Board

Distinguished Advisory Committee

  • The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President and Minister, Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
  • Bonnie Cockman, Former Chair of Better Future Project Board, 2012-2015; CFO at Organization for Tropical Studies
  • 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
  • Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc.; former Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston
  • 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
  • Kelsey Wirth, Co-Founder, Mothers Out Front; Co-Founder, 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, Co-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, Co-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.

Ben Thompson, Treasurer

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. 

Vanessa Rule, Clerk, Co-Founder of Better Future Project

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.

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. 

Maggie Sullivan

Maggie Sullivan Maggie Sullivan is a senior litigation associate at the law firm Goodwin LLP. She holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and daughter.

 

Beth Huang

Beth HuangBeth Huang (she/her) is the Director at the Massachusetts Voter Table and works with over 30 community organizations to increase voter turnout and civic leadership in communities of color and working-class people in Massachusetts. Prior to joining MVT as the Field Coordinator in 2016, Beth worked at Jobs With Justice as the National Coordinator of the Student Labor Action Project and organized emergency services workers in California with AFSCME International. Beth is a senior trainer with the Midwest Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Marlon Washington

Beth HuangMarlon is an Administrative Organizer at 1199SEIU. Marlon comes with 13 years of labor and social justice work. He also worked for Better Future Project as an organizer. He helped to start the South East Mass node. Marlon is very passionate about working for justice for all which includes fighting for climate justice. Marlon lives in Taunton MA with Partner and 4 children Amaya, Alana, Isaiah and Elijah

Marcie Tyre Berkley

Beth HuangMarcie Tyre Berkley is a nonprofit volunteer and activist, with a focus on broadening access to educational and outdoor opportunities, and on land conservation and environmental issues.   Previously, Marcie was an associate professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, where her research focused on organizational problem solving in manufacturing environments. Prior to MIT, she taught at Harvard Business School and at the Indonesian Institute of Management.  Marcie holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College, and an MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School.

David Klafter

David KlafterDavid is semi-retired after a working life in a variety of occupations. A longtime activist in antiwar, labor and social justice organizations, he joined 350 Mass in the lead-up to the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City. He lives in Brookline, and is active in the Boston Node of 350 Mass, and on the Executive committee of 350 Mass’ Statewide Steering Team. He has been a 350 Mass representative to the Better Future Board for several years, and recently became a full Board member.

 

Craig S. Altemose, Co-Founder of Better Future Project

Beth HuangCraig co-founded Better Future Project in 2011. 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 Massachusetts and enjoys playing strategy board games, running, and reading when not working for a just and livable future for all.