Summer 2019 New York Fellows
Daksh Arora is a budding aviation engineer who wants to advocate for better public policies to fight climate change through technology, innovation, and collective action. Daksh had worked on curbing indoor air pollution, improving access to drinking water and menstrual hygiene in rural parts of India through entrepreneurial action. Daksh was a core team member at Enactus India and worked on harvesting green energy at Johns Hopkins University as a research student. Daksh has his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi. For fun, Daksh likes to hike, paint, go to music concerts and play board games.
Jenna is going into her junior year of undergrad at Binghamton University as a biology major. She minors in environmental studies and Spanish. Jenna is a key member of many community outreach programs in both Binghamton and her hometown. Jenna works with young student to teach and educate them in many scientific fields as well as helps teach English to Spanish speaking children. For fun Jenna is a competitive dancer and also enjoys running, listening to music, and painting.
Ayessa Mae Oasan
Ayessa Mae recently completed her B.A.in Environmental Studies and a minor in Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. She has been involved in a number of local green revitalization projects in Binghamton while attending university and is passionate about working directly with a community on creating an equitable and sustainable environment for all. Ayessa Mae was also an executive board member of the Asian Student Union on campus, setting a platform for topics in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history, contemporary issues, and civic engagement to flourish. In her spare time, Ayessa Mae enjoys drawing, playing guitar, singing, and going to concerts.
Daniel just graduated from the MS Environmental Science program at Rochester Institute of Technology (USA) where he researched into treating industrial wastewater with green algae. Currently a PhD student in RIT’s Sustainability program, he has developed a passion for various waste-to-energy technologies which mitigates greenhouse gases that causes climate change. Born and raised in Sub-saharan Africa (Ghana), he has had his fair share of the ugly face of climate change. The mention of changing rainfall patterns and the continuous spread of the desert to arable lands with its accompanied droughts have affected food security and caused famine in the region. These impacts have motivated him to support the campaign to hold polluters accountable and push for clean energy alternatives. He enjoys soccer and listens to Enya’s tracks during his quiet times. He is married with two handsome boys.
Paola Orozco has a BA in International Relations with a minor in History from SUNY New Paltz. She has been involved in International organizations, such as, the Anne Frank Center in NYC and the Permanent Mission of Honduras to the United Nations. Paola engages with the community in different ways. She assisted her school food pantry, volunteered at a shelter in Kingston, NY and served as a mentor to guide other students. For fun, Paola enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures, bike, collect post cards and puzzles, watching soccer and seeing her favorite band.
Summer 2019 Florida Fellows
Charlotte Stuart-Tilley is a homeschooled freshman in high school who has lived in Tallahassee for most of her life. Inspired by the Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, she started school striking for the climate in January. Although she is taking a break for the summer, she will continue to school strike in September. She is an active member of her church congregation and homeschool community. Charlotte looks forward to college and is currently hoping to major in Environmental Studies or Geochemistry. In her free time, Charlotte likes to collect and study rocks, spend time with her Chihuahua, and go hiking.
After growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, Emily knew she wanted to see more than farms; she wanted to interact with more and different people. Fortunately, she had an opportunity to go to the University of Tampa (UT) on a scholarship through the Army ROTC, and there she began her path towards the person she is now. Her experience at UT jump-started her passion for service to others in various communities, and an interest in growing her knowledge on climate change, environmental/ biological conservation, and sustainability related issues. She will have a Biology degree in August and what’s next for her is still a mystery. In her free time, you can catch Emily dancing or hanging with friends, trying local beers, road tripping, camping, catching all her favorite artists in concert, and doing yoga!
Sarah is a recent graduate from the Patel College of Global Sustainability in Tampa, where she earned her Master’s degree in Global Sustainability. Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy at the University of South Florida, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in sustainability so that she could contribute to positive change for people and the environment, leading to her pursuit for further education. Sarah has been passionate about the environment since she was a kid, growing up on a lake and regularly playing on Florida’s beaches. When she’s not researching new ways to live more sustainably, Sarah spends her time catching up with friends, hiking, and doing yoga. She also dedicates many of her weekends volunteering with a non-profit music education organization where she teaches dance and performance.
Fleener is a sophomore at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers, Fl. At Florida Southwestern, she is getting her Associate Arts degree in general studies and a paralegal degree. Upon completion of these degrees, she plans on transferring to a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) to major in International Relations and minor in African Studies. Fleener considers herself an activist for social change. The environment and climate change is a major issue for her because of the intersections it has to issues, such as racial justice, capitalism, consumerism, etc. After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the issue of climate change hit too close to home for Fleener. Hearing about the deaths and lives ruined by this earthquake and finding out how preventable it could have been really opened her eyes to the injustice of climate change. She states, “the people on the front lines of these natural disasters are black and brown folks, and I have to fight for my people”. Fighting for her community is something Fleener knows all too well, from attending protests to lobbying in state and national congress for policies that impact us all. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to her favorite music and debating strangers on almost anything.
Maria Morales Ferrebus
Maria Lorena was born and raised in Venezuela, where she was fortunate to connect with nature at a young age. In 2015, Maria and her family moved to the United States to start a new life. Maria is currently a senior in college studying Business Analytics and Information Systems with a minor in Environmental Policy at the University of South Florida. It was at this institution where she found her passion for helping to solve the climate crisis and became involved with Citizens' Climate Lobby and Our Climate. On June of 2019, Maria participated in the advanced climate policy camp in the American University and lobbied for the climate on Capitol Hill. Maria also holds a position as a Resident Assistant at the University of South Florida where she mentors new students and helps them make the most of their college journey from the starting line. Maria is a rising campus leader and climate advocate. She is actively working on launching the Climate Action Coalition at her school, a student organization to empower USF students to take action on climate change.
Jared Sellick is a Political Science major at the University of South Florida. A native of Panama City, Florida, Jared is very passionate about preserving the beautiful beaches he grew up on. After graduation Jared plans to pursue journalism and highlight the political issues that are important to him. He writes for the local paper at the University of South Florida, the Oracle, and is always looking for his next story. He is very grateful to be taking part in the Our Climate Florida Fellowship and is looking forward to seeing all the progress that young people will make to preserve a livable planet.
