Empower youth voices for climate action.
We aim to educate, empower, and activate youth.
Illustrating global issues of climate change by educating youth through a solutions-based approach at the local scale.
Giving students ownership through the opportunity to investigate and invent tangible, local climate-solutions, and forums to best voice their ideas and concerns.
Open the door for students to take action on policies and climate solutions in their local landscapes, by engaging business and community leaders to co-create more sustainable, resilient communities.
We believe youth are key to solving the climate challenge because they influence and foster climate concern among their parents, communities, and decision-makers. Our goal is to develop a cohesive youth voice that influences decision-makers to embrace climate solutions. TCI aims to educate, empower and activate 10 million youth to reach this goal by 2025.
Kennebunkport, Maine is a special place. It’s the quintessential Maine town; complete with a small fishing village, a working harbor, beautiful beaches and an iconic lighthouse set against a rocky landscape. It’s also an endangered place. Kennebunkport abuts the Gulf of Maine, which is warming faster than any other body of water its size in the world. In 80 years, if we do nothing, much of this iconic New England town will be underwater. While we are a small town in Maine on the frontline of climate change, we could also be any town in this country…we are all facing futures impacted by climate change. But by bonding together we can decide what that future looks like.
Jono joins TCI as Executive Director. Previously, Jono served as the Head of Disaster and Crisis, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for the Americas and Caribbean region, based in Panama, Panama. In this role, Jono led the team overseeing Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Shelter, Migration, Livelihoods, Disaster Response and Recovery, and International Disaster Law.
Previously, Jono was the Vice President of International Services at the American Red Cross based out of Washington, DC. In this role, Jono oversaw disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programming in more than 34 countries, including the Measles and Rubella Initiative which since 2001 has helped vaccinate more than 2 billion children and reduce global measles by 84%…greater than 20.4 million lives. Jono also served as the Global Disaster Response and Relief Partnerships lead for Airbnb for a 16-month engagement to support scaling their social impact programming.
Jono has also served as a Regional Voluntary Agency Liaison at FEMA Region VII with responsibilities for coordinating with voluntary organizations active in disaster and FEMA Mass Care and Emergency programs in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Jono has been affiliated with the American Red Cross since 1994. Jono graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Political Science, the University of Nebraska with an MS in Economics, a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska, and the Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, and has earned the International Association of Emergency Management Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) credential. Jono served as the chair of the Advocacy Committee for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) from 2012-2015.
Jono’s background and expertise in global disaster and crisis response strengthens and drives his passion towards proactive mitigation and problem solving of the climate crisis. He is committed to overseeing TCI’s organizational growth trajectory of empowering 10 million youth to climate action by 2025.
Jono and his husband Andy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion Associate Director at Save the Children, live in Portland, ME and enjoy all things outdoors and their love of family and friends.
Director of Programs and Outreach
Leia Lowery is the Director of Programs and Outreach with The Climate Initiative. She brings over 20 years of experience in education, curriculum development, and community engagement, specializing in facilitating dynamic educational experiences that create critical thinkers, life-long learners, and productive citizens. As a co-founder of the Kennebunkport Climate Initiative, the programs she helped create continue to inspire The Climate Initiative’s programmatic approach and youth impact.
Leia advocates building stronger communities by connecting people through their local landscape and shared history. To her, it’s key to inspiring action and building hope for solutions to the climate crisis.
Leia is a speaker and trainer at national conferences and her passion has led to innovations in local programs. Her work as an educator and community building resulted in her winning the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award in 2019, as well as her programs being featured in the National Land Trust Alliance magazine.
Leia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Virginia Tech with concentrations in International Development, Women’s Studies and Communications, and a Master’s of Science from Virginia Tech. Leia and her husband Jamie, along with their three children (Marshall, Caroline, and Henry), share a deep love of nature. From working in her garden to hiking to the top of a mountain, Leia enjoys all that the outdoors has to offer.
