Jeff Nesbit is the executive director of Climate Nexus, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors that works with science, technology, public health, energy and environmental organizations on climate and clean energy issues and solutions. Nesbit was the director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation from June 2006 to June 2011. Previously, he managed his own strategic communications consulting firm in Washington; served as a senior communications official at the Food and Drug Administration and White House during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; and was a national journalist with Knight-Ridder and others. He’s the author of POISON TEA and 25 other books.
Bob Tanner brings to his role as deputy executive director a career that spans investigative reporting and congressional policy-making, from hearing rooms on the Hill to the Katrina-flooded streets of New Orleans. Now he fuses strategy and tactical execution, with oversight of all operations including editorial content, digital and social strategy, messaging, partnerships and finances.
Previously, Bob served as senior investigator for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during the climate change debates of 2009-2010 and the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Earlier, as a national editor and reporter for the Associated Press, he helped launch the National Investigative, National Reporting, and Disaster Response teams. In his 20-year journalism career, he reported for news wires, local newspapers and public television in Maryland, New York, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
Bob is a recovering surfer with a persistent rock-climbing habit, and enjoys being back in NYC with his wife, and two children and Fang, a very small dog who is sure she’s a big dog.
Rachel Potter is a seasoned sustainability practitioner with extensive experience in financial services, consulting and the nonprofit sectors. As managing director of operations, Rachel is responsible for project delivery, operations management, oversight of team engagement and professional development.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Rachel held a range of positions in the sustainability space, including for Accenture and Standard Chartered Bank. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree in History from the University of St. Andrews.
Rachel’s favorite thing to do when not at work is travel the world, so most of her spare time is spent traveling or travel planning.
Caterina Bartha is non-profit finance practitioner with a long history of working in theater and dance. In her role, Caterina oversees the finance process and directs the ongoing financial policies and priorities of Climate Nexus.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Caterina worked at the Dramatists Guild, with the who’s who of American Theater. She started life as a choreographer and was a founder of Collective: Unconscious, a downtown NYC venue that supported emerging artists, from 1995-2008. She is one of the producers of the film Charlie Victor Romeo and has produced numerous film festivals, dance, and theater programs since 1995. She holds an MBA in Media Management from Metropolitan College and an MS in Accounting from St. John’s University. She serves as the Treasurer for The Lilly Awards Foundation. Caterina is thrilled to support the most pressing issue of our generation at Climate Nexus.
Hilary Stabb is the Office Manager for Climate Nexus.
Hilary has worked in office administration, management and employee engagement roles for over a decade, and brings her passion for creating positive corporate culture to Climate Nexus.
Outside the office, Hilary is the enthusiastic mother of a teen boy. She is also a private yoga instructor, painter, writer, poet and Creative Producer for Film and TV projects.
Courtney St. John is the senior director of science and energy. She has extensive experience working across policy, academia and communications on environmental issues.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Courtney was the outreach director at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Before that, she was the Climate Change Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy’s Task Force Climate Change, overseeing execution of the Navy’s Climate Change Roadmap. She was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, working on marine and coastal policy issues.
Courtney has authored publications on a variety of environmental issues, including the national security implications of climate change and climate change communication. Courtney holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and a certificate in Risk Communication. In 2015, she was named a Climate “sHero,” one of nineteen women working to advance climate action in New York City.
Josh Goldman is a car geek, policy expert, and experienced communications professional. As associate director of the Energy Transition team at Climate Nexus, Josh covers all issues related to clean transportation. From electric vehicles and improved fuel efficiency to self-driving cars, ships, planes, trains, and everything in between, Josh works with partners and the media to tell the story of how transportation is changing how we get to point B.
Before joining Climate Nexus, Josh directed the electric vehicle portfolio at the Union of Concerned Scientists where he led campaigns to enact or protect progressive transportation policy at the state and federal level. Josh also worked as a federal liaison for the New York Governor and is a recovering attorney, having graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2009 where he founded the Cardozo Environmental Law Society.
As associate director of science defense, Phil Newell is involved at various stages with much of our work, from brainstorming ideas to drafting and editing final products. Phil also leads on our rapid response and denier monitoring work.
Before working at Climate Nexus, Phil was an intern at the World Watch Institute, where he blogged on sustainable agriculture. Prior to that, he worked with EARTHWORKS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.
Phil has an MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University, and a BA in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University.
