Our Team

Meg Jamison, director of Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN), headshot

Meg Jamison

Network Director


Meg loves bringing change makers together to make our world a better place. She currently focuses her work on social impact networks and building capacity to advance sustainability initiatives among local governments across the United States. Meg is the Director of the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) where she has worked since 2015.

Meg has extensive experience in network building and network direction. In 2016 she supported the Regional Partner Networks Program for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), and served as interim director of the Green Cities California network from 2017 to 2018. With a background in city planning, Meg provides expertise in community engagement, sustainable development, and smart growth planning practices.

She has consulted with the internationally recognized urban economics firm, Urban3, and is experienced in rural economic development and local food system economies. Her food systems work includes coordinating the City of Austin’s first Urban Agriculture Program, consulting with SCALE, Inc. to complete food hub feasibility studies. Meg’s experience in local economic development spans from coordinating small town revitalization programs with HandMade in America to directing the northern Arizona office of Local First Arizona, the largest local business coalition in the country.

The sum of this experience results in optimistic thinking and determined problem solving that helps connect people, move projects forward, and develop place-based solutions.

Vanessa King, network coordinator of Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN), headshot

Vanessa King

Network Manager


Vanessa serves as the Network Manager for the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) and the principal consultant at V.G.K. Consulting Company. Spending the majority of her early years living across the world in Indonesia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago, Vanessa brings a global perspective to sustainability.

In her previous role as the Sustainability Manager for the Biltmore Company in Asheville, North Carolina, Vanessa assisted in developing, coordinating, and implementing all activities related to environmental sustainability. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism Development from Western Carolina University and a Masters of Science Degree in Sustainability Studies from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She has extensive experience in the hospitality industry bringing a unique understanding of sustainability as it relates to travel, tourism, and business management.

Today, she likes to spend her free time hiking with her dog Otis, traveling, and visiting with family on their North Georgia farm.

2020 Steering Committee

Andrew Saunders, Athens-Clarke Co., GA
(2018 – 2021)
Co-Chair of Committee

Bridget Herring, Asheville, NC


Co-Chair of Committee

Erik Schmidt, Chattanooga, TN
(2017 – 2020)

Brian Blackmon, Knoxville, TN
(2018 – 2021)

Tessa Schreiner, Leon Co., FL
(2018 – 2021)

Sara Kane, Sarasota County, FL
(2019 – 2022)

Susannah Troner, Miami Dade County, FL
(2019 – 2022)

Brennan Bouma, Orange County, NC
(2019 – 2022)

Katie McKain, Charleston, SC
(2019 – 2022)

Kenneth Darisaw, Fulton County, GA


Camille Pollan, New Orleans, LA


Erika Ruane, Charlotte, NC


Helen Peplowski, Winston-Salem, NC