Director of Policy and Impact
Louise has worked on environmental issues throughout her entire career. She joins the TCI team after helping set the conservation strategy at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. She has conducted sustainability research for Walt Disney World and, before that, was with Manta Consulting and IMPACTS Research & Development where she focused on projects for nonprofit clients. Louise holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Louise is excited to be focused on galvanizing youth around climate – the most critical environmental issue of our time.
Director of Communications
Meagan joins the TCI team with over 14 years of marketing communications and experience working for global consumer brands, travel and tourism organizations and outdoor recreation companies. Her primary responsibilities for TCI include managing the organization’s brand identity and content strategy, online communities, website, email communications, and PR/media relations.
Meagan received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Marketing Communications and Public Relations from Emerson College. She’s a Maine native and when she is out of the office, you can find her, along with husband Matt and son Liam, mountain biking or hiking the conservation land in Kennebunkport and beyond.
Kristina Madarang Stahl
Director of Development
Kristina brings a decade of work in development for organizations focused on conservation, animal welfare, captive bear rescue and rehabilitation, higher education, and biomedical research. As a former bear biologist and wildlife rehabilitator, she had the good fortune to work with Eurasian brown bears and other magnificent megafauna.
Kristina received both her MS in environmental science and policy and her BA in French language and literature from Johns Hopkins University. She holds professional certifications in fundraising and development, environmental communications, animal welfare, animals in disasters, wildlife rehabilitation, and project management.
A native of Washington, DC and its environs, Kristina now lives in Vermont where she currently serves on the boards of two animal rescue organizations. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy the outdoors and attempt to tire out their standard poodle. Kristina is thrilled to leverage her unique blend of environmental science and development experiences in service of TCI’s mission.
Julia joins TCI with over a decade of experience serving nonprofit organizations. She began her career educating and empowering transitional age youth and most recently worked in development for higher education. She received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Hawaii, Julia was fortunate to grow up in locales where conversations regarding climate challenges and sustainability were at the forefront of everyday life. Benefitting firsthand from this education, she is humbled and delighted to further TCI’s mission of empowering youth voices for climate action.
She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where she serves on a local community engagement committee and is an active participant in local arts. In her spare time Julia can be found exploring nature, and she is well on her way to reaching her goal of visiting every U.S. National Park.
Social Media Intern
Megan Birnbaum was raised in San Diego, California and now resides in Maine, about an hour north of TCI’s Kennebunk headquarters. She studied Environmental Studies and Psychology at Bowdoin College, and is excited to build upon her knowledge of how our planet & our minds work, in order to empower other youth climate advocates. Having witnessed the effects of climate change on wildfire severity in her home state of California, Megan is passionate about finding ways to address climate change, from federal policy advocacy, to efforts in her own life & community. Megan has worked with kids & youth in various capacities throughout her life, & loves witnessing the sense of empowerment that develops with learning, especially around nature & our environment!
In her free time, Megan can be found catching a Maine sunrise along the coast, hiking, and experimenting with vegan(ish) recipes.
Content Marketing Specialist
Digital Communications Coordinator
Emily was raised in Kennebunk, Maine, and joins the team with several years of social and digital media experience. Receiving her BA in Communications from UNE in 2019, Emily has worked with consumer brands, including environmentally sustainable Maine businesses, and nonprofits. In addition to social and digital media, Emily is also an avid photographer and creates stop-motion animation videos.
She enjoys spending time at Goose Rocks Beach, skiing at Sugarloaf, and reading. Emily is excited to bring her passion for her community to TCI.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hunter is a senior at LSU double majoring in political science and sociology. As a lifelong resident of Southeast Louisiana, Hunter has experienced the gravity of climate change as many of the areas he used to visit in his childhood have been nearly entirely claimed by the Gulf. With a background in public policy and government affairs, he hopes to help develop strong climate policy in the state he calls home.