Rose Andreatta oversees content production for and development of the Climate Signals project—a science-based platform for cataloging and mapping the impacts of climate change. Before joining Climate Nexus, Rose worked for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Rose has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2018, Rose received a professional certificate in weather forecasting through Pennsylvania State University. Outside the office, Rose is probably taking a MOOC, walking her pibble or practicing jujutsu.
As senior manager on the Energy Transition team, Chelsea Eakin works with partners and the media to tell the story of the transition to a clean energy economy.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Chelsea was engaged in climate and clean energy issues in China from 2010-2017, most recently as the Public Affairs Manager for the Paulson Institute, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s nonprofit dedicated to US-China relations as they pertain to the economy and the environment. In that role, Chelsea managed communications for the Institute’s research and events highlighting best practices and market-based solutions to advance China’s transition to a sustainable economy. She also oversaw the Institute’s Paulson Prize for Sustainable Cities, awarded annually to an innovative China-based project that represents a best practice for sustainable urbanization.
Before joining the Paulson Institute, Chelsea managed client services, communications, and events for China Greentech, a strategic advisory group that promoted green technology solutions in China through market research and partnering opportunities.
Chelsea holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Anthropology from Colby College in Maine. She has lived in Shenzhen and Beijing, as well as Quito, Ecuador and speaks Chinese and Spanish.
As manager on the Energy Transition Desk at Climate Nexus, Marcela Miceli works across the team’s issue areas to advance the narrative on clean energy solutions and climate change. Marcela uses her expertise in clean energy issues to engage with key partners and the media on crafting compelling stories on the clean energy transition.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Marcela was a communications associate at the Risky Business Project, where she worked with high-level spokespeople on creating the business case for the transition to a low-carbon economy. She holds an M.S. in Global Affairs with a focus on Energy and Environmental Policy.
On her time off Marcela can be found exploring the city’s many culinary delights and planning her next travel escape from the Big Apple.
Steve Hargreaves is the senior director of media and digital teams, helping coordinate reporter and social outreach among the various teams at Climate Nexus. Before leading media and digital efforts he was a director on the energy team.
Prior to Climate Nexus he spent 11 years as a writer for CNNMoney, first as an energy reporter and later on the economy desk and special projects team. He covered stories including the frenzy over peak oil and record oil prices, the boom in U.S. shale production, and the BP oil spill and the rise of renewables. In 2011 he won a Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing award for a series on the military’s efforts to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. He also spearheaded the site’s coverage of urban innovation, including revitalization efforts in Detroit and a multi-month project on innovative cities.
Before joining CNNMoney he spent two years writing from Bangkok and Istanbul. He started his career at a now-defunct alternative weekly newspaper in Portland, Maine.
Emma Stieglitz is a skilled communicator with years of experience securing high-value media placements for progressive campaigns and causes. As one of two media directors, she works with journalists to showcase the diverse range of voices and stories that drive home how climate change impacts our lives.
Before joining Climate Nexus, Emma was a communications consultant at BerlinRosen, where she led and executed national and local media strategy for a range of labor and nonprofit clients. Her writing has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and The Guardian.
Elisabeth Soto is a highly motivated, full-stack digital marketer with over ten years of experience and a startup marketing mind. She holds certifications in marketing automation, digital marketing, data analytics, e-marketing, SEO, and front-end web development.
In addition to all things digital, Elisabeth’s passion is exploring the intersection of climate and faith which led to her launching C4 | Christians Concerned About Climate Change, a non-partisan group engaging in environmental stewardship through prayer, discussion, and climate activism. Her experience in digital marketing and communications spans a variety of sectors — from financial services to philanthropy — and institutions including Cohen & Steers, the Latin American Private Capital Association, and Sony DADC.
Marlene Peralta is a senior manager of broadcast media relations, leading Climate Nexus’ broadcast outreach program to increase coverage of climate change and its impacts on national TV (network and cable) news.
She has a MA in Broadcast Journalism from The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Before coming to Nexus, she worked as a senior consultant for strategic communications and has accrued over 15 years of experience in English and Spanish language media having worked for El Diario, the largest Spanish language daily newspaper in New York City, also for Newsday, AM New York, HITN TV, 1010 WINS Radio, CUNY TV, among others.
Marlene is an Emmy® award nominee and is the recipient of three Communicator Awards from the Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA).
Marlene is a baseball fan and loves traveling, especially to her native Dominican Republic.
