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.
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.
Digital Disruption Manager
Supervisor: Director of Divest Ed
Position Status: Full-time
Salary Range: $44,000-$48,000 - Salary commensurate with experience
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts or Remote
Send resume and interest letter to: email@example.com
Subject: Digital Disruption Manager
We’re looking for a visionary digital organizing manager to help us deepen and build the support we offer to college students, especially when it comes to online organizing and communications. This position will be amplifying the effect of our work online, and will work closely with the Director of Divest Ed.
Kind. Grounded. Someone who makes things happen. Wise, but practical; results-oriented, but you also *really* care about how doing work feels; direct, decisive, and willing to face difficult situations with determination and persistence. Laser-sharp-focused; and open-minded, taking things in their whole, true context.
- Amplifying the 2020 Divest Ed Fellowship
- Supervision, hiring and leadership development
- Digital Strategy and Implementation
- Manage 1 organizer focused on campus recruitment disruption, and hopefully future digital organizers as we grow our team
- Work closely with Divest Ed organizers to amplify the program’s work, and determine strategy for digital campaigns and rapid response
- Strategize for organizing campaigns with organizational buy-in and student support
- Manage email and SMS lists by writing content, overseeing production, and developing growth and acquisition strategies
- Keep online community engaged
- Responsible to lead rapid response strategy in our national campaign and local efforts for our digital program, including giving direction and recommendations to colleagues
- 4+ years demonstrated experience conceptualizing and implementing digital and/or grassroots campaigns from start to finish, including but not limited to petitions, engaging with activists on the ground, social media, and partner engagement
- Amazing video, graphics, web, email and social media prowess
The Ideal Candidate demonstrates:
- Integrated understanding of critical race theory, womanism, and the ability to navigate issues of class, education, physical ability, power and privilege.
- Passion for naming, interrogating and creating healing alternatives to white supremacy culture as it shows up in social justice spaces.
- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media best practices
- SEO, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Google Adsense
- Website building, management and traffic metrics
- Google Suite, Slack, Zoom, and NationBuilder or Mailchimp
You don’t have to have a degree to apply for this position; just be great at what you do.
Divest Ed Digital Disruption Organizer
Supervisor: Divest Ed Manager
Position Status: Full-time
Salary Range: $38,000-$42,000 - Salary commensurate with experience
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts or Remote
Send resume and interest letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Digital Disruption Organizer
We’re looking for a creative and energetic digital organizer to help us deepen and build the support we offer to college campuses, especially when it comes to disrupting on-campus recruitment events hosted by the fossil fuel industry and complicit companies, and bolstering our online organizing and communications to make the divestment movement more accessible and responsive to student life. This position will report to the Digital Disruption Manager and work closely with the Divest Ed Organizers and Senior Organizers.
Resourceful, off-beat, whimsical, reliable, cooperative, independent, a clear communicator, a believer in setting and achieving small personal wins, ambitious, growing.
- Excellent writer, able to write concisely, clearly and quickly
- Some professional experience in online organizing, political campaigns and/or public relations and marketing
The Ideal Candidate demonstrates:
- Passion for naming, interrogating and creating healing alternatives to white supremacy culture as it shows up in social justice spaces
- Strong skills of relational organizing, goal setting, strategic action planning, and coalition building, whether in a campus or community context
- Knowledge in video, graphics, web, email, and social media. If you know code, too?! Seriously, email us.
Campus Organizing + Coaching
Support students in campus divestment campaigns to develop strategy, build student power, conduct negotiations, earn media attention, and develop organizing skills.
- Some travel to campuses may be required.
- Specifically strategize, train, and support student organizers interested in disrupting fossil fuel industry/complicit recruitment on college campuses
- Guide students to coordinate activities, strategies, and resources across campuses and connect with existing student networks
- Connect student leaders with opportunities for off-campus engagement, such as major climate and environmental justice mobilizations and relevant political or legislative fights.
- Support students in campus divestment campaigns to develop strategy, build student power, conduct negotiations, earn media attention, and develop organizing skills.
- Help coordinate our annual summer Fellowship by conducting recruitment, leading organizing training webinars, and providing coaching and mentorship to student fellows.