An avid fan of all Louisiana sports, he loves the Pelicans, Saints, and most of all the Fighting Tigers of LSU! He also loves coffee and a good book.
Science Community Liaison
David Jourdan is the founder and president of Nauticos, a company devoted to the exploration of the deep ocean, and he joins TCI as the Science Community Liaison. He studied physics and engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University, and served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer during the Cold War. As a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and as leader of Nauticos, he became an expert in the exploitation of undersea environmental data, and has written about diverse technical topics including underwater navigation, oceanographic survey, remote sensing, underwater vehicles, ocean exploration, and ocean renewable energy applications. He has published four non-fiction books and has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, and the Today Show.
David was named Maryland Small Business Person of the Year in 1999, is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, and a past president of the Sea-Space Symposium. He has been active in many humanitarian programs, including Rotary International since 1994, and has traveled to Africa to support initiatives to combat AIDS and provide fresh water to rural communities.
High School Science Teacher | TCI Curriculum Developer
Melissa Luetje is a science teacher at Kennebunk High School in RSU 21, which serves the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel in southern Maine. She is certified in both physical and life science and is committed to getting her students out and into the field as much as possible. She is passionate about place-based education and experiential learning. Melissa is a tireless advocate for amplifying youth voices and providing opportunities that give youth agency so that they can make positive impacts in their communities in the fight against climate change.
Ariel has joined the TCI team as the Volunteer Coordinator. Since 2018 she has dedicated herself to teaching and youth about climate change through her online Instagram platform @gogreensavegreen. She is an advocate for learning about both climate sciences and the social implications of climate change and its solutions.
Ariel has a background in Fine Arts and utilizes her creativity to the fullest when approaching how to creatively educate, excite and activate youth to engage with the climate crisis.
Based in Los Angeles CA, Ariel has seen firsthand the disproportionate impact climate change has on communities and works to educate others on the not-so-obvious impacts of climate change. In her free-time, she is found in Downtown Los Angeles at her studio. Ariel is formally trained as a ceramicist (both pottery and sculpture) but currently is focused on working as a sculptural artist utilizing upcycled materials. She is currently working on figuring out how to weave sustainability into her art practice and how sustainability translates to the materials used in her work.
Assistant Director of Programs and Education Lead
Nyla McFadden serves as the Assistant Director of Programs and Education Lead for TCI. Nyla served as an educator for thirteen years. Her professional career exemplified a commitment to student growth. Her belief firmly rests in the importance of education to produce informed and responsible citizens, which was supported with an emphasis on the educational philosophy, Critical Literacy. All instruction designed and facilitated epitomized four essential skills: critical thinking, reading, and writing with a purpose, and to speak up. All these objectives strengthened students’ abilities to actively improve themselves and the society in which they live. This is the heart of Critical Literacy, and the philosophy that Nyla will use to support TCI’s education programs and instruction.
Nyla’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wake Forest University, and a Graduate Teaching Certificate, ELA 9-12, from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Additionally, I have earned my National Boards Teaching Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Literature.
Caitlin Neal - Jones
Regional Coordinator - Louisiana
Caitlin Neal-Jones hails from the mountains of East Tennessee, but she fell in love with Louisiana during her AmeriCorps service year at Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. She’s been fortunate to call Louisiana her permanent home since 2016. Prior to joining TCI, Caitlin spent almost a decade working in clinical mental health, career counseling, and most recently school counseling. She has served in primary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions providing student and educator support.
During her time as a school counselor, Caitlin volunteered with the Southern Association of College Admissions Counseling to promote equity and college access for students. She is excited to continue building relationships with Louisiana students and teachers through her work with TCI. Caitlin holds a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, an MA in Counseling from East Tennessee State University, and she is currently pursuing an MPA at Louisiana State University.
In her free time, Caitlin loves volunteering in her community. She can often be seen biking around downtown Lafayette; shopping in her favorite independent bookstore, Beausoleil Books; and kayaking in the local lakes and bayous.