Mina Lee is the design lead and senior manager on the Digital team at Climate Nexus.
Prior to joining Nexus, Mina worked at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where she focused on building energy efficiency and helped publish the NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook. Mina was also a graduate student consultant for the World Resources Institute, where she analyzed key issues and made policy recommendations relating to forest conservation and restoration practices.
Mina holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BFA in Studio Art from NYU. She is determined to bring her two passions of art and the environment together.
Outside of the office, Mina can be found indulging her Instagram at the next big NYC restaurant.
Shravya Jain is a senior manager of media and international communications at Climate Nexus, where she works on communication strategies around climate change solutions, climate & environmental justice, and regional climate policies.
She holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Shravya has interned with the United Nations for their in-house sustainability initiatives and with the Heron Foundation on their impact-investment mission to help communities raise themselves out of poverty.
Before coming to the US, Shravya worked as a journalist in India with Reuters and India Today. She also briefly worked with SELCO Solar, a pioneering off-grid solar company, where she got a chance to visit villages in South India and see the transformational power of solar energy.
Shravya loves writing short-fiction and constantly day-dreams about being a published author in her spare time.
Markeya Thomas is a manager of media relations at Climate Nexus. She works on the Climate Signals project, a science tool that identifies and illustrates what climate change looks like on the ground, in your region, state, or neighborhood. She identifies, pursues and provides resources for the media, partners, and stakeholders.
Before coming to Climate Nexus, she was a public information officer at the Missouri Botanical Garden overseeing botany and energy communications. She began her communications career as a TV news reporter for the ABC affiliates in Killeen, TX and Gainesville, FL, where she quickly worked her way up to the anchor desk. As an anchor and reporter, she used social media to break stories and connect with viewers.
She graduated from Georgia State University, and returns to Atlanta often. Markeya can be found trying new restaurants, cooking, and exploring the city in her spare time.
Jamie Schoshinski is an associate on the Digital team at Climate Nexus.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Jamie worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit think tank that promotes policies that reduce poverty and inequality. There, she supported the communications team with a variety of both media relations and digital work.
Jamie graduated in 2017 from Temple University with a BA in English and Political Science. While in school she worked for NextGen Climate, and it was this experience that led her to realize she wanted a career in environmental communications.
In her free time, Jamie enjoys cooking, listening to true crime podcasts, watching everything on Netflix from documentaries to romantic comedies, and gardening (although due to a lack of outdoor space this is currently limited to just a few houseplants).
Tan Copsey is senior director of projects and partnerships at Climate Nexus.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus he served as Director of the Risky Business Project, which focused on quantifying risks and opportunities presented by a changing climate. The Project was co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer.
He has also worked as Head of Communications for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and Research Manager for BBC Media Action; as well as roles with chinadialogue, openDemocracy and the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
He has authored, co-authored and edited reports including Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report, From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy, and reports on communicating climate change in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, for BBC Media Action.
Ben Rubin is the Director of Partnerships & Special Projects at Climate Nexus, collaborating with partners across the climate movement on campaign strategies to increase public demand for action and reduce emissions. Ben has been working on climate solutions for more than a decade inside government, business and nonprofits.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus in 2016, Ben spearheaded public affairs campaigns to advance renewable energy as a principal at Kivvit. He also served in California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research, focusing on long-range planning policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Ben studied urban planning and anthropology at Pitzer College in California. Currently based in New York, he can often be found exploring the city’s urban jungle or kayaking along its shores.
Allison Fajans-Turner leads Nexus’ work with state and city government stakeholders. Instrumental in helping to launch, design, and manage the We Are Still In initiative, Allison is Nexus’ primary liaison to the coalition and advises on its communications strategy. She also engages with developments in international climate policy, working at the intersection of climate change and sustainable development for Nexus.
Before joining Climate Nexus, Allison worked with the Disaster and Climate Adaptation Team of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Geneva, Switzerland, assessing climate drivers of displacement and conflict. This work convinced her that meaningfully reducing displacement risk for populations worldwide requires urgent action to combat climate change. Prior to this, Allison worked on the Obama presidential campaigns as a field organizer in multiple locations, helping to turn Indiana blue in 2008. She has remained an enthusiastic policy wonk ever since.
Allison has an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA in International Development from Brown University. A native of Ithaca, New York, her earliest motivation to stave off climate change is rooted in a childhood spent playing winter sports, namely ice hockey and skiing.