Digital Content Creation
- Develop content for social media, including but not limited to Facebook (FB), Instagram and Twitter
- Bottomline the design of original graphics, video, and FB ads
- Excellent knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and social media best practices
Google Suite, Slack, Zoom, NationBuilder
On-campus experience is ideal; be highly skilled, eager to grow, happy to share, and on. your. job.
350 Massachusetts Digital Organizer & Communications Specialist
Supervisor: 350 Mass Director of Organizing
Position Status: Full-time
Salary Range: $38,000-$45,000 - Salary dependent on years of professional experience
Location: Our office in Cambridge, MA
Better Future Project is building the grassroots climate movement in Massachusetts and beyond. We are looking for an experienced, strategic, and collaborative individual to lead our digital organizing efforts. The Digital Organizer supports the statewide volunteer network 350 Mass using digital tools in service of both on-the-ground actions and in-person meetings, as well as decentralized statewide campaigns. A small percentage of the position’s time will be devoted to supporting the digital strategies and platforms of the organization as a whole.
- Work with members to develop campaign messaging and help organization craft overall messaging strategies and branding.
- Manage the 350 Mass database and CRM and develop internal procedures for staff and members to make the most of the database
- Train and support members to execute 350 Mass communications work.
- Maintain and improve Better Future Project and 350 Mass websites
- Grow 350 Mass’s social media presence
- Lead internal communications within the 350 Mass network and external coordination with press
- Create and update informational materials including pamphlets, flyers, and digital memes related to 350 Mass campaigns and initiatives
- Support staff and members with communications for mobilizations and other tactics.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- 2-5 years working on communications and digital organizing
- Experience with NationBuilder or other CRM database software
- Fluency with social media platforms and digital organizing tools, such as google analytics and webinars
- A passion for intersectional movement-building, volunteer engagement, and social, environmental, and climate justice
- Community organizing, or advocacy experience
An Ideal Candidate would also possess:
- Experience working in or with other social movements
- Experience leading and designing trainings
- Experience with grassroots fundraising
Terms of Employment:
- Full time
- Start date: As soon as possible
Compensation and Benefits:
- $38,000-$45,000 -
- Health, dental and vision insurance
- 8 hours flexible remote working time per week
- Option to contribute to a fossil-fuel free 401k plan
- Generous paid time off, including separate personal, vacation, and sick time
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs[at]betterfutureproject.org with the subject line “Digital Organizer.” Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your specific interest in and qualifications for this position. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. No calls please.
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: 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 no longer accepting applications for the Summer session.
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.
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. 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, 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.
Kriss Mincey, Divest Ed Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and trainings, and holds space for the joyful dreaming and practice of moving reinvestment strategies forward with divestment campaigns. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations at Boston University (BU), where she studied global politics, power, and Structural Adjustment Plans, and fostered her curiosity and passion for the right of self-determination as resistance to white supremacy and extraction. In her time at BU, she was an active member in Divest BU, a student climate justice campaign that built student power to win coal and tar sands divestment of the endowment.
Rachel has found many homes and greenhouses for growth in meeting spaces outside of ivory towers. She has begun to see beauty in the messy process of following the roots that have formed her, and welcomes community with fellow dreamers and hopeful sowers of a cooperative, caring, and heart-full world.
Vernon K. Walker, CREW Program Manager, email@example.com
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, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
Gideon Nachman, QVS Fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gideon Nachman is from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in English and a minor in East Asian Studies. He comes to CREW through his placement in the Quaker Voluntary Service, where he has committed to spending a year at the intersection of community, spirituality, and justice. He is interested in how climate change impacts mental health and how communities can rally around their feelings of despair and despondency to become more resilient. Outside of CREW, he can be found as a crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line and working on organic farms through the WWOOFing program.
Max Whaley, CREW Fellow, email@example.com
Max is a rising third-year student at Tufts University dual majoring in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Originally from Northern California, he is interested in how food justice is interrelated with climate change, extreme weather, and resiliency. He has experience working at regenerative farms in Cuenca, Ecuador, and Washington D.C. Max has also worked extensively with the Sunrise Movement hub at his university to organize his peers to demand climate action from the Massachusetts state government. He is excited to join CREW as an intern and learn more about organizing communities to prepare for climate change’s effects.
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