High School Ambassador | Intern
Amelie Panaccione is from Boulder, CO. She brings the youth voice to TCI and has experience in fundraising over $50,000 through lemonade stands for World Bicycle Relief. Amelie has been involved with TCI since 2020, advocating for wildfire prevention strategies, inclusivity, and equitable solutions, and creating numerous ways for youth to get involved with TCI. She enjoys creating projects and events for donors and youth to connect in her role as a development intern.
Amelie is a member of her school newspaper has won a couple of writing accolades and also directs the donor-advised fund she founded for youth. She is a ski bum and tries to go up and shred the slopes at least once a week during the winter. In the summer, you will find Amelie going on an outdoor adventure either hiking up to an alpine lake to fish or deciding to summit all of her town’s surrounding mountains in one day.
Assistant Program Officer
Janki Patel joins TCI as the Assistant Program Officer after working on environmental programs with different organizations in the DC Metro Area. She has her BS in Physical Sciences with a concentration in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Environmental Science and Technology, and Geology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also received her MS in Environmental Management from University of Maryland University College while working as a Research Associate at a nonprofit organization focusing on environmental and energy issues to promote federal and state climate policies.
Janki loves learning about different ways to tackle climate change and hopes to educate the youth on actions they can take to help the environment. After living in Maryland for most of her life, Janki now lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and is excited to join TCI. In her spare time, you can find her outdoors learning about the historical sites of Savannah, walking through the many beautiful parks surrounding her, or exploring nearby wetlands and marshes.
Camryn is currently in her junior year at Texas A&M University working towards earning her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology. During her time studying, she has developed a passion for learning about climate change policy at the federal, state, and local
levels. Her favorite field of study is watershed management in the US and how climate change is impacting current management practices. She joins The Climate Initiative as a Policy Intern to research more about Texas’ climate change policy so that she can teach others about it. In her free time, Camryn loves reading news regarding environmental sustainability and staying up to date on what is happening in the ever-changing field. She also enjoys being active, spending her off time doing outdoor activities like hiking and skiing.
Regional Coordinator - California
Stephanie Rivas was born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, California where she witnessed the effects of environmental racism on her community. Despite experiencing and witnessing environmental racism, she only fully understood the extent of the issue while enrolled in cross Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies courses at the University of California San Diego. Through those classes she gained a new language and tool kit, as well as an intersectional lens, which highlighted the interconnectedness of various social justice issues. As a result, Stephanie began to look at climate change through a social justice framework. This led her to join the Student Sustainability Collective on campus where she was part of a team educating students on all things sustainability. Throughout her time there, she supported various efforts to improve campus policies, student awareness, and San Diego county initiatives.
The combination of her personal lived experiences and educational knowledge led her to obtain a BA in Critical Gender Studies and Communication. Stephanie now joins TCI as a Regional Coordinator excited to be part of a team that values an intersectional framework. It is her goal to support in activating the voices and minds of many youth, especially those with similar backgrounds as her.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring San Diego with her friends or staying in to watch the latest episodes of her favorite shows.
Toni Del Rosario
Toni joins TCI as the organization’s virtual assistant from the Philippines. She is an accomplished bachelor’s degree graduate at the University of Asia and the Pacific in the field of Entrepreneurial Management, where she graduated with Latin Honors, Cum Laude. Toni achieved the ‘studentpreneur’ award as she has owned and managed businesses since a very young age.
Toni’s skillset involve researching, multi-tasking, task management, and organization. She is excited to use these skills as she supports the day-to-day needs of TCI, remotely.
When she is not working for TCI, Toni enjoys traveling and planning trips to experience new cultures and see different parts of the world. She also loves business planning and ideating around finding solutions to problems. Toni looks to inspire and create an impact for the common good, just like The Climate Initiative.