Paige Knappenberger is the senior manager of partnerships. She leads our work with climate change partner organizations working on climate change from the perspective of public health, faith, national security, environmental justice, youth and parents. Working out of the Climate Nexus office in Washington, D.C. Paige provides these partners strategic media guidance and support to amplify the work they are doing to reach and engage distinct groups on climate change and clean energy.
Prior to joining the Climate Nexus team, Paige worked for the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility and interned at Oceana and NRDC. Paige completed a dual-masters in sustainable development and global environmental policy through American University in Washington, DC and the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Paige grew up in Arizona and California and frequently endures the cross-country flight to visit her family out west. In her free time Paige enjoys scuba diving, crafting, and live music.
Lauren Wolahan is Senior Manager with the Special Projects team and works across on a range of issues including international climate policy, agriculture, and short-lived climate pollutants. Lauren previously led Climate Nexus’ Food and Climate program, focusing on ways to incorporate diet, food systems, and agriculture into the climate change conversation.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Lauren worked with the Agriculture and Food Security Center on soil nutrient data and with the Reducetarian Foundation on communications strategy. She has also volunteered with various non-profits including No Kid Hungry and Randall’s Island Park Alliance to increase access to healthy food, nutrition, and environmental education. Lauren holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in History from Boston College.
Emma Hutchinson is a senior associate on the Special Projects team at Climate Nexus, where she helps advance the conversation on subnational climate action by elevating the voices of mayors, governors, businesses, and other non-federal leaders. She also works on a variety of other international and topic-specific climate issues.
Before joining Climate Nexus, Emma spent a year at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, where she contributed to the strategy and grantmaking of the Climate Solutions program. At the Foundation, she focused on U.S. climate policy and communication, conducting large projects on carbon pricing and building will for climate action. She has also worked for the National Audubon Society, WILD Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and served as a student journalist at COP 21 in Paris.
Emma received a Bachelors degree from Stanford University, where she studied environmental policy, economics, and science communication. At Stanford, she built the communications capacity of the largest student-run sustainability group on campus and conducted research on climate change, marine ecology, political discourse, and tourism. In her spare time, Emma enjoys playing the clarinet and exploring the Big Apple.
Josh Landis heads up Nexus Media News and the Content Studio here at Climate Nexus. He is a former network news correspondent and producer who’s reported from the South Pole, New Zealand, the Middle East and places across America.
Prior to becoming a reporter at CBS News, Josh was an award-winning head writer for ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson. Josh has written and produced for Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Woodruff, Lou Dobbs, Shepard Smith and others. He’s also the co-creator of an Emmy-nominated animated news series called The Fast Draw.
Josh spent nearly a year living in Antarctica and knows how to pitch a tent at the South Pole, should the need ever arise.
Jeremy Deaton writes and edits stories about climate and energy for Nexus Media News. His work can be seen in Popular Science, Quartz, Fast Company, HuffPost and PBS Peril & Promise, among other outlets. He also manages theclimatechat.org, an online guide to the science of climate change communication.
Before joining Nexus Media, Jeremy earned his living playing trumpet, touring nationally and internationally with the Broadway shows Blast, South Pacific and Shrek: The Musical, as well as the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His adventures took him to more than 70 countries and 45 U.S. states.
Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Media and Public Affairs from George Washington University, where he was the recipient of the Larry King Endowment Fellowship.
Phoebe Sweet began her environmental activism in kindergarten by successfully lobbying the principal to cancel her school’s annual balloon release to protect turtles and other marine life. Today, she is Climate Nexus’ managing director leading the Campaigns & Strategies team in Washington, D.C.
Phoebe was previously a partner at a progressive strategic communications firm, where she led the firm’s energy and environment practice and managed its gun violence prevention work. Her political career began on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s against-all-odds 2010 reelection campaign, where she served as communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party, after which she joined Reid in Washington as his speechwriter and communications adviser. Phoebe also worked as the director of speechwriting at progressive think tank Center for American Progress, where she wrote extensively about domestic and foreign policy issues and created the progressive think tank’s first speech training program for policy professionals.
Before jumping into politics, Phoebe worked in journalism for almost a decade, most recently as an investigative environmental reporter in Las Vegas. She graduated from Boston University and is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project, a community of progressive foreign policy and international relations leaders. She is originally from Maine, lives on the Maryland shore, and prefers dogs over cats.