Summer 2019 Oregon Fellows
Zac recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Environmental Science specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy.
Zac took as many opportunities as he could in college to learn about the world, having studied abroad twice, been involved in clubs that go on hiking and backpacking trips, and working as a research assistant for multiple scientific projects. He feels more connected to the planet than any city, state, or country that I have lived in, and does his best to take an active role in helping it thrive for both people, and the rest of nature.
That is why he is fighting for the environment in our legislature. It is absolutely essential that every government in every place recognizes the global problem of climate change, and takes meaningful steps to address it. The Clean Energy Jobs bill is Oregon’s meaningful step, and because this is his home, he feels he has have a special responsibility to fight for it.
Alexandra is a junior majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry at Willamette University. During her time growing up in Petersburg, Alaska, she became aware of the impacts of climate change by studying the retreat of the local LeConté Glacier and its effects on the surrounding environment. Upon entering college, Alexandra continued her environmental work by taking part in a spring break trip that focused on the intersectionalities between environmental and social justice, sitting on a committee that funds sustainability related student projects on campus, and becoming a part of Our Climate to push for more strict climate policies, which has given her confidence in the future of environmental policy and inspired her to continue pushing for revolutionary climate solutions. In addition to environmental justice activism, Alexandra enjoys choreographing for Willamette’s dance company, writing for the student newspaper, and doing research in the biology department.
Grant Starr is a native Oregonian currently attending WIllamette University as a PPLE (Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics) major. He is a senator in student government and the Vice President of the Willamette College Democrats. He hopes to pursue a career in politics, with a focus on LGBTQ rights, Climate Change, and reforming the political system. In his spare time he enjoys watching FMA Brotherhood, playing video games, and reading policy papers.
Madelyn Starr is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Class of 2019) with a double major in Political Science and Spanish. She is a native Oregonian and credits the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty and pioneering spirit for inspiring her commitment to environmental justice. She plans to further her community organizing work in the Portland area. In her spare time, she can be found thrift shopping, attending trivia nights, and listening to comedy podcasts.
Ellen Smith is 20 years old and is pursuing a degree in Policy and Ethics at Willamette University. She enjoys reading, writing, and anything outdoors. Before being a fellow with Our Climate, she interned with a lobbying firm in Salem. She is excited to be working to pass Clean Energy Jobs because her future depends on its passage.
Ross Wheeler has done two rounds of Our Climate fellowships. He has always had a passion for exploring the science behind global climate change and the personal and societal changes that we must make to reduce our impact on the environment. Growing up on Vashon Island, Washington, Ross experienced the close relationship between humans, health, and the natural environment. Ross is excited to join Our Climate to fight for market-based solutions to climate change as an essential part of a total climate solution. Ross is currently a Sophomore Politics major at Willamette University.
Nebraska Field Advisor
Michael Decker is a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minors in Economics and English. During college, he was a Field Representative for Our Climate and a member of Sustain UNL, a student-based organization leading environmental advocacy on campus. There, he focused mainly on carbon pricing, petitioning students, and even leading a group called “The Balloon Ban Initiative,” a team committed to ending the balloon releases at football games. Now graduated, Michael continues his work with Our Climate by co-organizing the Youth Climate Camp-Nebraska and creating a state climate coalition, a network planning to pass a climate resolution in the state legislature. His hobbies include reading, running, and watching his brother’s high school basketball games.
Spring 2019 New England Fellows
Violette is a freshman studying Environmental Analysis and Policy at Boston University while concurrently earning her MA in Energy and Environment. A California native, she spent her childhood exploring ‘the great outdoors’, gaining a deep appreciation and respect for the world around her. Violette’s passion for environmental advocacy stems from her experience as a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, America’s agricultural capital. In just 18 years, her home has become unrecognizable due to climate change, ravaged by droughts and wildfires. By championing carbon pricing with Our Climate, she hopes to set a positive precedent for future environmental policy and be an example for the nation’s youth. When she is not studying or working, Violette can be found running, cycling, skiing, hiking, or stargazing in her hammock with her black lab, Gus.
Caitlin is a first-year Environmental Engineer at Tufts University. She grew up in Seattle, WA which gave her a deep appreciation of the natural world, our planet, and the people who live on it. Throughout middle and high school she learned to turn this passion into productivity through a group called Sustainability Ambassadors where she trained in policy analysis, performance assessment, project management, and public speaking. Caitlin is pumped to take the next step with Our Climate and focus her work on policies surrounding putting a price on carbon, and hopes to help make the movement more inclusive. She believes deeply that climate injustice is one of, if not the greatest, challenges of our time and that we must approach all sustainability work through an equity lens. Whenever she has time Caitlin enjoys dancing, playing frisbee, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.
Connor is currently a senior at the School for the Environment at University of Massachusetts, Boston. They grew up in suburban Wilmington, MA and spent their childhood exploring the forests, mountains, and lakes of New Hampshire. As a member of the LGBTQ community and an ardent student of Marxian economics, Connor is most passionate about fighting climate change through a social justice and economic lens. They aim to pursue a PhD in environmental policy focusing on theories of environmental imperialism and political ecology, hopefully ending up as a professor somewhere in the secluded wilderness of New England.
Ava Harrington is a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy who grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts. Her interest in biology and ecology has pushed her to feel extremely concerned about climate change She believes that climate change is the greatest issue facing her generation. She is excited to tackle these issues by addressing them at the source: legislature. She believes carbon pricing is the best way to tackle the disaster of climate change, and hopes to study biology and political science in college. Outside of learning all things bio, Ava loves writing and hopes to be a science writer one day. She spends her free time playing video games, reading, and hanging out with her pet fish.
Hannah Lydon became interested in climate change when she was young through reading An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. Since then, Hannah has studied Environmental Technology at Essex Technical High School where she first started learning GIS and studying how sea level rise would affect coastal communities. Today Hannah is a junior at the University of Massachusetts Boston pursuing her bachelors of science in Environmental Science. Hannah looks forward to increasing her knowledge of carbon pricing and environmental activism with Our Climate. She is especially excited to be working with other youth leaders to create statewide change. Hannah also enjoys practicing, teaching, and competing in kung fu, tai chi, and dragon dance.
