A sustainable development platform that makes social and environmental impact profitable through its simple business assessment and green business certification program.
Liz Shephard (CEO), Jessica Nehrbass (Director of Impact) & Molly Richard
Liz Shephard (CEO)
Liz is trained as an energy rater, water policy analyst, LEED Green Associate, and facilitator. After graduating with honors and distinction at Carleton College, Elizabeth was hired by her college as an Environmental Studies Associate to serve as the school’s sustainability coordinator, where she also built connections to the city of New Orleans. Originally from the Gulf Coast, Elizabeth moved to Louisiana to teach Earth Science and worked in the environmental non-profit field for nearly 3 years. Daughter of two independent business owners and as a previous steering committee member of Social Entrepreneurs for New Orleans (now Propeller), Elizabeth is passionate about making business sustainable. She leads the Green Chamber of Commerce Green Committee and serves on event committees for greening the Superbowl, NCAA events, and other special conferences like the USGBC Green Build Conference. She serves as Chair of the Caring for Creation Committee at Rayne Memorial Methodist Church and is an active community member. Recently, Elizabeth was chosen as one of the top 50 Business Women of the Year by CityBusiness, a local New Orleans newspaper.
Jessica Nehrbass (Director of Impact)
Jessica’s passion is employing social enterprise models for community development. As the Social Enterprise Consultant for LifeCity, she is excited to share her technical skills to improve local business’ social and environmental impact. This passion grew over her last four years in Washington, D.C. where she completed a one-of-a-kind Masters degree in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service. She also facilitated an international development program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before returning to New Orleans where she was born and raised, she conducted a community needs assessment for a women’s empowerment social enterprise in Costa Rica. She has lived in four countries and is proficient in Spanish and French. Jessica’s other passions include learning about Latin American cultures and growing her Christian prayer life. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Richmond.
Molly Richard (Account Manager)
Molly Richard is an Account Manager for LifeCity. She has a background in local food systems, community organizing, event planning, and campaign management. Molly is a native of Lafayette, LA, and an alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated with a B.A. in World Religion and a minor in Human Rights. She served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Billings, Montana, working with farmers and ranchers to protect water and land rights. Molly returned to Louisiana to manage the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm. She also worked as a Housing Case Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator for Catholic Services of Acadiana, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Acadiana region. A strong believer in the power of collaborative impact, Molly is excited to work alongside companies, individuals, and organizations in setting and achieving measurable goals to build a more sustainable New Orleans.