Reece Rushing is director of research. In 2015 and 2016, he served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acting deputy assistant secretary for congressional relations and director of oversight. Previously, Reece served as director of oversight and investigations for the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, and as director of government reform, among other roles, during a seven-year tenure at the Center for American Progress. Reece began his career working on regulatory and information policy issues at OMB Watch (later called the Center for Effective Government). He received his degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
James Wyatt oversees survey research and polling for Climate Nexus. This includes integrating the latest survey science methodologies and advanced machine learning techniques to accurately measure public opinion on a wide range of issues.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, James served as the Senior Polling Director at Morning Consult where he managed polling for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and industry trade groups. His polling research has been cited by top media organizations such as POLITICO, The New York Times, Vox, Bloomberg, and FiveThirtyEight (among others). Prior to that, James served as the Data Scientist for Working America, AFL-CIO, where he managed data analytics and voter target for the largest paid canvassing operation of the 2014 political cycle. James also has experience working as a political consultant, and served as a lobbyist for municipalities in South Florida focusing on energy issues and appropriations.
James has co-authored book chapters on minority voting in the United States and holds two master’s degrees with specialization in research methods.
Lindsay Hamilton is the senior director of national media strategy for the Campaigns and Strategies team at Climate Nexus.
Previously, she was the executive director for media relations at the George Washington University. In this role, she oversaw media relations for her alma mater and served as the university’s chief spokesperson. Prior to GW, she spent nearly six years at the Center for American Progress where she was chief of staff and vice president and, prior to that, director of media strategy.
Lindsay has also spent time on Capitol Hill and in the media. She was the communications director for Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and worked as his campaign manager during the 2010 election cycle. She also worked at ABC News both in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY.
Lindsay earned a B.A. in international affairs and political science from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She earned her master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in media and communications from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska.
Geoff Bromaghim is a policy analyst and researcher. Geoff has about ten years of energy, environmental and clean tech experience, and brings deep expertise in electric power and natural gas markets.
Prior to Climate Nexus, Geoff has held positions at GE Power, the American Clean Skies Foundation, and Technology Transition Corporation. He has worked on a wide variety of clean energy issues both in the electric power and transportation sectors, and has authored many white papers and other reports.
Geoff earned a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and received his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College.
Geoff is based in Climate Nexus’ Washington, DC office.
Nathan Kauffman learns for a living. As senior manager of research at Climate Nexus. He monitors the fossil fuel industry, its front groups, and utilities that try to hamper the fight against climate change.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Nathan worked for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network as a lobbyist/project manager/carpenter. He holds BA in History & Social Science from Eastern Mennonite University and a JD from the George Washington University law school.
When he’s not preventing the global climate cataclysm, Nathan enjoys cycling, baking, and listening to podcasts while walking his 3-year-old Carolina Dog Lucy.
Gabrielle Levy is a senior manager of communications on the Campaigns and Strategies team. She comes to Climate Nexus after eight years as a reporter covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C., including Congress, the White House and two presidential elections, most recently for U.S. News and World Report. As a reporter at United Press International, she was instrumental in developing digital and social media strategies to bring a legacy organization into the digital age. During a half-year residency with Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Gabrielle reported on government corruption, human rights abuses and the impact of natural disasters on the substance farming community.
She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in English and music from Tufts University. She is an avid singer and is a member of several choirs.
Molly Fisch-Friedman is a manager of survey research at Climate Nexus, where she conducts and analyzes survey research on attitudes toward climate change and other environmental issues and policies.
Prior to Climate Nexus, she was a Research Assistant and Project Coordinator at PRRI, where she produced public opinion research and analysis at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. She authored dozens of reports and blog posts that informed public conversations about issues including education, reproductive health, and immigration. She previously was a Princeton AlumniCorps Project 55 Fellow, through which she served as a Grant Writer at Elevate. Molly graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, receiving her A.B. in Politics.
Outside of work, she teaches at a Hebrew School and sings in a D.C.-area nonprofit community choir. She is always on the lookout for a new good book to read and a vegetarian recipe to make in her slow cooker.
Ashita Gona is a Communications Associate for the Campaigns and Strategies team at Climate Nexus, where she finds opportunities to promote clean energy, climate and business solutions among allies and in the media.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Ashita was the assistant editor of the Coastal Review Online, a North Carolina-based digital news outlet. There, she reported on pressing coastal environmental issues, including the potential effects of sea-level rise and climate change on the state’s coast.