Rhiannon is a senior at Attleboro High School. She has loved the ocean since she was a child and intends to major in marine science in the coming fall. She came to climate activism through researching marine science and seeing the effects of a changing climate on the oceans she loves so much. She is especially excited to work with Our Climate on carbon pricing as she believes it is a real solution to a very real problem. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys reading, taking pictures, and hiking with her dog who is very ironically named Diesel.
Emily is a first-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst pursuing a major in environmental science and a certificate in coastal and marine sciences. As a former captain of her high school’s speech and debate team, she is passionate about helping others find their voices and share their stories. Through her fellowship with Our Climate, Emily hopes to continue that passion. She is excited to assist other young people in advocating for strong and equitable carbon pricing legislation in her home state of Massachusetts. In her downtime, Emily can either be found hiking, trying new recipes, or searching for the best reading spots on campus.
Meaghan is a senior at Attleboro High school, graduating in May. She plans to attend College in the Fall and pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. Born in Brockton and raised in Attleboro, MA, Meaghan has always been passionate about environmental protection and advocacy. She believes that Climate Change is the most pressing issue of our time, and is concerned that everyone will feel the effects, especially those most vulnerable to a changing landscape. This belief led her to Our Climate’s campaign. She believes carbon fee and rebate policies are a viable, equitable way to help tackle the issue and create tangible change. In her free time, Meaghan enjoys skateboarding, skiing, knitting, and spending quality time with her dog, Kato.
Ruby is a junior at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she is majoring in Economics and Mathematics, and minoring in Environmental Studies and Food Systems Sustainability, Health, and Equity. She is interested in the economic impacts of climate change and is currently focusing on environmental and food policy in school. In 2018, Ruby worked at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI), which helps researchers and undergraduate students understand and explore environmental solutions. At ESI, she learned about carbon pricing and how this type of policy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide benefits to American families and help communities adapt to climate change. She is excited to be working with Our Climate to help increase support for carbon pricing in Massachusetts and to learn more about environmental activism. Originally from White Plains, NY, Ruby is a huge New York Yankees fan; she also loves coffee, cats, hiking and baking.
Spring 2019 Washington Fellows
Robin is a freshman at The Evergreen State College. She's originally from Issaquah, Washington, but is excited to be in Olympia studying the environment and policy. Robin has always cared for animals and nature since she has lived so close to both. Robin's care for climate change really solidified at the Seattle Aquarium when she was a Youth Ocean Advocate during high school. Robin saw the effects climate change had on the ocean and felt like she could make a difference . Robin now feels personally responsible for making sure the Pacific Northwest stays beautiful and sustainable. This is Robin's second time being a part of Our Climate's Fellowship!
Monique is a junior at Eastern Washington University. She’s always had a love for science, which lead her to major in Environmental Chemistry. In efforts to become a part of the movement for cleaner energy, she joined the Our Climate Fellowship in Washington. Throughout this experience she hopes to continue building on her leadership skills, network with other leaders in her campus and city community, and make a difference in our nations pollution habits. National change is a big goal. But to create change in our world, we must think globally and act locally.
Zoe is a freshman at Western Washington University, where she plans on double-majoring in mathematics and public health. Born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Zoe has always felt deeply passionate about preserving the environment for generations to come. By serving as an Our Climate fellow for her campus, she hopes to inspire her fellow students to speak out against those issues that threaten the future of our planet. In her spare time, Zoe loves to rock climb, take photos, read books, and pet her kitties.
Jessica is a junior at Washington State University and currently studying Sports Science. She hopes to go into the medical field but firmly believes that a crucial piece of one's health is the environmental conditions they are in. Growing up in an area where she was able to see the effects of environmental degradation and the side effects on public health, she hopes to be able to share her experiences to prevent others from the same situations.
Spring 2019 Virginia Fellow
Spring 2019 Oregon Fellows
Marion was born and raised on the little island of MolokaʻI and is currently enrolled as a Freshman at Willamette University with a goal to double major in Environmental Science and Political Science. Through the course of her life she’s always been interested in the environment, whether it be through paddling in the open ocean or competing in Science Fair high above in the beautiful native forest. With this fellowship, Marion hopes to gain experience in lobbying, learn the ways of politics, and advocate for a bill that she strongly believes has the capability of putting Oregon as the leader in fighting one of our greatest enemies, Climate Change.
Claire is a sophomore sociology major at Willamette University. She came from Minnesota to attend Willamette and is excited about getting connected to Oregon organizing through this fellowship. Political work specifically around the environment has been a big part of her life. Claire wants to make change through lobbying, activism, and eventually running for office.
Ross Wheeler has always had a passion for exploring the science behind global climate change and the personal and societal changes that we must make to reduce our impact on the environment. Growing up on Vashon Island, Washington, Ross experienced the close relationship between humans, health, and the natural environment. Ross is excited to join Our Climate to fight for market-based solutions to climate change as an essential part of a total climate solution. Ross is currently a Sophomore Politics major at Willamette University.
Erin grew up in beautiful Central Oregon and then attended Whitman College, where she graduated with a BA in sociology and environmental studies. After college she lived and worked in Detroit, MI for six years, where she became greatly interested in social and environmental justice issues. Inspired by the talented people organizing in Detroit, she decided to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree, which she is currently working on at Oregon State University, focusing on environmental policy. Erin is thrilled to be working as a fellow for Our Climate to advocate for the Clean Energy Jobs Bill and gain experience lobbying for the sake of the public and the environment.
Sarah is a senior at Oregon State University studying Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, Sarah has experienced the effects of climate change first hand through the worsening of wildfires in her region. This experience has made her concerned about issues surrounding climate change. Through working for Our Climate, she is excited to bring about change in Oregon's environmental policy and gain experience advocating for our planet. After graduating from Oregon State, she hopes to study Environmental Policy or Law.
John is a PhD student at Oregon State University studying how vegetation on coastal sand dunes responds to and mitigates the effects of climate change. He earned his B.S. in Biology and Ecology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA and was very active with organizations focused on sustainability issues. Currently, he is working with Our Climate to push for clean energy policies in Oregon that will be ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, surfing, and gardening and wants to protect the environment for his generation and those to follow.
