Our Climate Fellows

Current Fellows

Jesse Newman - Summer 2017

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Jesse is a 22 year old, San Diego native, in her third year of studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. At Evergreen, she is pursuing a degree in environmental economics. After graduating high school, Jesse took some time off to really find her passions and figure out the best ways for her to make a lasting impact. This time involved 2 years of service with AmeriCorps NCCC, City Year Chicago, and a cross-country cycling trip to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing crisis. These 3 experiences were life-changing for Jesse, and really allowed her to see the interconnectedness of most issues facing our society today. Her love for service and extreme desire to help people is what drives Jesse to pursue progressive climate policy work.

Clarissa Marconi - Summer 2017

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Clarissa Marconi currently attends Borough of Manhattan Community College and studies Business Management. She is working hard to attend Law School in the near future. She is nature lover and admires its beauty through photography. Her ultimate goal while working with Our Climate is to do something about a problem that is not only affecting the place that has given us everything but humans too. She is thrilled to work with an amazing team that encourages youth to speak for what they believe in and hopefully makes a change. 

Jason Sleisenger - Summer 2017

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Jason Sleisenger is a creative activist as an actor, writer, and content creator in Los Angeles, California.  A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and current graduate student at UCLA, Jason feels very passionate about the current and future environmental issues of our cities, country, and planet as a whole.  He is interested in finding ways to promote climate advocacy and sustainability through media, art, and other forms of civic and cultural outreach.  Jason is also a active member in the Los Angeles Citizens Climate Lobby Chapter (CCL), Los Angeles Greenpeace Chapter, The Fund for the Public Interest, and Environment California. 

Olivia Kuykendall - Summer 2017

Olivia is a rising Junior at University of Maryland, College Park. She is studying Economics with minors in Business and Sustainability. During the summer she is working with Chesapeake Climate Action Network on their carbon fee and rebate campaign in Washington, DC. It is a great way to follow Our Climate's mission of young engagement in to the carbon pricing movement while lobbying and canvassing in DC. 

Emma Jones - Summer 2017

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Emma is a 22 year old Portland, OR native, going into her fourth year at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Emma became particularly passionate about issues surrounding climate change in her freshman year of college after moving from the West Coast to rural Minnesota. Here she became aware of the drastic differences in everyday sustainable practices between places just in the US. With a major in Environmental Studies with a social science emphasis, aside her Scandinavian Studies major, Emma hopes to go into a career based on sustainable development and public policy after pursuing a masters in a relevant field. Emma is excited to work with Our Climate and fellows from all across the country who are driven by similar interests with a wide variety of perspectives! 

Hogan Dwyer - Summer 2017

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Hogan is a rising junior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he is majoring in Environmental Studies and Philosophy and is active in the fossil fuel divestment movement. In 2016, he and other students were the first to officially present on divestment to the St. Lawrence Board of Trustees. Excited by the potential widespread appeal of a price on carbon, Hogan plans to launch a #PutAPriceOnIt campaign at St. Lawrence in the fall of 2017. A self-proclaimed foodie, Hogan has a passion for environmentally-conscious eating habits such as eliminating food waste and eating local and homemade. He is known to scrape peanut butter jars clean and gleefully eat leftovers in the name of “No food waste.”

This summer, in addition to his work as a Fellow, Hogan is a political intern for the New Jersey Sierra Club and an intern for the South Mountain Conservancy, a nonprofit that cares for North Jersey’s South Mountain Reservation.

