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.
Rajesh Kasturirangan, Secretary
A mathematician and cognitive scientist, Rajesh is a founder of MIT Alumni Climate Action Leadership and President of the South Asian Center of Boston. He is currently visiting the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT and is on extended leave from the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore where he is a faculty member. He's also a senior fellow at the Mind and Life Institute.
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.
David Ismay is a Senior Attorney for CLF Massachusetts specializing in Clean Energy and Climate Change policy, law, and regulation. David regularly represents CLF in proceedings before the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board and Department of Public Utilities and the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. Before joining CLF, David was a senior associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced infrastructure, renewable energy and land-use law. Prior to law school, David served both as a Surface Warfare and as Special Warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Oxford University (Queen’s College), and Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall).
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.
Pat Miguel Tomaino
Pat Miguel Tomaino is Associate Director of Socially Responsible Investing at Zevin Asset Management. He leads Zevin’s impact investing and shareholder advocacy — analyzing portfolio companies and pushing them to address critical environmental and social risks. To that end, Pat dialogues with executives, builds coalitions with NGOs, identifies emerging sustainability issues, and files shareholder proposals on behalf of Zevin’s clients. For several years, Pat was a senior analyst on the responsible investment team of F&C Asset Management, where he led the U.K. firm’s work in Latin America and Canada. He has held research roles for several progressive groups, including Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In 2015, Pat completed a fellowship as a public radio producer for WBUR’s Open Source with Christopher Lydon. A graduate of Harvard College, Pat is interested in racial justice, economic inequality, and labor rights in the U.S. and overseas.
Quinton Zondervan, Treasurer
Quinton Zondervan is an environmental activist, a successful biotech entrepreneur, and an award-winning software engineer currently serving as a Cambridge City Councilor. Quinton is the co-founder and past CEO of Excelimmune, a biopharmaceutical company that develops human antibodies against infectious disease targets. Prior to founding Excelimmune, Quinton served as the CTO of software startup Clickmarks, developing innovative web and mobile software applications. Quinton began his career as a software engineer at IBM where he co-invented the SyncML data synchronization standard. In addition to his work at the Cambridge City Council, he serves as president of Green Cambridge, a nonprofit organization that promotes energy conservation, recycling, and other sustainability initiatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and on the board of the Climate Action Business Association. Quinton holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and two bachelor’s degrees in the fields of mathematics and computer science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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.
350 Mass is looking for an organized and experienced Legislative Organizer to join a dynamic team and coordinate 350 Mass’ legislative work. The Legislative Organizer is a key part of the 350 Mass field team and works to support the volunteer leaders of 350 Mass, including facilitating productive relationships between 350 Mass volunteers and legislators relevant to 350 Mass’s respective campaigns. This person will serve as a primary point of contact with key legislative allies and support the 350 Mass volunteer State Legislative Team (SLT). This person will also provide general staff support to assigned 350 Mass nodes, as well as provide legislative trainings when required or requested across the network. The Legislative Organizer will be responsible for advising on legislative strategy within campaigns and coordinating with 350 Mass department staff, volunteers, and partner organizations. This person will also represent 350 Mass in relevant coalitions, most notably Mass Power Forward and the Campaign for a Clean Energy Future. Finally, this person will be responsible for producing relevant communications regarding legislative actions and will provide updates and reports to the 350 Mass State Steering Team and the Better Future Project board.
Reports to: 350 Mass Director of Organizing
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary and Benefits: $35,000-$43,000, commensurate with experience. 80% employer-provided Health insurance; 100% employer provided vision and dental insurance. Employees have the option to contribute to a fossil fuel free 401k. Generous paid time off policies.
Location & Time Expectations: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm at office in Harvard Square, Cambridge, with frequent meetings and events taking place in different parts of the city/state (and virtually) and sometimes during evenings/weekends; having a driver's license is helpful for more distant meetings. Office is upstairs and not wheelchair accessible, although accommodations on the first floor could be arranged.
Relationships with Volunteers and Legislators
- Recruit and train volunteers to build relationships with legislators.
- Develop and support a structure of volunteer leadership on legislative engagement (SLT)
- Further develop existing legislative training opportunities and create new ones to absorb new volunteer leaders.
- Co-develop and maintain a “Legislative Tracker” database.
- Work with nodes to identify and recruit constituents in targeted legislative districts.
- Attend meetings with legislators or staff in order to inform volunteer led strategy.
350 Mass Campaigns
- Coordinate volunteer strategy concerning legislative aspect of 350 Mass campaigns, including communications and mobilization.
- Track hearings and other legislative events relevant to 350 Mass campaigns and report back to 350 Mass department.
