Val Hovland - Founder and Principal

Val has deep experience with analytics and tools to inform decision-making; visualization of data and mapping; monitoring tools and evaluation; strategy development; knowledge management; equity, inclusion, and diversity; and documentary videos. She has worked on domestic and international projects on topics covering land and water conservation, clean transportation, power, environment (fisheries, oceans), global development, and more.

Val started Hovland Consulting in 2016 and loves working on important topics with great clients. Projects have advanced electric vehicles globally (for foundations and non-profits); taken a retrospective look at land and water conservation in the Western US; tracked and expanded equity, inclusion, and diversity within philanthropy; protected birds; explored ways to decarbonize medium- and heavy-duty vehicles; tracked funder collaborations advancing water for people and nature; helped cities navigate the plethora of climate-related solutions; assessed climate impacts of electricity generation and air conditioners globally; explored opportunities for shared, electric, autonomous vehicles; supported metrics for affordable housing; and even told a few people's stories through short video documentary projects. Val is energized by the variety of challenging problems she gets to work on daily.

Prior to Hovland Consulting, Val developed her expertise working for 11 years at the consulting firm Redstone Strategy Group (where she served large foundations and non-profits across a range of topics and geographies), working at a fuel cell startup (where she co-earned a patent on direct methanol fuel cells), and grounding her career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (focusing on modeling and testing innovative technology in advanced vehicles, battery thermal management, and fuel cell development). She holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was an honors society member.

Val lives in Boulder, Colorado with her two young sons - Kaviarasan and Manohar. She has summited Mount Everest, Shishapangma (the 14th highest mountain in the world), Denali (the highest in North America), Kilimanjaro, and many more in Colorado and throughout the world. She volunteers for Room to Read, raised funds to build elementary schools in Nepal in 2010 and Laos in 2017, and continues to work with them to expand global education.


Seth Monteith - Consultant

Seth works part-time as a consultant for Hovland Consulting. He provides support for evaluations, strategies, and surveys; performs underlying research, data analysis, and synthesis of expert interviews. His experience with Hovland Consulting covers land, water, and environmental conservation; clean transportation; and equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Additionally, Seth specializes in climate change and energy issues. His experience includes working with research institutes to downscale energy-climate models and examine low-carbon pathways, analyzing greenhouse gas mitigation policies, evaluating philanthropic portfolios, managing research projects, and designing data visualizations. Before this experience in the Advisory and Research Team at ClimateWorks Foundation, he worked on privacy policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab and spent two years in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Seth holds a BA in European Economic History and Russian Language from Portland State University, and an MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University focusing on Policy Analytics – data science for the social good. He lives with his family in El Cerrito, California.


Todd Sanford -

Todd works part-time as an associate for Hovland Consulting. He is a global change science and policy expert with nearly 15 years of research, policy, and science communication experience focusing on many aspects of climate change impacts and solutions using extensive data analysis and visualization. 

Todd’s recent work centers on climate impacts in the western US and Alaska, including drought trends/impacts and wildfire for the benefit of ecosystems. He has analyzed low-carbon emission scenarios, used using artificial intelligence for ecological conservation, and assessed how climate change affects public health (focusing on air quality and extreme heat/weather), forest ecology, atmospheric aerosols, plus global climate modeling. He has worked at the science-policy interface and in science communication, including print, radio, and television appearances.

Todd holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Colorado and a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University. He has held positions in academics, a Federal agency, and non-profits. He is an affiliate of the Aspen Global Change Institute and has volunteered for years in ecological restoration and public lands policy. Todd lives with his family in Boulder, Colorado.


Rubi Rajbanshi -

Rubi works part-time as an associate for Hovland Consulting and has a passion for sustainability, cities, and transportation. Her focus within Hovland Consulting is on clean transportation and sustainable cities.

Rubi brings over 13 years of experience in transportation infrastructure, air quality, and sustainability. She is skilled in developing policy recommendations and assessing emerging environmental trends and data. Rubi spent two years as Planning Manager at a California Air District, and seven years as the sustainability manager at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she managed sustainability programs, greenhouse gas inventories, carbon offset purchases, and contributed to various NYC climate resiliency task forces.


Rubi holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. She lives with her husband and three children in Santa Barbara, California.