Staff

Craig S. Altemose, Executive Director, (201) 841 7105, craig@betterfutureproject.org

craig2016USE.jpgCraig co-founded Better Future Project in 2011 and has served as its Executive Director since that time. Before starting BFP, he co-founded and led Students for a Just and Stable Future, a statewide student network that engaged students at over fifteen Massachusetts universities on climate policy. Craig holds a B.A. in International Relations from Eckerd College, an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. A native of Morris Plains, New Jersey, he now lives with his wife, Rouwenna, in Somerville, MA and enjoys playing Settlers of Catan and other strategy board games when not working for a livable future for all.

Sabrina Wilson, Director of Operations, (617) 945 5242, sabrina@betterfutureproject.org

sabrina_small.jpgSabrina holds a B.A. from Northeastern University. In her nonprofit work, Sabrina has held executive and program director positions working with communities, governments, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies to protect community heritage and pursue economic justice for families. In her corporate leadership roles, she has managed business operations for companies with budgets as high as $32 million. Sabrina has also worked with the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Children’s Miracle Network, and other nonprofits to ensure achievement of corporate social-responsibility goals. In her position as the Director of Operations, Sabrina is excited to provide leadership to help Better Future Project more effectively operate to pursue its mission of creating sustainable change.

Beth Newhall, Director of Development, (312) 218 7557, beth@betterfutureproject.org

Beth16USE.jpgA proud New Englander, Beth grew up in southern New Hampshire, attended Harvard University, and now lives in Jamaica Plain—although she did spend a year away getting her master’s degree at Trinity College Dublin. For the past eight years, she has worked as a writer and editor for a range of clients, including Sesame Workshop, the University of Kentucky, and the Navy. After becoming active in the climate movement with 350 Mass and Boston Climate Action Network, Beth worked with Divest Harvard to develop the alumni branch of the fossil fuel divestment campaign and first began meeting the incredible team at BFP. Beth is honored to support the dedicated organizers and volunteers who fight every day for our right to inhabit a livable planet, and she is proud to be sharing the message about all that they do.

Alan Palm, Director of Organizing, (508) 728 5992, alan@betterfutureproject.org

alanpalmstaffpic.jpgBorn and raised in Massachusetts with roots in Nova Scotia, Alan has been working for the past decade to educate and activate the public, especially young people, to fight for climate justice. In 2007, Alan co-founded a sustainability education organization that traveled to 46 states aboard vegetable oil and solar powered school buses, presenting at schools and supporting the youth climate movement. In 2009, Alan joined ACE: Alliance for Climate Education where he led a team that presented to nearly half a million high school students throughout New England, and trained dozens of youth to lead campaigns for issues like Fossil Fuel Divestment and 100% Renewable Energy. Recently, Alan completed Marshall Ganz’s semester long course, “Organizing: People, Power, Change.”  He is thrilled to join the BFP team and 350 Mass community as the Director of Organizing. 

 Andrew Gordon, Legislative Coordinator, (440) 799 3480, andrew@betterfutureproject.org

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Andrew Gordon graduated from Denison University in 2012 and spent two years working with the Episcopal Service Corps' Boston program, Life Together. He served as the campaign organizer for Health Care for All, working to strengthen MassHealth benefits and eliminate co-pays for chronic illness medication. He also worked as the campaign manager for Dylan Hayre's campaign for State Senate and conducted field research and outreach for Transportation for All. 

 

Alyssa Lee, Campus Organizer, (209) 222-8872, alyssa@betterfutureproject.org

Alyssa2016.jpgAlyssa graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. Though originally interested in global health, she quickly fell in love with organizing through co-founding the Student Food Collective, an initiative to form a student-run and owned cooperative grocery, and starting the Fossil Free UCLA divestment campaign. She has also served as the Northern California Regional Organizer of the Divestment Student Network and as the Statewide Divestment Organizer for the California Student Sustainability Coalition. She hails from Modesto, CA in the northern Central Valley, and she considers her hometown a critical frontline community when viewing the narrative of climate change on the West Coast.

Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator (339) 368 1318, katherine@betterfutureproject.org

Katherine2lightd.jpgA Massachusetts native, Katherine earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in 2010. After graduating, she founded a company of twelve female performance artists, In Noon Dance, and produced issue-specific dance installations for various causes and campaigns, including Elizabeth Warren's 2012 senate campaign. As a 2014/15 lab fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Katherine developed art-based community organizing tactics for the money in politics movement. In the fall of 2015, she joined the Lessig 2016 campaign as the national Volunteer Coordinator. Katherine is honored to help Better Future Project broadcast the powerful and timely message that an organized movement can achieve swift action on climate change.

Lisa Young, Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer, lisa@betterfutureproject.org

lisa16USE.jpgLisa Young is originally from Boise, Idaho, where she earned a degree in Chemistry. After college, Lisa served as the Clean Energy Organizer at the Snake River Alliance, mobilizing community members to pressure Idaho’s electric utilities, regulators, and lawmakers to shift toward clean energy. Lisa then earned her Master of City Planning degree from MIT, building knowledge and skills around engaging communities in equitable and empowering public planning, policy-making, and movement-building. Her thesis examined the partnerships between unlikely allies that led to the historic 2014 People’s Climate March. Lisa is passionate about environmental justice, climate justice, and lifting up the voices of low-income communities of color and indigenous communities. She is excited about supporting Better Future Project’s efforts to take a more intersectional approach to climate action.

Caitlin Weldon, Communications Intern, caitlin@betterfutureproject.org

CaitlinBFPPhoto.jpgCaitlin is originally from Weston, Massachusetts, and is currently a rising sophomore at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Political Science and Television. She partakes in event planning, service, and political organizations at Notre Dame as well as doing research on international law and human rights. This opportunity at Better Future Project will allow Caitlin to continue her learning about media and communications while contributing to a cause that is close to her heart. She is a firm believer in the idea that non-violent action is the most powerful, effective catalyst on the path to enacting change. She is excited to spend her summer assisting Katherine Anderson in spreading Better Future Project’s message and developing media outreach with the 100% Renewable Towns and Cities Campaign.

Courtney Foster, Summer Intern & Senior Fellow, (617) 842 5093, courtney@betterfutureproject.org

CourtneyStaffPic.pngCourtney is a rising senior at Bates College with a double major in Global Environmental Politics and French. Ever since her childhood, she has been an enthusiast of the natural world and, later, of environmental studies, as well as of communications via journalism and public speaking. She caught the environmental justice organizing bug last summer during her transformative experience as a media fellow with BFP, and she is thrilled to be returning to the program as a coordinator this year!

 

Emily Thai, Summer Intern & Senior Fellow, (617) 804 1426, emilythai@betterfutureproject.org

EmilyBFPStaff.jpgEmily is an MIT 2017 with a double major in materials science and engineering and women's and gender studies. Her own start to organizing was with Better Future Project last summer! Since then she has been involved in MIT's climate organizing group and co-founded SolidarityMIT, an ongoing initiative to promote campus political activism. 

 

 

Nick Shedd, Political Research Intern, nick@betterfutureproject.org

NickStaffPhotoBFP.jpgBorn in Maine, Nick is now a rising senior at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He studies Culture and Politics there and is involved in activism related to a wide range of issues, but has a particular passion for climate justice. Freshly returned from a semester abroad in France, he is excited to dive back into American politics through campaign finance research work supporting the legislative goals of BFP!