Mara DeFilippis

Community Resilience Engagement Manager, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience
University Staff
TEMPE Campus
Program Coordinator Sr
University Staff
TEMPE Campus


Mara serves as the Community Resilience Engagement Manager for The Knowledge Exchange for Resilience. Her role is to bring together community stakeholders, faculty, students and others to create adoptable actionable research.

Prior to this role, she was the Engagement Manager for the Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Service, specifically aligned to the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN), a partnership with the city of Phoenix where she focused on multi-stakeholder circular economy solutions. During this role Mara spearheaded a partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce's Beyond 34 program, and a series of Economic Impact Reports assessing the business case for implementation of circular economy solutions in the greater Phoenix region based on waste streams. She also worked with partners to develop the RISN Regional Collaborative, which brings together regional leaders to discuss solutions related to circular economy. Mara assisted with the RISN Incubator launch, hosted a national circular economy tour in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, co-developed an Ethical Circular Economy professional certification and workshop (conducted in Lagos, Nigeria, Phoenix, AZ and Washington DC), and directed the outreach that resulted in over 20 local, national and international public speaking engagements.  Previously, Mara worked with the Energize Phoenix project at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

She is the founder of The Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix and was appointed CEO of the organization in 2008. The Green Chamber is the reflection of her vision of a more responsible and far-reaching sustainable economy.

Mara has a track record of championing sustainable economic solutions, children’s and women’s causes. She has started many successful organizations and committees in the non-profit sector and is a small business owner. She is currently pursuing a master’s in ethical leadership at Claremont Lincoln University.


2015 - 2019         Candidate, Masters in Ethical Leadership, Claremont Lincoln University, Full Presidential Scholarship

1999 - 2002         Bachelor in Science, Accountancy, cum laude, Arizona State University West

1992 - 1997         Associate of Arts, with High Distinction, Phoenix College, Phi Theta Kappa


2018 - Economic Impacts of Local Recycling Processing: A Circular Economy Study of the City of Phoenix 

2016 - A Transdisciplinary Approach to an Ethical Circular Economy, Arizona State University

2015 - Sustainability Best Practices White Paper, AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2015 - Turning Trash to Resources, APWA Reporter, American Public Works Association

2014 - Energize Phoenix: Energy Efficiency on an Urban Scale

2013 - Energy Efficiency Idea Guide

Research Activity

  • Evans, A., M. DeFilippis and R. Buch. 2017 The Circular Economy: Quantifying the Gross Maximum Economic Contribution of Materials in the City of Phoenix Waste Stream

  • Evans, A., M. DeFilippis and R. Buch. 2016 Gross Economic Impact Estimates of Existing Circular Economy Activities in Maricopa County, 2014

  • Vivoni, E., M. Dalrymple and M. DeFilippis. 2014 Town of Gila Bend Aquifer Study. Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services

  • Middel, A., M. Dalrymple and M. DeFilippis. 2014. Assessment of Tempe Canopy Coverage. Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services

  • Dalrymple,Michael Sean*, Defilippis,Mara Charise, Parrish,Kristen. Scottsdale ESPM Assessment. CITY OF SCOTTSDALE(8/21/2014 - 4/1/2015).


2016 - 2018 Ethical Circular Economy Workshop and Professional Certification

2015 Faculty - Study Abroad, Guatemala - Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness



2016                     Presidential Scholarship, Claremont Lincoln University

2012                     Pillar of Excellence Award: Professionalism, Community and Economic Development Dept., City of Phoenix

2010                     BIG / USGBC Green Awards - finalist

2010                     Appeared in CBS segment about Dafna Michaelsons documentary entitled 50 in 52 Journey

2010                     Green Heroes Award, Phoenix Woman Magazine

2009                     Green Pioneers Award, Phoenix Business Journal

Professional Associations

2014 - 2016         Founding Chair, AZ Public Works Assoc., Sustainability Committee

2013 - 2014         Co-Chair, Energy Efficiency Committee, Arizona Energy Consortium (AEC)

2013                     Member, Events Committee, Arizona Association of Economic Development (AAED)

2012 - 2013         Member, Arizona Business Advancing Sustainability (ABAS)

2011 - 2013         Member, Arizona Energy Consortium  Workforce Committee

2008 - 2011         Founder / Founding CEO / Director, The Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix

2007 - 2008         Co-Founder / Member at Large, Bay Area Green Chamber of Commerce              

2006 - 2008         Member at Large, Board of Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA)