Who We Are

Staff

Jasmine Sanders, Executive Director

Guided by her southern roots and seeing the impact of climate change on the Gulf Coast, Jasmine has been a passionate environmental advocate for over a decade. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director of Our Climate, she managed the strategic initiatives and special projects for HIAS, an $80 million international refugee rights protection agency, operating in 16 different countries with over 900 employees. Her passion for environmental issues and keen academic aptitude in the sciences and mathematics won her the coveted internship with the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee and a policy fellowship with Terpstra Associates, a DC lobbying firm where she advocated on Capitol Hill for agricultural and environmental issues. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Essex with a MSc in Tropical Marine Biology. Specializing in climate change, her graduate thesis detailed the Shifts in the Genetic Composition of three DMS-consuming cnidarians. Ms. Sanders is a graduate from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Biology and a minor in Spanish. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, she currently resides in Washington, DC. Jasmine can be reached at jasmine@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. 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, Director of Strategic Relationships and Programs

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Nicole Crescimanno is an organizer, connector, and artist who is deeply concerned about climate change. Nicole has developed a strong and active group of young climate leaders from across New York State to enact bold state-level climate policy in collaboration with our coalition partners. She now focuses on strengthening relationships with foundations, individual donors, and key partners as well as supporting youth leadership programs. Prior to joining Our Climate, Nicole worked at the Earth Institute's Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.  Additionally, Nicole is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and a Young Climate Leaders Network Fellow. Nicole has her M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Environmental Studies & Studio Arts from Stonehill College. Nicole can be reached at nicole@ourclimate.us.

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 FacebookTwitter (@beinology), or at eben@ourclimate.us.

Emily Martin (she/her), Washington Field Coordinator

Emily graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2016 where she focused on environmental justice and policy. 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. In the two years Emily has been with Our Climate, she has trained and empowered youth leaders across Washington State to organize lobby days, mobilize their campuses, and host listening sessions to make sure young people are helping shape the climate policies that will impact their futures. In her free time, Emily enjoys painting, watching movies, and going on walks. 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. Laura Krouse can be reached at laura@ourclimate.us.

Carrie Cullen, Digital Organizer

 

Carrie Cullen is Our Climate's Digital Organizer, a documentary filmmaker, and alumni of Our Climate's Fellows program. She holds a BFA in Digital Media Art and Environmental Studies from Emerson College. Her specialization is in visual non-fiction storytelling, and Carrie has managed digital communications for a variety of organizations in the climate and food justice space. Carrie believes that by sharing the stories of our world, we can come together for an equitable future. When not designing content for Our Climate, Carrie can usually be found burrowed in her garden or chasing her pack of foster dogs around Los Angeles where she is based. Carrie can be reached at carrie@ourclimate.us.

 

Laura Stargel, Florida Field Organizer 

Laura is a seventh-generation Floridian 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 completing 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. Laura Stargel can be reached at lauras@ourclimate.us.

 

Steven Kirchner (he/him), National Field Coordinator 

Steven is an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Omaha North High School and coaches youth throughout the Omaha community. To Steven, his role as a coach is rooted in “supporting and developing people to put them in a position to be happy and successful.” This mindset drives his passion at Our Climate for supporting young people to be in a position to win climate policy in places no one thought possible.

Steven began organizing with OC as a Field Rep during the Spring of 2018 while a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated from UNL in May 2019 with a B.A. in History and joined the OC staff team as the National Field Coordinator in October 2019. His primary roles on staff are to lead the Nebraska Field program and support Field Reps in areas outside of OC’s primary target states. 

 

Camila Thorndike, Co-Founder

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Camila Thorndike is a lifelong environmental and social entrepreneur with a passion for justice. She was born and raised in southern Oregon, where in 2014 she co-founded and led the organization that grew into Our Climate. Following her undergraduate studies at Whitman College, she worked in the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, led outreach for a regional planning process in Arizona, and spearheaded public engagement for a national musical on fossil fuels. She later managed the campaign to pass the 2018 Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act, then the strongest set of sub-national climate policies in the United States. Camila is a Udall Scholar, Sitka Fellow, Mic 50 and Grist 50 awardee, recipient of the 2018 D.C. Environmental Network Award, and 2020 MPA graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow.