Our Team

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

President and Co-Founder

Vermont, USA
Random fact: Wrote the first book about global warming—"The End of Nature."
For more info about Bill, see 350.org/bill

Twitter: *@billmckibben

Jean Altomare

Jean Altomare

Human Resources Associate

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Random fact: I was a competitive lumberjack. 

Contact: jean[at]350.org

Twitter: *@jeanaltomare

Keisha Ames

Keisha Ames

Finance and Operations Manager

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Random fact: I'm fascinated by Yoda wisdom! "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try."

Contact: keisha[at]350.org

KC Alvey

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Fossil Free Organizer

Ithaca, New York, USA

Random fact:During high school I nearly applied to art school, but then I got distracted by a mission to stop climate change

Contact: kc[at]350.org

Twitter: *@AlveyKC

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

Lead Designer

San Francisco, CA, USA

Random fact: Carl Sagan is my hero.

Contact: matthew[at]350.org

Twitter: *@matt_anderson

Vanessa Arcara

Vanessa Arcara

Executive Assistant to Bill McKibben

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Random fact about me: I used to live in a tipi.

Contact: vanessa[at]350.org

Phil Aroneanu

Phil Aroneanu

U.S. Managing Director and Co-Founder

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Random fact: Recently rode his bike 350 miles.

Contact: phil[at]350.org

Twitter: *@philaroneanu

Samantha Bailey

Samantha Bailey

Global Organizing Director

Cape Town, South Africa

Random fact: I have a minor obsession with 18th century sailing ships all because of Patrick O'Brian.

Contact: samantha[at]350.org

Twitter: *@Samantha350

Hoda Baraka

Hoda Baraka

Global Communications Manager

Cairo, Egypt

Random fact: Egyptian born in Kenya, raised in Latin America.

Contact: hoda[at]350.org

Twitter: *@ hodabaraka

Will Bates

Will Bates

Global Campaigns Director and Co-Founder

Jaca, Spain

Random fact: I love topographic maps.

Contact: will[at]350.org

Twitter: *@will350

Emma Biermann

Emma Biermann

European Organizer

Paris, France

Random fact: If a day's gone by without a cup of tea, I feel like something is missing.

Contact: emma[at]350.org

Twitter: *@emma_biermann

Chanelle Blackwell

Chanelle Blackwell

Communications Officer

Washington, DC

Random fact: On my honeymoon in Hawaii I chased a pig named bacon on a farm.

Contact: chanelle[at]350.org

May Boeve

May Boeve

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Oakland, CA, USA

Random fact: I can spell words very quickly.

Contact: may[at]350.org

Twitter: *@mayboeve

Rae Breaux

Rae Breaux

Grassroots Actions Campaigner

San Francisco, California, USA

Random fact: I opened for KISS with my high school marching band.

Contact: rae[at]350.org

Twitter: *@hoorae

Kevin Buckland

 

Kevin Buckland

Artivist Coordinator

Nomadic

Random fact: I sell glaciers at the lowest prices.

Contact: kevin[at]350.org

Twitter: *@change_of_art

Linda Capato

Linda Capato

Fracking Campaign Coordinator

San Francisco, CA, USA

Random fact: I was in an all-girl rap group in college.

Contact: linda[at]350.org

Twitter: *@Lightthematch

Jay Carmona

Jay Carmona

Divestment Campaign Manager

Oakland, CA, USA

Random fact: I can sing an alarming amount of the soundtrack to Oklahoma.

Contact: jay[at]350.org

Twitter: *@jaycarmona

Liangyi Chang

Liangyi Chang

Northeast Asia Coordinator

New Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Random fact: I established the first youth led environmental NGO in Taiwan.

Contact: Liangyi[at]350.org

Twitter: *@LiangyiChang

Yong Jung Cho

Yong Jung Cho

USA Southwest Fossil Free Organizer

Albuquerque, NM, USA

Random fact: I'm a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Contact: Yongjung[at]350.org

Twitter: *@yongjungc

Zephanie Danieles

Southeast Asia Co-Coordinator

Negros Oriental, Philippines

Random fact:My environmental awareness started with getting involved in the campaign against muro-ami at the age of 13.