Allie Gleich - Summer 2017

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Allie Gleich is a rising sophomore at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in economics and minoring in sustainable development and political science in hopes to go to law school and pursue a career in politics. Allie works in the Lehigh University Office of Sustainability, engaging the student body and faculty in environmental practices. After her externship this past January with the U.S. Department of State, Allie has become passionate about traveling and culture. Through her leadership in the Ecology Club, Allie became an advocate for carbon pricing, reducing greenhouse gases, and saving the environment. This summer, Allie is working within her home state of New Jersey to build broad support for carbon pricing.
Madison Hathaway - Summer 2017
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Madison is a senior in the Portland State University Honors College. She will graduate in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. Her main focus is Environmental Economics and she will be writing her honors thesis on carbon pricing. Her involvement with Our Climate began in March of 2017 during the public hearing for Oregon’s carbon pricing Clean Energy Jobs bill. In April 2017, she participated in the Oregon Youth Lobby Day and met with her senator and representative to discuss carbon pricing. Then, in May 2017 she represented Put A Price On It and the Clean Energy Jobs bill at PSU’s 10th Annual Sustainability Celebration and helped educate fellow Oregonians about carbon pricing. Madison is passionate about climate justice and is an officer in the Portland State Environmental Club. In the next year, she hopes to expand the club and launch a campus Put A Price On It campaign. She is excited to be working with an amazing team this summer and will continue the fight for carbon pricing for many years to come.

Past Fellows

Madison Weisend - Spring 2017

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Madison Weisend is a freshman at Marymount Manhattan College studying Politics and Human Rights, and Environmental Studies. Her passion for environmentalism began in Ohio where she was born and raised. Climate change is the most pressing issue of our generation and must be addressed through large scale political action to avoid catastrophic destruction of the Earth. She is most interested in protecting the world’s food supply through the use of sustainable farming practices that protect biodiversity and limit greenhouse gas emissions. Millions of people suffer from hunger every day due to the massive amounts of drought, flooding, and extreme weather conditions that are brought upon by climate change. She wants to ensure that all people are given their right to clean food and water through effective policies such as carbon pricing. Madison is excited to join Our Climate to show that young people have the power to make a difference, and to join in the fight to put a price on carbon.

Kevin O'Connor - Spring 2017

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Kevin is a senior at the University of Vermont double-majoring in economics and environmental studies with a concentration in environmental policy and development. Kevin focuses his studies on environmental solutions as he believes that climate change is the greatest problem to humankind. Kevin believes that effective carbon pricing policies would be a very profound solution to combat climate change. Further, during the spring of 2016, Kevin developed a carbon tax bill and testified it to the House Transportation Committee in Vermont’s State House. In his free time, Kevin likes to hike, ski, and play guitar.

Jen VanStrander - Spring 2017

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Jen VanStrander is a second-year college student studying International and Global studies, Middle Eastern studies, French, and Arabic at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. She is excited to get her campus more involved in carbon pricing initiatives and being actively involved with her local political community. She is also looking forward to meeting with her Congressional representatives and to publish articles related to environmental issues. Her passion for environmental sustainability stems from seeing the adverse affects climate change has had on the Native American population in Upstate New York throughout her lifetime. She is excited to be a part of the Our Climate community and is eagerly looking forward to all that we will accomplish!

Kyle J. Kilkenny - Spring 2017

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Kyle J. Kilkenny (FCLC '19) is a political science major with a double major in Italian Language and Literature at Fordham University 's College at Lincoln Center. Born and raised on Long Island, Kyle is a proud graduate of Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York. A student leader of FCLC's Model United Nations Team, Kyle writes about issues both foreign and domestic for both Lincoln Center's The Fordham Observer and Fordham Political Review at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus. Following graduation, Kyle hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy, public service and humanitarian work. He is also a member of the Fordham University Choir, and enjoys performing in local theatrical productions in his free time. An Eagle Scout, Kyle also has a deeply-rooted passion for protecting the Earth and all of its beauties. When he's not fighting to #PutAPriceOnIt, Kyle is passionate about quality education, criminal justice reform and protecting civil rights for all global citizens. Connect with Kyle @KyleJKilkenny on Twitter and Instagram!

Chandler Green - Spring 2017

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Chandler Green is a Masters candidate in Strategic Communication at American University and a research fellow for the Center for Media and Social Impact, where she studies the intersection of media and environmental issues. Ever since witnessing the rapid retreat of Iceland’s glaciers in 2013, she has been on a quest to improve climate change communication for the public and decision makers. As an avid storyteller and strategist, she has produced videos, published articles and implemented climate communication strategies for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, and Pearson Higher Education. Chandler is a 2016 Graduate with Leadership Distinction from the University of South Carolina where she majored in Environmental Science and minored in Media Arts. She is excited to help Our Climate transform the narrative on climate change from “doom and gloom” to inspiration and mobilization for the practical solution of carbon pricing.

