Who We Are

Staff

Page Atcheson, Executive Director

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Page Atcheson, Executive Director, has been a climate advocate for six years. She co-founded a statewide 350.org chapter while earning an environmental studies honors degree from the University of Vermont, and then moved to Montana to organize for the Northern Plains Resource Council. After serving as Oregon Climate's deputy director, Page recently managed field efforts for a statewide legislative campaign, where she recruited and coordinated a team of 30 organizations to build strong and diverse grassroots support for comprehensive climate policy. She recently returned to Our Climate to direct the organization's national expansion. Page can be reached at page@ourclimate.us.

Camila Thorndike, Campaign Co-Director

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Camila Thorndike has been an environmental advocate and social entrepreneur for 10 years. At Whitman College she led the largest campus club and founded a tri-college leadership network. After graduating with honors in 2010, Camila directed outreach for a regional urban planning project in Arizona; advanced green jobs for the mayor of D.C.; worked at the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution; and co-founded COAL, a nationwide musical theater project about fossil fuels. She is a Udall Scholar, Fellow of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Sitka Fellow, Mic50 Awardee, and member of the 2016 class of the Young Climate Leaders Network. Camila can be reached at camila@ourclimate.us. 

Cassidy Jones, Program Coordinator 

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Cassidy Jones is Our Climate’s Program Coordinator. She develops and maintains the Fellowship Program, Millennial Advocacy Board, and is cultivating an inventory of educational tools for climate policy advocates across the country. Cassidy’s passion for the fight against climate change has taken many forms. She assisted in a federal environmental depredation trial, studied greenhouse gas emissions in the Columbia River Gorge, taught children organic farming methods, and served as a fellow for Oregon Climate in 2015. A recent graduate of Knox College, she holds degrees in Environmental Studies and International Relations. Cassidy can be reached at cassidy@ourclimate.us

Brea Whitfield, Development Coordinator

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Brea has 4 years of experience with fundraising and capacity building. She spent 2 years working with low-income homeowners affected by the devastating Hurricane Katrina floods. There she learned the importance of sustaining communities through vigilante advocacy, educational empowerment, and environmental security. Additionally, Brea worked with The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance, collaborating with local housing and social justice affiliates to pressure the state of Louisiana to release federal funds for homeowners wanting to return to their homes. Brea also aided the Lower 9th Ward Homeowners Association in reviewing Road Home applications for homeowners who were discriminated against by Road Home funding guidelines. Brea has worked with Chicago Public Schools (Chicago, IL), Free Southern Rep Theater (New Orleans, LA), & the Center For Ethical Living Social Justice Renewal (Chicago, IL). Currently, she is located in Fairfield, IA. Brea can be reached at brea@ourclimate.us 

Tom Erb, National Field Organizer

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Tom Erb is the National Field Organizer for the Put A Price On It Campaign and is based out of Claremont, CA. He is a junior at Pomona College and studies Public Policy Analysis and Politics. Prior to joining the campaign, Erb was the Congressional Liaison for the #4Billion4Us campaign, a communications intern for Congressman Eric Swalwell, a climate intern for United States Senator Brian Schatz and the Co-President of a carbon pricing campaign at the Claremont Colleges. He has spoken on behalf of climate activism in the National Geographic Documentary Series, Years of Living Dangerously, at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and at the World Bank Digital Media Zone. In April of 2017, he will be the Youth Spokesman at the World Bank's Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition's High Level Assembly. He is from San Diego, CA. Tom can be reached at tom@theclimatesolution.com

Elizabeth Kahn, Northeast Field Organizer

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Elizabeth Kahn is Our Climate's Northeast Coordinator based in New York City. She is responsible for creative organizing, recruiting student leaders, and educating decision-makers about the efficacy of carbon pricing in the Northeast region of the US. Elizabeth recently graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where she studied Advertising and Geography. After graduating from SU in 2015, her passion for communicating solutions to the environmental crisis led her to work for Kiss The Ground as well as Parley for the Oceans. She is passionate about living a regenerative lifestyle and doing everything in her power to unite people to act on climate in the name of love. Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@ourclimate.us

