Wayne DeFeo joined USGBC NJ as Executive Director in September of 2018.
He is an environmental veteran with policy and management expertise, both in government and with the private sector.
DeFeo, of Warren Township, Somerset County, NJ, was the county’s first recycling coordinator and later served as Deputy Director of Solid Waste for the New Board of Public Utilities where he provided counsel on solid waste issues and helped develop recycling regulations.
DeFeo later served as New Jersey manager for the then National Solid Waste Management Association (now National Waste & Recycling Association). In 1995, he formed his own consulting company, DeFeo Associates, where has provided expert advice to a long list of counties, municipalities, universities and businesses.
DeFeo is a LEED AP and has been the Project Coordinator on more than seven LEED certified buildings in New Jersey. He has made and continues to make presentations about LEED and its advantages to many organizations.
The New Jersey native has received special recognition from the NJDEP for his contributions to recycling and currently serves as a Faculty Coordinator for Rutgers University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. He has developed several courses in Recycling with an emphasis on sustainability and has been a course instructor in New Jersey’s Recycling Coordinator Certification Program for many years.
In addition, Wayne is a former member of the board of directors of USGBC NJ.
Medea Villeré joined USGBC NJ in March of 2012 as Membership and Communications Coordinator.
Medea is skilled in environmental outreach and communication with a focus on Green Building and Sustainable Communities. She earned her degree in Environmental Policy with a concentration in Environmental Communication from Douglass College at Rutgers University.
Ms. Villeré brings her years of environmental non-profit experience to bear at USGBC NJ. Her knowledge of the green building and sustainability field help her engage with everyone from potential Gala award winners to veterans seeking green jobs training. Medea has a long history with USGBC NJ. She has been an active member since 2005, when she became founding editor of the Chapter’s e-newsletter. Medea also served as Communications Committee Chair.
Before joining the staff of USGBC NJ in 2012, Medea was Project Coordinator at Sustainable Jersey. As part of the team that created Sustainable Jersey, Medea provided across-the-board support of the program since its inception. Her most important role with Sustainable Jersey was providing technical support to end users of the program state-wide, and collaborating on program outreach and communication (print, web, email and social media).
Medea is also Co-chair of her town’s Green Team, a volunteer position.