Asalia Arauz - Spring 2017

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Asalia is a second year at Willamette University in Salem OR, studying English and Sociology.Fueled by her passion to minimize and eventually eliminate emissions, to create and maintain a better environmental future she hopes to pursue a career in non-profit administration after graduation. She also has a focused interest in the impact of climate change on indigenous populations and countries whose lifestyles are largely dependent in the environment and what can be done to lessen negative impacts.

Asalia believes that the climate movement is very much, but not solely, in the hands of millennials, so getting her peers to act on this by building up the momentum around the issue, providing information and really emphasizing the importance to act now, is where her time is currently devoted. In her spare time she reads and collects books on marginalized communities and writes short stories.

Samuel Blackwood - Spring 2017

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​Samuel Blackwood is an International Studies major at Fordham University. He has been involved in politics and grassroots organizing since he was twelve years old. In 2007 and 2008 he worked on President Obama’s campaign in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Since then he has worked on two congressional campaigns and one state senate campaign. Samuel was introduced to climate advocacy by his father in high school. However, at the time he was training competitively for fencing and in his senior year, Samuel, was a silver medalist at the Junior Olympics in fencing and represented the United States internationally at world cups in Europe. In the summer between his freshman and sophomore year of college he began doing more research on climate change and became motivated to take action. Since he joined the #PUTAPRICEONIT campaign he has helped grow the organization in New York city by organizing the New York kickoff for the campaign, connecting with other climate organizations, and creating awareness of the campaign on Fordham Campus. Samuel is passionate about creating a better world for future generations and believes that organizing young people around climate advocacy is a great first step towards building that world.

Daniel Pertwee - Spring 2017

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Daniel is in his third-year at the Florida State University and is currently studying environmental science. His passion for the environment originated through recognizing the inconsistency between the urgency with which the scientific community spoke about climate change, and the leisurely approach politicians seemed to be taking in response. Outside of the Put a Price On It campaign, Daniel applies his passion to his positions as the Director of the Office of Student Sustainability and President of DivestFSU. Both of which have allowed him to expand his ability to communicate on environmental issues, while also helping to develop the professional skills necessary to continue interacting with powerful individuals on the topic of climate change. He is excited to continue growing through the Put a Price On It campaign, and to play a role in establishing a national conversation about the necessity for a carbon tax. 

Stephanie Hunsucker - Spring 2017

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Stephanie Hunsucker is a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology studying International Trade and Marketing with minors in Econ, Math, Latin American Studies, Sociology, and Sustainability & Ethics. Stephanie became passionate about the environment after learning about the severity of climate change and the immediate need to change the way things are done. More specifically, Stephanie was stunned at the environmental damage fashion brands were causing throughout their supply chains and decided she needed to get involved. She joined Our Climate because she feels that political involvement is incredibly important for young adults and hopes to encourage other students to join her in the fight for a Carbon Tax. 

Radhika Shah - Summer and Fall 2016

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Radhika is a student at Oregon State University majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Oceanography and a focus in Aquatic Biology. She hopes that more windows will open along the way, leading her towards a policy pathway and is using the fellowship as an opportunity to test the waters. Last summer, she was an Our Climate Fellow in Texas, working with Citizens Climate Lobby to advocate for carbon pricing. She attempts social justice work and activism when the time provides and enjoys hiking and reading all the texts.

