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. 

Geeta Aiyer

Geeta Aiyer combines training and experience in finance with passion for the environment and social justice. Under Geeta’s leadership, Boston Common, now over $2 billion in assets under management, has built a strong investment record and substantially improved the policies and practices of portfolio companies through shareowner engagement since the firm’s inception in 2003.  Geeta previously served as the President of Walden Asset Management, and has worked at both the United States Trust Company of Boston and Cambridge Associates, Inc. In addition, Geeta has founded two previous companies, Walden Capital Management, and East India Spice, as well as an NGO, Direct Action for Women Now (DAWN). Geeta was honored with the 2013 SRI Service Award at the SRI Conference and was the 2010 recipient of the Women’s Venture Fund’s Highest Leaf Award. An activist in her personal life, Geeta attended the Keystone Pipeline Rally in 2013 and engages for peace, immigration reform and chemical safety. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and BA (Hons) and MA degrees from Delhi University, India.

Chuck Collins

ChuckCollins.jpgChuck 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

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. 

Vanessa Rule 

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.

Maggie Sullivan

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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.