Fall 2018 Northwest Fellows
Summer Dean is from Brush Prairie, Washington. She is entering her fourth and final year in the environmental studies program at Portland State University. Summer believes that climate change is the biggest problem our species will ever face. Our natural systems are unraveling, and many communities are already suffering around the world. She cares about climate change action because not only is it necessary for our survival, but it presents an opportunity for us all to unite on a common issue and transform our society into something better than we could ever imagine. She sees climate change action not just as a response to suffering but an opportunity to fix the broken, oppressive system that caused this crisis in the first place. She is working with Our Climate this fall because we need a rapid transformation of our energy system, one that requires effective climate policies like Washington’s Initiative 1631.
Jordan Stevenson is an International Affairs major at Eastern Washington University who is also minoring in Spanish, Economics, and pursuing a certificate in Gender Studies. She comes to environmental issues via reproductive justice and global activism. She is Co-President of the Planned Parenthood club on campus and works as an International Peer Advisor, helping international students acclimate to American culture. She was previously a Global Youth Advocacy Fellow for Planned Parenthood Global and attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2018. Her current projects include researching grants for ARTogether, a nonprofit supporting refugees in San Francisco and conducting crowdmapping research for the Tanzanian Development Trust to prevent female genital mutilation in rural Tanzania. She is looking forward to engaging her community in the fight for Washington’s future this Fall with Our Climate!
Tyee Williams is currently a senior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and started engaging in environmental activism just about as soon as he could walk. Tyee enjoys just about any kind of sport, is a very competitive trivia player, and firmly believes that the burrito is the best food vessel. He cares about the climate because the impacts of climate change will be and have already been devastating to both people and the environment and they will contribute to intensifying the inequalities already present in the world. Climate change isn't just an environmental issue, it's a social justice issue. Tyee is thrilled to be working with Our Climate as we work towards climate justice!
Rose is going into her fourth year at Seattle University where she studies Environmental Studies. She is originally from Colorado but moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest 7 years ago. At school, Rose leads outdoor trips as a part of the Outdoor Adventure Recreation Team, teaching about environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace Principles along the way. She cares about climate because it impacts people’s day to day lives all over the world. It is our responsibility to be aware of how we are changing the Earth’s climate both on a personal level and societal level through our actions, both short-term and long-term.
Kevin uses he/they pronouns and is a freshman at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Kevin is studying philosophy with an interest in other fields such as economics & sociology. He decided to join Our Climate because he cares about the environment, wanted to put his time to use, and seek to learn more about climate change & the political process. In ten years Kevin sees himself either in Information Technology or as a professor and writer. Kevin hopes to be more involved in activism and to continue to learn more about the world!
Robin is a freshman at The Evergreen State College! She's originally from Issaquah, Washington, but is excited to be in Olympia studying the environment and policy. Robin has always cared for animals and nature since she has lived so close to both. Robin's care for climate change really solidified at the Seattle Aquarium when she was a Youth Ocean Advocate during high school. Robin saw the effects climate change had on the ocean and felt like she could make a difference . Robin now feels personally responsible for making sure the Pacific Northwest stays beautiful and sustainable.
May is a junior at University of Washington Seattle. She was born in China, raised in Canada, and moved to Seattle during middle school. Living in three different countries allowed her to see the diverse ways in which people regard the issue of climate change and their take on how we tackle it. Like the majority of our community, May wants to live in a world where clean air and water is accessible to everyone as a fundamental right, so that future generations can also enjoy that priviledge. And that's why she cares about our climate!
Brandy is a senior attending the University of Washington in Seattle. Originally, Brandy is from Lacey, WA. Her first exposure to the topic of climate change was in fifth grade when her teacher showed our class Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. From that moment, she became motivated to learn more about ways she could work to stop climate change and bring more awareness to her classmates about the issue. As a child, she was only aware of personal choices that could be implemented to fight climate change. She advocated for less driving, using less energy, composting, etc. Her idea of impact was limited to what could be done locally in her back yard. As an adult however, Brandy has learned that the effects of climate change not only negatively impact us on a local scale, but certain communities abroad are affected much more severely in ways we couldn't even begin to imagine. She has come to the conclusion that fighting against climate change is synonymous to fighting for global justice of those communities and that's what motivates her to do this work!
This will be Ava's last quarter at Cascadia college before she transfers to UW Seattle as a junior. Ava is from Iran and has been living in the US for 3 years now. Ava has seen the effects of climate change and other environmental issues from lack of water in her first home or the smokes of wildfires in her second home. She has seen how it causes suffering, discomfort, social injustice, and instability in communities. Ava believes it’s time to step up for the planet we all share and depend on.
Tynan (he/him/his) grew up in gorgeous Vancouver, Washington and is now an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University double majoring in Urban and Regional Planning and Economics. He lives in Cheney, Washington with his brilliant wife Jordan Stevenson and occupies his time with class, chores, reading, and campus participation. He comes to climate activism through volunteer and internship work on tangential progressive issues, with his primary foci being reproductive health and economic justice. As an aspiring urban planner, he studies the ways in which sprawl and inefficient development reinforce fossil fuel dependency and disenfranchise the most vulnerable populations. By reinvesting revenues raised on carbon emissions in rural public transportation, renewable energy infrastructure, and community sustainability programs, Initiative 1631 tackles the issue of carbon emissions at the communal level, paving the way for large scale shifts in fossil fuel dependency, all while empowering our state’s rural and vulnerable populations.
Jonathan Villanueva is currently attending Washington State University, my current track is sociology double minoring in creative writing and psychology. He was a Climate Justice Steward in Pullman before joining the fellowship program. He wants to use his degree to get into a masters program for Social Work. He loves reading and environmental justice.
Cameron is a senior at Western Washington University, studying Political Science and Environmental Politics. He has spent countless hours biking, hiking and climbing in the Pacific Northwest, and got involved with I-1631 because it is a great step towards protecting this special place. He is excited to start working on getting students involved in the initiative, since even though they are likely to be most affected by climate change, they are unlikely to vote. I-1631's broad scope and focus on environmental justice means that most people in the state can find reasons to support it, and Cameron hopes to help turn that support into action! After college, Cameron hopes to continue working with at-risk communities and lawmakers to minimize the effects of climate change where it will be felt most.
