Distinguished Advisory Board
- The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President and Minister, Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
- 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
- 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
- Dr. Juliet Schor, Economist; Professor of Sociology, Boston College
- Kelsey Wirth, Co-Founder of 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.
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: $16 per hour
FALL/SPRING: $3,840 for up to 240 hours
SUMMER: $7,680 for up to 480 hours
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.)
Generally, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs[at]betterfutureproject.org with the subject line: "Semester Organizing Internship" or "Summer Organizing Internship". Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files.
We have already hired our interns for fall 2018.
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.
Sabrina Wilson, Director of Operations, email@example.com
Sabrina 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, 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.
Andrew Gordon, Legislative Manager, (440) 799 3480, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa 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, 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.
Jeremy Chase-Israel, Development Associate, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.comAaron 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, 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.
Gabbi Zutrau, Campus Organizer, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
Avi 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston 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.
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