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 strategy board games, running, and reading when not working for a just and livable future for all.

Alan Palm, Director of 350 Mass Organizing, (508)728 5992, alan@betterfutureproject.org

alanpalmstaffpic.jpgBorn 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. After completing Marshall Ganz’s semester long course, “Organizing: People, Power, Change,” Alan joined the BFP team in 2017 as the Director of Organizing for 350 Mass.

Erica Rotman, Director of Development, erica@betterfutureproject.org

ericastaffpic.jpgErica comes to Better Future Project with 10 years of fundraising experience, previously at Bikes Not Bombs (in JP), the Center Against Domestic Violence (in NYC) and Head and Hands (in Montreal). At BFP, Erica manages individual giving and grants programs. Originally from Montreal, Erica holds a B.SC in Neuroscience from McGill and an MPH from NYU. Outside of the office, you can find Erica mountain biking in nearby parks and running an Iraqi cooking pop up with her cousins.

 

Kriss Mincey, Divest Ed Director, kriss@betterfutureproject.org

Kriss ProfileAs part of the Great Migration, my family moved to Jersey and Baltimore City in the 1940s from the American South, courtesy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, seventeenth century. The ones I know were and are: farmers, beauticians, butchers, sailors, sign language interpreters, caregivers--which brings us to me, Kriss Mincey, another being having a human experience. Only right now, mine is expressing itself in ways that are arguably more "airy," such as gathering and creating language, co-learning, stewarding relationships, and asking more truthful questions about the invisible things that shape our physical world--like I said, very "pie-in-the-sky" stuff. Now, for that weird occurrence where I reference myself in third person: Kriss Mincey is a Black, Afro-Southern American lyricist, writer and asker of questions. She likes her coffee hot, even in summer. She asks under what conditions can an emerging commercial artist access spirit in their work long term. She lives and grows in Baltimore and Boston.

Jon Wishnie, 350 Mass Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer,  jwishnie@betterfutureproject.org

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A lifelong Massachusetts dweller, Jon grew up in Newton before attending college Smith College where they studied government, while spending much of their time learning community organizing and radical education at UMass Amherst with the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT).  After graduating, Jon returned to the Boston area to work in outdoor experiential education at Hale Reservation.  They’ve organized across several different issues and campaigns, most recently coordinating the climate justice work of the incredible youth of the Boston Student Advisory Council/Youth on Board  while completing the JOIN for Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship. Jon believes that it is impossible to fight climate change without fighting injustice and systemic oppression in all its forms. For Jon, that means following the leadership of communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. 

Gracie Brett, Divest Ed Campus Organizer

Gracie recently graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Political Science. She became interested in climate justice when she joined her University’s divestment campaign, Fossil Free AU. There, Gracie learned the importance of community and camaraderie in organizing. She views the climate crisis as an opportunity to reshape the global political economy to serve people over profits—seeking prosperity for the people, not the polluters. Her work at Better Future Project seeks not only to fight environmental injustice, but to build a more democratic and equitable society along the way. Outside of organizing, Gracie enjoys contemporary art, free jazz, fitness, and reading. 

 Rachel Schlueter, Divest Ed Campus Organizer, rachel@betterfutureproject.org

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Rachel Schlueter was born and raised in the Western suburbs of Chicago, and arrived at Better Future Project in 2018 to co-create and launch Divest Ed. Rachel supports Divest Ed’s fellowship programming and trainings, and holds space for the joyful dreaming and practice of moving reinvestment strategies forward with divestment campaigns. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations at Boston University (BU), where she studied global politics, power, and Structural Adjustment Plans, and fostered her curiosity and passion for the right of self-determination as resistance to white supremacy and extraction. In her time at BU, she was an active member in Divest BU, a student climate justice campaign that built student power to win coal and tar sands divestment of the endowment.

Rachel has found many homes and greenhouses for growth in meeting spaces outside of ivory towers. She has begun to see beauty in the messy process of following the roots that have formed her, and welcomes community with fellow dreamers and hopeful sowers of a cooperative, caring, and heart-full world. 

Vernon K. Walker, CREW Program Manager, vernon@betterfutureproject.org

Vernon Walker

Rev. Vernon K. Walker is originally born and raised in Philadelphia. Rev. Walker attended Penn State University for college where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Psychology in 2012.

After graduating from Penn State University, Rev. Walker attended Boston University's School of Theology and earned a Master Degree in Theological Studies (M.T.S) in 2016. During this time, Rev. Walker also crossed registered to take courses at Harvard University' Divinity School on non-profit leadership. Rev. Walker also took classes at the School of Social Work at Boston University that focused on social justice and macro social work practice.

