Board

Distinguished Advisory Board

  • The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President and Minister, Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
  • Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
  • Dr. Peter Huybers, Assistant Professor of Climate, Harvard University; former Tank Platoon Leader in the United States Army
  • Lawrence Lessig, Esq., Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School; Director of Harvard University Safra Center for Ethics
  • Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org
  • Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle, 2002-2009; former President, United States Conference of Mayors
  • Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director of Climate Change Initiative, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Dr. Juliet Schor, Economist; Professor of Sociology, Boston College
  • Kelsey Wirth, Co-Founder of Align Technology, Inc.
  • Junko Yoda, Managing Director, Shellingford Ltd.; former Asia Regional Treasurer, Deutsche Bank; former Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Board of Trustees

Juliet Schor, Chair

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Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Juliet received her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Massachusetts. Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press, 2010). She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998), among other publications. 

Sue Donaldson, Vice-Chair

Sue.jpgSue Donaldson, M.D., gave up practicing medicine in 2015 to become a full-time climate activist.  Formerly the Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Hallmark Health in Medford, she has been volunteering with 350MA in a variety of roles since 2013.  Her previous experience with nonprofits was in human services and mental health advocacy.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and completed her medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Quinton Zondervan, Treasurer

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Quinton Zondervan is an environmental activist, a successful biotech entrepreneur, and an award-winning software engineer currently serving as the Executive Director of the Climate Action Liaison Coalition. Quinton is the co-founder and past CEO of Excelimmune, a biopharmaceutical company that develops human antibodies against infectious disease targets. Prior to founding Excelimmune, Quinton served as the CTO of software startup Clickmarks, developing innovative web and mobile software applications. Quinton began his career as a software engineer at IBM where he co-invented the SyncML data synchronization standard. In addition to his work at CALC, he serves as president of Green Cambridge, a nonprofit organization that promotes energy conservation, recycling, and other sustainability initiatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Quinton holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and two bachelor’s degrees in the fields of mathematics and computer science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Rajesh Kasturirangan, Secretary 

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A mathematician and cognitive scientist, Rajesh is a founder of MIT Alumni Climate Action Leadership and President of the South Asian Center of Boston. He is currently visiting the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT and is on extended leave from the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore where he is a faculty member. He's also a senior fellow at the Mind and Life Institute.  

 

 Jon Grossman

JGpicture.jpgJon Grossman has been a lifelong labor movement activist.  After college, he worked as an aide in a state-run mental hospital in Boston and got involved with the union. Jon held various positions during his seventeen years there, finally serving as president of his small AFSCME Local. He moved on to a full-time job with SEIU 509 organizing state-funded private sector human service workers, where he still works today.  Most of Jon’s work at  SEIU 509 has involved organizing, representing and negotiating for union members who work in social services for state-funded private agencies.  Recently SEIU 509 became the first union in Massachusetts to endorse the campaign to divest the Massachusetts state retirement funds from fossil fuels. 

 Maria Elena Letona

Eletona_(1).jpgCurrently the Executive Director of social justice organization Neighbor to Neighbor, Elena brings more than 20 years experience with grassroots organizations to the Better Future Project board. Her experience ranges from organizational development and public policy to fundraising, finances and developing grassroots boards. She recently served as Executive Director of Centro Presente, a Boston-based immigrant rights organization. Her leadership transformed Centro Presente from a direct service organization to a stable member-led immigrant rights force. Elena holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts and she is the author and co-author of numerous articles and reports on a variety of topics related to organizational and community capacity building.

Chuck Collins

ChuckCollins.jpgChuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and co-edits Inequality.org. His newest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green, 2016). He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why American Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.  He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy (Orbis 2008), about Christian ethics and economic life.  His previous books include, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is also cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good that has merged with the Patriotic Millionaires, two efforts to organize members of the 1 percent to advocate for fair tax policy.   He is coauthor of the August 2016 report, Ever Growing Gap, about the racial wealth divide and author of Gilded Giving: Top Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality, a November 2016 report on the impact of inequality on philanthropy.

Pat Miguel Tomaino

patmigueltomaino.jpgPat Miguel Tomaino is Asso­ciate Direc­tor of Socially Respon­si­ble Investing at Zevin Asset Management. He leads Zevin’s impact investing and shareholder advocacy — ana­lyz­ing port­fo­lio com­pa­nies and push­ing them to address crit­i­cal envi­ron­men­tal and social risks. To that end, Pat dia­logues with exec­u­tives, builds coali­tions with NGOs, identifies emerging sustainability issues, and files share­holder pro­pos­als on behalf of Zevin’s clients. For sev­eral years, Pat was a senior ana­lyst on the respon­si­ble invest­ment team of F&C Asset Man­age­ment, where he led the U.K. firm’s work in Latin Amer­ica and Canada. He has held research roles for sev­eral pro­gres­sive groups, includ­ing Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth Warren’s 2012 cam­paign and the Ser­vice Employ­ees Inter­na­tional Union (SEIU). In 2015, Pat com­pleted a fel­low­ship as a pub­lic radio pro­ducer for WBUR’s Open Source with Christo­pher Lydon. A grad­u­ate of Har­vard Col­lege, Pat is inter­ested in racial jus­tice, eco­nomic inequal­ity, and labor rights in the U.S. and overseas.

Vanessa Rule 

Vanessarulephoto.jpgVanessa began working to address the climate crisis in the fall of 2006 as the lead organizer for Somerville Climate Action and as a board member of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. She focused on helping residents, businesses, and municipalities reduce their carbon emissions through conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewables. Witnessing the relative lack of climate action at the state and federal levels, she co-founded Better Future Project, where she established 350 Massachusetts, then co-founded Mothers Out Front. Vanessa seeks to empower people—to give them the tools they need to build a movement powerful enough to re-align our political and economic decisions with the scientific and moral imperative to act on climate. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.S. from Antioch University New England. She splits her time between Somerville, Massachusetts and Strafford, Vermont where she lives with her two children, Isabelle and Cedric.

Ben Thompson

benthompsonstaffphoto.jpgBen is a Mathematics graduate student at Boston University. He has been involved in climate activism since 2008. In 2012, when he moved to Boston, he started volunteering with 350 Mass, and he launched a divestment campaign at Boston University that was supported by Better Future Project. Ben co-led the Energy Exodus-a 7-day march in 2014 organized by Better Future Project and Students for a Just and Stable Future. He chairs the Transportation Committee in Boston Universities Climate Action Plan Task Force. Ben was a GK12 NSF Fellow in 2014, spending two days a week in a middle school science classroom as a "resident scientist" and an AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2017 spending ten weeks writing as a science journalist.