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Elle Beard

Elle Beard

Founder & Principal Consultant

Echelle Strategies LLC

San Diego, CA

I am a policy wonk with a flair for finding innovative and interesting partnerships between government and the private sector. To me the world is wholly interconnected where value systems mix and mingle, so convincing unlikely bedfellows to work towards a common goal really isn't that hard - and it’s fun! I recently started m...

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The RE.invest Initiative

Project Manager

Currently serving as Project Manager for the RE.invest Initiative (www.reinvestinitiative.org), a national program led by c.dots development (www.cdotsdevelopment.com) and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, to create a transformational shift in the way cities design, plan, and invest in resilient infrastructure systems. In this role, coordinates a dynamic team of engineering, legal, and finance experts from top national firms in collaboration with eight cities from across the United States. As part of this initiative, RE.invest city teams will develop strategies for aggregating and integrating high-priority green infrastructure projects across sectors, including stormwater, broadband, energy, security, and transportation, to leverage public resources and attract private investment.

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Echelle Strategies LLC

Founder & Principal Consultant

Inspired by the French phrase mettre à l'échelle, Echelle Strategies LLC was created to help bring great ideas to a scale where they can make a real impact on the client's company, community, market and world.

In today's world real success happens when people with common interests work together efficiently and effectively. But strategic planning, communications and partnership development takes time - which is where Echelle Strategies LLC can help. It is our mission to take on the heavy lifting in developing and refining all aspects of the client's strategic plan, initiating a multifaceted communications campaign to raise awareness, and cultivating and securing coalitions that can help the client get to where it wants to be.

Echelle Strategies LLC can meet all of the client's needs, but focuses primarily on projects related to sustainability planning and program development.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Special Assistant & Communications Director

I served in a variety of roles during my time at the U.S. EPA including Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, Communications Director, and Strategic Coordinator for the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability.

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University of Michigan

BA, Public Policy