Naomi Mermin Consulting, LLC, works to build and rebuild communities by incorporating the best science and design to support a healthy world. We work with developers, public officials, and non-government groups to develop policies and strategies focused on issues related to healthy homes, green building, healthy communities/smart growth, sustainable development, and climate change.
The passion that fills our work is bringing the balance, beauty and economy of the natural world into our daily lives. We don’t believe in the false choices of economy or environment, wilderness or city. Rather, we believe we have the ingenuity and tools to create beautiful, healthy, life-affirming spaces that are environmentally, emotionally and economically sustaining, sustainable, and satisfying. This includes homes, yards, streets, neighborhoods, civic structures, entire cities, towns and regions designed intentionally to support healthy communities and bring environmental balance in terms of energy conservation and minimization of pollution.
Thoughtful planning, strategic action and targeted investment by individuals, organizations, and governments can yield a future environmental and economic prosperity, supported by engaged citizens and active communities.
Our work supports the preservation of the qualities in our environment that are beautiful and healthy. We look to balance resource use and human health.
Naomi Mermin, Principal
Naomi has established a reputation for helping to bring projects through with excellent environmental protection components, strong community and developer support, and positive economic impact. Naomi combines her experience in business and government with years of work in the environmental field. With an undergraduate science degree and a graduate business degree, Naomi is equally comfortable negotiating the science and the economics of environmental decisions and integrating this information into strategic policy and programmatic directions. Naomi offers technical expertise in climate change, energy, environmental health, and cities.
Angela Richards, Admin. Manager
Angela manages the billing and accounting as well as the many other administrative tasks necessary to keep the firm running smoothly. Angela's past work experience includes working for Planned Parenthood in California and in Maine. Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire. She currently lives in Portland with her husband and three boys.
Amy geren, Research Analyst
Amy Geren brings dynamic analytic, statistical, and evaluative experience in local government, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses to the Naomi Mermin Consulting team. Amy holds a Master’s Degree of Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, with a Certificate in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods. Among others, Amy has provided strategic evaluative services to the City of Portland and Partnerships for Health in Augusta, ME. Since May 2016, Amy has been a part-time Downtown Experience Liaison for Portland Downtown supporting our local business community in the formation of the Portland 2030 District.
AMY Pulaski, Consultant
Trained as an engineer, Amy Pulaski has the unique ability to create multi-disciplinary and holistic solutions for projects that have a positive impact on local communities. Formerly the Community Development Manager for the City of Portland, ME, Amy has developed extensive understanding and particular expertise in issues of housing and community economic development. She has familiarity with HUD, the HOME Program, Emergency Solutions Grant, and special grant programs including Housing Prevention and Rapid Rehousing, CDBG-Recovery, NSP-1 and Section 8/BEDI.