The rentlab team
Jacqui Bauer, Co-founder & CEO
Jacqui developed the RentLab concept in partnership with colleagues (including Matt) while serving as the first sustainability coordinator for the City of Bloomington, Indiana, where she spearheaded energy efficiency, waste reduction, active transportation, and renewable energy programs throughout the community. During this time, she also served in leadership positions with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, co-chairing the Innovation Fund Committee and as a member of the Planning Committee. Prior to her work with the city, she served as the assistant director of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University under Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom, and as the state director of the Indiana Rural Community Assistance Program, where she worked with rural communities to improve access to clean water supplies and adequate sewage treatment. She holds master’s degrees in Public Policy and Environmental Science from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language from the University of Michigan.
Matt Naud, Co-founder & Director of partnerships
Matt was the first Environmental Coordinator for the city of Ann Arbor. He has 17 years of experience leading and developing innovative programs to further urban sustainability goals in Ann Arbor including climate mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, brownfield redevelopment, recycling, composting, river management, emergency management, and equity. He has direct experience building sustainability into the culture of an organization and working with universities to identify policy-relevant data for city planning efforts. He has played a formative and leadership role in the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and other regional networks of city sustainability staff. Matt also has 11 years of environment and emergency management experience with federal and state clients. He is a senior consultant with adapt.city and Resource Recycling Systems. He holds master’s degrees in Biology and Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
JOAnna wheaton, lead data scientist
Jo joined the RentLab team in 2019 to spearhead data management and analysis efforts, bringing considerable skills in coding (primarily R and Python) and statistical analysis. Jo lives in Flagstaff, AZ, where she is pursuing a BS in Data Science with minors in Economics and in Mathematics at Northern Arizona University. Previously, she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and minors in Environmental Systems & Society and in Urban & Regional Planning.
Chase ridenour, data scientist
Chase joined the team in 2020 to support the development of RentLab's data management and analytics tools. He specializes in advanced machine learning and statistical modeling building using both Bayesian and frequentist approaches and works in the programming languages R, python, Bash, and C/C++.
Chase is currently a PhD student in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University.
Tamara peterson myers, Creative director
Tamara joined the RentLab team as Creative Director to help this growing company establish their brand as a strong agent of environmental change. She has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, which gives her an understanding how to approach design challenges from all angles. After years of working her way up from Graphic Designer to Associate Creative Director, Tamara now owns her own business, helping clients like RentLab realize their full potential. She has a BA in graphic design with an advertising minor from Western Michigan University.