Meet our Fellows, the heart of our program, who work tirelessly to learn, plan and execute our campaigns, and support our Field Team.
Sierra is a senior at Berklee College of Music studying songwriting and music technology. She believes firmly in the power of music to create change and desires to use her music to help people reconnect to the planet. Sensing a lack of unified effort against climate change in the music industry, she founded the MAMA Initiative in the Fall of 2019. MAMA aims to organize music festivals, sponsor events, and create a coalition of dedicated spotlight artists and behind-the-scenes industry professionals to fight for climate justice. Sierra is excited to connect with the greater global climate movement, and grow her political advocacy and organization skills through the Our Climate fellowship. She also enjoys hiking, reading, yoga, and loves to travel to new and exciting places.
Kala is a junior at Hampshire Regional High School, attending and dual enrolled full time at Holyoke Community College. She believes that climate justice is intersectional and cannot be won without racial, economic, and social justice. Kala is a hub coordinator for Sunrise Hilltowns, organizes with Sunrise Western Mass, is on the coordinating team for MA Climate Education Organization, and volunteers for Western Mass Community Mutual Aid. Through her fellowship with Our Climate, Kala hopes to grow her leadership capabilities, apply her passion for social justice to lobbying for policy, and continue to analyze and advocate for legislation that fights for environmental justice in an intersectional, equitable, and tangible way. In her free time, Kala roller skates, reads, listens to music, spends time with friends, and cross country skis.
Vivian Hernandez Coto
Vivian is currently attending the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science as a senior. She was recently part of a youth organization at MassCOSH where she had the opportunity to learn about social issues, and then teach others through workshops. She has always been very passionate about social justice and wants to help tackle many of the social issues that many people are affected by, and to help one of the most urgent issues we are presented with, climate change. She is now involved with the youth organization Our Climate, and with the organization MYCC. She is excited to learn new things and participate in meaningful, and important work.
Orlee is a Sophomore at Brookline High School and is a strong advocate for social justice. Outside of her work with Our Climate, Orlee is involved with Green Era Massachusetts and Boston Climate Strike, where she leads teams and campaigns, plans events, and educates her community about the effects of climate change. Gender equity and climate change are two intersectional issues, which Orlee is also very passionate about. She is involved in multiple organizations that work to amplify her vision of a world with a clean environment and equal opportunities for all genders. Orlee is excited to continue her work for climate justice through her fellowship with Our Climate.
Lani is a recent early graduate of the University of New Hampshire with Bachelors of Science in Analytical Economics and Sustainability. While she has always enjoyed living close to the beach, running cross country trails, and being outdoors, her passion for climate change began after learning about the social, political, and economic issues and solutions tied to climate change. Outside of Our Climate, Lani also volunteers with the nonprofit, Manomet, focusing on sustainable economies by mentoring incoming business sustainability interns. She anticipates working with Our Climate to better understand environmental justice, legislation, and policy making. She also hopes to advance her leadership skills and utilize her background in data analysis!
Field Representatives, Field Advisors, and Interns
Our Fellows join forces with a larger unstoppable team of Field Representatives (committed volunteers), Field Advisors (active Fellowship alumni), and Interns (assistants to the organizer). They hail from across the MA youth organizing space, including Boston Climate Strike, Boston Student Advisory Council, Green Era MA (formerly FFF MA), Boston Latin School Youth CAN, and more. Here’s who they are, where they’re from, where they study/work and other organizations they represent:
- Aislyn Jewett | Academy at Charlemont | Sunrise Northampton
- Alex Davidson-Carroll | Montague, MA | Greenfield Community College
- Angela Ruan | Boston | Woodward School for Girls
- Bea Burack | Hopkinton, NH | Phillips Exeter Academy | Exeter Climate Lobby
- Benny Smith | Rochester, NY | Brown University
- Cecelia Bolon | Northeastern University
- Chris D’Agostino | Newton | Brandeis Alum
- Dania Halak | Revere | Amherst College
- Erin McCann | Menlo Park, CA | Phillips Exeter Academy | Exeter Climate Lobby
- Haven Vincent-Warner | South Deerfield | Academy at Charlemont | Sunrise Western MA, MA Climate Education Organization
- Hawa Hamidou Tabayi | Salem | Salem High School
- Ian Galinson | San Francisco | Boston University | The Emerald Review
- Izzy Goodrich | Boston | Boston Latin School
- Leah Barz-Snell | Weston | Bryn Mawr College
- Lorenzo De Simone | Milton Academy | Lorax
- Ruby Chase | Haydenville | Academy at Charlemont | Sunrise Hilltowns
- Ruby Wincele | Boston | Northeastern University | ClimateXChange
- Sam Gallaudet | Phillips Academy Andover
- Sam Woodman | Revere | Emmanuel College
- Sofia Liang | Brighton | John D. O’Bryant
- Urvi Gipstein | Boston | Boston Latin School
- Violette Ballecer | Boston | Boston University | BU ESO
- Vivian Santos-Smith | Somerville | Howard University
Want to join? Email the New England Field Coordinator Eben Bein at firstname.lastname@example.org.