Sarah Fadem, Student Arts Organizer

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Sarah is stoked to continue her path as an activist in Vermont as Our Climate's Student Arts Organizer after spending last semester as a #PutAPriceOnIt fellow. Sarah organizes for social and political art pieces with heavily collaborative components. After spending a summer canvassing with Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Sarah continued working toward a 90% renewable energy by 2050 mandate and a carbon tax in VT. Sarah also works as the Energy Independence Program Director for Vermont Student Power Network, which organizes students throughout VT in order to leverage their unified student power to impact environmental and social justice issues. 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. As 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, jams, and collects rocks and dead insects. She also devotes ample time to spirituality and self care. Sarah can be reached at sarah@ourclimate.us

John Richter, Digital Director 

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John leads digital efforts at Our Climate, including branding, design, and development. When not volunteering for Our Climate, he works full time as a User Experience Engineer. John grew up combing the valleys of the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas in search of crystals and crawfish. Seeking bigger adventures, he moved to Portland in 2012 after college, where he graduated a Greenberg Scholar with a BA in political science from Washington University in St. Louis and studied computer science at the University of Texas.  Since moving the the Pacific Northwest, he has embraced it as his home, having cofounded 350 PDX, the Pale Blue Dot climate activist house, and a startup business. He has a diverse background across film, design, tech, and writing, and he has interned at an Frontline on PBS with NYT reporter Hedrick Smith, designed and programmed data visualizations for contracts, and even provided garden advice at an organic gardening nursery. John is excited to bring the latest in web design and interactive storytelling to Our Climate, and he is eager to tackle the most urgent issue of our times in a manner that is authentic, clear-eyed, and invigorating.

Board of Directors

Licia Sahagun

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Licia is the current Board of Directors President and former Program Director for Our Climate. After relocating to Portland from the Chicago area in 2015, Licia joined our staff as the Program Director, leading efforts in our Salmon on the Square and Youth Lobby Day events. She has since started at Lewis and Clark Law School where she is receiving a Masters of Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law and remaining involved with Our Climate at the Board level.

A lifelong environmentalist, Licia received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a concentration in Environmentally Sustainable Development. Post-college, she became a writer at Groupon where she co-founded a Green Committee and worked with department heads to create and/or enhance the company’s environmental initiatives. She then worked as a start-up consultant for a B-corp in India, Mana Organics, which sells organic tea and produce and uses profits to train rural farmers on organic farming methods.  Just prior to her work with Our Climate, Licia was the executive director for an after-school program and resource center for low-income, Latino families in the Chicago area. She brings her experiences in international development, social justice, and environmental policy to Our Climate and is most passionate about engaging other young people in the process!

Ty Gorman, Vice President

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Ty has worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects for 12 years.  He has promoted renewable energy and energy efficiency in the U.S. through community and national sustainability programs at the U.S. DOE, EPA, DOT, House of Representatives, Sustainability Institute of N. Charleston, Pacific Gas and Electric, First Light Solar, and Ecova.  He managed onsite climate change adaptation projects with APS in Sao Paulo and GIZ/European Commission in East Indian villages.  Ty is excited to work towards a healthier and more just world as Our Climate's Legislative Director, Board VP, and Fundraising Co-Chair.

Natalie Popovich, Board Treasurer

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Natalie currently resides in her native California where she is pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. She spends most of her time thinking about how economics can be leveraged to address equity issues in environmental regulation. Her background in environmental advocacy and transportation planning motivates her belief in the power of a carbon tax to fundamentally shift the power imbalance in our economy. She has a soft spot for whales and dreams of a world where everyone has the option to bike or take transit to work.  

Sydney Scout, Board Secretary

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Sydney Scout is in the final year of her Masters in Public Policy at Portland State University, where she is specializing in climate policy and earning a graduate certificate in energy policy and management. She is also currently running the re-election campaign for a state legislator in Oregon's House of Representatives. Sydney has been volunteering with Oregon Climate since early 2015, and co-introduced a cap-and-dividend policy to the House Energy and Environment Committee on their behalf. She is excited to be continuously involved as the organization evolves and grows. 

Clara Fang 

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Clara Fang leads the Higher Education Action Team at Citizens' Climate Lobby. Clara is also co-chair of the Detroit, Michigan chapter of CCL, and formerly a volunteer in the Chester County, PA Chapter. She is a partner at Earth Deeds L3C, a social venture to help people support local solutions to global warming. She has worked as a sustainability consultant for the City of Albany, New York, and as sustainability coordinator at Swarthmore College and Towson University. She has previously served on the advisory council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium. Clara holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Utah, and a BA in English from Smith College. 

Gordy Molitor

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Gordy is an experienced manager with domestic and international not-for-profits and has a long-standing interest in renewable energy and climate change. Gordy has several decades of management experience, including 20 years with CARE International, an international relief and development agency. His first efforts at increasing solar energy date back to 1982, when he organized one of Oregon’s first solar-energy technician training programs. More recently, he was the Executive Director of Green Empowerment, an organization promoting renewable energy in the developing world. He serves on the board of directors of Solar Oregon and has been active with Oregon Climate/Our Climate since 2013.

Millennial Advocacy Board

Nathan Graf

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Nathan, from Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, was a double major in biology and chemistry at Swarthmore. They've worked on different environmental justice related projects through their time as a student, including working with the Earth Quaker Action team to defund mountain-top removal coal mining, advocating for fossil fuel divestment, interning with the Years of Living Dangerously documentary series on the impacts of climate change, organizing Pennsylvania student turnout for the People's Climate March. Nathan currently works for the Swarthmore College Office of Sustainability as the Climate Action Senior Fellow to implement an internal carbon charge program.

Tyler White

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Tyler White lives for organizing and collaborating with the community. As a high school student, he is looking to engage Portland Metro Area students on ways to embrace climate policy and sustainability initiatives in an engaging manner, that highlights and focuses on equity, inclusion and social intersection. Living in Portland has helped shape his perspective as a young black man in this country. He looks forward to providing both his individual and universal position of his various identities. 

Yanelle Cruz Bonilla

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Yanelle was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In 2014, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to pursue her higher education at Broward College. As an honors student, Yanelle was actively involved on her campus with projects such as Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa, Disney's Youth Education program, and conducting independent research to present at various academic conferences. As a first-generation student, earning her degree this past May has been a huge milestone. Currently, Yanelle works at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC and is a Public Policy Fellow at The Fund for American Studies. In her free time she volunteers at the Newseum and mentors college freshmen through College Summit's First Year Forward program. She also serves as an Assistant Director at the Southern Regional Model United Nations conferences, and as a brand ambassador for Be Visible Latinx. 

Tyler Wagner

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Tyler grew up in Eugene, Oregon where he came to care about the environment through school projects and exploration of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Environmental Sciences in 2015, he returned to the Northwest to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns in Portland. During this year, Tyler got involved with Our Climate (at that time Oregon Climate) and the efforts to combat climate change by putting a price on carbon. He has recently started a new position as the St. Ignatius Fellow at St. Ignatius Church in SE Portland with a focus on leading Eco-Justice efforts at the Parish and is excited to become more involved with Our Climate through the Millennial Advocacy Board.

Melissa Tier

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Melissa Tier is the Sustainability Program Manager at Swarthmore College, where she manages a 20+ student Green Advisors program as well as a variety of other exciting initiatives launched through the College’s young Office of Sustainability. She played an integral role in proposing an internal carbon pricing policy at Swarthmore and now helps to manage the institution’s ‘Carbon Charge’, an annual fee levied on departmental budgets. She is also working to engage students in advocacy for national carbon pricing policy.

Melissa worked previously as a Research Assistant at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, where she researched applications of behavioral change methodologies to sustainable management and policy. She focused her undergraduate studies on social & environmental psychology, and has a BA in psychology from Swarthmore.