Jane Harf
Executive Director

Jane Harf assumed the position of Executive Director in June 2017. Prior to GEO, she was engaged in energy and environmental consulting, with clients including the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Ohio Environmental Council, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 2014-2015, she served as Director and Spokesperson for Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a collaboration among businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and local governments designed to showcase the positive impact of renewables and energy efficiency throughout the state. As Director of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) from 2008-2014, Jane led a statewide coalition of public and private colleges and universities. She spent ten years in various leadership positions at AEP, including Vice President for External Affairs at AEP Ohio. In state government, Jane served as Deputy Director for Policy and Legislation at the Ohio EPA and Executive Director of the Ohio Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facility Development Authority. Her expertise in environmental issues was developed during her tenure as State Government Liaison for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club. Ms. Harf received a Bachelor’s from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in political science from the Ohio State University, with an emphasis on American government and politics.

Courtney VanHuffel
Communications & Member Relations Director

Courtney is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability.  Through the University’s Center for Social Concerns, she has participated in multiple immersive learning seminars that promote sustainable practices and social justice commitments, including learning local sustainable practices in Gulu, Uganda for eight weeks.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.  After graduating in 2021, she hopes to attend graduate school for a Masters in Global Affairs, focusing on international peace studies through environmental sustainability.

Emerson Bannon
Electric Vehicle Tour Director

Emerson is an undergraduate at Miami University, majoring in Environmental Earth Science with a focus on policy. He is involved with a number of activist and service groups on campus that specialize in environmental and social justice. Over the past year, he has engaged students and the interfaith community on campus with environmental issues. He is entering his senior year and is planning on graduating in Spring 2021, and then move on to a master’s program. He plans to use his policy focus to further renewable energy and the fight against climate change, and to apply a field science background rooted in his geology experience to policy and advocacy work.

Olivia Brady
Communications & Outreach Intern

Olivia is a senior at Smith College majoring in Engineering and specializing in renewable energy systems. She is an oboist and the President of the Smith College Orchestra. With Engineers for a Sustainable World at Smith College, Olivia collaborated on the mechanical design for the Thermosphere Test Probe, a CubeSat that characterizes thermosphere density. In her free time, Olivia enjoys running, biking, and cooking. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for renewable energy or engineering management.

Rachel Morris
Communications & Member Relations Intern

Rachel is a senior at The Ohio State University pursuing a bachelors degree in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability, specializing in Sustainability and Business. Rachel helped start the Columbus chapter of Represent Us, a non-profit organization opting for campaign finance reform by using a grassroots strategy to pass anti-corruption laws all over the country. In her free time she enjoys traveling, backpacking, and gardening. After graduation, she hopes to become a middle school science teacher, in order to teach a younger generation about the importance of protecting our earth.