She also worked as a freelance writer, and was a contributor for Al Gore’s latest book on climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
Ashita graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 with a degree in Media and Journalism. During her time there, interned at the White House Council on Enviromental Quality and a nonprofit communications agency. She also indulged her love of science by writing feature stories for UNC’s official research magazine, Endeavors.
A native of North Carolina, Ashita enjoys hiking in mountains, visiting the beach, and cheering for UNC’s basketball team.
Nicole Lampe is Managing Director of the Water Hub, a program created in 2019 to advance water justice and resilience by adding communications capacity to the water field. The Water Hub is currently focused on supporting advocates and experts in the Western United States, a region facing severe water supply and pollution issues.
Nicole has worked in cause communications for over fifteen years. For most of that time, she has focused on protecting environmental and public health. At The Trust for Public Land, Nicole worked to expand outdoor access for communities across the Western United States. She continued working on park and beach access at Resource Media, a nonprofit PR firm where Nicole had the opportunity to support a range of nonprofit and foundation clients. During her 11 years there, Nicole built the organization’s first digital team. She also led its oceans and freshwater programs, managing projects that took her from the Sacramento Delta to Corsica and the Galapagos Islands. Nicole also supported Resource Media’s multi-year equity journey, learning a tremendous amount that informs her work to this day.
Nicole sits on the boards of High Country News and Whales of Guerrero Research Project, and is a core organizer with the Portland chapter of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Nicole studied history at the University of California, Berkeley. She grew up in Merced, California, where she rode horses and raised sheep for 4H.
Kimiko Martinez grew up in drought-prone Southern California and became a water conservationist and protector in first grade after learning that all the water that exists on Earth is all the water there will ever be. Today, she leads the Water Hub’s media strategy — working on communication strategies that elevate water as a public health, economic, and social justice issue, and uplifts the voices and stories of underrepresented groups and impacted communities.
She’s been in the business of social impact for more than 15 years — first as a journalist (Indianapolis Star, Orange County Register, and Entrepreneur magazine) and then leading marketing and communications at some of the biggest progressive nonprofits in the country. She graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Pepperdine University, where she served as the editor in chief of the school’s weekly newspaper.
In her free time, she grabs as many #naturebreaks as she can manage — usually hiking and hugging trees (preferably giant redwoods).
Meena Hussain utilizes her unique strategic expertise to lead top-notch campaigns in the United States and around the globe. Her passion is to teach other communicators how to build digital strategy into their campaigns. Currently, as The Water Hub’s Senior Manager of Digital she is building a program from scratch that supports the water justice movement in the West.
Meena built her unique organizing and strategic expertise during her time at Greenpeace USA, where she ultimately managed all of the nonprofit’s social media assets. At Greenpeace she learned the importance of data and research when it comes to running successful campaigns. Equally important is coalition building, where she collaborated with many other environmental nonprofits to maximize Greenpeace USA’s social reach for campaigns.
For the past decade, Meena has explored digital strategy on political campaigns and with social justice groups. As a nonprofit consultant she worked on a variety of issue areas—from foster youth empowerment to social justice. She facilitates organizations in developing a strategy for digital communications, and trains staff on best practices and tools to effectively communicate their campaigns to their audience. Her clientele has included California CASA Association, Muslim Advocates, and Partners for Dignity and Rights. As the Email Engagement Manager for Amnesty International USA, she managed the email marketing for 1.6 million human rights advocates in the United States.
When she’s not on her computer, Meena likes to tend to her thriving plants.
Hunter Cutting is a veteran political director who develops communications strategy for Climate Nexus. Early in his career, he served as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and traveled the campaign trail, directing numerous political campaigns and working in swing districts such as Peoria, IL and Riverside, CA. He has written extensively on media and communications, most recently authoring Right Here, Right Now: A Communications Guide to Climate Change Impacts. As a researcher, he has developed new methodologies to extend the field of media analysis.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Hunter built the energy and climate division of Resource Media, helped to launch and lead We Interrupt This Message, a national media strategy center dedicated to social justice, and led NGO communications in milestone climate change events such as the UNFCCC meeting in Bali and the release of the Nobel-prize winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.
It all started when Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He now lives in San Francisco, and on weekends is likely to be found sailing on the San Francisco Bay, racing an Olson 25.