Ameena is a junior at The Evergreen State College. Ameena moved here from Iowa, where she was moved to fight for environmental justice after learning about the depletion of the prairie there. She decided it was her responsibility to represent nature and set off for Olympia shortly after turning eighteen. Through her studies she's grown passionate about Indigenous sovereignty and within that, ecological restoration. Ameena hopes that by passing 1631 we can become better stewards of the land we occupy.
Claire Perez is a junior at the University of Washington studying Environmental Studies and Chemistry. She has an interest in sustainability and is excited to be working on as an Our Climate fellow. In her free time Claire likes to go bouldering, travel and hang out with friends and family.
Fall 2018 New York Fellows
Bella Crane, a New York State fellow, is a rising junior at Columbia University where she studies Sustainable Development and Middle Eastern Studies. She first got involved with Our Climate this spring through her internship at the Years Project, a partnering organization which focuses on inspiring environmental activism through social media outreach. Bella hopes to one day pursue a career in environmental activism and sustainable investment. She is an outdoor enthusiast and lover of glitter, skiing, rock climbing, and Jack London (she's also recently gotten into painting, and welcomes any tips!).
Nicol La Cumbre-Gibbs
Nicol is a rising Junior at Skidmore College where she studies Environmental Science and History and is the President of Skidmore’s Environmental Action Club. She has been volunteering with Our Climate since February and is excited to work on supporting carbon pricing, which she views as a real and tangible solution. Nicol is particularly interested in pursuing environmental health-related fields upon graduation and enjoys watching bad game shows, doing yoga, writing and taking photos of her cat, Pepper, in her spare time.
Joe is a Senior at Hartwick College and studies Political Science and Government. Joe is the student body President at his school and is very involved with local politics. He is active in policy and advocacy work; serving as an intern in Washington, D.C. working on the 2018 Farm Bill. Joe is eager to use his community connections to advocate for carbon pricing policy. After graduation he plans on pursuing a career in social policy and environmental advocacy.
Benedicte is a second year at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently studying Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Studies, and is seeking admission for a Public Policy Master's degree. Benedicte is currently active in multiple carbon pricing endeavors and loves putting the skills she learned from Speech and Debate to good use. Ms. Adair is also an RA at RIT in Gender Inclusive Housing — working to build an environment where people of all identities are free to be themselves.
Allison is currently a senior at Binghamton University where she is double majoring in political science and environmental policy with a minor in immigration studies. She has long had a passion for environmental advocacy and spent her last two summers working at summer camps trying to instill the same passion in our youth. She spent a week this summer in Washington lobbying for carbon pricing and learning climate advocacy skills that she is excited to use during her fellowship. Her career goals include working with climate refugees either at a non-profit or in government. When she is not advocating for the environment, she directs the SA Advocates program on her campus (a program designed to assist students going through conduct violations) and is currently working on a congressional campaign in her home district.
Fall 2018 New England Fellows
Jade Aguilera is a senior at Emerson College in Boston, MA majoring in writing, literature, and publishing. Besides her love for writing and poetry she's always had a passion for conservation and the environment. Jade has had opportunities to study salt marsh communities along with communities in Yellowstone national park. She is super excited to be apart of Our Climate and to have the chance to not only learn more, but educate others about the effects of climate change.
Cecelia is a second-year student at Northeastern University in Boston MA majoring in environmental studies with a minor in women’s gender and sexuality studies. She spent the 2017-2018 academic year working with Environment Massachusetts on statewide clean energy legislation, and then traveled to Switzerland, where she spent the summer studying and conducting research at the United Nations in Geneva. There, her research primarily focused on the inclusion of marginalized groups in the global governance of climate change under the auspices of the UNFCCC. These experiences have honed her interest in environmental politics and policy with a strong emphasis on environmental justice. She is thrilled to be working with Our Climate this semester, and hopes to further carbon pricing legislation in the state she is so happy to call home.
Anneliese is a 10th grader at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. She was first inspired to advocate for environmental sustainability by her childhood in the foothills of northern California. Anneliese and her family love hiking and camping throughout the west coast, and she feels that one way to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same experiences that she does would be to instate a carbon tax. Anneliese now spends a majority of her year at boarding school in New England, and thinks it is equally important to preserve that part of the country as well. She became involved in the New England Fellowship in 2018 after a former teacher encouraged to become more involved in Our Climate. Outside of Our Climate she also is a co-head of the Environmental Action Committee at her school.
Sadie DiCarlo is a Sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, where she is the co-head of the Environmental Action Committee that strives to make Exeter a more environmentally friendly campus. Growing up at The Mountain School in Vermont and living in the White Mountains at a hiking base camp for the summers has given her a huge appreciation for nature and the environment. In the White Mountains she watched as the human activity in the area changed the plants and the animal species that resided there over the years and at the Mountain School she saw how little changes in our lives can do great things for the environment. Sadie is so excited to be working with Our Climate because she can’t wait to take a stand against climate change and do some good for the world.
Andrew Dickinson is a junior at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is majoring in Communications with a minor in Environmental Science. He has been environmentally conscious since he was a kid and recently decided that this was the path he needs to go down in order to make the world a better place. He sees Our Climate as a clear first step towards a career in environmental advocacy after graduating. Ready to put in the hours and work that is necessary to move forward, he is excited to have this opportunity to make a difference. When he isn’t thinking about ways to better our future, you’ll find him scaling a rock wall or shredding the slopes of a ski hill.
Zack is a second year at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts double majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics & Environmental Studies. He decided to join Our Climate because he is interested in the intersection of climate and policy, and hopes to build his organizing skills. He has been involved in politics, most recently working on a United States House of Representatives race in his home district. In his free time, Zack is a Resident Assistant at Northeastern, completes research in disaster resilience, and enjoys running. Zack grew up in Groton, Massachusetts and is a diehard Boston sports fan.
