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.
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
Marcie Tyre Berkley
Marcie Tyre Berkley is a nonprofit volunteer and activist, with a focus on broadening access to educational and outdoor opportunities, and on land conservation and environmental issues. Previously, Marcie was an associate professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, where her research focused on organizational problem solving in manufacturing environments. Prior to MIT, she taught at Harvard Business School and at the Indonesian Institute of Management. Marcie holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College, and an MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School.
David is semi-retired after a working life in a variety of occupations. A longtime activist in antiwar, labor and social justice organizations, he joined 350 Mass in the lead-up to the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City. He lives in Brookline, and is active in the Boston Node of 350 Mass, and on the Executive committee of 350 Mass’ Statewide Steering Team. He has been a 350 Mass representative to the Better Future Board for several years, and recently became a full Board member.
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 Membership Manager
Position Status: Full-time
Supervisor: Director of Organizing
Salary Range: $47,000-$53,000
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Massachusetts preferred, office located in Cambridge, MA, frequent travel to 350 Mass local group meetings required (once it is safe to reopen).
Better Future Project is looking to immediately hire for an experienced organizer with a passion for grassroots movement-building and a commitment to climate justice to support the 350 Mass membership base--in local nodes and working groups--to carry out the best practices of organizing including--recruitment, retention, leadership development, and inclusive meeting practices while supporting engagement in local actions and coordination with statewide campaigns and the intersectional movement-building efforts.
- Support 350 Mass nodes in organizing practices including inclusive meeting facilitation, recruitment, structure, leadership development, and building solidarity with organizations working on justice issues.
- Visit 350 Mass node meetings both online and in person (Travel reimbursement and access to car rental service provided).
- Coordinate information sharing between local nodes, statewide working groups, coalitions, staff, and internal leadership bodies.
- Serve as the point person with 350 Mass volunteer member leaders for one-on-one and small group consulting.
- Focus on local organizing campaigns and grassroots engagement while maintaining coordination and strategic alignment with statewide campaigns and coalition efforts.
- Support the continued development and implementation of structures and norms to uphold the democratic leadership of 350 Mass.
- Support internal communication, data collection and sharing via the 350 Mass database and updating the 350 Mass website’s node pages.
- Lead trainings for 350 Mass members on organizing practices, campaign planning, anti-oppression, our theory of change, and other relevant skills and topics.
- Support the development of the 350 Mass membership program and member engagement in grassroots fundraising.
- Help establish new nodes of grassroots activists in strategic areas.
- Other duties as required
As a staff member for the 350 Mass program, the Membership Manager will also be part of Better Future Project and participate in internal meetings and projects such as strategic planning and addressing staff needs.
- Work experience: At least 4 years’ work or equivalent experience in grassroots organizing or related field.
- Education: Equivalent work experience or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
Requirements and preferences:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to manage numerous relationships and projects simultaneously and offer a clear overview and translate into prioritized tasks.
- Project management--ability to collaboratively set goals and the plans to achieve them.
- Group / volunteer management--grasp of best practices in supporting volunteers and cultivating and upholding democratic and inclusive norms.
- Commitment to challenging systemic oppression both within and outside of our organization.
- Passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice.
- Experience and competence working in an intergenerational setting.
- Facility with digital tools for communications and experience with grassroots fundraising preferred.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a salaried full-time position within our “manager level” salary band of $47,000-53,000 per year negotiable based upon experience. Benefits include 14 paid holidays, generous paid time off policies, and vision, dental and health insurance.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Membership Manager” Please include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. 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 not accepting applications.
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, trans/ non-binary/GNC, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ, military veterans, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.
Alan Palm, Acting Executive Director, (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 hails from Richmond, Virginia and is a lifelong advocate for racial, social, and climate justice. Having grown up amidst Big Tobacco and the chemical industry, she knows first-hand the importance of corporate accountability and environmental justice.Cabell first organized for climate issues in1994 when she joined Sierra Club’s Save the Rainforest campaign in New York City. Soon after, she moved to Los Angeles and organized with community members to mandate recycling in the city. After settling in Massachusetts in 2005, she began working on several political campaigns,including Bob Massie’s run for Governor in 2017. Most recently, she served as the Advocacy Director for Goss Associates, an immigration law firm, helping numerous clients receive their green card after long delays due the Trump Administrations' xenophobic policies. Cabell believes the moment for climate justice and equality is long overdue and works diligently to inspire lawmakers 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.
Katy Butler, Digital Disruption Manager, [email protected]
Katy’s career has been focused on digital relational organizing and after working in environmental youth activism, LGBTQ rights, and voter empowerment she came to Divest Ed. In addition to running the digital aspects of the Summer Fellowship and working on digital strategy on campuses, Katy manages digital communication, tools, and community building within the Divestment Movement at Divest Ed. Katy lives with her wife, 2 and a half year old daughter, 2 cats, and their dog in Chicago, IL where she plays rugby and enjoys daily (okay multiple times a day) cups of coffee from the coffee shop down stairs!
Nadira Foster-Williams, Recruitment Disruption Senior Manager, [email protected]
Coming from a Pro-Black matriarchal support system rooted in accountability, conviction, and community care, as well as a father who is of the little acknowledged history of Southern cowboys- Nadira is keen on exhaustively interrogating spaces and lines determined by race, class, supremacy, and deservingness; several elements of the pillars of white supremacy which uphold society and even counter-culture spaces. She does not respond to small talk and thrives in the uncomfortable.
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