Patricia Pomeroy was appointed the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Regional Council in 2012. She previously served as the Supervisor of the Town of Rockland for 8 years, guiding the Township through 5 major floods, several federal grants for mitigation and buy-outs, new zoning regulations and a comprehensive plan. She returned to Binghamton University for a Master’s Degree in Geography and also completed the requirements for FEMA’s Certified Floodplain Managers designation. In addition to her administrative duties with HVRC, Ms. Pomeroy works primarily with communities to want to access federal funding for water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades that will create and/or retain jobs as per the US Dept. of Commerce Economic Development Administration protocols. She also works on HVRC 604 B Water Quality program which comes through the Environmental Protection Administration and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation providing assistance, outreach and education communities and MS4’s on water quality issues including funding for Green Infrastructure planning. She is excited to be participating in the new Clean Energy Communities Program with NYSERDA not only because of the significant positive energy impacts it will bring to the Hudson Valley Region but because it takes her back to her municipal government roots.
PHONE:845-564-4075, ext. 214
Carla Castillo began at HVRC in August 2016. As Deputy Executive Director and Clean Energy Communities Coordinator, Ms. Castillo directs NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program in HVRC’s seven-county Mid-Hudson Valley Region, promoting economic development while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as increasing energy cost savings through the implementation of clean energy projects. She is also facilitating local communities’ plans for organics collection programs while providing support on HVRC organizational matters. Previously in Philadelphia, Ms. Castillo led the transformative sustainability and neighborhood revitalization efforts of NKCDC. With Recyclebank, Ms. Castillo inspired city-wide residents to recycle more through Philadelphia Recycling Rewards. At the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Reinvestment Fund, she stabilized distressed neighborhoods through the development of 550+ homes as an affordable housing lender and technical assistance provider to community development corporations. Also at the Reinvestment Fund, Ms. Castillo worked with internationally-based microfinance CEOs to advance the micro-finance industry.
Ms. Castillo received an MCP in City & Regional Planning and an MS in International Development & Appropriate Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Ms. Castillo volunteers in the Town of Cornwall, chairing the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and working with select Cornwall Central School District schools to implement school-based recycling programs. She recently completed her tenure as an appointed member to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.
PHONE:845-564-4075, ext. 210
Europa McGovern has been a Planner at HVRC since September 2016. In her primary role as Clean Energy Communities Coordinator, Ms. McGovern closely with elected officials and dedicated volunteer groups on the various actions that local governments can pursue under NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program, and she also provides support on strategies related to water quality, climate action, and other sustainability-related planning and funding opportunities to municipalities throughout the Mid-Hudson Region.
Ms. McGovern completed her Masters in Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook Universities’ School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. She is a dedicated volunteer herself, serving on the City of Poughkeepsie’s Waterfront Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. She has been known to ride her bicycle in to HVRC’s office in Newburgh when not driving her electric car.
PHONE:845-564-4075, ext. 211