- Develop and manage action plans for volunteer legislative engagement including lobby days, in-district meetings, phone calls, letter writing, delivering public testimony, and other creative and innovative tactics.
General Volunteer Support
- Support 5 350 Mass nodes by attending each node’s meeting at least once per quarter.
- Meet with volunteer coordinators in person or over the phone at least once per quarter to establish metrics-based leadership development and campaign goals.
- Be available and responsive over phone and email to answer questions from nodes and advise on agendas.
- Support any 350 Mass trainings, summits, and mobilizations.
- Recruit and develop new volunteer leaders, delegate responsibilities and manage progress.
Partnerships and Coalitions
- Represent 350 Mass for a Better Future in relevant coalitions.
- Be responsible for making everyday decisions as part of coalitions and coordinating with 350 Mass / BFP leadership team on major decisions and updates.
350 Mass Action (501(c)(4) sister organization)
- Develop strategy and support execution of 350 Mass Action tactics around elections and political candidates.
You’d be great for this role if you have
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- 3+ years of relevant organizing / legislative experience
- Strong understanding of legislative process, experience in the state legislature ideal
- Experience with legislative engagement and interest in investigating how to move decision makers.
- Ability to build and maintain working relationships with volunteers and legislators.
- Ability to manage and support volunteers with emphasis on leadership development.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Experience working in and coordinating teams of staff, volunteers, and coalition partners.
- Ability to self manage: setting deadlines and delivering projects on time.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and document-sharing services like Dropbox and Google Docs
- Ability to manage a heavy workload, prioritize competing demands (including queries from volunteers and other constituents), and manage a variety of projects with energy and facility
- Demonstrated interest in climate and/or social justice and strong commitment to organizing and movement-building as strategies for creating change
- Interest in interacting with volunteers and engaging with diverse constituencies
- Demonstrated professionalism and ability to handle sensitive information with discretion
You’d really impress us if you have
- Experience working with the Massachusetts legislature
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. See here for more information on the internship with the 350 Mass 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: Up to $3,600 for 240 hours max
SUMMER: Up to $7,200 for 480 hours max
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 Fall 2019 internship!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Settlers of Catan and other strategy board games when not working for a livable future for all.
Alyssa Lee, Director of Divest Ed Campus Programs, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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, Director of Development, email@example.com
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.
Andrew Gordon, 350 Mass Legislative Manager, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Rev. Vernon K. Walker is originally born and raised in Philadelphia, the west side. Rev. Walker attended Penn State University for college and there he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Psychology in 2012. During his time in college, Rev. Walker also was elected to become the President of the Abington Christian Fellowship at Penn State Abington’s campus; which is the campus Christian Organization.
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 took 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 where he took classes that focused on social justice work and macro social work practices.
During his graduate studies at Boston University, Rev. Walker had an opportunity to an internship at Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, where he helped the organization preserve and improve at-risk HUD buildings as permanently affordable housing with a maximum of resident participation, ownership and control.
Rev. Walker also interned at the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, where he had an opportunity to engage more deeply in racial and economic justice work. Rev. Walker has for the last several years been affiliated with the Berachah Church located in Dorchester where he helped develop the social action and outreach department.
Throughout his time in Boston, Rev. Walker has appeared in several different newspapers such as: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Bay State Banner, Commonwealth Magazine, and other newspapers for his work related to social justice. Rev. Walker has also made TV appearances on Fox 25, New England Cable News, Boston Neighborhood Network, CBS Boston, and NBC 10 Boston. Rev. Walker is excited to be joining the Better Future Project and helping to fight for climate justice!
Canyon Woodward, Divest Ed Harvard Alumni Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, small 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.
Flick Monk, Summer 2019 Divest Ed Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org
Flick Monk is a current grad student at Antioch University New England, working towards an MS in Environmental Studies, Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability on a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship. Flick has been passionate about the environment ever since her parents dragged her, age 12, to a conference outlining the science of climate change. During her undergraduate in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, she helped kick-start an (eventually successful) fossil fuel divestment campaign. She has been involved in national campaigns against fracking in Scotland and climate justice at the UN. When she’s not thinking about climate change, Flick likes bouldering, roller derby and cycling adventures.
Alina Sipp-Alpers , 350 Mass Organizing Fellow, email@example.com
Alina just finished her sophomore year at Brandeis University where she is majoring in Labor Studies and Social Movements. She's been on the activist scene since she was born, as both of her parents are labor organizers. She is excited every day to follow in their footsteps. At school, Alina is involved in the Brandeis Labor Coalition, a student labor group that supports workers on and off campus, and Brandeis Climate Justice, the student group that runs the #divestdeis campaign. She has previously worked as a Communications Intern at Massachusetts Jobs With Justice and a Community Organizer at Make the Road Pennsylvania.
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