With a background as an archaeologist and writer/editor, Cornelia became, as she puts it, an “accidental environmentalist” during the campaign to save the land that became Gateway Nature Preserve in Winston-Salem. She has extensive experience with grant writing and fundraising for a variety of nonprofits. A Rhode Island native, she embraces life in the South. She shares her life with her husband Matthew, a documentary filmmaker, their dog Rhubarb, and cats Ormolu and Zelda.
Green Jobs Program Manager
After studying social movements and environmental policy at Auburn University, Calarts, and The University of Chicago, Will spent the past decade building networks across the public and private sectors to advance bold solutions related to climate change, transit equity, and environmental justice. He joined PEA in the spring of 2023 following a six-year tenure running campaigns for a national network of nonprofits committed to sustainability and consumer protection. Will proudly calls the Sunnyside neighborhood of Winston-Salem home, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and their electric car. In his free time, he may be found looking at art alongside his wife at SECCA, walking with his daughter to Washington Park, or chatting his neighbors up about federal clean energy tax credits.
Jessica Mendez Rowe
Community Program Organizer
Education Program Coordinator - AmeriCorp VISTA
Christopher is a Winston-Salem/Clemmons native and recent graduate of Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences having received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. Christopher has previous experience in healthcare and public welfare programs. He will use his combination of experience and higher education to uplift and strengthen his home community through environmental education, health, advocacy, and justice. In his free time Chris trains to compete in Olympic weightlifting and enjoys mountain-biking, road-cycling, and hiking.