Team

Fred Lopez, aicp ctp, cnu-a

DIRECTOR OF URBAN PLANNING

Fred has more than 18 years of urban planning experience including land use, zoning, subdivision review and platting, comprehensive planning, and transportation planning. Fred is currently the Director of Planning for Creosote Collaborative and previously served as Comprehensive Plan Manager, Transportation Planning Administrator, and Deputy Director for Capital Improvement Department Planning at the City of El Paso. In 2012, he developed and managed the City of El Paso’s first Transportation Planning Division, which led to new street design policies and procedures focused on improving public health by promoting walking, bicycling, and mass transit. In 2015, Fred managed the development and implementation of the City’s Urban Trails Plan, further improving the walkability of El Paso with federal funding for several projects including the Santa Fe Pedestrian Enhancement Project, Independence Hike and Bike Trail, and River Bend Hike and Bike Trail. Fred was designated as an Emerging Leader by the American Public Works Association in 2014 and was awarded Transportation Manager of the Year by the Texas Public Works Association in 2017.

Lauren Baldwin, mBA, leed AP ND

DIRECTOR OF sustainability

Lauren has more than five years of experience in sustainability program management and three years of experience in grant management and education/outreach. As Sustainability Coordinator for the City of El Paso she helped acquire over $600,000 in grant funding, implemented projects that have diverted over 300 tons of waste from the landfill, and saved almost $30,000 on our City’s electric bills as a result of employee energy savings challenges. Lauren graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and a focus in Environmental Policy and Planning, and later received her MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso. She volunteers locally with the U.S. Green Building Council West Texas Advisory Council, Velo Paso Bicycle Pedestrian Coalition, and the West Texas Urban Forestry Council. She is also serving her second term as an appointee to the EPA’s Good Neighbor Environmental Board, which advises the Council of Environmental Quality and the President on environmental resilience issues in communities along the U.S.- Mexico border. Lauren is also a LEED Accredited Professional (through USGBC) for Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND) and a certified Master Wellness Volunteer through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

aLec mondello

SENIOR PLANNER

Alec Mondello has a B.S. in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is interested in urban planning, sustainability, and active transportation.  Alec previously participated in an internship with the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department. He is a founding member of the American Public Works – UTEP student chapter and currently served as the Vice President.

miguel fraga

sustainability specialist

Miguel Fraga has a Master of Business Administration at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a B.S. in Engineering Leadership. He is especially interested in environmental engineering, project management, and sustainability. He has been awarded by the National Institute of Health to conduct environmental engineering research at UTEP and Rice University. International experiences in which he has participated include: UTEP’s Global and Regional Sustainability Engineering Program at Piura, Peru, an engineering education internship at Berekuso, Ghana, and service learning disaster relief projects in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Academically, he has been recognized with ten merit-based scholarships. Miguel founded the Engineers for a Sustainable World -UTEP student chapter and currently serves as the Annual Conference Coordinator.

Sarah elena dillabough

Sustainability & Outreach Specialist

Sarah Elena has more than 5 years in sustainable project management. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas with majors in Environmental Studies, International Relations, and a minor in French; she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her undergraduate years, she studied in France, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bhutan, and traveled to many other countries. She is trilingual, speaking, reading, and writing fluent English, Spanish, and French. Sarah Elena has experience serving as the Co-Chair of the Student Sustainability Fund at Austin College and as the Co-President for Think Green Campus Awareness, working at Little Traverse Nature Conservancy, interning with Texas Senator Jose Rodriguez and serving on his Environment Advisory Board, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the City of El Paso Resilience + Sustainability Department, working as the Food Donor Relations Manager at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, and as a French Translator (ongoing). She has created and managed grant programs- such as the City of El Paso Garden Grant Program, is experienced in public outreach and education, organizing community workshops and community events, organizing and leading groups of volunteers to work on environmental projects, and organizing various food-waste reduction projects which have diverted thousands of pounds of food from the landfill. Sarah Elena is passionate about people, health & well-being, sustainable development, and livable cities. 

matt maestas

videographer / photographer

Matt Maestas is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in digital media productions at the University of Texas at El Paso. Matt has 4+ years of experience producing high-quality videos for sporting events, specialized businesses, and more.