Originally from New Jersey, Alexa received her BA in Peace & Justice Studies and Political Science from Pace University. Her studies exemplified the intersectionality of social, economic, and political issues, and how each of these are intertwined with our environment. After gaining research and policy experience working with NGOs within the UN, Alexa was excited to expand upon her work as she combined her passion for social activism with environmental justice. She now joins the TCI team from Tampa, Florida where she is studying for her MA in Global Sustainability. Her primary focus is transitioning the tourism industry into one that sustainably supports communities, without damaging their environments, cultures, or economies. Alexa has been inspired by the work of TCI, particularly with their efforts to engage youth in climate action. She is proud to work with a team of passionate activists who live out TCI’s mission every day. Working with the Program’s team, Alexa is excited to continue expanding TCI’s educational and advocacy outreach!
In her free time, Alexa enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, taking a trip to the beach, and baking.
Javan Santos is a young policymaker who champions using policy as a tool to fight climate change. Born and raised in the island of Guam, Javan is an indigenous CHamoru and a proud Pacific Islander. Obtaining a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Guam, Javan understands the important relationship between politics and environmental protection, especially from the perspective of learning in a Pacific Island and a U.S. territory.
The Pacific Islands are highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, so Javan has worked to craft his skills in policy, having about seven years of policy experience. Javan was the Speaker of the Guam Youth Congress, a youth elected legislative body that writes and passes bills and submits them to the Guam Legislature for review. Serving in the Guam Youth Congress for six years, his notable policy accomplishment was successfully passing into law a plastic bag ban for the island of Guam. Javan has also worked as a policy analyst for the Guam Legislature, and has even interned in Congress with the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS). In both capacities, Javan drafted legislation on a variety of topics including renewable energy, agricultural protections, and indigenous fishing rights.
In his off time, Javan volunteers as an editor for a youth-led Asian American and Pacific Islander newsletter called the Yappie. He also enjoys learning how to make Pacific Islander desserts and playing Pokémon with friends.
Maria Claudia Schubert-Fontes
Maria Claudia grew up exploring the beautiful natural landscapes of Miami, Florida—this is where her passion for ecological stewardship first began. While in college, she double-majored in Cultural Anthropology and Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies with a concentration in Social Justice Studies. She relocated to Miami after spending a year teaching at The Island School, an experiential-learning semester program for high school students. Throughout her time there, Maria Claudia taught a course on ‘Climate Artivism’ and Waste Management.
Over the past year she developed and taught an Environmental Justice course as part of Barry University’s after school CHAMPS program. Throughout this experience Maria Claudia was able to focus on a place-based and interdisciplinary approach, propelling students to explore the impacts of climate change in Miami through different lenses. Maria Claudia joins TCI as a Regional Coordinator and is excited to continue connecting with passionate youth.
Youth Engagement Manager
Pooja was born in Gujarat, India but raised in a diverse suburb of Philadelphia, and moved to Washington, DC to attend American University. She graduated in 2018 with a BS in Economics and a BA in International Studies, with a focus on justice, ethics, and human rights, and a regional focus on South Asia. After graduating, Pooja worked as a Project Associate for the Meridian Institute in collaborative problem-solving on various environmental issues.
Her experience includes outdoor education and youth engagement with Urban Adventure Squad, Jumpstart, and the YWCA of Bucks County. Through these programs, she learned more about the value of community and opportunity. For fun, Pooja enjoys bhangra dance, kayaking, hiking, and throwing food parties for friends and family.
For TCI, she was our very first Climate Career winner! In this 2021 role, she created an online platform to educate, empower, and activate youth in the climate space. As TCI’s Youth Engagement Officer, she will continue this work on a domestic and global scale.
Policy Project Coordinating Fellow
Bruce served as Public Affairs Manager for Marriott Corporation and Public Relations Director for the United States Olympic Committee. When leaving Marriott to join the Olympic Committee, Amusement Business hailed Bruce for “bringing a new level of professionalism to the role of public relations for the family entertainment business.”