Contact: zeph[at]350.org

Twitter: *@zephdanieles

Ayesha D'Souza

Ayesha D'Souza

South Asia Organizer

New Delhi, India

Random fact: I can make a mean buffalo chewing cud impression.

Contact: ayesha[at]350.org

Twitter: *@ayeshadsouza

Brett Fleishman

Brett Fleishman

Senior Analyst

Oakland, CA, USA

Random fact: I drove a 1972 pinzgauer (look it up) from Colorado to southern Patagonia.

Contact: brett[at]350.org

Blog: * freerangeeconomics.com

Anna Goldstein

Anna Goldstein

U.S. Organizing Manager

Berkeley, CA, USA

Random fact: I've never had a cavity.

Contact: anna[at]350.org

Twitter: *@annagolds

Allyse Heartwell

Allyse Heartwell

Deputy Digital Director

San Francisco, United States

Random fact: I used to hate tomatoes. Now I only hate less-than-excellent ones.

Contact: allyse[at]350.org

Twitter: *@aheartwell

Jamie Henn

Jamie Henn

Strategy and Communications Director and Co-Founder

Oakland, CA, USA

Random fact: I motorcycled across the Himalayas.

Contact: jamie[at]350.org

Twitter: *@agent350

Hong Hoang

Hong Hoang

350.org Southeast Asia Co-Coordinator

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Random fact: I've been to Antarctica, twice, 12 years apart, just to see if there was more ice melting.

Contact: hong[at]350.org

Twitter: *@honghoang2tweet

Julie Hudson

Julie Hudson

Development Associate

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Random fact: I learned how to milk a goat and make goat cheese on my last vacation.

Contact: julie[at]350.org

Mahir Ilgaz

Global PowerShift Coordinator

Istanbul, Turkey

Random fact: I can eat about a kg of chocolate in one sitting, which is why I don't sit very often.

Contact: mahir[at]350.org

Twitter:*@mahirilgaz

Janina Klimas

Janina Klimas

Divestment Organizer

Washington, DC USA

Random Fact: My tenth birthday party was 'Swan Lake' ballet themed.

Contact: janina[at]350.org

Twitter: *@JaninaKlimas

Jason Kowalski

Jason Kowalski

US Policy Director

Washington, DC, USA

Random fact: I can draw a map of the US, freehand, from memory.

Contact: jason[at]350.org

Twitter: *@Jason350ppm

Chaitanya Kumar

Chaitanya Kumar

South Asia Team Leader

New Delhi, India

Random fact: I can fall asleep anywhere. Especially on trains.

Contact: chaitanya[at]350.org

Twitter: *@chaitanyakumar

Bhavik Lathia

Bhavik Lathia

Digital Organizer

Oakland, California, USA

Random fact: I used to have an extra thumb.

Contact: bhavik[at]350.org

Twitter: *@bhavikml

Matt Leonard

Matt Leonard

Director of Special Projects

Oakland, California, USA

Random fact: I can recite the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet from memory.

Contact: matt.leonard[at]350.org

Twitter: *@Losinghand

Fenton Lutunatabua

Fenton Lutunatabua

Pacific Communications Coordinator

Suva, Fiji

Random fact: I NEVER eat rice.

Contact: fenton[at]350.org

Twitter: *@ fentonlutun

Yuliya Makliuk

Yuliya Makliuk

Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Coordinator

Kyiv, Ukraine

Random fact: I got married at a bike festival.

Contact: yuliya[at]350.org

Twitter: *@ukrclimate

Jenny Marienau

Jenny Marienau

Campus Field Manager

Oakland, CA USA

Random fact: I play the ukelele because it makes every song sound happy.

Contact: jenny[at]350.org

Twitter: *@dadaka

Katie McChesney

Mid-Atlantic Fossil Free Organizer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Random fact:  I was a competitive swimmer for over 10 years.   

Contact: katie[at]350.org

Twitter: *@mc_chesney

Duncan Meisel

Duncan Meisel

Digital Campaigner

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Random fact: I only eat plants, but my favorite is the sweet potato.