Jack Meyer - Fall 2016

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Jack Meyer is attending his junior year at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ as an Environmental Studies and Sustainability major, and is getting his minor in Civic Engagement and Political Science. Born and raised in the rural Arizona mountains that is Pinetop he developed a fierce passion for the native Pine trees, woodland creatures and the equitable treatment of the world’s communities. Once at NAU, his passions lead him into a life of social activism and environmental stewardship. Along with being one of Our Climates 2016 Fall Fellows, he sits as the Vice Chair of NAU's Green Fund, is an active member of NAU's Fossil Fuel Divestment movement, assists in teaching the community leadership and peer mentorship course, and plays a strong role in the universities Sustainability Club. Jack believes that the most sustainable way to hold on to the passion needed for activist work is through cultivating loving relationships with the places around him and the people in his community. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/profile/preview?vpa=pub&locale=en_US


Sam Becker - Summer 2015, 2016 and Fall 2016

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Sam is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) dual majoring in EEP (Environment, Economics, Politics) and Philosophy. He’s passionate environmental sustainability because he wants to provide future generations with an earth that has the economic viability and natural beauty that characterizes it today. He believes that to mitigate climate change, decrease reliance on dirty energy, and increase competition in the green energy market, it is necessary to organize around carbon pricing legislation, like a Fee and Dividend. At CMC, he’s a fellow with the Put A Price On it Campaign, fellow with Strategic Energy Innovations, member of Model United Nations, president of CCL Claremont Colleges, co-lead of Food Recovery Network, Chair of the Senate's Environmental Concerns Committee, and student baker at the Motley. In his free time, Sam likes walking around to find fresh fruit, hiking, working out, brewing kombucha, discussing current events, and spending time with family and friends. Connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/samhbecker


Lola Jusidman Fall 2016

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Lola is a senior at New York University’s College of Arts and Science, where she is majoring in Politics with a concentration in Climate Politics, and minors in Latin American Studies, Economics, and History. She is from Mexico City and has lived in France and Los Angeles, but often identifies simply as an Earthling. Having investigated the global carbon pricing landscape and campaigned for three years to divest NYU of fossil fuel shares, Lola is excited to see the burgeoning, bipartisan, beautiful momentum that has grown in 2016 for a federal carbon price in the US. She hopes that today’s global pricing patchwork will coalesce into a blanket of tough, synchronized, and progressive carbon pricing instruments.


Olivia Perfetti Fall 2016

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Olivia (Liv) Perfetti is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in environmental science. Olivia is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and chose to dedicate her career to environmental justice after attending PowerShift (a national summit for the youth climate movement) in 2013. She believes that youth will play an essential role in the carbon pricing movement, and is excited to be building support for the campaign on U of M’s campus. Olivia is also the service director of the student-run organization, Students for Clean Energy, one of many environmentally-focused groups at U of M. In her free time, she plays Ultimate Frisbee for the University of Michigan women’s ultimate team, called “Flywheel.”


Alex Kendig Fall 2016

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Alex Kendig is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Economics and Environmental Science. He has played an active role in climate justice campaigns in Ann Arbor, leading the Students for Clean Energy and co-organizing the Michigan Climate March, and was a participant in the People's Climate March in 2014. He enjoys traveling, backpacking, and recording music, and hopes to work in the renewable energy sector after graduation.  

Austin Matheny Fall 2016

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Austin is a junior at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana majoring in Economics with minors in both Energy Studies and Public Service. He is focused on achieving social and economic equality within the US, and this largely influences his desire to help create a more sustainable world for future generations. A San Diego native, his desire to help people live better and longer lives trumps his desire for more 85 degree days on the beach. The economic and social impacts of greenhouse gases are large, just like many other social justice issues that result from market failures. In his free time, Austin is an avid lacrosse player and is co-president of the club lacrosse team at Notre Dame; he also enjoys going to the beach, playing basketball, and going to the horse races at Del Mar.

Joey Waldingher Fall 2016

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Joey Waldinger is a sophomore at the University of Vermont where he is majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in English. He became drawn to studying the environment after falling in love with natural spaces through snowboarding, hiking, and camping, which are some of his favorite activities. An avid writer and contributor to The Water Tower, his school`s alternative, sometimes satirical newspaper, Joey hopes to one day make a career of reporting on issues of environmental justice, and is excited that this fellowship gives him the opportunity to sharpen his ability to communicate effectively about environmental issues.

