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.

Brooke Paluzzi, Contracting Manager
Brooke is a Maryland native who utilizes the skills she gained in the private sector towards forwarding Retrofit Baltimore and EnergyReady’s mission.  An active Baltimore resident, Brooke believes that community engagement and volunteering are an essential part of city living.  Brooke holds a B.A. in Community Studies and Civic Engagement from the University of Baltimore, and is a certified Building Performance Institute Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

Jen Ogle, Energy Advisor
Jen joined the Retrofit Baltimore team after working with them as a partner and admiring the passion and change the Retrofit team is able to create. As an Energy Advisor, she is able to help spread the word about the many advantages of being energy efficient to homeowners and renters. Jen has worked in affordable housing for over ten years and is excited to now be on a different side of housing, while still making a positive impact. Jen is active in her neighborhood of Glenham-Belhar and enjoys learning new parts of Baltimore City every day.  Jen is a certified Building Performance Institute Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and holds a B.A. in Sociology and German from Mount Saint Mary’s.

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.

Caroline Miller, Contractor Partnerships Coordinator
Caroline oversees the completion of Retrofit Baltimore’s residential energy efficiency and solar projects in coordination with multiple partner contractors. Caroline holds a dual degree in Social Work and Political Science from the University of Alabama, as well as a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Communities, Management and Policy Practice from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining Retrofit Baltimore, she engaged with policy advocacy to advance the rights of underserved populations in North Carolina.  With a strong emphasis on social justice, Caroline is passionate about providing equitable hiring standards and creating energy savings for Baltimore residents.

Jessica Perla, Project Assistant

Jessica is a Project Assistant at Retrofit Baltimore and helps coordinate services between partner contractors and homeowners. She has a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. Previously, Jessica worked for the Amazon Conservation Association, where she provided general administrative and fundraising support. Jessica hopes to make an impact on the community and environment through her work at Retrofit Baltimore.  Jessica is a certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

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.