Contact: duncan[at]350.org

Twitter: *@DuncanWrites

Lushendrie Naidu

Lushendrie Naidu

Anglophone Africa Regional Coordinator

Durban, South Africa

Random fact: I love to coordinate color of my nail polish and handbags.

Contact: lushendrie[at]350.org

Twitter: *@lushendrienaidu

Landry Ninteretse

Landry Ninteretse

Francophone Africa Regional Coordinator

Bujumbura, Burundi

Random fact: I work creating hope and making a difference in the African Great Lakes region.

Contact: landry[at]350.org

Twitter: *@lacanint

Nicole Oliveira

Nicole Oliveira

Latin America Team Leader

São Paulo, Brazil

Random Fact: I stopped traffic in China to save a dog from a car accident.

Contact: Nicole[at]350.org

Twitter: *@oliva_nic

Jeremy Osborn

Jeremy Osborn

Operations Director and Co-Founder

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Random Fact: I have a thing for cities starting with 'B'. Last four places of residence: Burlington, VT, USA; Budapest, Hungary; Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn, NY, USA

Contact: jeremy[at]350.org

Twitter: *@JeremyEOsborn

Aaron Packard

Aaron Packard

Oceania Region Coordinator

Melbourne, Australia

Random fact: Sometimes there is no better way to explain climate change than through interpretive breakdance!

Contact: aaron[at]350.org

Twitter: *@AaronPackard

Urszula Papajak

Urszula Papajak

Translation Coordinator

Berlin, Germany

Random fact: I wrote a children's book and never published it….

Contact: urszula[at]350.org

Twitter: *@ UrszulaPap

Payal Parekh

Payal Parekh

Global Managing Director

Bern, Switzerland

Random fact: I'm a flea market junkie.

Contact: payal[at]350.org

Twitter: *@payal350

Tim Ratcliffe

Tim Ratcliffe

European Divestment Coordinator

Berlin, Germany

Random fact: I can often be found sleep baking.

Contact: tim[at]350.org

Twitter: *@carbontrouble

Sarah Rifaat

Sarah Rifaat

Arab World and Middle East Coordinator

Cairo, Egypt

Random fact: I'm a cyclist and I've played sports like tennis and kickboxing, yet I've never broken a bone!

Contact: sarah[at]350.org

Twitter: *@sarahspeakstome

Juliana Russar

Juliana Russar

Brazilian Coordinator

São Paulo, Brasil

Random fact: I try my best to be a Yôga practioner and a cyclist, but sometimes I am just lazy!

Contact: juliana[at]350.org

Twitter: *@jrussar

Joshua Kahn Russell

Joshua Kahn Russell

Trainings Program Manager

Oakland, California, USA

Random fact: I used to teach Tae Kwon Do.

Contact: JoshuaKahnRussell[at]350.org

Twitter: *@JoshKahnRussell

Renuka Saroha

Renuka Saroha


South Asia Coal Organizer

India

Random fact: Never used plastic cups for half a decade now.

Contact: renuka[at]350.org

Twitter: *@renukasaroha

Eduardo Santaela

Eduardo Santaela


Digital Campaigner

Brazil

Random fact: I´m a barista in my free time.

Contact: eduardo[at]350.org

Twitter: *@edubongo

Jarret Schlaff

Jarret Schlaff


Midwest Fossil Free Organizer

Detroit, MI, USA

Random fact: I can do dozens of celebrity impressions, animal noises, and accents from around the world.

Contact: jarret[at]350.org

Twitter: *@ PlanIt4Planet

Sara Shor

U.S. National Organizer

Berkeley, CA, USA

Random fact: I used to ride a unicycle to school.

Twitter: *@Sara_Shor

Juan Calos Soriano

Juan Carlos Soriano

Latin America Coordinator

Washington, DC, USA

Random fact: I enjoy cold showers.

Contact: juan[at]350.org

Twitter: *@juanca_araali

Deirdre Smith

Deirdre Smith

Divestment Organizer

Berkeley, CA, USA

Random Fact: I hula hoop to Led Zeppelin to get myself out of a bad mood. Works every time.

