MARK ARMFIELD – FOUNDER
Mark Armfield, CEO of Armfield Design and Construction and RainCatcher, has been involved with sustainable and green building since the 1980’s. Mark’s current projects include water management, bluff preservation, rainwater harvesting and catchment designs around the Malibu, California area.
Mark served three terms as president of the Malibu Association of Contractors and on behalf of this association he received the prestigious Malibu Dolphin award for outstanding achievement and goodwill for the community. As president, he and the Association built 18 charity projects, from new school parks and theaters to new classrooms. Mark is also the recipient of the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community from the United States Congress, as well as numerous awards and recognition from the state of California.
Mark has also served as Director of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Government Affairs at the City of Malibu, a Member of the Malibu City Business Round table and a Member of the City of Malibu Sustainable Building Committee.
LISA SLATER - CHAIRPERSON
Lisa is a senior corporate communications and public relations executive with extensive experience in the public health arena. She currently leads communications for Africa Strategy for Hoffman La Roche. Based in Kenya, Lisa spends extensive time in sub-Saharan Africa working on projects dedicated to improving access to healthcare.
Lisa holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California.
A passionate advocate for humanitarian causes, Lisa and her husband Anthony traveled to Uganda in 2012 with RainCatcher.
RENZO MARTORELLA - ADVANCEMENT CHAIR
Renzo Martorella is the Director for Advancement, for the Burnett Honors College and College of Undergraduate Studies. Renzo brings 25 years of professional experience in not-for-profit management and fundraising. Prior to joining UCF, he served as Director of Business Development for Information Technology Strategies of McLean, VA. Prior to that, Renzo held several prominent positions for the Boy Scouts of America, as Associate National Director for Hispanic Emphasis, CEO of the Puerto Rico Council and Finance Director in Palm Beach, FL.
DEIRDRE EVANS - PROGRAM CHAIR
Deirdre has worked in the NGO sector for the past 20 years. During her career, she has worked and traveled in more than 40 countries, providing support to communities throughout Africa, Asia and South and Central America. Deirdre is deeply dedicated to WASH Programming and to the people in the communities we serve.
Deirdre traveled to Uganda with RainCatcher in 2018.
Byron is part of the fast-growing team at Optimizely, a San Francisco-based startup that lets businesses optimize their website and mobile apps. As a Product Manager, he focuses on everything from defining product strategy to building new things that customers love.
Prior to moving to San Francisco and joining a startup, Byron spent a decade at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked as a systems engineer for two robotic missions to Mars and an X-ray telescope, NuSTAR. NuSTAR launched in June 2012 and has made some pivotal discoveries about our understanding of Black holes and how they form. He earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from CU Boulder and studied for a semester in Seville, Spain.
Byron spends his time exploring the world, running marathons, biking, skiing, and surfing.