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
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 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
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
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.
Chuck 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.
Jon 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.
David Ismay is a Senior Attorney for CLF Massachusetts specializing in Clean Energy and Climate Change policy, law, and regulation. David regularly represents CLF in proceedings before the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board and Department of Public Utilities and the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. Before joining CLF, David was a senior associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced infrastructure, renewable energy and land-use law. Prior to law school, David served both as a Surface Warfare and as Special Warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Oxford University (Queen’s College), and Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall).
Vanessa 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 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.
Pat Miguel Tomaino
Pat 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.
Jobs at Better Future Project
Supervisor: Executive Director
We are looking for a skilled writer and savvy communicator to join our team! As the communications coordinator, this person will be responsible for managing all of our media and communications work. This person will use social media, email, and online organizing to build the visibility and effectiveness of our ground-breaking campaigns for climate action, in addition to maintaining a strong digital presence for the organization as a whole. This person will help craft messaging strategies and coordinate our work with the media, building relationships with reporters and editors and earning coverage from major state and national outlets.Finally, this person will participate in development and fundraising work and take on other responsibilities as needed.
Press and Media Relations
- Help craft messaging for statewide climate and energy campaigns
- Work with staff and volunteers to develop strong relationships with reporters and editors, create press releases and other media materials, and earn positive coverage from major national and regional outlets
- Work with volunteers and staff to identify rapid response opportunities and write and publish letters to the editor, blog posts and op-eds
Social Media, Web, Email and Database Management
- Grow our social media following and create moving and meaningful social media content, including graphics and short videos
- Keep organizational websites up-to-date, including overseeing website redesigns as needed
- Write and edit powerful advocacy and fundraising emails
- Write and copy-edit a weekly email newsletter sent to 5,000+ people statewide
- Manage email calendar
- Manage Nationbuilder database containing thousands of contacts
- Respond to inquiries from volunteers, partners and the general public
- Help create development materials as needed
- Create one-pagers, brochures, flyers, and other printed and online materials as needed
- Train volunteers and staff on media and communications skills as needed
- Ensure that campaign events and milestones are captured on video and in photos, and that such media are stored in an organized and accessible manner for the organization
- Other grassroots organizing responsibilities, as appropriate
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- 1-2 years of relevant experience, including at least 6 months of experience in a professional setting
- Top-tier writing skills and the ability to write effectively for varied audiences, especially on tight deadlines
- Good eye for graphic design and/or photography
- Experience managing a fundraising, volunteer, or client database like Nationbuilder, Salsa, Convio, Raiser’s Edge, or Salesforce
- Experience with website management
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and document-sharing services like Dropbox and Google Docs
- Ability to manage a heavy workload, prioritize competing demands (including queries from volunteers and other constituents), and manage a variety of projects with energy and facility
- Exceptional organizational skills and acute attention to detail
- Demonstrated interest in climate and/or social justice and strong commitment to organizing and movement-building as strategies for creating change
- Interest in fundraising and solid understanding of the role of development in movement-building
- Interest in interacting with volunteers and engaging with diverse constituencies
- Demonstrated professionalism and ability to handle sensitive information with discretion
Additional desirable skills and experience:
- Graphic-design skills: ability to create effective posters, flyers, brochures, and social media graphics on tight deadlines
- Experience photographing or filming rallies, marches, meetings, and other events
- Fundraising experience
- Experience working with the media and demonstrated ability to earn high-quality media coverage
- Experience with website design and familiarity with HTML and CSS
Salary and benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and within industry averages. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, and generous paid time-off policies. As a young organization, Better Future Project does not yet offer health insurance to its employees, but hopes to do so in the coming years and does offer employees a subsidy as an interim step. We also offer dental and vision insurance and retirement benefits. This position is entry level.
Minimum education required: 4-year degree
How to apply:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and how you learned of the position should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line "Communications Coordinator." If you have an online portfolio or website, or links to graphic design and/or photography work, please include links in your cover letter. Please send your resume and cover letter as one or two attachments with your last name in the file name(s). In addition, please send a writing sample (400-800 words) in the same email but as a separate attachment. If possible, writing samples should be from an organizing or other relevant context (e.g, email alerts, press releases, op-eds, website text, one-pagers). Finalist candidates will be required to provide references. No calls please.
Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.
Craig S. Altemose, Executive Director, (201) 841 7105, firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig 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, email@example.com
Sabrina 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, 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. 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, email@example.com
Born 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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 she considers her hometown a critical frontline community when viewing the narrative of climate change on the West Coast.
Lisa Young, Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa 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.
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