Craig S. Altemose, Executive Director, 201-841-7105, email@example.com
Raised in a moderate Republican family in suburban New Jersey, Craig cut his teeth on progressive organizing at Eckerd College during the George W. Bush years, working to prevent the Iraq War, standing in solidarity with migrant farmworkers in nearby Immokalee, FL, fighting for economic justice through organizing for (and winning) a raise for contracted campus housekeepers, protesting free trade agreements that were weak on labor and environmental safeguards, and lobbying against the Patriot Act. After realizing the connection between social and economic justice and the world's climate, Craig decided to focus on climate and energy issues in 2006 for two-to-three years. During his graduate student years at Harvard, he helped organize the first Power Shift conference in 2007, bringing 5,000 young people to Washington, D.C. for the nation's first national youth climate conference, and then was the lead organizer on a 500-person Massachusetts Power Shift conference the following spring. In the fall of 2007, he co-founded Students for a Just and Stable Future, a student network which Craig led or co-led from the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2010. During that time, they passed a successful resolution through the state legislature, and organized a seven-week long, 200+ person act of civil disobedience, which still stands as one of the largest such actions in the movement's history. Craig was also appointed by Harvard's President Drew Faust and the Massachusetts Governor to serve on university and state climate advisory councils, respectively. After graduating from Harvard, Craig was awarded a Kaufman Fellowship to kickstart his public service career and help launch Better Future Project.
Beth Newhall, Director of Development, 312-218-7557, firstname.lastname@example.org
A 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. Over the past several years, she became increasingly active in the climate movement, joining 350MA and Boston Climate Action Network (BostonCAN). In 2013, she 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.
Emily Kirkland, Director of Organizing, 646-623-5271, email@example.com
Emily Kirkland is originally from San Francisco and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. As a student, she published articles and photos documenting the effects of climate change in Peru, coordinated media outreach for the Brown Divest Coal Campaign, and participated in the 2011 Keystone XL sit-ins outside the White House. After two years as the Communications Coordinator, she now serves as 350 Mass' Director of Organizing, working alongside volunteer leaders to build and grow the 350 Mass network and ensure that 350 Mass campaigns are as bold and effective as possible!
Sabrina Wilson, Director of Operations, 617-945-5242, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabrina holds a B.A. from Northeastern University and since graduating has worked across diverse sectors, focusing her career on improving the human condition. 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 social justice for economically marginalized families. In her corporate leadership roles, she has managed business operations for companies in property development and Job Corps education, administering 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. Most recently, Sabrina’s work with an eleven-year-old entrepreneur on the development of a business concept to improve literacy resulted in a presentation to Warren Buffett. In her position as the Director of Operations, Sabrina is excited to provide leadership that will positively impact operations, helping Better Future Project more effectively pursue its mission of creating sustainable change.
Andrew Gordon, Legislative Coordinator, 440-799-3480, email@example.com
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.
Shea Riester, Trainer, 857-756-3730, firstname.lastname@example.org
Convinced that climate change is the largest looming threat to life on earth, Shea hopped on a bike to help build the climate movement with Climate Summer after graduating from Brandeis in 2012. Shea studied the history and theory of social movements at Brandeis, and was very involved in environmental and social justice student activism. His proudest past moments include organizing with the Occupy Wall Street movement at its inception and participating in the national mobilization to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. He is deeply passionate about building more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable communities that live in greater harmony with all life on Earth. He feels we must use non-violent social action now to prevent the potentially irreversible destruction of our planet due to climate change, and is ready to do whatever necessary for a more just and sustainable future for all.
Alyssa Lee, Campus Organizer, (209) 222-8872, email@example.com
Alyssa 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 considers her hometown a critical frontline community when viewing the narrative of climate change on the West Coast.
Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator and Development Associate, (339) 368 1318, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Massachusetts native, Katherine Anderson earned a B.A. in dance choreography and performance from Oberlin College in 2010. After graduating, she founded and directed In Noon Dance, a company of twelve female artists. Katherine produced issue-specific performance installations in response to Lawrence Lessig’s book Republic Lost, for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign and for Represent Boston’s anti-corruption campaign. As a 2014/15 lab fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Katherine developed and implemented political organizing tactics, including documentary and discussion event formats and participatory art petitions. Fresh off the Lessig for President campaign trail, Katherine is thrilled to join Better Future Project and help broadcast the powerful and timely message that an organized movement can achieve swift action on climate change.
Lisa Young, Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer, email@example.com
Lisa Young is originally from Boise, Idaho, where she earned a degree in Chemistry and developed a passion for grassroots environmental organizing. 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 moved to Massachusetts and 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.
Emily Hill, 350 Mass Organizing Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily hails from New England and is back after earning a BA in Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. She has done a lot of work in sustainable agriculture and food access in Vermont and California. She also spent time working on restoring land to the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone tribe of the Carmel River Valley and building a native food garden with members of the Tongva tribe of the Pomona Valley. She very deeply believes that all environmental work should be in pursuit of a more just and livable world for all. When not at Better Future Project, Emily can be found working at Bethany House, an affordable living center for young women, or baking at Veggie Galaxy.