Our Team

Eli Allen, Director of the Baltimore Center for Green Careers
Eli launched Retrofit Baltimore in 2011, and oversees program operations, development, strategy and partnerships. Prior to starting Retrofit Baltimore, Eli helped design Civic Works’ Energy Retrofit Installer Training Program and their Energy Retrofit Contractor Development Pilot Project, and also, more recently, designed Civic Works’ Solar Training Program. He has also contributed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s educational outreach efforts and has provided legal support to the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division as an Honors Paralegal. At the Department of Justice, he was awarded a silver medal for extraordinary efforts in a precedent-setting Clean Water Act settlement that achieved over $200 million in relief. 

Evie Schwartz, Associate Director of Outreach and Production
Evie joined the Civic Works team in 2011.  Evie is responsible for day-to-day management of the Retrofit Baltimore and EnergyReady programs. Evie oversees the building of strong recruitment, financing, and service partnerships; the case coordination and assistance provided to households by Retrofit Baltimore staff; the quality of services provided by contractors; and the quality and accessibility of green career opportunities created with partner contractors. Evie has a degree in Urban Studies and is a certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.  Previously, Evie completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps member canvassing Baltimore neighborhoods and worked with the Providence Preservation Society to improve the urban built environment.

Justin Dean, Energy Advisor
Justin joined Retrofit Baltimore after several years in sales working directly with residents throughout MD and all surrounding areas.  Justin has developed working relationships with many of the DMV’s residents, business owners, law enforcement, and law makers.  Justin graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has always had a focus on energy efficiency and green energy.  Justin enjoys improving the quality of life for everyone around me.

Charles Geckle, Energy Advisor

Charles comes to Retrofit Baltimore with a readiness to work with local communities and prior experience in Solar Energy Sales. Although he is a native Delawarean, he has always had a soft spot for Charm City and is determined to make Baltimore a better and brighter place for everyone. Charles is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and also spent some of his undergraduate at Antioch College.

Allie Busching, Business Development Coordinator
Allie enjoys getting to know the many people and places that make Baltimore communities unique, and is passionate about empowering residents to preserve the health and affordability of their homes. Allie holds an MSW from the University of Maryland with an emphasis in community-driven practice. Before joining Retrofit, Allie has worked extensively in community outreach, case management, and community organizing in the areas of housing and economic justice. Allie can often be found in her neighborhood of Waverly, looking for inspiration for new recipes at 32nd Street Farmer’s Market or strolling around Lake Montebello; if you see her out and about come say hello!

Kimberly Armstrong, Field Organizer
Ms. Armstrong’s, core expertise includes Workshops and Training’s in Personal & Professional Development she has several years of experience as a community organizer and social justice advocate which provides her with a unique integrated perspective that is needed in today’s complex sustainability challenges and demands. She is currently obtaining a degree in Construction Supervision and Business Management, at Baltimore City Community College. Ms. Armstrong has also, obtained several industry certifications in sustainability management/planning, and energy efficiency. She continues to stay ahead of this fast pasted, growing green-energy industry by, also completing her certificates in bio-mass/energy and solar PV contracting and sales credentials.

Lexi Williams, Field Organizer
Lexi graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in environmental studies. After school, Lexi decided to engage her passion for social justice by pursuing a career in nonprofit community organizing. She was excited to find this opportunity with Retrofit Baltimore, which marries her interest in social justice with her background knowledge of environmental issues. Prior to working at Retrofit Baltimore, Lexi worked with a local housing organization, which gave her experience with direct community outreach techniques, as well as with professional networking in related nonprofit and government fields. Through her professional experience as well as her personal experience as a current City resident, Lexi has gained insight into the character of neighborhoods all over Baltimore City, and observed how disparities in available services variously impact these communities. Her desire to deliver affordable services to her neighbors who need them most drives Lexi’s ongoing commitment to community outreach. She looks forward to continuing to establish meaningful connections with community members and professional partners alike in her time with Retrofit Baltimore!

Amanda Belles, Contractor Partnerships Coordinator
Amanda oversees the completion of Retrofit Baltimore’s residential energy efficiency and solar projects in coordination with multiple partner contractors.  Amanda has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in General Philosophy from Colorado State University.  Amanda’s prior experience includes but is not limited to, event marketing, program/project management, health policy, managing special projects, managing partnerships, and working on political campaigns.  Although originally from Colorado, Amanda is happy to call Charm City home, and is consistently striving to give back to the Baltimore City community. 

William Miller, Data Coordinator

Bill is a Data Coordinator with Retrofit Baltimore.

Sydney Ramsing, Project Coordinator

Sydney manages project information, data, and documentation for Retrofit Baltimore and EnergyReady projects. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a degree in International Relations, but through her courses, internships, and experiences, she found herself drawn to topics of local policy and community relations. She brings past experience connecting community members with resources in nonprofit settings and database management to the team. Overall, Sydney is dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and families by expanding the access to sustainable opportunities to those who have historically experienced barriers. She is grateful to be a part of the Retrofit Baltimore and EnergyReady teams where she can continue learning about justice issues in the area as well as contribute to a solution.