Maggie has 15 years of experience focused on ending climate change by working with cities, networks, nonprofits, and foundations on strategy, design, and assessment for collaboration platforms as well as city sustainability policy and programs. Maggie’s recent work has focused on designing funder alignment convenings and creating management systems for funder collaboratives that work on global climate change strategies. Maggie regularly works with foundations- including JPB Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Kendeda Fund, the Energy Foundation, and ClimateWorks Foundation- to assess and align funding strategy and grantee work.
Prior to founding Ullman Consulting, Maggie co-founded the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network and the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund to build climate action implementation capacity in the southeastern U.S.. She did this through leading member driven processes to guide peer learning and collaboration. She also served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Asheville. While in that role she designed, managed, and implemented the city’s first sustainability program to reduce emissions 80% by 2035 which resulted in a 17.65% carbon footprint reduction during her six years leading the office.
Her success designing and facilitating networks was featured in the 2014 book Connecting to Change the World, Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact.
Ullman Consulting’s Principal offers extensive contacts in climate change philanthropy, environmental non profits and city sustainability which enables her to build the most effective consulting team.
Lauren specializes in turning research and data analysis into relatable communications and storytelling to inform strategic planning, policy development, and management plans. During her twelve year tenure in municipal management and finance, Lauren facilitated the development of community and policy goals and worked to link them to innovative economic and community development strategies. As the Chief Financial Officer at the City of Asheville, NC, Lauren oversaw the financial operation of a $36 million municipal water utility, including extensive studies on water rate equity, financial modeling and capital planning, utility governance models, and sustainable water management practices. During that time, the utility became the first ISO 14001 certified utility in North Carolina.