Bruce held a special assignment to the President of Xerox Global Services, founded Burtch Barone Inc., a product design and marketing company, and was CEO of The William Bentley Agency.
Bruce also served as Director of Marketing & Communications for the American Red Cross Bay Area. He designed the marketing promotion of the unprecedented Prepare Bay Area campaign, which trained over 1 million San Francisco Bay Area residents in American Red Cross emergency preparedness.
The National Association of Community Leadership awarded Bruce the Distinguished Leadership Award for spearheading the development of the Tenderloin After-School Program in San Francisco’s crime-ridden Tenderloin District.
While an undergraduate at Ohio University, Bruce conceived the unique, degree-granting Honors Tutorial College, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022.
Bruce created and produced, pro bono, the Youth Poster Contest, an unprecedented platform for students to stand up and speak out about issues important to them.
Bruce has received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the United States Congress, the Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature, and many other honors. Bruce has served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Boards of eighteen nonprofit organizations.
Anne Giblin is the Senior Scientist and Interim Director of Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, at Woods Hole. Her research focuses on the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on salt marshes. She is committed to bringing science to youth and youth to science.
Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, the United Nations Champion of the Earth award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders.
Katharine is currently the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University and Victoria University at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Somya Joshi is an Associate Professor in Governance and Sustainability at Stockholm University, whilst currently holding the position of Head of Division at Stockholm Environment Institute. At the latter she leads a dynamic team of experts on intersecting thematic areas such as SDGs, Climate Adaptation & Mitigation, Data complexity in global supply chains as well as Energy & Industry Transitions. Somya’s academic career has traversed the fields of technology innovation and disruption, with regard to societal and ecosystem transitions. She is particularly interested in how local grassroots engagement can be designed into decision making processes within the context of earth system governance.
Mike Judge is a high school AP Environmental Science teacher. He is passionate about helping students to understand the beauty of the world around them and approaching climate change from a local perspective before connecting to global issues. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University, in his home state of Massachusetts.
Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks at schools, conferences, and events internationally. Houston is also the co-founder of CharacterStrong.
James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), and a member of McKinsey’s board of directors. Manyika leads research on global economic and technology trends and serves many of the world’s leading high tech companies on growth, innovation, and strategy.
Veerabhadran Ramanathan is the Edward A. Frieman Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability and editor of “Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions” at the University of California at San Diego.
Ambassador Francis Rooney represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He is the Republican co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus and a member of the bi-partisan Everglades and Estuary caucuses, which focus on restoring Florida’s ecosystems.
John D. Sterman
John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Professor in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He is also the Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative.
Kathryn has over twenty years of experience leading sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and entrepreneurship projects around the world. She recently moved to Boulder, CO where she serves on the TCI Advisory Council.
Prior to living in Boulder, Kathryn was the Director of Program Delivery at Stanford University’s Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed), where she was responsible for managing core operations that support the organization’s innovation centers in Africa and India. Kathryn was previously a Global Social Performance Advisor at Chevron Corporation, where she managed corporate social responsibility and community engagement initiatives around the world.
Earlier in her career, Kathryn was a Sustainable Development Specialist at the World Bank, Program Manager at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, and Microloan Officer at Accion. Kathryn holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Yale, and a BA with honors from Dartmouth College.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors, Chair of the Board
Tom Bradbury has served as the President, and now Executive Director, for the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, since 1978. In Tom’s time at the trust, the organization has protected nearly 2,400 acres of land on which over 20 miles of trails have been built. Tom’s conservation efforts were recognized when he became the first recipient of the American Land Conservation Award, becoming the leading citizen conservationist in the United States. Tom was also recognized in 2004 with the U.S. EPA New England Region “Lifetime Achievement” award.
Board of Directors
Harold Brooks served over 40 years as an executive of the American Red Cross – including as Senior Vice President, International Operations and Chief Executive Officer American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, Headquartered in San Francisco Chapter, and many other positions – domestic and global – beginning in 1975.