Canyon Woodward, Divest Ed Harvard Alumni Organizer, canyon@betterfutureproject.org

Canyon WoodwardCanyon graduated from Harvard College in 2015. As an undergraduate he co-coordinated Divest Harvard, studied the craft of organizing under Professors Marshall Ganz and Timothy P. McCarthy, and wrote about the roots and growth of the U.S. climate movement in his honors thesis, “We Must, Therefore We Can: The Rise of Radical Grassroots Climate rganizing in the U.S.” Canyon hails from the Appalachian Mountain region of North Carolina. He has worked as Regional Field Director for Bernie Sanders 2016, Vice-Chair of the NC District 11 Democratic Party, Campaign Manager for Representative Chloe Maxmin, and Producer of Collapse The Distance. Canyon is also an outdoor educator, avid trail runner, potter, and writer.

Venson Shih, Operations Manager, venson@betterfutureproject.org

Venson ShihVenson spent two decades as the IT Director for non-profit organizations including the American Heart Association and the Appalachian Mountain Club. In recent years, he worked as an independent technology consultant and operations manager for non-profits, businesses and individuals. He spends as much time as possible outdoors, hiking, kayaking or playing in his garden. He is a strong advocate of sustainability, for protecting nature and the environment. Venson is very excited to join BFP and the fight against the climate crisis.

Chloe Maxmin, Divest Ed Harvard Alumni Organizer, chloe@betterfutureproject.org

cmaxminHV6A3861_for_dig_download_resized_2.jpgChloe Maxmin is a graduate of Harvard College Class of 2015. Chloe was raised on her family’s farm in Maine and has been a community organizer for fifteen years. She started the Climate Action Club at her high school and worked with students, teachers, community members, and businesses on local issues. She co-founded Divest Harvard in 2012, building a student movement for climate justice on campus with 70,000 supporters. The day after she graduated from college, Chloe moved back to Maine. She currently serves in the Maine House of Representatives after winning her 2018 race in her hometown District 88,  making her the first Democrat to win the District 88 seat.

Cabell Eames, Legislative Manager, cabell@betterfutureproject.org 

Cabell EamesCabell originally hails from Richmond, Virginia and is a lifelong advocate for racial, social, and economic justice. Having grown up amidst Big Tobacco and the chemical industry, she knows first-hand the importance of corporate accountability and environmental justice and recently filed a bill for ingredient transparency.  She also supports Medicare for All, a program that would have eased her childhood spent battling for her mother’s care for Multiple Sclerosis and prevented her untimely death. After settling in Massachusetts in 2005, she was inspired by her husband’s cousin’s mayoral run in Haverhill and soon joined the political arena full time as the Campaign Manager for Bob Massie for Governor in 2017. Subsequently, she served as the Advocacy Director for Goss Associates, an immigration law firm. After participating in the Massachusetts Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, Cabell was elected Co-Chair of her hometown’s Democratic Committee and appointed to the Energy Committee. Cabell knows climate justice is our number one priority, as it relates to all issues and is the crisis of our time, and she also chairs the Green Alliance, an organization that works in her local public school sector that successfully banned styrofoam and is starting a composting pilot program at the local middle school this year. Cabell believes the moment for justice and equality is always NOW and is ever ready to take to the streets, the State House, or any forum to inspire legislators to do better for the world and its people.

Gideon Nachman, QVS Fellow, gideon@climatecrew.org 

Gideon Nachman

Gideon Nachman is from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in English and a minor in East Asian Studies. He comes to CREW through his placement in the Quaker Voluntary Service, where he has committed to spending a year at the intersection of community, spirituality, and justice. He is interested in how climate change impacts mental health and how communities can rally around their feelings of despair and despondency to become more resilient. Outside of CREW, he can be found as a crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line and working on organic farms through the  WWOOFing program.

Max Whaley, CREW Fellow, max@climatecrew.org 

Max is a rising third-year student at Tufts University dual majoring in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Originally from Northern California, he is interested in how food justice is interrelated with climate change, extreme weather, and resiliency. He has experience working at regenerative farms in Cuenca, Ecuador, and Washington D.C. Max has also worked extensively with the Sunrise Movement hub at his university to organize his peers to demand climate action from the Massachusetts state government. He is excited to join CREW as an intern and learn more about organizing communities to prepare for climate change’s effects.