April Economides, a seasoned sustainability professional with an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management, founded Green Octopus Consulting in 2003. April executes much of the work and also partners with top-notch web and graphic designers for client projects. There are few things that bring her more joy than well-planned cities – both visiting them and helping design them. Some of her happiest memories include riding down separated bike lanes in Washington, D.C. and enjoying pocket parks in New York City.
In her role as a strategist, connector, and communicator, April is engaged at many levels of her local community. Some of her pro bono work includes:
- M.B.A., Sustainable Management, Presidio Graduate School (2009): Team research and presentations on energy efficiency, renewable energy, split incentives Property Assessed Clean Energy and green collar jobs. Led thesis team in developing a business plan for a small business sustainability venture. Helped recruit Van Jones for his only Presidio speaking event. Authored a macroeconomics research paper on vertical gardens for urban centers. T.A. for professors Hunter Lovins, Gil Friend and Marsha Willard.
- Certificate, Innovation in Ecological Design and Construction, City of Portland (2003): Attended weekly seminars on green building design and renovation, including energy, water and waste technologies.
- Sustainability Now! Workshop Series, Ecotrust (2002)
- Non-Profit Management Seminars on management, grant writing, and board member training (1998-1999)
- B.A., History, University of California, Santa Cruz (1997): American Studies and Urban History emphases. History Highest Honors, College Honors, Community Service Award.
Pre-Green Octopus Work:
- Director of Client Publicity, Vetmark (2002–2003): Created client marketing plans and budgets, directed media relations, wrote all marketing copy and planned events.
- Event Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution (2001): Organized events for the Secretary, Board of Regents and National Board, interacting with high-profile politicians regularly. Coordinated dinners and events for major donors and other VIPs. Hired vendors and managed budgets.
- Staff Writer, Long Beach Business Journal (2000): Reported on local and national issues and covered all art, architecture, urban planning and green business news.
- Interim Marketing Director, Downtown Berkeley Association (1999): Recruited to manage the organization until an executive director was hired, created a strategic marketing plan and budget, redesigned and produced quarterly newsletter, designed promotional materials, coordinated events, facilitated outreach and presented at board meetings.