Faculty Advisor Speakers

Stephen Taglieri


Faculty Advisor, Conservation Writer and Photographer

Stephen Taglieri is an alumni of the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. He was a delegate in 2017. He recently just graduated from George Mason University with his undergraduate degree in Biology with a concentration in conservation and environmental biology. He is focused on conservation communications, working in environmental photojournalism. Stephen has worked for the IUCN’s Reverse the Red Campaign as well as the Smithsonian’s Conservation Ecology Center to write articles about conservation success and environmental optimism. Currently, he is a private contractor writing conservation success stories and freelancing to photography on the ground environmentalist efforts.

Faculty Advisor

Mike McDavit


Faculty Advisor

A native Washingtonian, Mike earned a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a MPA from The George Washington University.  He first realized his passion for the environment while attending his suburban Maryland high school in the 1970’s. Mike, who just retired from federal service in 2021 after 38 years, worked in government, private sector and academe in the environmental field. His environmental experience spans wetland restoration and protection, pesticide regulation, hazards materials management, and air and water pollution control and testing. Mike lived and worked in Germany for nine years, managing hazardous wastes for the US military in Europe and Middle East. In that overseas position and other jobs at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Mike embraced the challenges associated with solving tough environmental problems. Mike is an adjunct professor of environmental biology at Montgomery College. In his free time, Mike enjoys birding, fishing, visiting museums/historical sites, and attending cultural events. He delights in showing people the marvelous cultural and historical sights of Washington, DC.

Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Olivia Slack


Junior Faculty Advisor

Olivia Slack is a freshman at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is double-majoring in Political Science (with a Public Affairs concentration) and Interpersonal Communication and double-minoring in English and Environmental Sustainability. At Meredith, Olivia is involved with student government and is also the Features Editor for the college newspaper, The Meredith Herald, and Poetry Editor for the college literary journal, The Colton Review. After graduation, Olivia plans to attend law school and eventually become involved in government in order to better advocate for the rights of both humans and the environment. Olivia attended WYSE in 2016 and was a summer intern in 2017. The experience truly changed her life forever, as it made her aware of her passion for politics and policy. She is so excited to be able to help make WYSE 2019 as amazing of an experience for the delegates as WYSE 2016 was for her!