Meet the Team


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Sumedha Rao is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She is committed to catalyzing robust, inclusive, and collaborative solutions for a greener Louisville!

Sumedha has a background in urban sustainability, environmental policy, and green building in the United States and India. In 2022, Sumedha was named a Future Leader by the Aspen Institute, among 100 climate leaders in North America under the age of 30. Sumedha holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from St. Joseph’s College in India, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED AP, accreditation.

Call her at (502) 574-1910

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Natalie Kincheloe is the Sustainability Specialist of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.  Natalie earned her Master's in Geosciences and Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Western Kentucky University with research interests in sustainability, climate change, environmental education and water resources. A Louisville native, she has worked in analytical laboratories in Bowling Green, KY and Missoula, MT, and has conducted research on climate change perceptions among tourists in Iceland. She is thrilled to be back in Louisville and working towards green initiatives with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability!

Call her at (502) 574-8643

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Gianna is the Communications Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She passionate about using media, art, and technology to exchange culture and promote the wellness of all residents of Louisville. 

She holds a BA in Anthropology from Hanover College and a Certificate in Publishing from NYU. Gianna is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama 2019-2020) and previously served as the Development Coordinator at Americana Community Center. Gianna volunteers with grassroots organizations in and out of the US to build digital content and online representation.

Call her at (502) 574-8967

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Jake Medley

Jake Medley is the Green Economy Coordinator in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. He is committed to giving back to his city in various ways, and in this office will seek to lower industry emissions through business relationships and insights he gained working in Louisville Metro’s Economic Development Office, among other initiatives.

Prior to government work, Jake worked in business development in San Francisco, where he aimlessly spent his 20s hiking in nature. He is a 2015 graduate of Centre College and is proud to back in his hometown with his sleeves rolled up!

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Dash Williams

Dash has a background in construction, renovations, and financial lending. Growing up in Florida with a general contractor Dad, Dash learned very young about building practices and their impact on the environment. After graduating from the University of Tampa with a BA in Performing Arts, they lived in Atlanta, GA, for ten years, where they gained experience in construction cost management and residential real estate lending. Then, more recently, Dash worked as a Project Funding Specialist at the climate tech company Sealed, Inc., working to expand affordable financing models for improving energy efficiency in US homes. They are passionate about renewable resources, sustainable building methods, and recycling infrastructure, and they love spending time with their animals out in nature. 

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The Office of Sustainability works closely with our colleagues in the department of Facilities & Fleet

Zach Tyler

Zachary Tyler is the Energy Manager for Louisville Metro Government. Originally from Winchester, Ky., he graduated with a degree in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky, with certification from the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky. He then worked as an energy consultant for UK to help the university realize emissions reductions commitments. 

Call him at (502) 574-7378.

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