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.
Ben Rubin is the Director of Carbon Drawdown at Climate Nexus, focusing on carbon removal technologies to restore the climate. Ben has been advancing climate solutions for more than a decade inside government, business and nonprofits.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Ben spearheaded public affairs campaigns for 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 climate pollution.
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.
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 is a climate change impacts expert with a strong foundation in translating scientific information into usable formats for a variety of audiences.
As the Associate Director of Climate Science Communications, Rose directs the Climate Signals platform, one of Climate Nexus’s marquee projects.
Rose earned her Master’s of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University and holds a Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting from Pennsylvania State University.
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 climate science communications manager, Terran Kirksey is involved with climate science outreach to the public and media via our Climate Signals program.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Terran amassed a decade of science communications experience as a broadcast meteorologist, working in several regions of the country.
Terran has a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from The University of Oklahoma, and a Masters of Science degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University.
In his spare time he loves to find good coffee and good food, as well as explore nature.
Harrison Carpenter-Neuhaus is a communications associate on the energy transition team. He is an experienced communicator in traditional and broadcast media, social media, and digital advertising, with a background in diverse issues from immigration to business, political organizing, and sustainability.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Harrison was a Communications Coordinator with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Before that, he served as a Communications Associate with NYC Census 2020, the City’s 2020 Census organizing initiative. Harrison began his career in crisis communications with the international public relations agency Weber Shandwick, and also worked as a Content Strategist with the digital agency The Marketing Arm.
Harrison has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, where he studied art, literature, history, and philosophy (and also met his wife). Outside of work, Harrison is a passionate baker and skateboarder, and father to two beautiful cats.
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, the BP oil spill, and the rise of renewables. In 2011 he won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers 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.
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.
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.
Jamie Schoshinski is the social media manager at Climate Nexus. She manages all aspects of Climate Nexus’s social media presence, from content creation to analytics reporting.
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).
Tina Li is the Digital Performance and Data Analytics manager at Climate Nexus, working to ensure a data driven approach to all of the digital team’s work.
Tina’s background is originally in public health communications, but her career has traversed various sectors such as social services, higher education, and political campaigns. Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Tina worked for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as a Data Analyst for the 2020 campaign cycle.
Outside of work, Tina enjoys hanging out with (and taking too many pictures of) her dog, gardening, and finding the best food spots wherever she travels.
Shoko Yanagawa is the Broadcast Associate at Climate Nexus, working to increase national TV news coverage on climate change and its impacts.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, she served as a general-assignment news producer for the NYC bureau of Japan’s Fuji Television, covering everything from breaking news and international diplomacy to a skyscraper-climbing raccoon.
A native of Shizuoka, Japan, Shoko has lived in Alaska and Wisconsin prior to making a home for herself in New York City. She enjoys cooking, crafting and traveling, including to places she can reach by bike share.
Fatimah Alyas is a Media Associate at climate nexus, focusing on climate communications strategies.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Fatimah was the Climate, Energy, and Environment Associate at the United Nations Foundation. She has also worked with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. She completed a fellowship with the National Rural Support Program, with a focus on increasing business development opportunities for women in rural Pakistan, and has conducted public health research in India, South Africa, and Brazil.
Fatimah received a MSc from the University of Oxford, where her studies focused on political economy and development. She completed her bachelor’s in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University.
In her free time, Fatimah enjoys traveling, photography, reading, and baking.
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.
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.
As a Communications Associate for the Projects and Partnerships team, Vivian Taylor works to connect experts and thought leaders with media and activists to help promote strong understandings of the links between climate and human health.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus Vivian served as a Chaplain’s Assistant in the US Army in the War in Iraq, the executive director of the Episcopal Church’s national LGBTQ ministry, and wrote about peace and justice issues for various newspapers.
Vivian has a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Public Policy with a focus on renewable energy from Duke University.
In her personal time she enjoys walking her dog while listening to podcasts, playing video games, and writing science fiction.
As a Communications Associate for the Projects and Partnerships team, Katharine Poole focuses on crafting effective climate change communication strategy. Katharine has a background in climate science and policy.
Prior to Climate Nexus, Katharine worked on designing brand identity and digital assets for various climate-related organizations. Additionally, she was an Associate for the Managing and Adapting to Climate course at Columbia University.
Katharine holds a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University, along with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Tulane University.
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.
Briana Flin is a video producer/editor for Nexus Media News, where she covers environmental justice and climate change. Her work has appeared in outlets like The Atlantic, WIRED, Newsy, KQED, and Twin Cities PBS. Prior to joining the Nexus Media team, she was at WIRED, producing videos on everything from kinetic sculptures to praying mantises sporting 3D glasses. She’s a proud alumnus of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a Californian born-and-raised. After work, you can find her attempting to train her rambunctious rescue dog, baking treats, or rewatching Mad Men for the umpteenth time.
