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.

Sabrina Wilson, Director of Operations, 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. 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.

Alan Palm, Director of 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. 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.

Erica Rotman, Development Director, 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.

 

 Andrew Gordon, Legislative Manager, (440) 799 3480, andrew@betterfutureproject.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 Massachusetts. 

 

Lisa Young, Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer, lisa@betterfutureproject.org

lisa16USE.jpgLisa 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.

Vignesh Ramachandran, Digital Organizer, vignesh@betterfutureproject.org

Vignesh is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied International/Global Studies, and got involved in climate organizing in his first year when he was inspired by the movement at the 2014 People's Climate March. Vignesh previously organized on his campus with Divest Middlebury and nationally with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, where he also engaged with racial and economic justice through Reinvestment for a Just Transition programs. He has also worked at Generations For Peace, a grassroots peace-building NGO based in Jordan which seeks to resolve conflict through sport and arts. He hopes to connect global issues with local organizing, and build a climate justice movement that prioritizes anti-imperialism and solidarity with oppressed peoples around the world.

BFP_Logo_square.jpgJeremy Chase-Israel, Development Associate, jeremy@betterfutureproject.org

Jeremy is a New England native, hailing from the small but passionate state of Rhode Island. Growing up in Arlington, Massachusetts, Jeremy went south for college in Baltimore, MD, where he lived for ten years. After finishing his B.A. in History at Goucher College, Jeremy worked as a fundraising analyst for Catholic Relief Services before transitioning into an education career, running debate programming in Baltimore Public Schools. While living in Baltimore, he received his M.F.A. in Writing from University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast School. Since moving back to Boston, Jeremy has worked in development for Better Future Project while also teaching supplementary art classes in Boston Public Schools.

Aaron Troncoso, CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather) Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, aaron@climatecrew.org

Aaron.jpgAaron joined CREW in June 2018. A 2017 graduate of Yale College with a dual B.A. in Environmental Studies and Global Affairs, Aaron has worked for the City of Burlington, VT and the Natural Resources Defense Council since graduation. Aaron has a background in volunteer coordination as president of the Yale Outdoors Club and Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, and as an intern focusing on international outreach for the Great Baikal Trail. He also has a deep interest in environmental security and public policy, and conducted research as an intern for the Henry L. Stimson Center’s Environmental Security Program. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys running, reading, and backpacking— on his most recent trip, he hiked from West Virginia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail, a distance of ~1,100 miles.

Alyssa Lee, Director of Campus Programs, 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 she considers her hometown a critical frontline community when viewing the narrative of climate change on the West Coast.

Gabbi Zutrau, Campus Organizer, gabbi@betterfutureproject.org 

Gabbi is a graduate of Smith College, where she completed a double major in Linguistics and Psychology with a concentration in Mandarin translation studies. Early on at Smith, Gabbi co-founded Divest Smith College, and she still contributes to the campaign as an alum. In NYC, where she currently lives, Gabbi worked as a campaign coordinator on the campaign to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels, and she helped Kolot Chayeinu become the first Jewish congregation in the U.S. to divest. Gabbi is an active member of the Jews of Color Caucus at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, where she uses digital and offline organizing to fight for police accountability and an end to broken windows policing. Gabbi is working remotely from her home in New York and on a half-time basis.

 Rachel Schlueter, Campus Organizer, rachel@betterfutureproject.org

Rachel recently graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations, and after learning about instances of environmental racism became a campus organizer with DivestBU. Her work contributed to campaign victories with partial divestment from fossil fuels in September 2016 and the adoption of BU’s boldest Climate Action Plan in December 2017. Rachel also co-founded the BU Community Greenhouse, a student-run cooperative garden focused on healing and intersectional activism on campus, and is interested in the role of institutions having conducted field research on waste management systems in Kisumu, Kenya to inform periods of postcolonial democratic transition. Through this hyper-local lens with an international consciousness, Rachel is excited to aid in strategizing BFP’s national expansion this summer. Rachel works out of our Massachusetts office in Harvard Square.

Avi Nguyen, Fall 2018 Campus Organizing Intern, avi@betterfutureproject.org

NoProfilePhotoAvi Nguyen is currently a freshman at Boston University. He is a native to Boston and has been involved in social activist organizations for most of his life. He has done work in Dorchester as a youth educator, creating and facilitating workshops about structural and interpersonal racism in America. Avi is interested in studying political science and history as majors in the future. He is very excited to be a part of a climate justice group and is ready to come onboard as Better Future Project’s Campus Divestment intern.

Evan Feldberg-Bannatyne, Fall 2018 350 Mass Organizing Intern, evan@betterfutureproject.org

Evan Feldberg-BannatyneBoston born and bred, Evan studied at Grinnell College where he has co-founded/lead a community based gun safety organization—which has twice been featured in the New York Times—in the small town where the (now former) president of the NRA lives. His work to end gun violence has brought him across the country where he has befriended and worked with survivors of school shootings such as Parkland and Sandy Hook, and others who have faced other forms of gun violence in rural and urban areas alike. Founder of a student organizing coalition, Evan rose to co-lead his college’s campaign to divest it’s 1.8 billion dollar endowment from fossil fuels. He also serves as the president of an environmental activism group that is a member of the Power Shift Network, and is affiliated with the Sunrise Movement.