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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.

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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 Portland, Oregon.

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Rubi Rajbanshi -
Associate

Rubi works 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.

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Eric Stonebraker -
Associate

Eric is an urban planner with experience in multi-modal transportation, health and the built environment, comprehensive and environmental planning. He spent the last seven years investigating the built environment and its relationship to GHG emissions and healthy and active transportation as a graduate researcher and National Science Foundation fellow. These studies resulted in five peer-reviewed journal articles in physical activity and health, transportation, and planning journals.

Eric’s experience includes running community input meetings (bicycle commuter interest level in transit), GIS mapping and analysis, travel behavior data analysis, statistical analysis, and investigating the efficacy of policies and land use plans (Wisconsin’s state smart growth, document evaluation, interviewing local planning reps and stakeholder groups, and making recommendations to improve functioning of the statewide legislation).

Eric has a Masters of Urban, Regional, and Environmental Planning from the University of Wisconsin, Masters of Engineering in Transportation Systems from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Science in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin. He lives with his family in Boulder, Colorado.