Our Team

Eli Allen


Eli Allen joined Civic Works in 2009 and directs Civic Works’ EnergyReady program, overseeing its operations, development, staff members, strategy and partnerships. Prior to joining Civic Works, he contributed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s educational outreach initiatives and provided legal support to the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Eli is committed to creating a thriving and more inclusive green economy.

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.

Rodney Payne

Program Manager

Rodney joined Civic Works in 2013. He manages the daily operation of the EnergyReady weatherization and home performance team. He ensures that EnergyReady meets all project deliverables efficiently, on-time, and with a high level of quality.

Brooke Paluzzi

Contracting Manager

Brooke joined Civic Works in 2015 and became Contracting Manager of EnergyReady in 2016.  She monitors the progress of EnergyReady projects, and manages communication between EnergyReady clients, contractors, and field teams.  She holds a B.A. in Community Studies and Civic Engagement from the University of Baltimore, and is a certified Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional.   Brooke is excited to use the skills she gained in the private sector towards forwarding EnergyReady’s mission.

Jessica Perla

Project Assistant

Jessica is a Project Assistant at EnergyReady and coordinates services and schedule homeowners. She has a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. Previously, Jessica worked for the Amazon Conservation Association, where she provided general administrative and fundraising support. Jessica hopes to make an impact on the community and environment through her work at Retrofit Baltimore.  Jessica is a certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

Karim Peoples

Senior Crew Leader

A Native Baltimorean, Karim Peoples came to Civic Works in 2009. Now with over 10 years of experience in the construction and home performance field, Karim is one of EnergyReady’s project leads. In addition to managing his own crew of weatherization installers, Karim also is a Baltimore Center for Green Careers instructor. The most satisfying parts of his job include reducing energy bills for Baltimore residents and passing on his technical expertise to students. Karim is a proud father and Building Performance Institute certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

Tyrell Armstrong

Crew Leader

Tyrell joined EnergyReady in 2014 after graduating from the Baltimore Center for Green Careers. He holds Building Analyst and Envelope Professional certifications from the Building Performance Institute. Married and a proud father of four kids, Tyrell enjoys watching sports and spending time with his family. When asked what he enjoys the most about his job, Tyrell explains, “giving back to the community where I grew up in, and helping families get their homes more energy efficient is the best part. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Duane Coryatt

Assistant Crew Leader

A graduate of the Baltimore Center for Green Careers, Duane joined EnergyReady in 2014. Prior to EnergyReady, Duane worked as Forklift Operator and Truck Driver, and comes to EnergyReady with extensive warehousing experience. He enjoys working with others and the community to make it stronger and more energy efficient.

Jordan Franklin

Weatherization Installer

Samuel Burroughs

Weatherization Installer