Contact: deirdre[at]350.org

Twitter: *@350NM

David Stember

U.S. National Organizer

Burlington, Vermont

Random fact:  my first career choice was to become a monk in an eastern ashram.  

Contact: david[at]350.org

Twitter: *@Davidstember

Koreti Mavaega Tiumalu

Koreti Mavaega Tiumalu

Pacific Organizer

Wellington, New Zealand

Random fact: When I was 17yrs old I was one of eight girls at an all boys Catholic school and coincidently had perfect attendance that year...

Contact: koreti[at]350.org

Twitter: *@kmaxx350

Jon Warnow

Jon Warnow

Web Director and Co-Founder

Oakland, California, USA

Random fact: I recently dug up my whole front yard and planted it full of vegetables.

Contact: jon[at]350.org

Twitter: *@jwarnow

Nicolò Wojewoda

Nicolò Wojewoda

Europe Team Leader

London, UK

Random fact: Jimmy Wales once personally thanked me for my contribution to Wikipedia.

Contact: nicolo[at]350.org

Twitter: *@nwoje

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If you would like to speak to any of us or be connected to others in your region, please contact us at the email addresses listed.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

President

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change.

Jay Halfon

Jay Halfon

Treasurer

Jay R. Halfon is a practicing attorney and public policy strategist. He represents tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, advocacy groups and political entities. He has a broad range of experience influencing public policy in both Congress and state legislatures.

KC Golden

KC Golden

Secretary

KC is an active leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of several national climate groups. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s. He was one of Seattle Magazine's "Power 25" most influential people, and it's #1 "Eco-Hero."

Melina Laboucan Massimo

Melina Laboucan Massimo

Melina is a Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta, and a long-time Indigenous and environmental activist who knows the reality of the oil sands too well. Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed first-hand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her family’s stories and realities with a larger audience.

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She is a contributing editor for Harper's and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Jessy Tolkan

Jessy Tolkan

Jessy Tolkan serves as the Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of 50 leading youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. She's been featured in Time Magazine, Hard Ball with Chris Matthews, and Vanity Fair Magazine. Jessy helped to plan the largest youth gathering on global warming in our nation's history—POWER SHIFT 2007, a conference that brought together more than 6000 youth representing all 50 states, and culminated with the largest single lobby day on capitol hill focused on global warming. Most recently, Jessy spearheaded POWER VOTE, a campaign to mobilize 1,000,000 young voters around climate and energy issues in more than 30 states across the country.

  • Mohammed Adow

    Mohamed is a journalist based in Nairobi, who has reported extensively on the conflicts in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya. He was an active voice in covering the climate talks in Durban, South Africa at last year's conference of the parties.

  • Former President Mohammed Nasheed

    Ousted in a political coup in February, Mohammed Nasheed was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives in 2009. He became a leader in the UN Climate Negotiations, calling for a return to 350ppm C02, and asking that a binding treaty be enacted which limits global temperature rise to 2 degrees celsius. Efforts that do not cap the global increase by 2 degrees will result in the Maldives being an underwater country.

  • Vandana Shiva

    Vandana Shiva is an Indian Physicist and internationally renowned activist, who has spread a powerful vision of peace and non-violence around the globe. She works to aim and defend nature and the rights of people to safe and clean food and drinking water, as well as dignified jobs. She's worked to promote local and ecological models of food production, and has often highlighted the climate chaos that threatens global systems of food and infrastructure.

  • Payal Parekh

    Payal Parekh is a carbon expert, who has done extensive research on carbon markets, clean development, climate modeling and international climate negotiations. She's lead campaigns on climate and energy issues, and has worked significantly with non-violent direct action training and field organizing.

  • Casper ter Kuile

    Casper is the Co-Director of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, and is currently a campaign strategist for Common Cause. His passion is in communications strategy and how we can change opinions and behaviors through telling the right story to the right people.

  • Marita Manley

    Marita Manley managed the Pacific Agriculture and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet) at SPC until July 2010 and supervised the research and the development of the Pacific Youth in Agriculture Strategy. She now works as a Technical Adviser for GIZ, the German Agency for International Cooperation, on a climate change adaptation program.