He currently serves as Chief Resilience Officer at the Global Community Resilience Institute where he strives to help community leaders save, restore, and grow the lives of their residents in the face of disruptions, changing conditions, and pressing global and local community issues. Harold also works as a Consultant to the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent.
He is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at Northeastern University – Global Resilience Institute and volunteers with Resilient Fruitvale Program in the Latin-X community of Oakland, California. Harold is an alumni of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Board of Directors
Alejandra Carrasco is a Dartmouth Student from Lima, Peru. She is a Sociology and education major. Alejandra is involved with Magnuson Student Leadership Board, DartUP (Social Entrepreneurship club), Chess Club, Global Issues Scholars, and Senator at the Student Assembly at Dartmouth. She is also part of the FYSEP community and King Scholars. Before joining Dartmouth, she was former CEO–now Ambassador and CO-Founder of Wawa Laptop, the first eco-friendly laptop made in Peru. Also, she Co-found the ngo AEPEX (Peruvian student’s abroad association) to democratize the information for low-income students about the application process to colleges’ in the US.
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Originally from the east coast, Monica has recently relocated to California after nearly a decade in Europe and Asia. After earning her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Monica practiced law in Philadelphia for several years prior to moving abroad. Currently a stay-at-home mom in the Bay Area, Monica has graciously volunteered her time and energy into management of TCI initiatives such as The Tidal Shift Art Award, in partnership with The Portland Museum of Art and now resides on our Board of Directors.
Dr. Pamela Morgan
Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
Dr. Pamela Morgan is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She teaches courses in conservation, ecological monitoring, wetlands, women and the environment, introductory environmental issues and more. She is dedicated to engaging students in field-based learning whenever possible. Her research focuses on coastal and freshwater wetlands, where she investigates how wetlands are affected by climate change and how they can help mitigate climate change. She also develops and assesses programs designed to connect young people with the natural world.
Board of Directors
Andreata Muforo is a Partner at TLcom Capital based in Kenya. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and economic development and leads VC investments in early to growth stage tech-enabled businesses in Sub Saharan Africa. She is actively engaged in local partnerships with entrepreneurs, accelerators, and the Endeavor network for mentoring and deal flow generation.
Prior to joining TLcom, Andreata worked on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions mandates for projects and Funds across Africa and has a strong network among entrepreneurs and financiers. Andreata holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Economics from Grinnell College in Iowa, USA.
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Billy Shore is the founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, the parent organization for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Since co-founding Share Our Strength in 1984, Billy has led the organization in raising more than $700 million to fight hunger and poverty and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health, and education, sports and entertainment. Shore is the author of four books focused on social change and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.
Board of Directors, Secretary of the Board
Amy Tchao is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for Municipal Law. For the past two decades, Amy has focused her practice on general municipal law, land use law, and education law.
Based on her experience as a town attorney for several towns along Maine’s coast, and in its lakes regions, Amy has specialized in resolving complex problems arising from shorefront development, access, and permitting issues.
Amy is listed in Best Lawyers in America, a guide to leading lawyers in the country, in the categories of Municipal Law, Litigation-Municipal Law and Education Law and was selected by Best Lawyers as Maine’s 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Municipal Litigation. Best Lawyers also named her Maine’s 2012 Education “Lawyer of the Year.”
Board of Directors
Angela Zhong is a first-generation Asian-American Harvard sophomore. She is studying economics with a secondary in environmental science public policy and a citation in Mandarin. Hailing from Houston, Angela has felt the impacts of natural disasters and climate change first-hand. Though she is currently on a gap year, she previously served as her school’s first-ever Minister for Climate and Sustainability on the Undergraduate Council Executive Cabinet. Learn more about her at: angelazhong.com.
Together our passions can create a strong climate network and enact real change near and far.