks graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A in Political Science and Peace, Justice, and Ecology and was a 2019 Rhodes Finalist for the University of Oxford. She is especially passionate about transforming the South into a sustainable and resilient region through advocating for and, eventually, crafting climate mitigation and adaptation policies. Abigail’s interests include nonviolent social movements, environmental policy, community-based leadership, clean energy, and grassroots climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Previously, she has worked for the nonprofits People’s Justice Council and Black Warrior Riverkeeper, and in college she founded and led the organization WEARE (We Envision Alabamian Renewable Energy). In her free time, Abigail enjoys listening to podcasts, exercising (whether it be dancing, yoga, or running), and cuddling with her dog: Ginny.


Advancement Manager (Lacey, WA)

Sabina graduated with honors from the Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, WA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications. She joined the nonprofit sector when she was a teenager, and ever since, her primary goal has been to help nonprofits advance and achieve their mission. Previously, Sabina worked as a Grants Manager for local nonprofits on both the East and West coasts, bringing an international perspective to working with nonprofits around the globe. Sabina is also an active Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals South Sound (AFPSS) Chapter and a Marketing and Communications Committee Chair. She was also nominated and received a Diversity Scholarship to attend the annual world’s No. 1 fundraising conference-AFP Icon, in New Orleans, LA. In her free time, Sabina watches Russian comedy shows, reads books, listens to podcasts, spends time with her family and fur babies, and enjoys sending postcards to her friends worldwide.


Programs Coordinator (Atlanta, GA)

Yuri is a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Environmental Science. Yuri’s mission is to continue the work of those who have come before him in the environmental justice movement. He’d really like to take the baton and run his leg on his  EJ journey to cultivate social and political power in black and brown communities. It is through Love that makes his work move and reaches lives in an impactful way. Black and brown people have long been stewards of the Earth and it is his intention to tap into that natural inclination toward environmental stewardship as well as cultivating that same inclination in others.


Federal Program Specialist (Atlanta, GA)

Valencia is an expert in environmental and regional food systems, sustainability, and food security in the US, with a strong background in compliance, program development, community partnerships, and grant management. She has significantly contributed to organizations promoting sustainable food systems and environmental justice. Previously, she was a Grants Management Specialist at The Salvation Army in Atlanta, managing over $43 million in grants for 80 locations across 13 states. As the former Director of Faith & Food/Regional Operations Manager at Corbin Hill Food Project in NYC, she managed 45 Farmer’s Markets and CSA programs, distributing 70,000 pounds of fresh food in food deserts and training 250 faith leaders and workers.

Valencia holds a Master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Spanish Minor from San Diego State University. A Bay Area native, she enjoyed a 20-year career as an international professional athlete and model. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA, with her partner and her “doggy daughter” Simba Milan. In her free time, she enjoys foraging, cooking, hiking, tennis, writing, and attending wellness retreats.


Community & Technical Support Coordinator (Cary, NC)

Ethan Beaulieu is a renewable energy advocate and public policy analyst with experience advancing offshore wind in the Southeast, supporting cross-coalition advocacy campaigns, energy policy, and field organizing. Having graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science and minor in Business Administration, Ethan has led multiple field organizing teams on Mayoral races, Presidential and down ballot races, and on campaigns to address worker's rights in North Carolina. Additionally, Ethan has conducted research on renewable energy and sustainability technology policy and incentives at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, and worked as a wind energy advocate at the Southeastern Wind Coalition. Bringing a combination of community engagement experience, energy policy knowledge, and coalition management experience, Ethan now serves as the Community and Technical Support Coordinator at SCEN.


Executive Assistant (Miami, FL)

Margis was born in Cuba, where she began her career as a Social Worker, deeply committed to understanding and addressing the needs of her community. Her experience ignited a profound passion for assisting families and children facing economic hardships and impacted by climate change. Motivated by this dedication, Margis founded H4C in Florida in 2012, a faith-based organization devoted to empowering families in need and fostering community development.

Currently pursuing a degree in Psychology from Ana G. Mendez University, Margis remains actively engaged in supporting families with children on the autism spectrum through collaborative efforts. Her multifaceted background and unwavering commitment to social welfare underscore her role as a compassionate advocate and catalyst for positive change in both local and broader communities.


IT Consultant (Argentina)

Alexander is a cybersecurity consultant with more than 19 years of experience in the IT industry, managing the entire life cycle of projects and leading teams. During his career, Alexander worked in different industries and government customers, developing and implementing many IT and security solutions. He considers himself a self-taught entrepreneur whose passion is solving problems. 

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Controller (Hollywood, FL) 

Ron holds a Master of Science in Finance and Finance Management Services from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.


Before joining SCEN, Ron served as the Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Advisory Partners. Here, he was instrumental in preparing financial statements and IRS memos for large-scale properties, while also consulting on grant administration and compliance.


Prior to that, he co-founded Indelible Solutions, a company dedicated to conducting Medicaid-related performance audits and played a key role in managing a $586 million Public Assistance grant for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Other roles include business development at Gastro Health, and leading audit teams at Deloitte & Touche, focusing on valuation and asset management strategy for numerous acquisitions.


Ron holds NEO4J Fundamentals and an Executive Certification in M&A from the University of Chicago. He has also completed Stanford Online courses in machine learning, rounding out a skill set that includes critical problem analysis, risk assessment, and productivity improvement. His diverse skills and experience make him an ideal fit for his forthcoming role as Controller at SCEN.

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