Kwesi Chappin (Staff Liaison, Network Onboarding Team) | Color of Change
Kwesi works at Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization as their Organizing Director, where he focuses on engaging Color of Change volunteers in building independent Black political power. Kwesi was previously Deputy Political Director at Center for Popular Democracy and Training Director for New Organizing Institute (NOI). Before working for NOI, Kwesi was the Eastern Organizing Manager for the Sierra Club and the Deputy GOTV Director for Ohio on Obama's reelection Campaign. Kwesi began organizing on the Obama campaign in the early primary state of South Carolina as an intern. He was quickly promoted to Organizer in South Carolina and continued to organize in four more states during the primary season. In the general election, he became Regional Field Director of Cleveland, Ohio. After the Obama campaign, Kwesi continued to organize with Change That Works as the Field Director for Arkansas.
Rob Friedman (Secretary) | Natural Resources Defense Council
Rob works for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and is based in New York. He focuses on facilitating alignment between NRDC’s climate policy and anti-fossil fuel advocacy campaigns with frontline and environmental justice organizations and communities across the United States. Rob has worked with communities fighting for climate justice and against extraction around the world.
Before NRDC Rob worked on wastewater issues, anti-fracking advocacy and community engagement for Hudson Riverkeeper. He has been an active member of the youth climate movement since attending Power Shift 2007 and has a background in social movement theory, is a trained organizational coach, and knows a lot about spotted hyenas.
Nadya Dutchin | Groundswell
Nadya has 10-plus years of member recruitment, account management, and fundraising experience in the non- profit healthcare industry and is most proud of having developed and grown a national college-focused bone marrow recruitment and education organization called Be The Match on Campus.
She is new to the climate movement and is helping local residents and businesses switch to clean energy and build renewable energy projects in the greater Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD areas as the Community Engagement Manager at Groundswell, a local non-profit.
Nadya cares deeply about the health of families and communities, both locally and abroad, who are adversely affected by climate change. She works each day to educate people about their clean energy options and how they can make incremental changes that can positively affect the environmental and economic health of their local communities. Nadya attended Florida A&M University after growing up in Minneapolis, MN. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD with her family.
Kendall Mackey | 350.org
Kendall works with 350.org, an organization committed to building a global climate movement. She works with communities across the country fighting fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure.
Before 350.org, Kendall worked at Power Shift Network, as the Tar Sands Campaign Manager fighting the Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands infrastructure in the Great Lakes & New England. Before organizing with Power Shift Network, Kendall worked on climate and energy policy for the National Wildlife Federation and as a field organizer for the 2010 midterm elections in her home state of Kansas.
Jeff Mann | AFL-CIO
Jeff has been fascinated by technology since the second grade when be decided that learning to type was more fun than writing in cursive. He got hooked on politics soon after, and ever since has been captivated by the potential to use technology to impact the political process and effect social change.
He can pinpoint the moment he got hooked on the youth climate movement. He was asked randomly to volunteer at Power Shift '09 helping out with behind the scenes tech. He didn't know much about Power Shift, but thought it was cool and the massive turnout impressive. The moment that got him though was on the first night. He was late for the plenary, and as he was walking up the escalator, it sounded like the loudest crowd he had ever heard, and he thought "oh cool, The Roots must be playing." But when he opened the door, instead of Questlove on stage, it was Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. That's when he knew he had found his people.
Christa Owens Michelet (Co-chair) | World Wildlife Fund
Christa is a Program Officer at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. At WWF, she works to secure ambitious international climate change agreements through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Prior to WWF, she worked as an Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO, where she advanced renewable energy and energy efficiency with leading states and cities.
Christa brings a range of experience working with Coalition partners to the Board. In 2011, she helped lead Power Shift as a coach with the Midwest training team. Christa has also served a trainer with the Sierra Student Coalition’s Summer Training Program (Sprog) and a participant with Grand Aspirations’ Summer of Solutions - Twin Cities program. In addition, she has participated in four Conferences of the Parties (COPs) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Christa received her Master of Environmental Management from Duke University in 2014 and her BA in Political Science from Carleton College in 2012. She has served on PSN’s Board of Directors since January 2015.
Yaz Najeebi | Vermont Student Power Network
Yaz is a student organizer at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont studying Environmental Policy in the College Honors Program. After co-coordinating Power Shift Northeast in 2016, Yaz founded Vermont Student Power Network, a statewide network of college activists that leverages students' unified power in order to impact environmental and social justice issues throughout the state of Vermont. Their main campaign is the fracked gas Vermont Gas Systems Pipeline.
Yaz recently began collaborating with Our Climate's #PutAPriceOnIt Campaign after securing their college's endorsement of Energy Independent Vermont's proposed carbon pollution tax in the fall of 2016. Yaz also works in the College's Sustainability Office, running projects around everything from waste reduction and diversion to the student-written College Anti-Oppression Action Plan. In their spare time, Yaz loves to play ultimate frisbee, tune into NPR, and listen to fire tracks by Drake.
Courtney Pal | Stanford University, Student
Courtney is a student organizer at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Originally from New England, Courtney got her start organizing in middle school when she coordinated a local Hands Across the Sand event in solidarity with the Gulf Coast communities devastated by the BP oil spill. Throughout high school, she organized in her community around issues ranging from the Keystone XL pipeline to localized food democracy.