Jane Stromberg is a senior at the University of Vermont in Burlington pursuing a dual degree in environmental science and political science. She runs a student organization called the Renewable Energy Network, a club that connects students to professionals in the renewable energy field and raises awareness about climate issues. She also volunteers with UVM Progressives in hopes to promote climate policy support on campus and in the surrounding community. She became involved with Our Climate to not only create a larger impact and refine her own skills, but to offer her experience and assistance to younger activists. She is a firm believer in supporting young leaders and for access to education. She believes the severity of the climate crisis we are facing needs to be understood wholeheartedly and we need all the passion and effort in the world if we are going to combat it. It starts with thinking about younger generations. When not in the classroom, Jane enjoys playing chess, jazz guitar, and going to the movies.
Patrick Wang is originally from Beijing, China. A student of International Environmental Economics and Psychology now at Tufts University, Patrick started caring about our environment as he witnessed the clear blue sky of Beijing gradually disappearing. Solving the universal issue of climate change became his goal ever since then. Step by step, he hopes his dedication can make an impact in the world.
Summer 2018 Northwest Fellows
Jacob is a senior at the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment, pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Oceanography. Jacob is working with Our Climate because he wants to do everything I can to get I-1631 implemented in Washington. He studied the initiative in one of his environmental communications classes and learned how this initiative reaches further than previous attempts to put a price on carbon and brings forward the voices of underrepresented communities, indigenous people, laborers, farmers, and all Washingtonians affected by changing climate. Jacob enjoys working with Our Climate because it actively works to allow his voice as a young environmentalist and as a college student to contribute to this important effort. In the future he hopes to pursue a career in either environmental urban planning or environmental innovation and entrepreneurship.
Christine Van Winkle-Shaw
Christine Van Winkle-Shaw (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington intending to double-major in Politics and Spanish. She first became involved with Our Climate through their Climate Leadership Summit; this inspired her to take on a more direct role in the organization and become a climate leader in her community. She has seen firsthand the negative impacts of climate change, taking action to mitigate its effects is not simply a want, but a need. In the future, she aspires to become either an environmental or immigration lawyer; she has also considered running for a political office. She knows that in ten years, regardless of the career path she chooses, she will continue to fight for the environment and for the beautiful state that she calls home.
Taylor recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. Having grown up in the Rogue Valley and studying nestled between the Bellingham Bay and the base of the Northern Cascades, Taylor is proud to call the Pacific Northwest home. The geography and culture has played a large role in shaping who Taylor is and what she loves. Taylor now lives in Portland and is working on Initiative 1631 in Washington State to put a price on carbon!
Luis is a junior at the University of Washington and is studying medical anthropology & global health and looking to apply for Physician Assistant grad school.
This is Luis’ first year being involved with Our Climate, he became very interested in it when he attended a meeting. Luis took notice that we need to all be worried more about the people who affect our environment not only because it destroys our planet but also affects the lives of those who are the most vulnerable. These are young children and the elderly. Being a certified nursing assistant, Luis has to help out the elderly with daily activity and believes that if we don't stop people from polluting our earth elderly people will be the ones who will be affected the most. On top of being a fellow, Luis is coordinating a bike ride know as Cycle For Charvat to raise money for young adults with cancer. This year he am coordinating the trip from Seattle to San Francisco in hopes to raise $20,000. Last year he was able to raise $10,000 with bike ride around Washington.
Kevin uses he/they pronouns and is a freshman at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Kevin is studying philosophy with an interest in other fields such as economics & sociology. He decided to join Our Climate because he cares about the environment, wanted to put his time to use, and seek to learn more about climate change & the political process. In ten years Kevin sees himself either in Information Technology or as a professor and writer. Kevin hopes to be more involved in activism and to continue to learn more about the world!
Amanda is from Fairwood, Washington and currently studies Geography at Dartmouth College. Amanda believes the climate change is the greatest threat to her generation’s safety and security. The same love of the Earth and its inhabitants that drives her study has prompted her to take action against climate change in order to help preserve the world for the future.
Summer 2018 Northeast Fellows
Grace is an undergraduate student studying microbiology at the University of Vermont. She also helps out on the business team of the student-run environmental magazine Headwaters, and volunteers for FeelGood, student-run fundraising efforts that sell grilled cheese sandwiches and donate the proceeds to organizations that fight world poverty. When not studying, she enjoys reading, playing viola, and nature photography.
Trilok grew up in Maine, where he was surrounded by nature from childhood. His first forays into fighting climate change occurred in high school, when he joined the environmental club. He persistently attended events throughout high school and continued this trend at Tufts University, where he currently studies. He believes environmental policy change is the most effective way to combat climate change, and maintain nature’s beauty for future generations.
Kaitlyn Mangelinkx is a rising sophomore at Northeastern University, studying biology and political science. She is originally from the New London, CT area. Kaitlyn is passionate about social activism and advocating for fair and equitable policy. On campus, she is the Head of Activism for a theatre group called Acting Out, which uses theatre to promote social justice and a variety of advocacy topics. She is excited to spend this summer working to promote carbon pricing from a social justice standpoint. In her free time she enjoys knitting and learning ASL.
Adela Miller grew up just outside Boston, in Newton, Massachusetts. She always loved spending time outside. When she was little, she spent my summers at various nature camps, hiking on the weekends. She still spends quite a lot of time outdoors, though she doesn’t have the same clean conscious that she had as a little kid. She’s very aware, now, of the environmental issues plaguing the beautiful New England habitats she spent much of her childhood exploring. Climate change is going to change everything we know and love, if we don’t start making drastic institutional changes. As a Environmental Studies major at the University of Vermont, she hope to use what she learns in school to help halt the destruction of the planet.
Patrick Wang is originally from Beijing, China. He is studying International Environmental Economics and Psychology now at Tufts University. He started caring about our environment because he witnessed the clear blue sky of Beijing gradually disappearing. Solving the universal issue of climate change became his goal ever since then. Step by step, he hopes his dedication can make an impact in the world.
