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.
Vanessa Rule, Clerk
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.
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.
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.
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 (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 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
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 Development/Development Manager
Position Status: Full-time
Supervisor: Executive Director
Salary Range: $44,000-$67,000; Salary & Title commensurate with experience
Start Date: March, 2021
Location: Open to New England-based candidates outside of Boston area if willing to engage in frequent travel. Office located in Cambridge, MA (once it is safe to reopen).
Better Future Project is looking for an experienced and dynamic development professional with a passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice to help oversee our diverse team realize our next stage of growth and development. The Director of Development works with the E.D. and other team members to ensure the organization’s successful identification and actualization of funding sources, including major donors, foundations, and grassroots supporters to enable the organization to continue on its growth trajectory to build the movement to address the climate crisis.
- Devising an annual plan for fundraising initiatives and establishing a fundraising calendar with input from the Executive Director; developing revenue projections for annual budget
- Identifying and qualifying prospective major donors; identifying new foundation leads
- Conducting major donor cultivation in partnership with the Executive Director
- Drafting letters of intent, grant proposals, grant reports, and other fundraising materials
- Overseeing stewardship of small and medium-sized donations
- Managing donor profiles in NationBuilder database
- Leading grassroots fundraising initiatives with input from volunteers and other staff
- Convening the board fundraising committee and working with board members on fundraising activities
- Serving as the lead organizer of fundraising parties
- Assisting the Operations Manager with revenue reporting and preparing fundraising reports for the board
- Identifying, proposing, and overseeing new fundraising activities to diversify our revenue base
- Developing and managing our 350 Mass membership program in partnership with 350 Mass member leaders
- Other duties as required
As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Development also meets regularly with other team members to discuss organizational priorities and challenges, such as staffing issues, human resource policies, proposed organizational initiatives, and so on. The Director of Development also leads discussion and drafting of the development aspects of the organization’s annual plan.
- Education: Equivalent work experience or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., communications, nonprofit management, English)
- Work experience: At least 5 years’ work experience demonstrating higher levels of responsibility; at least 4-10 years’ direct fundraising experience
Requirements and preferences:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to prioritize under deadlines and juggle multiple tasks at once
- Fundraising and/or CRM database experience
- Passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice
- Experience cultivating and soliciting gifts of at least five figures
- Fluency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office suite, especially spreadsheet fluency
- Supervisory experience preferred
- Experience writing grant proposals
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs[at]betterfutureproject.org with the subject line “Director of Development.” Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your interest in student organizing and the fossil fuel divestment movement. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. No calls please.
Semester & Summer Organizing Internships
Better Future Project usually 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: $16 per hour
FALL/SPRING: Part-time, between 10-20 hours per week
SUMMER: Part-time (25-39 hours per week) or Full-time (30-40 hours per week)
SPRING: January or February
FALL: September or October
SUMMER: May or June
End: Approx. 12-15 weeks after your starting week
Location: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs of Better Future Project are operating remotely through summer 2021.
We are currently accepting applications for the Summer Organizing Internships!
350 Mass Organizing Intern
The 350 Mass Organizing Intern will assist with supporting and mobilizing our 350 Mass statewide community organizing network.
- Supporting digital mobilizations, actions, and trainings
- Supporting the organizing work of local chapters (called nodes) throughout MA
- Providing support for the Mass Renews Alliance of which 350 Mass is a coalition member
- Contributing content to various social media platforms and helping send out the organization’s weekly e-newsletter
- Providing administrative and organizing support for political actions virtually and at the State House
- Providing support for 350 MA legislative campaigns
- Strong writing and communications skills
- Experience with social media and digital outreach
- Experience organizing with campaigns or other advocacy work
- Expressed interest in the climate justice movement
- Strong organizational and multitasking skills
- The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple projects
- Fluency with Zoom, Slack, Google Drive and associated applications
Anticipated Internship Outcomes:
- Gain hands-on experience working with a statewide grassroots movement in a crucial political climate
- Expand understanding of leadership development, the climate movement, and political processes
Applicants should submit a 1-page cover letter and 1-page resume to Alan Palm at [email protected] with the subject line “Summer 2021 350 Mass Intern”. Please include your last name in your resume and cover letter files.
The final application deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, February 15th 2021. However, we review applications on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Divest Ed Intern
The Divest Ed Intern position focuses on student organizing for fossil fuel divestment campaigns on college campuses. The intern will assist with content creation and metrics reporting for social media, support the forming digital disruption campaign, provide direct support in running the summer fellowship, and strategize care-centered responses to campus re-openings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are looking for applicants who make the connections between the extractive economy and white supremacy, and are passionate about building organizing spaces that prioritize community care. You do not need to have experience with fossil fuel divestment to be qualified, and we welcome students who have experience with other kinds of social justice organizing to apply!
- Help establish relationships with student mutual aid networks for rapid response support during COVID-19 pandemic and campus reopenings
- Post daily content on our social media and track media hits on divestment
- Help prepare for the 2021 Organizing Fellowship this summer through curriculum review, training development, and social media outreach
- Support the forming digital disruption campaign - research fossil fuel companies college and trade school campus recruitment efforts and top feeder schools for fossil fuel companies and law firms that support the fossil fuel industry
- Provide direct support to the College Climate Coalition, the national student-led network coordination the fossil fuel divestment movement
- Help us update resources for the divestment movement (including our Campaign Map, our database of campuses that have divested, and our resources library)
- Keep NationBuilder database updated and do data entry
- Demonstrated interest in environmental justice, climate justice, racial justice, and/or other social justice issues
- Proficient in social media best practices (we use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
- Familiarity with making graphics (examples 1, 2, 3)
- Understanding of intersectionality and anti-oppression in movement-building
- Fluency with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Strong, concise, and clear writing skills
Preferred (but not required) Qualifications:
- Visual or digital art, content creation, and media proficiency
Previous campaigning or organizing experience, whether on or off campus
- We welcome students who have experience working on issues such as racial, Indigenous, environmental, migrant, lgbtq+, food, and disability justice to apply!
