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NALGEP Team



Ken BrownKen Brown was appointed Executive Director of NALGEP in July, 2012. Ken has more than 30 years of experience working on environmental and energy matters at the local, state, and national levels. He advises public and private sector clients on federal funding, legislative and regulatory solutions, and other tools to facilitate economic and community development, energy efficiency and renewable energy, brownfields revitalization, infrastructure upgrades, air and water quality improvements, and other priorities.

Ken was previously a Partner at The Ferguson Group, where he launched and managed a coalition of more than 500 local governments that helped obtain billions in federal funding for local government energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Ken previously served as NALGEP Executive Director from 1995 to 2004, during which time he tripled the organization’s membership, launched the Brownfield Communities Network, and helped craft portions of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, signed by President Bush in 2002. Ken has also served as Government Affairs Director for Spiegel & McDiarmid, Executive Director of Renew America, National Program Director for Clean Water Action, Co-founder and Director of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, and Legislative Assistant for Congressman Bill Gradison. He received his B.A. and Masters of Public Policy degrees from the University of Michigan.

Ken is the co-author of Unlocking Brownfields: Keys to Community Revitalization; Smart Growth is Smart Business; Profiles of Business Leadership on Smart Growth; and Building a Brownfields Partnership from the Ground Up: Local Government Views on the Value and Promise of National Brownfields Initiatives.

Ken can be reached at kenbrown318@gmail.com or 202.674.7777

Gary SilversmithGary Silversmith, an environmental attorney and investor, was appointed president of NALGEP in July, 2012. He is considered a national authority and expert on brownfield redevelopment. He speaks regularly at all the national brownfield conferences and EPA meetings. He has acquired and redeveloped all types of brownfields, ranging from gas stations to old industrial plants in more than a dozen states.

Gary is President of P&L Investments, LLC, a brownfield developer and a government contractor. P&L received significant positive publicity for the successful remediation and rejuvenation of a PCB-contaminated brownfield site, reportedly the first such site to receive EPA approval to be converted to residential use. P&L is on the GSA schedule for a number of specialties and has contracts with Federal government agencies. Gary is on the Board of a number of nonprofit entities, including the Boy Scouts of America (as he was an Eagle Scout) and the Georgetown University Law Center (where he has two degrees). In his personal time he enjoys competing in triathlons and marathons.

Gary can be reached at gary.silversmith@gmail.com or 202.337.4503


Laura WatchmanLaura Hood Watchman brings over fifteen years of experience in the fields of smart growth, green development, and land conservation planning, as a consultant on the NALGEP management team. Laura started her career at Defenders of Wildlife, where she became a Vice President overseeing advocacy programs on land use, transportation and public land conservation. These programs promoted smart growth at the local, state, and federal levels.

More recently, Laura has worked as a consultant with a variety of clients including the Washington Smart Growth Alliance, the U.S. Green Building Council, and private developers. Laura is a LEED AP, and she has specialized in LEED for Neighborhood Development, a smart growth and green development certification system. Laura was on the original core committee developing the LEED ND rating system, and she has worked as a consultant to assist in revising the rating system and writing the Green Neighborhood Development Reference Guide. Laura has a master's degree in Zoology from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.

Laura can be reached at laura@watchmanconsulting.net or 202.251.8764

Edward SaltzbergEdward Saltzberg, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor on the NALGEP management team. Edward brings over 30 of experience consulting to the EPA, DOD, and DOE on environmental and energy programs. He was a senior officer at SAIC, SRA International and Battelle Memorial Institute with corporate responsibility for many technical support and water and hazardous waste policy contracts seminal to NALGEP’s mission. In 2007 he started his own firm, ERS Advisors, and helps corporate and university chief executives better align their organizations to compete in the federal marketplace.

Edward is also the founder and Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum, a public interest organization, which produces free educational webinars on the impacts to society from climate and other disruptions to natural resources. He works with leading scientist and decision makers from across the globe and collaborates with major environmental, health and energy associations and universities to support these sessions.

Edward can be reached at esaltzberg@ersadvisors.com or 703.992.3848

J. Justin Woods, JD, MPA joined NALGEP as a Summer Law Clerk and Brownfield Policy Intern in May 2015, and has remained with the NALGEP as a Legal and Policy Fellow. Justin is a currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Environmental Law/Sustainable Development at Pace University School of Law (J.D. & M.P.A. exp. January 2016, and admitted to the L.L.M in Environmental Law program). He is also a Land Use & Sustainable Development Scholar at the Land Use Law Center, which promotes the development of sustainable communities through innovative land use strategies, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Pace University. Justin has nearly 20 years of experience in municipal planning, brownfields, and community/economic development. As Director of Planning & Development in Ogdensburg, New York, Justin managed the cleanup and redevelopment planning of several former industrial sites. His team also secured and managed over $5,000,000 in brownfield assessment, cleanup, revolving loan, and planning grants, including 1 of the first 20 EPA Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot grants. Justin is assisting NALGEP in its fight for federal and state sustainability funding and policies that benefit local communities.

Justin can be reached at jwoodsplanner@gmail.com or 518.586.0109.

The Value Recovery Group (valuerecoverygroup.com), a government distressed asset and consulting firm, is also part of the NALGEP management network.