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.
Sabrina E. Williams Sabrina E. Williams is the senior director for media strategy. She is a non-profit communications leader who has been at the forefront of social change strategy for more than two decades.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Sabrina was a Senior Communications Consultant/Principal with Williams & Associates Public Relations. She served as the Communications and Volunteer Director with Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), an organization dedicated to preserving and expanding quality affordable housing. A problem-solver by nature Williams provided her clients with an effective course of action by designing and executing strategic communications plans with a focus on audience refinement and messaging to increase and improve their desired outcomes while serving as a Vice President with GMMB Public Relations, a nationally recognized, progressive strategic communications and issue advocacy agency in their global health practice.
Always an advocate for racial equity, Sabrina served as the Managing Director of Communications for Advancement Project, a national racial justice organization, that works with organized communities of color to bring about sustainable progress that advances universal opportunity.
She holds an MA in Public Communications from American University and a BA in Television Production from Howard University. She is left-handed, a servant leader, Candy Crush and Fortnite aficionado, native Floridian (second home is Washington D.C.), friend, sister, daughter, and best of all AUNTIE.
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.
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.
Nathan Kauffman learns for a living. As a senior manager of research at Climate Nexus, he edits and manages the daily Hot News newsletter, as well as weekly and monthly newsletters for the C&S team.
Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Nathan worked for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network as a lobbyist/project manager/carpenter and at the Democratic National Committee as a research associate. He holds a 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, spending time with his 2-year-old daughter, and certain combinations thereof.
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.
Javier Garcia is a communications associate on the Campaigns and Strategies’ liquified natural gas campaign.
Prior to working for Climate Nexus, Javier, or Javi, worked for various political campaigns across the country. He was a field organizer for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire and North Carolina. Later on he worked as a social media manager for Dianne Morales for NYC Mayor and as a latino media booker for Biden for President.
Javier graduated in 2018 from Dartmouth College with a BA in Geography. Having recently moved to DC from Puerto Rico, Javier spends his time exploring the new city and missing the beaches back home.
Marcelo Gonzales is an advocacy and human rights communicator working as a Communications Associate at Climate Nexus, on the Campaigns & Strategies team.
Prior to coming to Climate Nexus, Marcelo worked in the United Nations Development Programme in Peru, supporting gender-based violence prevention programs through communications and international partnerships, as well as COVID-19 awareness and response projects. More recently, he supported higher education efforts as a Digital Strategy Fellow at the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, and worked as the Digital Communications Associate for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.
Marcelo holds a master’s degree in Media & Strategic Communication from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s in Journalism and Communications from Tennessee Technological University. Born and raised in Lima, he is passionate about music and photography, and is slowly warming up to DC’s restaurant scene.
Mendel Zecher is a political data professional serving as a Survey Research and Data Associate at Climate Nexus.
Mendel began his career as a field organizer on several local New York City political races. Following this, he went to work for J Street, where he ran their databases, analyzed their volunteer & funder information, and prepared research materials for J Street’s organizers. Most recently, Mendel ventured into the sports data world, building models to predict the outcomes of NFL and MLB games for SharppFoxx, a sports data start up. Mendel received a BA in Political Science and Finance from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Policy from NYU.
When he is out of the “office”, Mendel can most likely be found pouring over yesterday’s box scores while rooting on the Knicks, Terps, Jets and Tottenham. If not, there is a good chance he is taking Indie, his dachshund to the dog park or searching for his next Netflix binge. Mendel grew up in North Jersey, lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for several years and currently resides in Miami.
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.
Sarah Bucci has worked as a campaigner, advocate, and communications strategist on environmental issues across the United States for more than a decade. Today, she is director of strategic communications with the Water Hub and believes the best campaigns are smart and scrappy and the most effective way to create lasting change is by sharing and elevating personal stories.
As a fellow, organizer, and state director with Environment America, Sarah led successful field campaigns across multiple states where she organized support for climate action, fought new oil and gas projects, and worked to protect water resources. Most recently, Sarah served as the communications director for GRID Alternatives, a national clean energy equity non-profit, where she worked to bring real-world stories of a just energy transition to life.
While she grew up on the east coast, Sarah now calls Denver home. She’s an avid Colorado Avalanche fan and is at her happiest while gardening.
Jessica Jewell Lanier brings 10+ years of marketing and communications experience to support water justice in the West.
Prior to joining, she led digital efforts for One Meal a Day for the Planet, an initiative of James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron. She also served as TreePeople’s Director of Marketing and Communications where she supported progressive water and urban forestry legislation and community volunteers. Before joining the climate movement, Jessica cut her teeth at PETA where she worked on celebrity advertising campaigns and marketing efforts.
When she’s not working, you can find her making a mess in her kitchen, wandering dusty desert roads, reluctantly flipping vinyl on her record player, or between the pages of her next speculative fiction fix.
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.