Chief Executive Officer
Josh Dorfman is Chief Executive Officer of The Collider. An environmental entrepreneur, Josh has built his career at the intersection of sustainability, technology, and media.
Josh launched and led Vine.com, an Amazon e-commerce business unit specializing in natural, organic, and sustainable products. He was Vice President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a “Fast Company 50” startup providing data-driven shopping tools to inform green, healthy, and ethical purchases. Josh was also founder & CEO of Vivavi, a pioneering retailer of modern, sustainable furniture, named to Inc. Magazine’s “Green 50” as an innovator accelerating the green economy.
Earlier in his career, Josh was Creator, Author, and Host of The Lazy Environmentalist, an award-winning reality TV show on Sundance Channel, radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, book series, and blog to help people discover easy and delightful ways to green their lives. He and his ventures have been widely profiled including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Fortune, and on Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch. He is also the only guest to have ridden a bicycle onto the set of The Martha Stewart Show.
Before joining The Collider, Josh led Venture Asheville, a public-private initiative to grow Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He co-founded and was Managing Director of Asheville Angels, an early-stage angel investor group with portfolio investments in cleantech, EV infrastructure, and numerous other industries.
Josh holds an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Operating Officer
Megan Robinson served as the Executive Director of The Collider since Fall 2016, shifting into the role of Chief Operating Officer in Spring 2018.
Prior to joining The Collider team, Megan was a Strategy and Management Consultant at LMI Consulting, Inc., a nonprofit consultancy, and was the Program and Policy Analyst for the Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
Megan earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University focusing on Environmental Policy and Administration. She also has a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where her research brought her to the Galapagos to study the socio-economic and environmental factors that contributed to agricultural pesticide use. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Rochester.
Megan also serves on the board of The RUN828 Foundation, a nonprofit working to promote healthy, active, outdoor opportunities for individuals and families in Western North Carolina. She is a member of Leadership Asheville 36.
Tatiana Rivest plans and manages The Collider events as well as private rentals. Tatiana serves as the key contact and planner for the wide variety of groups who use The Collider’s space for events.
Tatiana holds over 7 years of event management experience and has previously served as Events Manager for The North Carolina Arboretum as well as Special Events Coordinator for The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Tatiana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Geography and is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Certificate in Horticulture from North Carolina State University.
Entrepreneurship & Membership Manager
Tory Grieves is The Collider’s Membership Manager. She focuses on matching climate change entrepreneurs with mentorship, training, and other services offered by The Collider, as well as tailoring these offerings to Member needs. Tory also works closely with the CEO on a variety of strategic initiatives.
Tory earned MBA and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degrees from the Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, respectively, where she focused on social entrepreneurship and impact investment. In addition to working on green infrastructure finance and urban ecology projects in the U.S., she has substantial international experience, including consulting for social entrepreneurs in Ghana and India and evaluating impact investments and promoting community-based conservation in Nepal. Tory holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hamilton College.
Development & Operations Coordinator
Harper Spires provides fundraising and development support, as well as event, communication, and administrative assistance. Harper also provides support wherever necessary in organizing The Collider’s lineup of industry conferences, including Climate City Expo and [Food+Beverage] Collider. She began volunteering with The Collider in the summer of 2017 and was The Collider’s Fall 2017 Thomas R. Karl Intern, assisting with fundraising events, communications management, and donor outreach.
Over the course of her undergraduate career at UNC Asheville, where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, she studied public policy and researched environmental justice issues in the Asheville-Buncombe County area. Harper also worked at UNC Asheville’s Office of Sustainability as a Sustainability Communications Assistant and spent two summers with Texas-based utility Oncor Electric Company’s Environment Department as a Mickey Leland Environmental Intern. She is currently working towards her Masters of Public Administration at Western Carolina University, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.
Staff photos by Brenden Almand Photography
Kelsey Hall began volunteering for The Collider in January 2018, assisting with events, administrative tasks, and ClimateCon 2018. Kelsey now supports the Events Manager, assisting with the planning and management of various conferences, workshops, and receptions. She is currently a student at UNC Asheville, majoring in Environmental Policy & Management with minors in Mass Communication and Economics. Kelsey is also working towards a GIS Certificate from AB Tech. Kelsey works for the UNCA Student Environmental Center as the EcoRep Coordinator, supporting the advancement of sustainability in campus residence halls. She also co-coordinates the UNCA Divest Coalition, a student-led organization that is actively working to remove the university’s current & future direct investments in fossil fuel companies.
Before moving to Asheville for her undergrad, Kelsey interned for the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s marketing department near her hometown of Alpharetta, Georgia. Outside of school and The Collider, she enjoys hiking and camping.
Market Insights & Research Intern
Jackson Salido is a senior at the Science and Math oriented Nesbitt Discovery Academy. A native of Asheville, he is enthusiastic about learning more about local businesses and the local science scene. He is passionate about chemistry and physics and is interested in learning how to relate science and business and use them in conjunction to solve problems and push boundaries. He is active in his school and community, participating in multiple clubs, sports, and faith-based organizations and enjoys writing music, bouldering, hiking, camping, and skiing.
The Collider Board of Directors
George Briggs, Executive Director, The North Carolina Arboretum
Chantal Gloor, Vice President of Project Management, Oceanside Resort, Inc.
James McMahon, CEO, The Climate Service
Mack Pearsall, Founder, The Collider