Spring 2018 Northeast Fellows
Claire Halloran is a sophomore studying materials science and engineering at MIT. She co-founded the MIT Climate Action team, a student group dedicated to empowering the MIT community to support federal, state, and municipal policies that minimize greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. As an engineering student, Claire believes that both technological advances and ambitious policies must converge to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Chris D’Agostino is a senior at Brandeis University pursuing a degree in Neuroscience. His experience as a climate change activist began during his study abroad experience in Melbourne, Australia last year. He joined an organization called the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and participated in a campaign to stop the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine from being built alongside the Great Barrier Reef. Chris enjoys educating children about climate change, combining music with activism, and learning about the science behind the issue. He feels strongly about carbon pricing because he believes it is a straightforward, easy, and elegant way to disincentivize fossil fuel usage and incentivize renewable energy production. Chris looks forward to shaping the future by advocating policies that are evidence-based and fair.
Gari De Ramos
Gari is first-year studying political science with a concentration in international relations at Clark University. As a global citizen – having been born in the Philippines, raised in Hong Kong, and finishing high school in New York City – she found her purpose in addressing global issues including climate change. Outside of her work with Our Climate, she is a political staff writer at FreshU.io and a member of Clark's Model United Nations Team and divestment campaign. She is drawn to work on climate change because of its universality and the impact it has on all levels of society, particularly marginalized communities.
Maddy is a junior at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and is majoring in Economics with a concentration in Urban Development and Social Change. She has been a committed member of Divest Clark for two years and facilitated writing the lengthy proposal for the Board of Trustees. She is passionate about the role of spirituality in the activist world and how this and a connection to the natural world can are revolutionary tools. In this strain, she leads nature- based spirituality backpacking camps for youth as a way to grow their love of our Mother and in the hopes that they further seek to protect Her from climate change. As an economics major, Maddy is thrilled to be putting her knowledge of neoliberal economic theory to practice in the fight against climate change and for social justice.
Karl is a first-year student at Northeastern University, studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics along with Environmental Science. He is originally from the New Haven, Connecticut area. Karl is passionate about environmental, climate, and energy justice and working to create equitable solutions to climate change. In particular, Karl is interested in urban resilience and policy that moves us towards a sustainable and just future. In the past, he has worked for the New Haven/León Sister City Project, an environmental and social justice nonprofit. On campus, Karl is involved with the Roosevelt Institute, a student think tank focused on progressive policy, and the Husky Environmental Action Team. He is looking forward to working with Our Climate to advocate for carbon pricing legislation and to ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in taking action against climate change.
Mendel is a first-year at Middlebury College intending to major in International Politics and Economics with minors in History and Environmental Science. Mendel is originally from Poway, California and would like to note that he suffers from serious ocean withdrawals. Mendel has long been frightened by climate change documentaries, but is excited to finally find his voice in calling for real solutions to climate change. He is an active member of Middlebury's Sunday Night Environmental Group and sees carbon pricing as an essential step in a multifaceted solution to climate change. In his free time, Mendel also enjoys learning languages and exploring the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont.
Alice Zhang grew up in San Clemente, California, where she graduated from San Clemente High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. At Dartmouth, Alice plans on pursuing a major in environmental studies and economics with a minor in public policy. She is currently a member of the Dartmouth Rockapellas and a writer for The Dartmouth. After graduating, Alice plans on attending graduate school and continuing to advocate for the environment. Alice is excited to make positive environmental change by promoting carbon pricing legislations during her time at Our Climate!
Wilbur is a sophomore at MIT studying Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. He's involved in campus climate action with the MIT Climate Action Team, Energy Club, ROTC, and business club. Wilbur has enjoyed climate advocacy with campus and national groups, and is personally excited the future of clean energy policy and technology. In his free time, Wilbur enjoys tennis, soccer, and working on independent projects.
Spring 2018 Northwest Fellows
Ana Rae Miller - Spring 2018
Ana is completing her last quarter at Western Washington University, majoring in Environmental Policy with a minor in Spanish. Her passion for climate comes from not only her love of the beautiful natural world we live in, but also the belief that everyone deserves an equal right to a healthy, clean and just environment. She’s super excited about carbon pricing because of its ability to provide equitable, effective solutions to climate change. She believes we have the opportunity to bring about positive social change and strengthen democracy in the fight for climate justice! She’s particularly interested in utilizing land use to create and implement large scale strategies to block fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and interns at Stand.earth with their extreme oil campaign. In a few years, she hopes to attend law school and become an environmental lawyer to challenge corporations to respect the people and places on this Earth. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, yoga, long distance running and cooking.
Jade Lauw - Spring 2018
Jade is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, majoring in political science and minoring in anthropology, environmental science, and philosophy. Her focus is on policy analysis, and the political and environmental aspects of nuclear weapons. Jade is the Vice President of Beyond the Bomb at UW, where she actively participates in the grassroots movement to condemn the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Johnna Coughlin - Spring 2018
Johnna is a student at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is passionate about climate justice because she believe that climate change, and it's repercussions, is by far the biggest threat to her generation and the next. Climate change disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable who are least able to adapt to rapid changes in the environment and cope with natural disasters. Johnna believes it is our duty to eliminate this injustice and work towards creating a healthier planet for all.
Nawon Kim - Spring 2018
Nawon is an international student from the Philippines studying environmental policy at the University of Washington in Seattle. Climate matters to Nawon because it is one of the clearest messages from the Earth telling us what it wants and needs. She believes that the climate and its changes allow us to see and be aware of the consequences of our actions. She always knew that climate is my passion and now is the time to make a difference!
Lydia Petroske - Spring 2018
Lydia is a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where she studies environmental policy and leads the schools Sustainability Club. Lydia calls the Cascade mountains home. In just the short time she's grown up there, she's seen physical evidence of our climate crisis: dry and hot summers and hazy skies from fires, early flower blooms, and glaciers melting to open new crevasses and moraine fields where before there were none. Climate change is a direct threat to the place she holds dear and the so many other places people love and depend upon.
Kate Pearce - Fall 2017
Kate is a senior at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainability with minors in Sociology and Public Policy. Kate is originally from Nashville, Tennessee where she interned in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Sustainability this past summer. Through this internship, she became more interested in public service and advocating for environmental policy. At Elon, Kate has been involved in the Office of Sustainability by being an Eco-Rep and the Sustainability Intern. In her free time, she loves to hike, adventure to new parts of North Carolina, and travel with her family.
