Millennial Advocacy Board
Tyler White lives for organizing and collaborating with the community. As a high school student, he is looking to engage Portland Metro Area students on ways to embrace climate policy and sustainability initiatives in an engaging manner, that highlights and focuses on equity, inclusion and social intersection. Living in Portland has helped shape his perspective as a young black man in this country. He looks forward to providing both his individual and universal position of his various identities.
Yanelle Cruz Bonilla
Yanelle was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In 2014, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to pursue her higher education at Broward College. As an honors student, Yanelle was actively involved on her campus with projects such as Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa, Disney's Youth Education program, and conducting independent research to present at various academic conferences. As a first-generation student, earning her degree this past May has been a huge milestone. Currently, Yanelle works at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC and is a Public Policy Fellow at The Fund for American Studies. In her free time she volunteers at the Newseum and mentors college freshmen through College Summit's First Year Forward program. She also serves as an Assistant Director at the Southern Regional Model United Nations conferences, and as a brand ambassador for Be Visible Latinx.
Tyler grew up in Eugene, Oregon where he came to care about the environment through school projects and exploration of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Environmental Sciences in 2015, he returned to the Northwest to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns in Portland. During this year, Tyler got involved with Our Climate (at that time Oregon Climate) and the efforts to combat climate change by putting a price on carbon. He has recently started a new position as the St. Ignatius Fellow at St. Ignatius Church in SE Portland with a focus on leading Eco-Justice efforts at the Parish and is excited to become more involved with Our Climate through the Millennial Advocacy Board.
Melissa Tier is the Sustainability Program Manager at Swarthmore College, where she manages a 20+ student Green Advisors program as well as a variety of other exciting initiatives launched through the College’s young Office of Sustainability. She played an integral role in proposing an internal carbon pricing policy at Swarthmore and now helps to manage the institution’s ‘Carbon Charge’, an annual fee levied on departmental budgets. She is also working to engage students in advocacy for national carbon pricing policy.
Melissa worked previously as a Research Assistant at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, where she researched applications of behavioral change methodologies to sustainable management and policy. She focused her undergraduate studies on social & environmental psychology, and has a BA in psychology from Swarthmore.