Administration & Finance

Jennifer Lawson

President and CEO
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Jenny Lawson is the President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement organization. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, Lawson served as the Chief Civic Innovation and Corporate Citizenship Officer at Points of Light, a global nonprofit, founded by George H. W. Bush, dedicated to volunteering and civic engagement.  There she led the Corporate Service Council center of excellence dedicated to building the capacity of the corporate sector for high-impact civic engagement through volunteering and philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.  The work included growing engagement of the corporate sector three-fold, building in-person and digital learning communities, recognition and research programs, training and consulting services and earned media initiatives. She led the developed and led an innovative partnership with business and academia, The Civic 50 ranking of the country’s most civic minded companies with revenue over $1 Billion, which now serves as the premier industry benchmark used by companies as a roadmap for civic culture building.  Lawson also served as the executive sponsor of a diversity, equity, and inclusion partnership with Morehouse College to build understanding and inspire action to end racism. 

Prior, Jenny led a global campaign focused on energy efficiency and environmental awareness at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES). She also served as the Director of the Office of the President at The Nature Conservancy and on the climate communications team. 

Lawson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied Philosophy and Mathematics. She is a daily walker with her two dogs and husband Chuck in the beautiful communities surrounding their Connecticut home. 

Affiliate Services

Becky Lyons

Chief Operating Officer
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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 nearly 700 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.

Isaac Nicholson

Affiliate Operations Regional Director, Central

Jason Smith

Affiliate Operations Regional Director, West

Mallory Coffey

Affiliate Operations Regional Director, East

Elizabeth Stover

VISTA Leader at Keep America Beautiful


David Scott PhD

Senior Director of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation
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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

Senior Director, Affiliate Operations
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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.

April Wennerstrom

Training Director

Grady McGahan

Director, RETREET

Jerí Irby

Manager, RETREET

Thea Michailides

Director of Operations

Marketing & Communications

Noah Ullman

Chief Marketing Officer
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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

Senior Creative Director of Marketing
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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.

Abby Turpin

Director of Communications

Kelly Morris

Special Events Manager


Abby Horrigan

Director, Corporate Initiatives

Kim Svoboda

Director, Corporate Initiatives

Debbie Linehan

Advancement Director

David Wheeler

Foundation and Government Grants

Keep America Beautiful Branches

Malkia King

Executive Director, Keep America Beautiful-Newark

Sue Smith

Executive Director, Keep America Beautiful-Chicago