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.

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.

Emily Kirkland, Director of Organizing, 646-623-5271, emily@betterfutureproject.org

emily2016USE.jpgEmily 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, 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. Most recently, Sabrina’s work with an eleven-year-old entrepreneur on 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 to help Better Future Project more effectively operate to pursue its mission of creating sustainable change.

 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. 

Shea Riester, Trainer, 857-756-3730, shea@betterfutureproject.org

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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. 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 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, 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 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

katherine2016USE2.jpgA Massachusetts native, Katherine Anderson earned a B.A. in dance choreography and performance from Oberlin College in 2010. After graduating, she founded a company of twelve female performance artists, In Noon Dance, and produced issue-specific performance installations for various causes and campaigns. As a 2014/15 lab fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Katherine developed art-based political organizing tactics for the money in politics movement. Katherine is thrilled 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 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.

 

 

Talita Elizeu, Spring 2017 Organizing Intern

Talita Elizeu is a senior sociology major at Gordon College. She’s passionate about people’s rights to freedom and health, community and creativity in resistance, supporting women who support women, and food. In her free time, she enjoys hosting parties, seeing her family, learning food history, and avoiding the news.