Who We Are

Staff

Page Atcheson Matilsky, Executive Director

Page Atcheson, Executive Director, has been a climate advocate for six 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 recently 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 recently returned to Our Climate to direct the organization's national expansion. Page can be reached at page@ourclimate.us.

Camila Thorndike, Campaign Co-Director

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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 

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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 and manages Our Climate field program staff and national programs. In 2017, she was a part of the SustainUS Delegation at the World Bank Annual Meetings and served on multiple committees for the Power Shift Network. She serves on the board of the Can You Not PAC in Oregon. 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, Northwest Field Organizer

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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.

Licia Sahagun, Capacity-Building Consultant

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After relocating to Portland from the Chicago area in 2015, Licia joined our staff as the Program Director, leading efforts in our Salmon on the Square and Youth Lobby Day events. In 2016 she joined the Board of Directors and served as Board President while pursuing a Masters of Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. Licia now works with Our Climate as a capacity-building consultant, bringing 10 years of nonprofit experience to the team as a former and current Board and Advisory Board member, Executive Director, and consultant to several nonprofit organizations. She is currently assisting our organization build internal capacity to better track and build upon campaign wins and organizational successes. 

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. 

Ashley Young, Florida Field Organizer

As a lifelong Floridian, Ashley has a strong affinity for the outdoors and preservation. She has been a vocal environmental advocate for about 9 years. She founded Students For the Environment in 2011 at Hillsborough Community College. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Economics at the University of South Florida in 2015 and returned to pursue a Master's in Global Sustainability. In 2018, Ashley was a Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy fellow at University of Illinois - Chicago. In her free time, Ashley loves to travel, swing dance and care for her eight backyard chickens. Find her on FacebookInstagram or at ashley@ourclimate.us.

Steven Kirchner, National Field Organizer 

Steven is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) finishing up his undergraduate degree in History. Steven focuses on understanding the past to provide context into today’s problems and then works to solve those problems 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 brought the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign to UNL and is involved with the local Citizens Climate Lobby chapter. His role with Our Climate is to conduct outreach to campuses across the country and recruit, train and support student leaders to contribute to state and federal level carbon pricing efforts. Steven’s work with Our Climate is being made possible through the Undergraduate Create Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program at UNL. Steven utilizes his free time for his love of travel and can usually be found watching the latest highlights from college wrestling.

Allison Romer, Upstate NY Organizer

Allison is in her final semester at Binghamton University and will graduate with a B.A. in political science and environmental policy. She grew up among the vast ecological diversity of the Finger Lakes just outside Ithaca, NY which fostered an early interest in the environment. This past fall, Allison was a Fellow with Our Climate and is excited to continue working with the organization in her new role as Upstate New York Organizer. She is interested in the intersection of climate change and issues of social equity which is why Our Climate's work and principles appeal so strongly to her. When not in class or working, Allison enjoys reading, writing, debating politics, sampling local restaurants, and, when visiting home in the Finger Lakes, horseback riding. Allison can be reached at allison@ourclimate.us.