Sarah Fadem Fall 2016

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Sarah is stoked to continue her path as an activist in Vermont with Oregon Climate after having spent the summer canvassing with Vermont Public Interest Research Group for a similar policy. Being from California, the community of activism in Vermont is as refreshing as the summer rains. She is now a student at Bennington College studying Environmental Activism and Compassionate Politics through science, policy and social justice. Her main inquiry revolves around how personal connection can make us better activists. A a thread through all of Sarah's endeavors, she explores how compassion can be an engine for social change. With her free time Sarah roller-skates, sings, collects rocks and dead insects and arranges crystal grids.

Shana Gallagher Fall 2016

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Shana Gallagher believes that climate change is the most urgent and pressing problem that faces every single one of us, no matter our backgrounds or personalities or location on the globe, and that environmental organizing needs to become more mainstream. To address this crisis, we're all going to need to get behind bold and effective policies, like a price on carbon. More importantly, she understands that the biggest obstacle to a clean energy future is the power of the fossil fuel industry, and that a price on carbon is one of the few remedies to this reality. Shana's drive to protect the planet comes from a lifelong awe and admiration for the oceans, but she now focuses on making general environmental organizing accessible for everyone. She is a rising senior at Tufts University, studying Biology and Environmental Studies.


Grace Galletti Fall 2016

 

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I am a sophomore at Brown University, majoring in Environmental Engineering. I grew up in Paris, France and I am passionate about environmental sustainability. As an international student, I have realized the global extent of climate change. I believe this is the biggest and most pressing issue that humankind is facing. As an environmental engineer, I hope to create solutions to environmental problems. However, technology can only bring us so far, which is why I am very excited to be working on the campaign to put a price on carbon. In my free time, I love to do gymnastics, go rock climbing and be a part of the Brown Outing Club.

Darren Bingham Fall 2016

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Darren Bingham is a 6th year senior majoring in Environmental Studies, in the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. Currently, Darren works closely on building collaboration and solidarity among all groups at his college. His university isn't known for its activism or student involvement but has since changed with Darren's help. In addition, he is the undergraduate advisor for SOSNR (the student organization for society and natural resources) the most active club at USU around social and environmental justice. Through his lifestyle, innumerable achievements, and inspirational prowess; Darren has helped foster and ignite the passions that others have for bettering the world. He is also heavily involved with all sustainability efforts on and off campus. In his spare time, Darren works diligently to remove and improve the systemic failures of our capitalist model and encourages others to do the same. He also enjoys going to the mountains for much needed alone time, has an infatuation with coconut oil, brewing his own beer/spirits and loves to learn homesteading skills like farming and building Earthships.

Darren hopes to one day work in corporate responsibility as a sustainability manager. This he believes will allow him the freedom to become creative with innovative designs and ideas. Connect with Darren @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-bingham-6b0195aa?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

Leyana Dessauer - Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

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Leyana is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College in New York State, where she studies Spanish and environmental science/policy, among other eclectic topics. She was active in the anti-hydrofracking movement in NY as a high school student, and continues to be involved in environmental and social justice organizing in college. She is excited about using public policy to fight climate change.

 Louis Finazzo Fall 2016

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Louis is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Political Science and Environmental Science. He's been involved in various grassroots environmental campaigns in the Ann Arbor area, including co-organizing the Michigan Climate March, and is active in local political campaigns as well. He plans to use his educational experience (both from courses and extracurricular involvement) to analyze, draft, and implement public policies geared toward more sustainable economic, environmental, and social practices in the US and abroad. He enjoys traveling, public service, and listening to music. He plans to have a career in environmental and energy policy. Connect with Louis at www.linkedin.com/in/louis-finazzo-470b11113.

Kelsey Hill Fall 2016

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Kelsey Hill is a current graduate student at Portland State University, earning his Masters in Public Administration, with a focus on Natural Resources Policy. An avid hiker, and ardent nature enthusiast and climate advocate, Kelsey joined Our Climate this summer as a Fellow, and is ready to help lead America in putting a price on bigtime carbon emissions.