  • Sean Weaver

    Dr Sean Weaver is Principal, Carbon Partnership Ltd. – a climate policy, carbon market project design, and education consultancy. He has over 20 years experience as a practitioner/educator in environmental policy and management. He's the UNFCCC negotiator for Vanuatu, and is now focusing on climate change and carbon markets education for policy and business leaders.

  • Ricken Patel

    Ricken Patel is co-founder and executive director of Avaaz.org. Ricken was voted "Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics" in 2009 by the Huffington Post and was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum. Prior to Avaaz he lived in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and other countries in conflict, and worked for the International Crisis Group, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Res Publica.

  • Wael Hmaidan

    Wael Hmaidan is a social entrepreneur and founder of IndyACT, the League of Independent Activists. He has established the ‘Arab Climate Campaign’ in the organization, which aims at achieving a strong post-2012 climate policy in the region. Wael also initiated the establishment of the Arab Climate Alliance to push for strong climate policy through the Arab League. After two years, the campaign was able to drastically change the Arab climate change position, push climate change up the political agenda, and make climate change a major concern among Arab public. Wael has more than 13 years experience in climate change and environmental campaigning in the Arab World. Currently, he is co-chair in the mitigation working group of the Climate Action Network and member of its political coordination unit. He is also an Ashoka Fellow, and a steering committee member for GAIA.

  • Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

    He is a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement and an innovator in the international urban art scene. Since the late 90´s he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory. Rodríguez-Gerada´s unique direction was mentioned in Naomi Klein´s book No Logo and was a precursor of the use of anonymous portraits now common in street art. His spectacular interventions are created for the sake of bringing awareness to relevant social issues. His large scale time base works avoid negative impact on the environment, challenge the conformity in contemporary art and allow for a reflection that goes beyond the completion of the piece to focus in its concept, process, and the metaphor that comes forth because of the material chosen.

  • Ronny Jumeau

    Ronny Jumeau is a Seychellies political figure and diplomat, and is now permanent representative of the Seychelles to the UN and the US, a position he's held since 2007. From 1998 to 2007 he served in the Seychelles government, as minister for agriculture and marine resources, minister for culture and information, minister for the environment, and minister for the environment and natural resources.

  • Sze Ping

    Sze Ping is currently the Secretary General of the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology. He worked for the UN Environmental Program, and has led the establishment of Greenpeace in China since 1999. He serves in the boards of All China Environmental Federation, as well as Friends of Nature, which is the oldest green NGO in China.

  • Kumi Naidoo

    Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International, and has worked closely with Greenpeace for a number of years. He was involved in South Africa's liberation struggle, and worked for a legalization of the African National Congress. He was involved in the development of Greenpeace's work in AFrica, and became a board member of Greenpeace Africa when it opened offices in 2008.

  • Rod Oram

    Rod Oram is a NZ journalist who writes on corporate, economic, and political issues. He's a trustee of the Hikurangi Foundation, an initiative to develop grassroots responses to climate change, and of the council for socially responsible investment. He's also a member of the climate change action group in the Anglican diocese of Aukland.

  • Rubens Harry Born

    Dr. Rubens Harry Born is the Executive director of Vitae Civillis Institute for Development, Environment and Peace, Brazil. He's a dedicated climate activist, calling for conservation and sustainable development.

  • Liz Thompson

    Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson is one of the two newly appointed Assistant Secretaries General, with responsibility as Executive Coordinators of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 2012). Liz Thompson of Barbados brings to her post extensive experience and leadership at the national, regional and international levels and a breadth of exposure to sustainable development and environmental issues.

  • Van Jones

    Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. He is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. Jones is the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green-Collar Economy. He served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009. Jones is currently the President of Rebuild the Dream.

