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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Jobs at Better Future Project
Come join our team! If the posting is up, that means we are still accepting applications.
Please note that our office is on the second floor of a building without an elevator and unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible.
Director of Divest Ed Program
Divest Ed is hiring a Director to start in 2020! This is someone with a vision for the student fossil fuel divestment movement, passion for student and youth organizing, commitment to climate justice, and experience working with young people and partnering with other movements. Sound like you or someone you know? Please share the job description below! Click here for a Google Doc version of this job description.
Reports to: Executive Director of Better Future Project
Position Status: Full-time
Salary Range: $45,000-$59,000 - Salary negotiable based upon experience
Location: Our office in Cambridge, MA
Ideal start date: By end of February 2020
Divest Ed is the national training and strategy hub for college campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns (see more at divested.org). Divest Ed was launched in October 2018 and is a program of Better Future Project, a statewide grassroots climate action nonprofit in Massachusetts. Divest Ed has rebuilt the national student fossil fuel divestment network and provided coaching, training, and resources to over 80 campaigns. We are looking for a Director who can help us escalate nationally, carry forward reinvestment, and plan forward for how the movement wins and evolves over the next few years!
Divest Ed seeks to center and uplift students who have been marginalized in the climate movement, including students of color, undocumented, poor and working class, lgbtq and gender-non-conforming students, and students from communities on the frontlines of climate change and environmental injustice. We seek to ground this movement in climate justice through our Escalation Principles, intentional recruitment, political education, community reinvestment, and solidarity with prison divestment campaigns.
Priorities & Responsibilities
Stay in the big-picture
- Have a vision for the movement’s growth and long-term strategic plan.
- Ensure that initiatives are grounded in anti-oppression, equity, inclusion, and solidarity with and accountability to frontline communities.
Leadership development and training
- Oversee development of training curriculum.
- Help with leading and facilitating trainings.
- Oversee our summer leadership development program in terms of structure, training, mentorship, community-building, and developing anti-oppressive culture.
- Supervise 3 staff members and oversee interns.
- Support staff in personal wellness and sustainability, campus coaching, and executing national escalation and community reinvestment.
- Develop budget and annual plan with staff input.
- Work with Executive Director and Director of Development on fundraising for Divest Ed.
- Serve on the Leadership Team of Better Future Project to work on organization-wide matters.
Partners & stakeholders
- Build new and existing relationships and provide regular updates.
- With groups working on: Frontline fossil fuel resistance, student and youth organizing, targeting corporate power and finance, and environmental and climate justice.
- With other stakeholders: major donors, Campus Divestment Advisory Committee, and faculty.
4-5+ years community organizing (and ideally some campus organizing) experience, including:
- strategic planning for a campaign or organization, supervising, facilitating trainings on anti-oppression and organizing, building trust with and accountability to other movement groups, and working with young people.
- Able to travel nationwide several times per year.
Added plus, but not required
- Understands the details of divestment and endowments (can rely on other staff for support)
- Skilled in digital communications and social media
Qualities we’re looking for
- Big-picture and long-term thinker
- Empathetic, emotionally intelligent
- Understanding of root, systemic causes of the climate crisis and principles of a Just Transition
- Relatable to young people and college students
- Able to balance collaboration with direct supervision
- Comprehensive benefits package, including dental, vision, and health insurance, cell phone stipend, and employee-funded fossil free retirement plan
- Generous paid time off, including separate personal, vacation, and sick time and paid holidays
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Divest Ed Director” and address the letter to the Hiring Committee. Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your interest in student organizing, in the fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment movement, in Divest Ed’s organizing, and whether or not you meet the Qualifications & Qualities listed above. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.
Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. People of color, women, indigenous people, trangender and gender non-conforming folks, and members of other marginalized groups are encouraged to apply.
Semester & Summer Organizing Internships
Better Future Project offers two paid internship positions each semester for a current or recently graduated student! This internship is in partnership with the Mass Clean Energy Center's Clean Energy Internship Program. NOTE: You must either have attended college in Massachusetts or graduated in the last year and are now a resident in Massachusetts.
We are specifically looking for young people with a demonstrated interest in issue-based community organizing. Past experience with social media, campus or community organizing, and advocacy are desired, but not required.
Compensation: $15 per hour
FALL/SPRING: Part-time, between 10-20 hours per week
SUMMER: Part-time (25-39 hours per week) or Full-time
SPRING: January or February
FALL: September or October
SUMMER: May or June
End: Approx. 12-15 weeks after your starting week
Location: Our office in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA (Please note that our office is NOT wheelchair-accessible.)
We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 internship! Click here for details on how to apply.
We also may have other volunteer opportunities in the office. If interested, please e-mail Jobs[at]betterfutureproject.org with your resume and cover letter, including details on your past experience and the type of work you are interested in doing.
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, email@example.com
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 strategy board games, running, and reading when not working for a just and livable future for all.
Alyssa Lee, Director of Divest Ed Campus Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Alan Palm, Director of 350 Mass 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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica 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.
Vignesh Ramachandran, 350 Mass Digital Organizer, email@example.com
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.
Jon Wishnie, 350 Mass Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Rachel graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations and Public Health this past May, where she organized with DivestBU. Her work contributed to campaign victories of coal and tar sand divestment in September 2016 and the adoption of a Climate Action Plan that brings BU to carbon neutrality by 2040. Outside of campus organizing, she spent time in Kenya researching institutional development since devolution, worked for a refugee health organization in Boston, and co-founded the student cooperative BU Community Greenhouse. Rachel is especially excited to support the development of reinvestment tactics, and centers building a movement that prioritizes the intersection of racial justice and climate justice in the United States.
Vernon K. Walker, CREW Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Canyon Woodward, Divest Ed Harvard Alumni Organizer, email@example.com
Canyon 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Venson 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, email@example.com
Chloe 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cabell 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.
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