Who We Are

Staff

Page Atcheson, Executive Director

Page Atcheson, Executive Director, has been a climate advocate for eight years. She co-founded a statewide 350.org chapter while earning an environmental studies honors degree from the University of Vermont, and then moved to Montana to organize for the Northern Plains Resource Council. After serving as Oregon Climate's deputy director, Page managed field efforts for a statewide legislative campaign, where she recruited and coordinated a team of 30 organizations to build strong and diverse grassroots support for comprehensive climate policy. She returned to Our Climate in 2016 to direct the organization's national expansion; in 2017, Page was named to the Grist 50 list of emerging green leaders. Page can be reached at page@ourclimate.us. 

Camila Thorndike, Co-Founder

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

Cassidy Jones, Deputy Director 

Cassidy Jones is Our Climate’s Deputy Director. Cassidy develops internal resources, structures and systems to improve Our Climate’s work and build an equitable organization while managing Our Climate field program staff and national programs. She loves In 2017, she was a part of the SustainUS Delegation at the World Bank Annual Meetings, served on committees for the Power Shift Network and is a board member for the Can You Not PAC in Oregon. Additionally, Cassidy is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, a Donor Organizer with Social Justice Fund Northwest, and coaches organizers working on candidate campaigns. A 2016 graduate of Knox College, she holds degrees in Environmental Studies and International Relations.Cassidy can be reached at cassidy@ourclimate.us.

Nicole Crescimanno, New York State Director

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Nicole Crescimanno is an organizer, connector, and artist who is deeply concerned about climate change. Nicole is working to build a strong and active group of young climate leaders from across New York State to enact bold state-level climate policy, while also developing and strengthening relationships with foundations, individual donors, and key partners.  Nicole co-leads the NYC chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is a Carbon Pricing Outreach Fellow with MIT’s Climate Co-Lab, a Young Climate Leaders Network Fellow, a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, and a Producer for the web-series Climate Countdown. Nicole has her M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Environmental Studies & Studio Arts from Stonehill College. In her spare time, Nicole likes to make art, rock climb, hike, and cook vegan food for family & friends.

Eben Bein, Northeast Field Coordinator

Eben is a biology and climate solutions educator currently living in Cambridge, MA. He grew up in an environmentally-mind cohousing community in Acton, MA and earned a B.A. in biology and teaching certificate from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Science Writing from MIT. He taught high school biology and environmental action for six years, mostly at Revere High School in Revere, MA and Phillips Exeter Academy, in Exeter, NH. He loves to write about science and environmental solutions, and has done so for the likes of YES! Magazine, NOVA PBS, and The Atlantic. When he isn’t happily obsessing over his writing or his work for Our Climate, Eben might be dancing, doing yoga, singing with his rock bands, or sautéing leafy greens with cracked pepper in gratuitous amounts of olive oil. Find him on Facebook, Twitter (@beinology), or at eben@ourclimate.us.

Emily Martin, Washington

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Emily graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2016 where she focused on environmental justice and policy. During her time there she worked as a food sustainability intern, a computer tech at Evergreen's library, a customer service representative at Olympia's Farmers Market, and as an organizer for Thurston County's "Waste Less Food" Campaign. She moved from Olympia to Seattle in 2017 to participate in the Justice Leadership Program where she worked at Earth Ministry, a nonprofit that aims to mobilize the faith community for equitable climate policy. She's excited to join the team as an organizer. Emily can be reached at emily@ourclimate.us. 

Laura Krouse, Oregon Field Organizer


Laura Krouse is Our Climate's Oregon Field Organizer. She supports Fellows and young people throughout the state in support of Climate Justice. Before joining the OC team, she worked on the Board of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette’s Leadership Team and helped facilitate and organize Speak Out events throughout the state. During the 2016 and 2017 elections, she worked to flip school boards with Planned Parenthood. Along with her work in reproductive justice, Laura has also worked as a community outreach coordinator for The Portland Art Museum in implementing accessible events for low income communities that showcased local activists and artists. Her most recent work was with Sarah Iannarone, a candidate running for Mayor of Portland on an Oregon Green New Deal platform, where she worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She is currently studying Social Justice at Portland Community College and is fluent in Sign Language. In her free time she loves hiking with her dog, dancing, and doing yoga.

Carrie Cullen, Digital Organizer

 

Carrie Cullen is a junior at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts studying visual media arts and environmental studies. With a concentration in documentary production, she is dedicated to creating socially and politically conscious works of nonfiction and raising awareness through imagery. She strongly believes in the accessibility of art as a medium for activism and hopes to use her training in visual storytelling to educate and motivate those around her. After a semester as an Our Climate fellow, she has transitioned into the role of Massachusetts Student Art Organizer to help facilitate the upcoming carbon pricing art event in Boston. When not cutting cardboard tiles for the cod mosaic she spends her time deep in the woods filming clouds, playing cello, working at the Emerson Office of Sustainability, and volunteering on farms. Carrie is so excited to be involved in the carbon pricing movement and cannot wait to see the great work that will be done within this campaign! She can be reached at Carrie@ourclimate.us. 

 

Laura Stargel, Florida Field Organizer 

Laura is a seventh-generation Florida and our Florida Field Organizer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University and is furthering her studies with a Master of Arts in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida. She recently moved back to Florida from Cologne, Germany after completin\g a Master’s in Sports for Development and Politics.  During her time at Florida State, Laura worked as an associate lobbyist advocating for various interest groups includes foster care networks and cities in Florida. She currently lives in Tallahassee with her partner and dog, Bowden. She is an avid sports lover and hopes to carve a niche in using sports to promote environmental sustainability. Laura is passionate about utilizing her previous lobbying experience and economics background to inspire lawmakers to pass science-based, equitable climate policy solutions and preserve Florida’s future. 

 

Steven Kirchner, National Field Coordinator 

Steven recently graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Steven focuses on understanding the past to provide context into today’s problems and then works to solve those problems by utilizing the principles of sustainability. He served as president of a student organization called Sustain UNL. As president, he oversaw the transition from a small environmental club to an active and engaged organization. Steven has been an active volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby and started as a Field Rep with OC in 2018, bringing the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign to UNL. His role with OC is to reach out to campuses across the country and recruit, train and support student leaders to contribute to state and federal level carbon pricing efforts. Steven utilizes his free time for his love of travel and can usually be found watching the latest highlights from all levels of wrestling.