  • Gus Speth

    Gus Speth is an award-winning environmental leader and author of books such as The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment. He has held such prestigious titles as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, chair of the UN Development Group, and Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Speth was also the founder and president of the World Resources Institute, professor of law at Georgetown University, chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Speth currently serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New Economics Institute, New Economy Network, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

  • Betsy Taylor

    Betsy Taylor is President of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, a consulting firm offering strategic services to philanthropic, business and non-profit clients. She was the co-founder and Board President of 1Sky, which merged with 350.org in April 2011. Taylor founded and served as president of the Center for a New American Dream, launched the Responsible Purchasing Network, and earned numerous awards including winner of the Washingtonian Magazine's top fifty places to work in the D.C. metropolitan area. She previously served as executive director of the Merck Family Fund, the Stern Family Fund and the Ottinger Foundation and was a founding member and officer of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. She is author of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century, What Kids Really Want that Money Can't Buy, and More Fun, Less Stuff.

  • Vicky Rateau

    Vicky Rateau is the campaign manager for Oxfam America's national and international organizing and advocacy efforts around food security and climate change. She has played a leadership role on many global poverty campaigns for the past 11 years, including Oxfam International's Make Trade Fair campaign. Rateau was the field director at the ONE campaign and an SEIU union organizer. Rateau previously served on the board of 1Sky.

  • Billy Parish

    Billy Parish is co-founder and President of Solar Mosaic. Prior to that, Billy co-founded and grew the Energy Action Coalition into the largest youth organization in the world focused on clean energy and climate solutions. Elected in 2007 as the youngest U.S. Ashoka Fellow, Billy has launched dozens of youth, climate and green jobs initiatives. He is also a co-founder of Green Owl Records, a green music label under Warner Music Group, and is a Board Member of several companies and non-profits.

  • Rev. Richard Cizik

    The Reverend Richard Cizik is the author of The High Cost of Indifference and For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility. Since 2002, when Rev. Cizik was first "converted" to the cause of climate change, he has been an advocate for action on climate change within the US evangelical community and beyond. He was a participant in Climate Forum 2002, at Oxford, England, which produced the "Oxford Declaration" on global warming, and was instrumental in creation of the Evangelical Climate Initiative, introduced in 2006.

  • Colin Beavan

    author, speaker, and environmental activist Colin Beavan, commonly referred to as No Impact Man, is well known for his year-long experiment with a no-impact lifestyle and his book on the experience, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet. Beavan founded the No Impact Project, an international environmental non-profit dedicated to empowering citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics. His work has been the subject of stories in the New York Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other national and international news outlets. His website can be found at colinbeavan.com

  • Liz Butler

    Liz Butler is a leading activist with more than 17 years of experience organizing and campaigning on environmental issues, with a focus on both market and legislative campaigns. Most recently, she worked as the Campaign Director of 1Sky. Prior to joining the 1Sky team, Butler was a co-founder of ForestEthics where she spent 10 years as the Organizing Director. Butler also served as the National Organizing Director for American Lands Alliance, the Director of Missouri Public Interest Research Group, and graduated from Green Corps' Environmental Leadership Training Program, where she received the third Alumni Achievement Award ever given by Green Corps. Liz is a recent recipient of the New Leaders Council "40 Under 40" Award in recognition of her advocacy work.

  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood

    Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., is a minister, community activist, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. Firmly grounded in his Caribbean and Louisiana roots, Rev. Yearwood is a fierce advocate for human and civil rights in the 21st century. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus and works diligently and tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice. Rev. Yearwood was a co-creator of the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die". He was also the Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network and a Senior Consultant to Jay Z's Voice Your Choice. Rev. Yearwood has become an important figure in the peace movement as an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq. He was an Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and led the "Make Hip Hop Not War" national bus tour to engage more young people in the movement for peace.

  • Tom Kruse

    Tom Kruse is program officer for the global governance portion of the Democratic Practice program of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  He joined the Fund in June 2008 to manage the development and direction of the global governance grantmaking, including the formation of the program objectives, strategies, and initiatives. Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Kruse served as an advisor to the Bolivian government on trade and investment policy, the continuation of trade preference programs, and debt relief.  In that capacity, Mr. Kruse worked closely with the Bolivian government and its diplomatic missions, members of the Bolivian business community, international financial institutions, and several RBF grantees that provide technical assistance to developing country governments.