Team

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Cassandra Walker

Program Manager

Cassandra Walker has ten years of community outreach and customer relationship management experience. As a native New Yorker, Cassandra's main focus has been the improvement of the quality of life of marginalized communities achieved through her previous positions as Health Care Coordinator at a prestigious New York hospital, a Volunteer Coordinator with Americorps, and as an Adult Education Instructor for a non-profit organization. Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Long Island University.

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Daphany Rose Sanchez

Executive Director

Daphany Rose Sanchez is a New York native, who has been passionately working as an energy equity advocate for almost ten years. Daphany founded Kinetic Communities in 2017. By working with energy and affordable housing industry partners, Daphany connects, educates, and simplifies energy efficiency opportunities for under-served New Yorkers. As an avid affordable housing advocate and resident, Daphany loves to talk about local politics, New York City history, and community empowerment with everyone she meets.

Emily Baumbach

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Emily is skilled in qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Coupled with her strong project management skills, superior organization, and coordination skills, Emily leads strategic planning and research. Emily’s time at prior organizations has developed her ability to work simultaneously with multiple partners and diverse public and private constituencies on projects to conduct on-the-ground programs and science field projects.

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Sahara James

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Sahara manages and contributes to a broad range of Kinetic Communities community-based planning, economic development, and sustainability projects. In doing so, she works closely with community-based organizations and coalitions across New York City to provide them with technical assistance and advocacy support to advance their efforts to make their neighborhoods more sustainable and socioeconomically equitable.


She also helps local non-profits engage local stakeholders in participatory planning processes that aim to give traditionally marginalized groups a bigger voice in shaping the future of their communities. Sahara is skilled in environmental engineering consulting and project management. Sahara's interests specifically include building retrofitting and energy efficiency with a focus on municipal infrastructure. 

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Samia Oishi

2019 Energy Equity Fellow