About Us

The mission of Green City Challenge is to educate and inspire people to Live Green, Work Green and Eat Green in New York City and beyond.
Green City Challenge Board of Directors

Les Judd,  Founder and President

Mr. Judd has been an environmental activist and leader all his life. He was inspired to be an environmentalist during childhood when he participated in a clean-up of the local brook in Ossining, NY where he grew up. Les became a leader in the nuclear freeze movement in 1982 when his Rabbi recommended him as a co-founder of the local nuclear freeze chapter. During the 1990s, Les was an activist and leader in the Sierra Club. In 1995, Les was one of the founding members of the Environmental Committee at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He served 5 years as Co-Chair and is still active on the committee. Les was a volunteer hike and urban walking tour leader for Mosaic Outdoor Mountain Club of Greater NY for many years. a group of New Yorkers who believe that one of the best ways of being an environmentalist is to be vegetarian or vegan.

Les has professional experience in New York City government, the private, non-profit sector and in private business. Les is an adjunct professor at Lehman College in the Bronx and teaches an undergraduate course titled Health, Wealth and Happiness: The Importance of Greening. Les has an MPA from New York University and a BA from SUNY Brockport. Les currently teaches two undergraduate level courses on environmental sustainability.

Contact Information:
E-mail: Les@greencitychallenge.org
Cell: 718-530-5074

Tracy Mitchell, Treasurer

tracyTracy Mitchell is a Mergers & Acquisitions Specialist at Citibank New York. He has over 25 years’ experience in Banking, Finance, and Accounting positions where he obtained several licenses and certifications.  Tracy is a NYU Alumnus where he Majored in Accounting and Minored in Psychology. He has been a very active member and Treasurer on a few Boards including Afro Brazil Arts, City At Peace, and Wingspan Arts.  Tracy developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of an informal youth development program at Claremont Village Community Center over 30 years ago. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our region; one program at a time.

Contact Information:
E-mail: Tracy@greencitychallenge.org
Cell: 917-447-4497

 

Erik Nevala-Lee, Secretary

headshotErik Nevala-Lee engaged in the green movement in 2004 while a student studying Urban Design and Architecture at NYU. Over the years Erik has taken on various challenges and in 2008 became Program Coordinator for a non-profit GreenHomeNYC. In this role Erik is directly involved with all operations of GreenHomeNYC, including program creation and management, volunteer coordination and daily administration. In addition, Erik is a freelance illustrator who using mainly 3D computer aided design tools produces architectural, set and event renderings for various design clients throughout New York City.

 

Contact Information:
E-mail: Erik@greencitychallenge.org
Cell: 917-370-4244

 

Jerrod Delaine, Webmaster

jerrodJerrod has been a student and practitioner of sustainability for a number of years. His expertise is related to sustainable buildings. He has worked in real estate private equity, consulting, not-for-profit advising and project managing. His efforts have included asset management, acquisitions, construction and development due diligence. Jerrod was a project management intern for the Development Division of the Jonathan Rose Companies, a green real estate policy, planning, development, civic development and investment firm. He is currently the Director of Asset Management and Director of Construction for Carthage Real Estate Advisors LLC. Carthage produces workforce and supportive housing development that improve communities and generate much needed economic development activity.

Contact Information:
E-mail: jerrod@greencitychallenge.org
Cell: 917-652-6539