Courtney attributes much of her growth as a young organizer to the Sierra Student Coalition's Sprog program, which she first attended in 2013. Guided by the belief that a multi-issue political education is essential to building a climate justice movement, she's returned to Sprog each year as a trainer, director, and most recently as a consultant. She now serves as the SSC's Trainings Volunteer Co-Lead and the Trainings Liaison to the Executive Committee.
Courtney's current organizing is informed by a politic of anti-extraction, in the energy we use, the economy we create, and the relationships we build. Her current priorities include finishing her last two years of college and building an intersectional movement for student power.
Belinda currently works with Café Con Leche, a social justice-minded event production company based in Pittsburgh that builds community and highlights Latinx culture through art and food. She started organizing as a student at New York University after participating in the 2011 sit-ins against the Keystone XL pipeline. She has organized to oppose tar sands and hydraulic fracturing with a number of groups in New York City and worked to develop youth leadership in the climate justice movement with 350.org, the Power Shift Network, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, and the New Economy Coalition. Belinda is a co-founder of the Momentum Training project, a training institute and community of practice dedicated to the craft of building popular social movements. She also recently served as Training Director with the United States Student Association, where she planned their national conventions, led their grassroots training programs, and provided staff support for their Survivor's Caucus.
Sasha Shyduroff | MIT, Graduate Student
Sasha is a Masters student at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning where she studies Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research focus is on climate adaptation/resilience planning, stormwater management, and green infrastructure. She became interested in adaptation and resilience after seeing so many communities across the US begin to face the impacts of climate change. She’s particularly interested in how cities and regions can overcome barriers to plan for these impacts in an equitable way. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College.
Prior to returning to school, Sasha worked as and Organizing Manager for the Sierra where she supported a team of youth organizers across the country working on clean energy and climate change campaigns. During her time at the SSC Sasha developed a deep love and commitment for the youth climate movement. She is proud to continue to support this work as a member of the Board of Directors.
Danielle Simms, Treasurer | Activist
Danielle became interested in animals and the environment at an early age. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BS in Environmental Science and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership-College Leaders Program. She first became interested in climate and environmental justice issues after attending Power Shift 2007. Danielle was energized to be active in youth climate justice campaigns and help elect leaders who can lead on climate issues while investing in clean energy.
After college, Danielle worked for organizations such as 350.org, the Power Shift Network, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Virginia Sierra Club. At these organizations, she helped defend the Clean Air Act from attacks by Big Polluters and their allies in Congress, spread the news about youth-led clean energy economy projects across the country, organize for President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, persuade Senators to support the President’s Climate Plan, and elect climate leaders. Danielle has worked on several political campaigns including President Obama, Congresswoman Sinema (AZ), Governor McAuliffe (VA), and Delegate Herring (VA).
Joe Solomon is a writer, bookseller, and community organizer based in West Virginia. Joe is the former social media coordinator for 350.org and former Trainer and Director of Social Media at Energy Action Coalition (now the Power Shift Network) and co-edited “The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever.” Joe recently served as the Interim Digital Director for Global Zero and currently works at Global Zero on special projects.
Samuel Sukaton (Network Onboarding Team) | Sierra Club
Sam organizes for a power shift - social, political, electrical - out of the hands of polluters and into the hands of people. Born in Pennsylvania to immigrant parents from Indonesia, Sam grew up in San Bernardino and went to UCLA, where he organized with students for relevant, affordable education at the height of the last state budget crisis. He continued his apprenticeship writing e-mails for faith-rooted organizers, advocating for universal healthcare, and supporting worker-called boycotts on hotels that mistreat their workers.
Sam continues to organize for power in California with the Sierra Club, where he organizes Angelenos and Southern Californians for climate justice, energy democracy, and access to wild and green spaces for historically oppressed communities, while also serving as a shop steward and vice-president of John Muir Local 100, the union for Sierra Club field staff. Sam lives, works, and believes in California, and is based in Los Angeles.
Liz Veazey (Co-chair) | We Own It
Liz is excited to reconnect with Power Shift Network in a new role as a board member. She was very involved with EAC from the founding through 2009, and she came back for a few months in the Spring of 2015 as EAC's Interim Executive Director. She currently lives in Omaha, NE and works for We Own It, the national network for cooperative member rights, education and training as Network Coordinator. Liz has a range of communication, project management, technology, finance, and organizing skills and knowledge from her fourteen years as a social change leader as well as her study of environmental science, biology, social movements, history, and sociology. This experience includes launching and leading a regional and an international organization as well as experience on the board of an 80-year-old social justice organization and a young multi-modal transportation advocacy group.
Liz co-founded Power Shift Network (then known as Energy Action Coalition) in 2004, directed the Southern Energy Network from 2006-09, was Treasurer for the Highlander Center Board of Directors from 2009-14, and has been a member of Mode Shift Omaha’s Board of Directors since 2014. Liz has a MS in Environmental Studies, a BS in Environmental Science, and received the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for Excellence in Environmental Policy and Leadership in 2002 and 2003.