Meet The Team
Ian Monroe, CEO
Raised on a small farm in the wilds of Mendocino County, CA, Ian graduated with BS and MS degrees in earth systems from Stanford University. He spent most of the last decade bouncing around the world on projects linked to clean energy, international development, and sustainable business, working with clients ranging from ginormous corporations and government agencies to NGOs and family farmer cooperatives. He finds joy in both big picture strategizing and the inner workings of spreadsheets and code. He's rather obsessed with the power of environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA), as well as edible mushroom hunting, and any/all pick-up sports. He also moonlights as a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Stanford, where he teaches classes on climate change decision-making and renewable energy technologies.
Kirstin Cummings, CTO
Born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area, Kirstin graduated from Stanford University with a BS in symbolic systems and an MA in music, science, and technology. She began her career doing machine learning research at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information, writing code to help computer programs learn how to do things like solve math problems and navigate virtual cars down virtual roads. Moving into the startup world, she became one of the first software engineers at imeem, an early streaming music service. She recently earned a certificate in graphic design from UC Berkeley Extension and, totally unrelated, an artisan cheesemaking certificate. In addition to her interests in development and design, she is a founding member of women's vocal ensemble Musae, now in its tenth season.
Yang Ruan, Chief Product Officer
Arash Danaie, COO
Arash is our generalist with a technical twist. He's spent the last two decades hacking away on enterprise software, making data useful for startups to Fortune 500 companies. After spending half of his career growing biotech startups in Maryland, he relocated to sunny Pittsburgh to complete his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University. He's excited about helping the world shift their financial impact to match their personal values. Arash gets his hands dirty with our data, business model, and codebase.
Ian Umeda, Designer
Ian Umeda was born into a Japanese and Danish-American post-hippie family in Berkeley. He received his BA in documentary photography from UC Berkeley and MFA in photography, video, and related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ian has worked in web design and development for more than ten years for Artist As Citizen and the City Atlas arts and environmental organizations. While living in India, Ian also taught photography, fine art, and Photoshop courses at the Light and Life Academy Photo Institute in South India. When he's not designing, teaching, or photographing, Ian enjoys walking his cat, giving his chickens pep talks about laying more eggs, and watching his tomatoes ripen.
Jeffrey Bennett, Software Architect
Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, Jeff left for the big city (well, Pittsburgh) to earn degrees in electrical engineering and German from CMU. He began his software career in CMU Robotics, writing a C compiler for a six-jointed arm that later beat him at ping pong. Then came IBM mainframe channel extension (don't ask!), and a Star Trek-like five year mission to design the new Boston subway control system. But he just couldn't stay away from CMU. Working with the founder of the Language Technologies Institute, he embarked on a successful research career in computational linguistics, leading teams of researchers and developers to push the boundaries of NLP (while co-authoring six patents). He survived the tech bubble, helped sell a $6 million patent portfolio — and got much better at ping pong. These days he's rediscovering the entrepreneurial spirit he's had since publishing a comic book series in high school and doing independent projects with several startups. Working for Oroeco is another kind of rediscovery; like a return to the land after too many years away. Jeff wants to make the world a better place for his daughter, Mimi.
Kyoko Ikemoto, Mobile App Developer
With over 20 years of experience in software development, Kyoko Ikemoto is a woman of many hats. She has served as developer, solutions architect, enterprise architect, business process architect, project manager and scrum master for organizations throughout the country and across the globe. Her work spans industry and size, from Fortune 500 financial institutions to technology companies and start-ups. Her development background includes web, mobile, database, integration, BI, and collaboration technologies. She values continuous improvement and enjoys learning new development languages, tools, and processes that contribute to happier software development and quality delivery. She has published mobile apps and is thrilled to contribute to Oroeco's mobile offering.
Mobile App Developer
Mobile App Developer
Eric Hulburd, Engineer
Eric grew up on the coast in beautiful central Caifornia and later graduated from Stanford University in environmental engineering. After graduating, he remained in San Francisco where he realized the need to leverage information technology to achieve gains in material and energy efficiency was urgent and an area to which he could effectively apply his talent. He likes to spend his time nerding out on science magazines and learning web and mobile frameworks.
Eric Potash, Engineer
Currently finishing a PhD in mathematics at Northwestern, Eric previously studied at Columbia. He is a 2014 University of Chicago Data Science for Social Good summer fellow. At Oroeco, Eric is applying his skills in data analysis and software engineering to the issues he cares about, including sustainability and environmental conservation. When he's not at the blackboard or keyboard, Eric enjoys running marathons, baking sourdough, and growing vegetables.
