Staff Contact

Our staff have experience in a wide range of areas including urban ecology, environmental education, and landscape design. For more information regarding Urban Resources Initiative, its programs, activities and events, or if you are interested in applying for an internship, please contact us.

 

  Office Address:
  Urban Resources Initiative
  301 Prospect Street, First Floor
  New Haven, CT 06511

  Mailing Address:
  Urban Resources Initiative
  195 Prospect Street
  New Haven, CT 06511

  photo by Ian Christmann

 

Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Director
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(203) 432-6570
  Chris Ozyck, Associate Director
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(203) 432-6189
 
Colleen Murphy-Dunning is the Director of the Urban Resources Initiative. Colleen received her B.S. in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University, and a M.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University. In addition to leading URI, Ms. Murphy-Dunning partners with faculty at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to instruct courses in environmental justice, monitoring and evaluation methods, and urban ecology. Prior to coming to Yale University in 1995, she taught agroforestry at the Kenya Forestry College as a Peace Corps volunteer. She also led the New Guinea campaign for Rainforest Action Network from 1988-90.   Chris Ozyck is the Associate Director for the Urban Resources Initiative. He graduated from the University of Connecticut 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design. Chris has owned and operated a landscape design and construction business for over ten years in New Haven.

Chris has been involved in and led numerous Greenway initiatives including being lead organizer for the Vision trail, the Harbor Trail and the historic Quinnipiac River Loop trail. He was the founding President of the Board for the Elm City Parks Conservancy and the newly formed water pollution mitigation endowed fund. Chris lives in Fairhaven Heights with his wife Rosemary and two daughters.
Katie Beechem, GreenSkills Manager
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(203) 432-6189
 
Anna Ruth Pickett, Development and Outreach Manager
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Katie received her B.A. in Biology from Goucher College and her M.F. in Forestry from the Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies.  Prior to studying at Yale, Katie worked with the Baltimore County Forest Sustainability Program, where she led the effort to plant 1,000 shade trees around public facilities and contributed to the reforestation of hundreds of acres of abandoned agricultural land.  She has also worked as a graduate teaching fellow at Yale F&ES, a research assistant at the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, an environmental educator at the National Aquarium, and as an Ultimate Frisbee coach.  

 

Anna graduated from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 2010 and went directly to work for URI’s Greenspace program. Before coming to Yale, she worked for 3 years at the Ford Foundation on its environmental justice grantmaking team. Previously, she worked for environmental non-profits, as a social worker in a battered women’s shelter, as a political campaign field staffer, and she lived for a while on a sailboat in the Pacific.

Anna earned a Master's of Environmental Science from Yale and a BA in environmental studies from Oberlin College. She lives in New Haven with her husband and two sons.