Mark Stewart is the Campus Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Maryland where he focuses on education and outreach initiatives that serve to integrate sustainability in the curriculum and student experience, create a culture of sustainability on campus, and transform the campus into a model sustainable community. Mark had the great pleasure of working with Davey on campus environmental issues and is delighted to support Davey and the rest of the Pick Up Artists in their inspiring pursuit to spread the message of sustainability to communities across the country.
Mark earned his Master's in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland where he studied the role of higher education in creating a sustainable society. Prior to attending graduate school, he taught high school Earth & Space Science and Environmental Science in Howard County, MD. Before teaching, he worked in organizational development. He holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Mark is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Dan Goodman is a serial entrepreneur, social venture evangelist, consultant and educator with extensive business and technology experience around the themes of renewable energy, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and economic development. He is a start-up specialist with nearly four decades of experience in bootstrapping for-profits and non-profits in the roles of founder, executive, board member and advisor.
Dan is president of Relativity Sciences, a consulting firm that helps very large companies think like entrepreneurs, and currently serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence and Special Advisor on Commercialization for the University of Maryland’s $550M/yr Division of Research. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the State of Maryland’s clean energy authority, and co-founded the Washington, D.C. area’s only biodiesel co-op.
Chairman of the Board
Alan has worked in a variety of public and private settings as a coach, trainer, consultant, facilitator, administrator, and teacher. He specializes in leadership development, valuing diversity, team-building, change management, and communication. A professional member of NTL Institute, he also provides groups with support and facilitation in the use of large group methodologies such as SimuReal, Future Search, and Open Space Technology. In 1975, Alan co-founded the Deliberate Positive Self-Image Development Project in Ann Arbor Michigan, which focused on developing communications and interpersonal skills among at-risk students.
In 1981, he co-founded The Highland School, a rural-based educational institution serving Appalachian youth as well as students from around the country. He has served as a staff member of the Fellows Program in Change Management at The Johns Hopkins University. Alan received his M.Ed. in alternative education at West Virginia University and holds a BA in Social Science from the University of Michigan. He is a master-certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI®) and authored a chapter in the Barrett-Koehler book, The Change Handbook, on the SimuReal large group methodology.
Sammy Popat is the Director of Development for the South Region at the University of Maryland. He is responsible for building up the university’s presence in states south of Maryland and west to Texas, as well as securing resources and identifying opportunities that may benefit the institution. His personal interest in sustainability led him to fellow Board Member, Mark Stewart, and Pick Up America. Sammy is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a double degree in Government & Politics and Communication.