Our Team

April Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator 
Ms. Patterson is the coordinator of community outreach for Civic Works’ Energy Programs.  She has a BS from Morgan State University and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.  Her professional background includes community engagement, fundraising, and project management.  She has over 15 years of non-profit experience with United Way, Baltimore Community Foundation, and Black United Fund.  She also has her license in real estate in the State of Maryland and the State of Pennsylvania.

Patrick Suther, Senior Energy Advisor
Patrick is the Senior Energy Advisor for the Civic Works’ Energy Programs.  He recently moved back to the Baltimore area from Seattle, Washington.  Throughout his professional career, he has dedicated his work to helping the communities around him.  He is a veteran, married, and he has a teenage son.

Justin Dean, Contractor Partnerships Coordinator
Justin oversees the completion of Civic Works’s residential energy efficiency and solar projects in coordination with multiple partner contractors.  Justin joined Retrofit Baltimore after several years in sales working directly with residents throughout MD and all surrounding areas.  Justin has developed working relationships with many of the DMV’s residents, business owners, law enforcement, and law makers.  Justin graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has always had a focus on energy efficiency and green energy.  Justin enjoys improving the quality of life for everyone around him.  Justin is a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.  Justin is also a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Associate.

Allie Busching, Business Development Coordinator (Good Business Works)
Allie enjoys getting to know the many people and places that make Baltimore communities unique, and is passionate about empowering residents to preserve the health and affordability of their homes. Allie holds an MSW from the University of Maryland with an emphasis in community-driven practice. Before joining Civic Works, Allie has worked extensively in community outreach, case management, and community organizing in the areas of housing and economic justice. Allie can often be found in her neighborhood of Waverly, looking for inspiration for new recipes at 32nd Street Farmer’s Market or strolling around Lake Montebello; if you see her out and about come say hello!

Eli Allen, Director, Civic Works’ Center for Sustainable Careers
Eli launched Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore program in 2011, and oversees program operations, development, strategy and partnerships. Prior to starting Retrofit Baltimore, Eli helped design Civic Works’ Energy Retrofit Installer Training Program and their Energy Retrofit Contractor Development Pilot Project, and also, more recently, designed Civic Works’ Solar Training Program. He has also contributed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s educational outreach efforts and has provided legal support to the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division as an Honors Paralegal. At the Department of Justice, he was awarded a silver medal for extraordinary efforts in a precedent-setting Clean Water Act settlement that achieved over $200 million in relief. 

Evie Schwartz, Associate Director of Outreach and Production
Evie joined the Civic Works team in 2011.  Evie is responsible for day-to-day management of the Retrofit Baltimore and EnergyReady programs. Evie oversees the building of strong recruitment, financing, and service partnerships; the case coordination and assistance provided to households by Retrofit Baltimore staff; the quality of services provided by contractors; and the quality and accessibility of green career opportunities created with partner contractors. Evie has a degree in Urban Studies and is a certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.  Previously, Evie completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps member canvassing Baltimore neighborhoods and worked with the Providence Preservation Society to improve the urban built environment.

Victor Walters, Outreach and Intake Program Manager

Curtis Ellison, Project Coordinator


William Miller, CSC Data Systems and Technology Coordinator