Meet Carey



During Carey’s tenure as Executive Director, the Indiana Recycling Coalition has become a respected, professional and effective organization with a statewide impact.
In this role:
  •  Carey led the successful fight against the boondoggle that would have left Marion County taxpayers holding the bag for a $100 million “recycling” deal with a global waste incineration company.
  • Carey works with Republicans and Democrats in the Statehouse to advocate for policies that will create new green jobs in Indiana, supply Indiana manufacturers with cost-effective feedstock, improve Hoosiers access to recycling and conserve energy as well as valuable natural resources.
  • Carey was tapped to serve as Co-Chair on the prestigious Super Bowl Host Committee Environmental Programs and helped deliver the most sustainable Super Bowl to date.
Carey and her husband Derek have been married for 16 years and are the proud parents of two boys, 15 year old Aidan and 13 year old Leo.  Carey grew up in Indianapolis and Derek grew up in Frankfort, Indiana.  Carey attended Washington Township schools until 5th grade and moved to Pike Township where she graduated from Pike H.S. in 1989.


Education & Community Engagement


Carey Hamilton is a nonprofit executive and has worked in the environmental field for 20+ years. During that time she has managed several policy development initiatives and public outreach programs including:
  • Manager, State of Indiana Partners for Clean Air Program
  • Director, State of Indiana Recycling Program
  • First Director of Indiana’s Greening the Government Program

Energy Projects Manager for the City of San Jose, California (Carey and her husband Derek lived in California for 3 years while Derek earned his law degree from Stanford University)

Owner, Carey Hamilton Consulting.  Environmental consulting for public, private and nonprofit clients.

Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition. Carey more than tripled the organization's budget, which allowed the IRC to grow its staff and better serve its mission.
In 2009, Carey led the IRC's statehouse legislative campaign that culminated in the passage of Indiana’s electronics recycling law.

Under Carey's leadership the IRC brought together an industry stakeholder group which sought to find common ground to advance recycling in Indiana. This IRC-led industry coalition effectively lobbied for new recycling funding and policies during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Board Member - The Advancement Center for Washington Township Schools and NC Alumni
  • ​Member - Indiana Bike Trails Task Force
  • Board Member - Keep America Beautiful
  • Board Member - National Recycling Coalition
  • Block Captain, Rolling Ridge Neighborhood
  • 2013 graduate - Institute for Conservation Leadership Executive Director Leadership Program
  • Co-Chair - Environmental Programs Committee for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee
  • 2011 graduate - Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program
  • 2010 - Named one of Forty Under 40 up-and-coming leaders by the Indianapolis Business Journal

An interesting fact about Carey:  In 1997, she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail.  You can read about that journey in this 2007 Outdoor Indiana magazine article .