- Familiarity with fossil fuel divestment
- Familiarity with Slack
- Experience with NationBuilder or other database software
- Position start date is flexible, after May 17, 2021
- End date is flexible, up until August 31, 2021
- This position reports to: Digital Disruption Manager, Katy Butler
How To Apply:
Applicants should submit a 1-page cover letter and 1-page resume to Rachel Schlueter at [email protected] with the subject line “Summer 2021 Divest Ed Intern”. Please include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your interest in student organizing, climate issues, and the fossil fuel divestment movement. If you have experience with other kinds of social justice issues, we encourage you to speak about that in your cover letter!
The final application deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, February 15th 2021. However, we review applications on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
We also may have other volunteer opportunities in the office. If interested, please e-mail [email protected] 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 protected]
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.
Alan Palm, Director of 350 Mass Organizing, (508)728 5992, [email protected]
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.
Kriss Mincey, Divest Ed Director, [email protected]
As 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, [email protected]
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 (she/her), Divest Ed Senior Organizer, [email protected]
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, leads trainings, coaches campaigns in the Midwest and South, and holds space for the joyful practice of developing reinvestment strategies with campaigns. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations at Boston University (BU), where she studied global politics, power, and public health. Outside of the classroom, she was an active member in Divest BU - a student climate justice campaign that built power to win coal and tar sands divestment of the endowment. Through travel, listening to stories, and a whole lot of tea, she fostered her passion for self-determination as resistance to white supremacy and extraction. Rachel has found many homes and greenhouses for growth, and has returned to live in the Midwest where she is relearning watersheds, writing, and building up her vinyl collection.
Kerrina Williams (she/they), Digital Disruption Organizer, [email protected]
Kerrina (she/they) grew up on Tongva land in Southern California. Kerrina is a Black, African American and Mexican decolonial womanist who works towards a just future where power lies in the community. They are a graduate from Northeastern University. In undergrad they worked with their school's United Students Against Sweatshops chapter, the Progressive Student Alliance, in solidarity with workers and unions. They earned a history degree with a focus on colonialism, imperialism, and alternative medical systems in Black enslaved communities in the North America. They also minored in Environmental Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Outside of their profession work, Kerrina practices yoga, meditation, and loves rewatching early 2000s reality tv.
Vernon K. Walker, CREW Program Manager, [email protected]
Venson Shih, Operations Manager, [email protected]
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.
Cabell Eames, Legislative Manager, [email protected]
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.
Sam Payne, Digital Organizer & Communications Specialist, [email protected]
Sam is a life long Massachusetts resident. Born and raised in Brookline, Sam became familiar with greater Massachusetts when he attended college at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires and when he worked on Bob Massie's 2018 run for Governor. Since graduating with a double major in Political Science and Psychology, Sam has worked on multiple progressive campaigns and as a digital communications contractor for several local businesses. If we lived in a just, sustainable world, Sam would likely be focusing on art— he is an avid reader and writer, and has recently thrown himself into music production. Sam feels a tremendous responsibility to translate his privilege into a better future for all.
Ethan McDonough, Special Project Coordinator, [email protected]
Ethan is a second year dean's list student at the University of New Hampshire dual majoring in Political Science and Sustainability. As a nontraditional student, Ethan balances work and education. Outside of academics he likes to backpack internationally and gain new experiences and connections. As an intern at CREW, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather, Ethan is excited about becoming an agent of change while also growing his professional skill set. During the Semester in the City, he sought to expand his network of change makers and professionals, Hone and improve organizational and public speaking tools, and gain experience in a professional setting. Ethan will help CREW coordinator various projects.
Isabella Luca, Special Projects Fellow, [email protected]
Isabella Luca, or Izzy, was born and raised South of Boston in Canton, MA, where she resides when she is not up in Durham, NH at school. She is very excited to continue her work here at CREW!
She is currently a Sophomore at the University of New Hampshire and is working towards a double major in Community and Environmental Planning and Sociology as well as a minor in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. While still figuring out extracurricular interests, she has most recently joined her school’s Sociology and Planning Clubs. She hopes to pursue her love of music and theatre further once able to rejoin her college. Among these interests, she also loves to sing, read, watch movies, learn more about Boston, and attempt to play guitar well.
Margaret Thurston, Coordinator for Climate Resilience Hubs, [email protected]
Margaret Thurston was born in Boston, but lived for most of her life in Rochester, New York. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2018, with a B.A. in Development and Sustainability and minors in Spanish and Anthropology. While in college, she co-led a divestment initiative called Fossil Free Rochester, got involved in several social justice efforts, and learned about deforestation during a semester in Bolivia. She also completed an internship with the Center for Social Ecology and Public Policy, which helped her see how addressing social well-being is essential for environmental work.
Since graduating, Margaret has been involved in a variety of community and environmental initiatives. She also loves to sing, dance, read, and run. Margaret is excited to get more involved in community organizing with CREW, and deepen her understanding of climate change, social change, and resilience.
Grace Morrissey, CFSI Fellow, [email protected]
Grace grew up in New Jersey before moving up north to attend school. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in both English and Reporting & Documentary Storytelling. Outside of school Grace loves to read, skate-board, and manage her growing houseplant addiction. Working as an intern at CREW this semester Grace will be lending a hand on various projects, utilizing her skills in organization and design. She seeks to improve her professional skills in communication and collaboration while becoming a change-agent. Grace is excited to be joining the CREW team and hopes to build strong connections throughout the semester.
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