Administration & Finance
Helen Lowman joined Keep America Beautiful as President & CEO in May 2017 with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the areas of international diplomacy and development, youth engagement, environmental education, disaster resilience, global leadership, volunteerism, social justice and human rights. From 2010 to 2017, Helen served as an appointee of the President of the United States in the senior foreign service and the senior executive service. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, she was Director-Individual and Community Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C., overseeing programs to increase citizen and community preparedness while encouraging disaster and crisis resilience. Previously, she served in a variety of roles with the Peace Corps, directing Peace Corps’ largest U.S. headquarters’ office and working with leadership on strategic reforms related to volunteer recruitment and admittance. She earlier served as Regional Director-Europe, Middle East and Asia, Peace Corps’ largest geographic region. Earlier in her career, she managed environmental education events and initiatives with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). While in Texas, she served on the Board of Directors of two Keep America Beautiful Affiliates: Keep Austin Beautiful and Keep El Paso Beautiful. Helen, who speaks four languages, is a graduate of Austin College and received her master’s degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. She recently received her Ph.D. at Antioch University, Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She is a Board member of PYXERA Global and was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Thailand.
Jessica Wassenaar is Chief of Staff of Keep America Beautiful, after recently having her own consulting firm serving the nonprofit community. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director at EarthShare of Texas following her roles as Interim Executive Director and Operations Director. Jessica was also the Operations Manager for the Austin Parks Foundation. Jessica started her nonprofit career in Washington, D.C., working for the Folger Shakespeare Library and the technology policy division of what is now the Bank Policy Institute. Jessica has served on several nonprofit boards including Challah for Hunger and the Austin Rowing Club. In addition to her career in the nonprofit sector, Jessica has worked as a technology consultant at A.T. Kearney—a global management consulting firm—and as a project manager for Dell in Education Services. Jessica holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and a B.A. from Smith College.
Becky Lyons, currently Keep America Beautiful’s Chief Operating Officer, has been with the national nonprofit for 30 years. In this role, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, employee relations, and program oversight. In addition to the role of COO, she has, for the past 20 years, managed Keep America Beautiful’s national network of 620 local, state and international affiliates. In this role, her responsibilities include program development, training and conferences, grant management, and the development of resource materials and publications for Keep America Beautiful’s community-based network of affiliates. She also manages the stewardship and fundraising for a portfolio of corporate partners. Becky graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts.
David Scott, Ph.D., joined Keep America Beautiful in 2019 as Senior Director, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation. David oversees research in support of the Keep America Beautiful mission, and data and evaluation strategies to help understand the impact of the organization and its network of more than 600 community-based affiliates. For more than two decades, David has worked at the intersection of data, analytics, evaluation, and technology to demonstrate the social impact of nonprofits, corporations, and foundations. Most recently, David directed research and evaluation activities at VentureWell, a nonprofit that cultivates a global pipeline of innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to VentureWell, David oversaw business intelligence and evaluation activities at Timshel, a social impact technology and strategy firm. David began his career in the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Randy Hartmann is Senior Director, Affiliate Operations, for Keep America Beautiful. Randy leads a dedicated team of professionals who provide programs, technical assistance and resources to the nonprofit’s 650 local affiliates to help motivate individuals to build and foster sustainable communities. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, Randy served as the COO for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and, prior to that, he directed the Office of Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which included the Keep Georgia Beautiful program. He transitioned the office from having a sole focus on solid waste management to providing environmental sustainability assistance to local officials. Randy has decades of government experience in solid waste management planning, recycling, composting, and disposal operations in Ohio and Iowa.
Marketing & Communications
Noah Ullman was named Keep America Beautiful’s Chief Marketing Officer & Digital Transformation Lead in June 2018. In this role, Noah is responsible for all Keep America Beautiful marketing functions, including guiding the more than 65-year-old brand’s digital marketing initiatives. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, Noah held various sales, marketing, and business development roles across a 20-plus year career, including creating more than 20 product launches from Fortune 50 companies to entrepreneurial ventures. Most recently, Noah was the Director, Technology Consulting for BlumShapiro Consulting, New England’s top regional business advisory firm. Prior to his role at BlumShapiro, Noah had a 10-year stint at Microsoft, where he launched innovative technologies through partnerships and audiences including three years overseas leading Microsoft’s audience marketing effort in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to his business background, Noah is an inventor with several U.S. and international patents.
Tim Shephard comes to Keep America Beautiful with a strong background in storytelling and videography – including the founding of his own nonprofit. Tim earned his degree in Media Communications and Film Production and has worked in Hollywood, on the Olympics, in commercial enterprises, and has run his own business. He also brings a strong mission focus maintaining a decade plus long history of volunteerism.
Jacqueline Grace joined Keep America Beautiful as Chief Development Officer in June 2020 with more than 20 years of leadership experience from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Jacqueline served as Chief Development Officer at Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit focused on affordable access to fruits and vegetables for people in need. Prior to this role, Jacqueline held senior positions at Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served as Chief of Partnerships overseeing corporate, foundation, and government funding as part of Girl Scouts’ commitment to raise $1 billion for girls. She also served as the inaugural Executive Director at Relationships First, and as Senior Director of Development and Cause Marketing at Save the Children. Prior to her work at Save the Children, Jacqueline served in senior roles at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and education materials. She served as the Creative Director of Scholastic’s National Partnerships division and Instructor and Administrator magazines, developing sponsored partnerships. Jacqueline was also the founder and President of LifeTime Media, a book publishing company whose authors include Billie Jean King, Gary Kasparov, and Chaplain of the United States Senate, Barry C. Black. LifeTime also produced branded books with organizations including the American Lung Association, Kraft Foods, Wenner Media, and The New York Historical Society, among many others. Jacqueline was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, where she played varsity basketball and rowed lightweight crew. Jacqueline currently serves on the boards of Every Child a Reader and the Rye Arts Center and is a senior advisor to New Haven Reads.
Deb Woolley, Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, is an experienced development, communications and marketing professional with a demonstrated history of success in fundraising, as well as nonprofit, organizational and event management. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful’s development team, Deb worked in various nonprofits as Director of Communications for Outward Bound Costa Rica, Director of Marketing for The National Society of Leadership and Success, and Director of Marketing for AFS-USA. Prior to her work with nonprofits, Deb held senior positions in the financial sector rising to the position of First Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Comerica Bank.