Audrey Schulman, HEET Co-founder and President
A skilled energy assessor and registered thermographer, as well as an experienced grassroots activist, Audrey has performed energy assessments on everything from homeless shelters to historic churches. She has also led HEET’s work on gas leaks by mapping the utility-reported gas leaks across Massachusetts. With Metropolitan Area Planning Council, she led the FixOurPipes.org study to find how to fix gas leaks faster and at less expense through increased municipal/utility coordination. She was also the instigator of the Large Volume Leak Study. Audrey is the author of four novels, which have been translated into 11 languages, and reviewed by the New Yorker and CNN.
Jason Taylor, HEET Team Leader and Evaluator, Treasurer
Jason works for Byggmeister, a preeminent remodeling and design firm. He has taught air-sealing at ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development), Weatherization Bootcamps, Train the Trainer events, SMOC Green Jobs Academy, Mass Green Initiative, and Roxbury Community College. He has personally trained over 150 green jobs students who are working in the field now. He has written air-sealing and insulation curriculum for MassCap. He assesses houses prior to energy-upgrade work-parties, leads HEET’s student outreach program, and speaks Spanish.
Zeyneb Magavi, Research Director
Zeyneb led HEET’s research team for the Large Volume Leak Study in 2017 and is currently completing a Masters program in Environmental Sustainability. She has worked in acoustics at BBN Technologies, followed by years of finding Information and Communication Technologies solutions to challenges in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the developing world. After studying Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health and working with a startup called DTree, she shifted her focus to health and sustainability in the built environment. One of her green & healthy home renovations was featured on PBS’s NOW show with David Broncaccio. She has also worked with SEN, a network of scientific consultants and editors, where her role included strategic planning as well as projects related to technology, health, and the environment. More recently, Zeyneb assisted Professor Ashford at MIT with a book on transforming the industrial state.
Debbie New, Communications Director
Debbie has a background in education and the arts, having taught both literature and dance and worked in higher education. She studied anthropology and French literature at Oberlin College and holds master’s degrees in anthropology and education. Her climate work began with a resolution to ban a tar sands oil pipeline, but has grown exponentially by working on gas leaks. She brings her training in organizing, writing, and communicating to her role at HEET. If she could spare time from working on reducing emissions, she would love to choreograph Guys and Dolls.
Jessica Garrett, Special Projects Director
Jessica Garrett is a science educator, author, voice actor, and climate activist. She recently co-authored the truly disgusting but fascinating book Oh Ick! 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! She has also written several not-so-gross, yet totally engrossing science textbooks. After studying biology and medicine, Jessica taught math and science as well as designed and taught K-12 STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math—curricula at MIT. Jessica grew up in a passive solar house in Maine where composting and recycling were a way of life. Now she tries to live that way in the big city. She also volunteers for Mothers Out Front, leads STEAM shows in schools, and records audio books.
Jason Taylor with spray foam gun and the New York skyline.