Tradewater has assembled a team of experts in environmental science, engineering, public policy, data analysis, and project development and implementation. Over their careers, the Tradewater staff have collectively developed carbon credit projects that prevented the emission of more than one million tons of greenhouse gasses.
tim brown

Tim provides strategic direction for the firm in all business areas. He is a founder of Tradewater, a new venture designed to expand the carbon offset development work he successfully accomplished for many years at his previous company, Wabashco, LLC. Tim has over 33 years of experience in environmental policy, hazardous waste cleanup, pollution prevention, and carbon programs. He has been a developer of carbon offset projects and a participant in carbon markets since 2005. Tim is co-founder of the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to improve environmental quality and promote community and economic development in the Great Lakes Basin. He ran the Delta Institute’s environmental program, which included a wide range of water quality, pollution prevention, toxic reduction, and carbon sequestration work. Previously, he opened and ran the Midwest office of Clean Sites, a national organized focused on hazardous waste cleanup and environmental facilitation and mediation. He has held positions at ICF Kaiser Engineers, Commnicore, and the Center for the Great Lakes. Tim holds a B.S. from Northwestern University. He has held leadership positions on many boards over the years and currently serves on the boards of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Lochland School, and the Rebuilding Exchange.
tim cycyota

Tim brings a wide variety of experiences in the environmental field to bear in his role as an Associate at Tradewater. He has worked both in Alaska for the National Park Service and in Washington, DC for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, dealing with federal project planning at the local and the national level. Prior to working at Tradewater, Tim worked in the aviation sector, striving to promote sustainability and reduce environmental impacts at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. Tim graduated from Northwestern University in 2012, and earned a Master’s degree in environmental science, policy, and management from a consortium of European universities as part of the Erasmus Mundus MESPOM program in 2014.
linda doncsecz
Operations Manager

Linda joined Tradewater in 2016 as Operations Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of refrigerant aggregation and processing. Prior to joining Tradewater, Linda worked in the field of consumer electronics as a Quality and Process Technician and holds an A.A.S. degree as an Electronics Technician. She is also a CORE Registered Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and a Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality.
chad dorger

Chad is an associate at Tradewater working on carbon offset development. He holds a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Previously, Chad worked in Loyola's Biodiesel Program using waste vegetable oil to create biofuel, biosoap, and a whole lot of messes along the way.
rachel kanan
Finance and Administration Associate

Rachel joined Tradewater in 2016 and serves as its Finance and Administrative Associate. She is responsible for maintaining the company’s books and records as well as managing the office, and provides administrative and other support to the firm’s carbon offset programs. Prior to joining Tradewater, Rachel spent 9 years as a middle school math teacher, and also served as a bookkeeper for numerous other businesses. Rachel has a B.A. from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
miranda mcclendon

Miranda is an associate working on Tradewater’s carbon offset development program. She previously worked at Constellation Brands in their corporate social responsibility department. Miranda holds a B.S. from The Ohio State University and is glad to get back to her environmental roots combatting climate change on the forefront.
gabriel bankier plotkin
Vice President

Gabe is a founder of Tradewater and leads the company’s business development efforts to expand existing greenhouse gas mitigation programs. He also works to establish new ventures related to innovative technology and international carbon markets. Gabe began working in environmental project development at Wabashco, LLC, after a 12-year career as an attorney. He served first as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois. He then joined the law firm of Miller Shakman & Beem, a commercial litigation boutique, where he became a partner. Gabe served as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School. In 2014, he was named by the Chicago Law Bulletin as one of the Forty Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. While in law school, Gabe founded Youth Rights Media, a non-profit in New Haven, Connecticut, dedicated to empowering youth to protect and advance their legal rights. He currently serves as Chair of the Rebuilding Exchange board of directors. Gabe holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
matt rohde

Matt joined Tradewater in 2016 and serves as an Associate, working on carbon offset development. Prior to joining Tradewater, Matt worked on environmental management system implementation and training programs with a mid-sized manufacturing company. He is LEED Green Associate certified and has worked on photovoltaic panel installations in Belize. Matt holds a B.A. from Elmhurst College.
sam schiller
Manager of Carbon Projects

Sam serves as Tradewater's Manager of Carbon Projects, responsible for overseeing the firm’s national effort to collect CFCs. Sam previously worked for Wabashco, LLC, where he developed pollution prevention projects at abandoned coal mines and provided wind resource assessment and permitting activities for utility scale wind sites. Sam helped create and for seven years led the Delta Emerging Leaders Board, which supports environmental enterprises and sustainability projects in the Midwest. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the Delta Institute, a nonprofit that supports environmental protection in the Great Lakes region. He was awarded a Morris K. Udall Congressional Scholarship and Startingbloc Fellowship for his work in environmental policy and social enterprise development, and is recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University.
kevin schwartzenberg
Director of Engineering

Kevin joined Tradewater as Director of Engineering in 2016. He leads engineering efforts related to the firm’s program areas, and technology development related to CFC destruction and abandoned coal mine methane. Prior to joining Tradewater, he worked in academic research on the development of catalysts for energy and environmental applications. He also has experience in the olefins processing industry. Kevin holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.
laurel stiff
Project Manager

Laurel serves as Project Manager for Tradewater’s program to collect CFCs throughout the United States. She previously worked as an associate at Wabashco, LLC, supporting Wabashco’s carbon offset projects. Prior to joining Wabashco, Laurel worked for the American Institute of Architects on sustainability in the environment sector. Laurel provides volunteer support to the Academy for Global Citizenship. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.