Chuck Porcari, Board Chair, is Founder and Principal of Seneca Park LLC, a Prince George’s County-based communications and policy consulting firm with clients in the national environmental, labor, and business arenas. Chuck worked for The American Federation of Teachers and The League of Conservation Voters, and spent 12 years working in the offices of Governors in New York and Maryland in their Communications offices. Chuck also worked as Capitol Bureau Chief for United Press International in Albany, N.Y., as Bureau Manager for United Press International in Rochester, N.Y., and as a General Assignment Reporter for daily newspapers in both Binghamton N.Y. and Norwich N.Y. Chuck’s family has maintained a fishing cabin on the Chesapeake Bay for over 20 years.
Joined the board in September 2014. Joy is responsible for the Refuge Association’s urban wildlife refuge program. Working in partnership with 14 urban refuges around the nation both on-the-ground and at the national level, she will help to bring forth their visions for the future, provide technical assistance, support collaborative efforts that raises awareness and elevates the importance of wildlife refuges in urban areas. Prior to joining the Refuge Association, she led the development of the Green Leadership Trust, a network of board members of color and indigenous leaders and established a first-of-its-kind partnership with Green 2.0 for environmental nonprofits to publicly release their organization’s diversity data. Before working with the environmental sector, Joy spent many years managing multi-faceted public health education and training programs; advocating to end the AIDS pandemic; fighting to reduce the stigmas of the disease and empowering underrepresented individuals and communities. Joy’s passion for protecting the majestic places we so cherish is deeply rooted in her British and Jamaican background, as well as the years she devoted to changing the public’s opinion and understanding of the green movement and the benefits of the great outdoors.
Lance Davis is a sustainability architect for a Federal Agency in Washington, DC. His sustainable expertise focuses on expanding knowledge, educating federal agencies on best practices and a broader concept of sustainability. Lance’s experience also includes twelve years as an architect focused on integrated sustainable design. His more prominent architectural work includes the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, and the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington, VA. He has a Bachelors of Architecture and a fellowship from Mississippi State University, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Committee On The Environment, a founding Board Member of the National Capital Region Chapter of the USGBC, a committee author for LEED EB: Operations and maintenance and LEED v4.1, a LEED Fellow and was featured in the book, The Rise of Living Architecture. Mr. Davis is an avid hunter, fisher, boater, and continues to transform his home and yard as a sustainable example for others.
MARIS ST. CYR
Maris St. Cyr is retired following a 30-year professional career in marketing and communications. She held senior marketing positions at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center, Planned Parenthood of Maryland, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies during which time she served on national, regional, and local boards and advisory committees. In retirement, she has continued to participate in the non-profit arena, producing fundraising events for Baltimore area non-profit organizations.
Laura Bankey is the Vice President of Conservation Programs at the National Aquarium, where she leads efforts to engage the public in regional conservation initiatives in order to create collective impact. Her primary focus is on issues related to climate change, biodiversity and plastic pollution. Particular areas of interest include community-based habitat restoration, citizen science, education, gardening for wildlife and community engagement. She holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Marine Science. Laura has worked at the National Aquarium since 2002.
Staci Hartwell joined our board in 2021. She honed her energy expertise while working with energy giant and innovator Tesla, where she mounted comprehensive strategies for increasing market share for solar. As a consultant, she has been responsible for the sales and installation of more than 40 megawatts of residential, commercial, and industrial solar in Washington, DC, and Maryland. As a community volunteer/advocate, she serves as co-chair for Environmental and Climate Justice with the NAACP Maryland State Conference, where she has orchestrated the MD Solar Equity Initiative, a solar awareness, and jobs campaign; the “Earth Day Solar Awareness” project; and the internationally recognized “Climate Justice is Racial Justice” awareness campaign.