Ephraim Infante - Fall 2017
Ephraim Infante is a senior Environmental Science major at Arizona State University. She is serving her second term as Senate President for the Undergraduate Student Government and hopes to pursue a career in public policy. She serves as the Director of Policy and co-founder of the EARTH Club, an organization dedicated to environmental advocacy, education and engagement in environmental solutions. One of her proudest college achievements is establishing a Pay It Forward Food Initiative program for college students experiencing food insecurity and hardship. Ephraim is a climate advocate because she wants to fight for future generations' right to live on a viable planet where they have a chance to thrive. She is passionate about increasing scientific literacy and civic engagement, especially among the youth. This summer she worked on a state senate campaign and continued her involvement in community organizing. After joining her local Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter she learned about the #PUTAPRICEONIT campaign and began to research carbon pricing. Ephraim strongly believes in the power of youth participation and intergenerational collaboration. With this fellowship Ephraim hopes to not only grow as a climate advocate, but to also mobilize others to push for climate solutions.
Hanka Kirby - Fall 2017
Hanka Kirby is a high school senior and dual-enrolled freshman at University of North Georgia. She is an undecided major looking into an Environmental Studies pathway. After attending the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, she was inspired to act on climate solutions for future generations. Hanka is working to bring climate activism to young students in Georgia by starting environmental clubs at local schools. She is also a member of the Forsyth County Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter. She is excited and motivated to be a part of Our Climate this semester!
Casey Brayton - Fall 2017
Casey is a marine science and applied mathematics major at the University of South Carolina Honors College. She works extensively with computer models to research the physical mechanisms underlying the Earth’s climate and oceanic processes. During internships with NOAA and Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Casey has helped develop climate change communications strategies to open dialogue among geoscientists, politicians, and the general public. At USC, Casey is the founder and president of Women in Geosciences, vice-president of SACNAS, co-chair of Marine Technology Society, and an active volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby and with homeless services in Columbia, SC.
Madison Hathaway - Fall 2017
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.
Zina Precht-Rodriguez - Fall 2017
Zina Precht-Rodriguez is a junior at Columbia University where she is majoring in Human Rights with a concentration in Political Science. Her research interests include climate policy and intergenerational justice. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Zina delayed her entry into college to work at the front lines of a start-up museum focusing on climate change solutions called the Climate Museum. As an associate to the Director, Zina developed a passion for climate social enterprise and youth climate justice initiatives. Upon her return to Columbia, she hopes to gain experience in the climate policy and litigation sector to broaden her exposure in securing human rights.
Sabrina Melendez - Fall 2017
Sabrina Melendez is a queer Puerto Rican poet activist who was born in El Paso, Texas. After graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy boarding school in California, Sabrina served for two years in Americorps, traveling the country and working for a variety of non-profit organizations such as food pantries, community gardens, and a wolf sanctuary. They became a certified wildland firefighter in Colorado, and worked as a year-long tutor and mentor for fifth grade students on the South Side of Chicago. Sabrina now studies The Imagination and Implementation of Post-Neoliberal Futures at Bennington College. Sabrina has served on the leadership board of Vermont Student Power Network and has canvassed with VPIRG on environmental policy. Sabrina believes that art is the most powerful form of resistance against capitalism, and against climate change, which is the extreme ecological byproduct of capitalism.
Morgan McLenan - Fall 2017
Morgan McLenan is a junior at Stony Brook University pursuing a B.A. in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning. Morgan is from a small suburb outside of Boston. She has expressed an earnest interest in raising awareness about climate change. During the summer of 2016 she helped organize and plan an event called Boston Green Fest, which served to educate the public about all the sustainable options available in various aspects of life.This past summer (2017) she worked with a non-profit community board in the Bronx, NY to effectively communicate with the constituents and advocate for the concerns they held. Morgan works hard to fight for what she believes in. She is an active member of her school’s Environmental Club and the College Democrats. Through these organizations she hopes to share and spread the activism of Our Climate. Morgan looks forward to making a brighter future through advocacy and policy changes.
Olivia Debes - Fall 2017
Olivia Debes is a sophomore at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Olivia is a public health major and political science minor. Olivia is from East Hampton, New York and has lived there her entire life. Olivia’s proudest accomplishment is the work she does with a non-profit organization called BuildOn which is an organization that is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through building schools in some of the world's poorest countries. Through this organization, she has become very interested in learning more about environmental sustainability. In her free time, Olivia loves to swim, hike, and volunteer with various organizations.
Kathy Bond - Fall 2017
Kathy Bond is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Political Science at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Kathy spends most of her time working with Reed's environmental organization to work towards sustainability on campus. To Kathy, politics is about creating positive change within her community, and she continues to follow her passion for community engagement by volunteering for the Oregon Food Bank and after-school programs in middle schools across Portland. In her free time, Kathy loves to make bad puns, play card games, and pet cute dogs she sees.
Jesse Newman - Summer 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sai Ganagoni is a sophomore at Emory University studying Economics with a minor in Global Health. On campus, he is involved with No Strings Attached, Emory's oldest male a capella group, the American Mock World Health Organization, Alpha Kappa Psi's Professional Business Fraternity, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicine.
Sai hopes to pursue public health law in the future to change the way healthcare is approached in the United States. Sai is committed to fighting the current policies against climate change put in place by the US administration and is excited to work with the Put a Price On It campaign as a part of that effort.
Samantha Peikes - Summer 2017
Samantha Peikes is a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in climate change. Her main interest lies in approaching and analyzing climate change as a social justice issue. She has experience informing residents of local pressing environmental issues as a canvasser for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a grassroots non-profit environmental organization based in Hamden, CT. Most recently, she studied abroad with the School for Field Studies in the tropical rainforests of far northeast Queensland, Australia where she conducted questionnaire surveys to understand how Australians across eight different small towns and of differing socio-demographic groups perceive their own risks to climate change. As a fellow for the Put a Price On It campaign, Samantha hopes to not only hone her leadership skills, but she also hopes to become more politically involved in the fight to pass fair climate change legislation.
Madison Weisend - Spring 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.