Dav Clark, Chief Scientist
Dav does research on how people make decisions about climate change as a psychology PhD student at UC Berkeley, working with the Cognition and Action Laboratory and the Reasoning Research Group. Dav also sports an MSc in cognitive neuroscience from MIT, as well as degrees in math, computer science, and linguistics from the University of Maryland. He is an experienced web developer and is a partner at KeepOpen.com, a web publishing company, as well as an accomplished juggler (both literally and metaphorically). He's lending his expertise to help Oroeco build engaging apps that motivate real change.
Tobin Keller, Artist-in-Residence
A maestro of multiple media, Tobin's tremendous talents transcend painting, illustration, photography, and graphic design. Indigenous to Ukiah, CA ('haiku' spelled backwards), Tobin ventured to Vancouver for a BA in integrated media from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, then returned to San Francisco for an MFA from Academy of Art University. His claims to fame include surviving a hippie childhood, an extensive collection of high tech kitchen gadgetry, (somewhat) sustainable meat procurement (via his also extensive collection of guns), and beating cancer. He's convinced Oroeco will save the world (or at least will look pretty in the attempt).
Sylvie Bryant, Marketing Manager
Sylvie grew up in Vancouver, Canada where a respect for nature (and rain) is almost mandatory. She recently graduated with a masters in management science and engineering at Stanford, where she spent her time absorbed in entrepreneurship, human-centered and UX design, and operations classes. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Genentech in manufacturing and supply chain operations and has a BS in microbiology and immunology from the University of British Columbia. Also an avid traveller, she explored remote locales in South East Asia while working in Singapore. Whenever she has a spare moment, she dances ballet and hip hop, trains in the circus arts, and drinks bubble tea.
Luci Ng, Marketing Manager
Hailing from Brooklyn, Luci was always surrounded by concrete, big buildings, and other non-nature-y things. Because of that, she grew to adore animals and studied biology with a concentration in animal sciences at Brown University. After graduating, she moved back to NYC and started working for a gourmet ketchup start-up, where she discovered her love for food and brand marketing. Although Luci enjoyed her work in NY, San Francisco was beckoning and she responded. She spent the last year working as an operations specialist on the Google Glass team, helping with the launch of this new wearable computing device. Luci spends a lot of her time fostering dogs, learning acroyoga, and taking care of her succulent collection. And now, spreading the Oroeco word!
Eugene Huang, Artist and Animator
A Bay area native, raised in the heart of the Silicon Valley. He grew up with a passion for filmmaking and art, but ended up graduating from UCLA with a degree in Economics. Eugene spent 3 years working as a consultant with KPMG before moving on to pursue his passions. Since 2011 he has worked full time as an independent media professional. He creates films, animations and illustrations for organizations across the San Francisco, Bay Area. He especially loves working with organizations that bring a positive impact to the world.
Artist and Animator
Artist and Animator
Leighton Wallace, Engineer
Leighton is a problem solver, and he loves to solve problems with code. After graduating from Stanford University with a BS in symbolic systems, he worked at Pinger; first as a lowly intern doing web development and later blossoming into a senior backend and web services engineer. Having done his time dealing with carriers and building scalable systems to help young people text for free, he is excited to lend his problem solving skills to help Oroeco help the world. When he's not solving problems with code, one can find Leighton at a salsa club spinning up a sweat, in the kitchen making the perfect scrambled eggs, or wishing he was in better shape playing pickup basketball.
Josh Herlands, Finance and Legalese
Emerging from the coal mining heartland of Northeast Pennsylvania, Josh has focused much of his career on renewable energy finance and development. He has previously worked with the energy investment banking team at (canary in the global economic coal mine) Lehman Brothers, the renewable energy acquisition team at MAP Royalty, and has conducted financial and market-based consulting work for various organizations in places such as San Francisco, Mumbai, and Lesotho. Josh's passion for environmental stewardship stems from his love of playing in the mountains and wandering through deserts. In addition to his desk-bound experience, Josh has spent significant time leading wilderness therapy trips for at-risk youth. He holds BA and MA degrees in international policy studies from Stanford University and is in the process of obtaining his JD from Harvard Law School.
Wizard of Finance and Legalese
Wizard of Finance and Legalese
Zeke Hausfather, Environmental Economist
Zeke is an energy systems analyst and environmental economist with a strong interest in conservation and efficiency. He was previously the chief scientist at C3, an energy management and efficiency company. He also cofounded Efficiency 2.0, a behavior-based energy efficiency company. He received a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a master's degree in environmental science from Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands, and another master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has published papers in the fields of environmental economics, energy modeling, and climate science. He loves hiking and backpacking, has hiked a good chunk of the Appalachian Trail, and cannot sleep when people on the internet are wrong.
Anthony Kinslow II, Engineer
Anthony is a Masters/PhD student in Stanford University's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, with a focus in sustainable design and construction. Anthony has a passion for research and loves to travel. You can find him at any given time doing one or the other and sometimes both at the same time.
Anthony Kinslow II