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.