Haley Gabbard, Community Program Manager
Haley comes to The Partnership with over a decade of experience managing resources for the public good, chipping away at landfill diversion in both the public and private sectors. She recently helped establish Colorado’s newest recycling grant program in the state’s Front Range region. Haley earned a master of public administration from Columbia University, and went on to run New York City’s curbside composting and traditional curbside recycling programs, coordinating program expansion, operations, and community outreach and education. Haley interned for EPA’s Region 2 working on the shift to sustainable materials management, and loved working in the trenches collecting household hazardous waste for the city of Austin, Texas. She also brings experience working for an eco-friendly hauler in NYC, Apple in Silicon Valley, and a sustainable architecture firm in Mexico City. Haley moved to Denver in 2015, building her expertise in grants and contract management for state and local government.
Why I Care About Recycling
I visited a MRF on a first-grade field trip, and won a drawing contest by depicting aluminum bales. I’ve been hooked ever since. Today’s school children will be the ones running the MRFs of the future, and I want to inspire them to follow this career path by helping to position recycling as an integral part of everyday life across all communities in America.
Personal Passions and Interests
Haley cherishes spending time with her husband Mikey and helicopter-parenting their two Maine coon cats. Haley loves live music, thrifting for vintage collectibles, exploring new cities, and attempting to bake at high altitudes. She is a competitive pinball player, and started the Denver chapter of national women’s pinball league Belles & Chimes, fostering a supportive community of women and gender minority pinball players.