Our Board

Mayaan Cohen

Mayaan Cohen | Alliance for Climate Education

Maayan works for the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) as their Director of Partnerships and Campaigns. Based in New York City, she develops, manages, and supports partnerships at all levels of the organization, and represents ACE in climate organizing and movement building spaces. Maayan leads ACE’s youth engagement efforts and the co-development of strategic initiatives with external partners, including campaigns and digital engagement.

She has a variety of experience in the environmental and climate field; from campus based organizing to environmental education and outdoor leadership development. Maayan has been active in the youth climate movement since participating in Power Shift 2007 and is grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with the Power Shift Network as a campus organizer, representative of a member organization, and now as part of the Board of Directors.

Maayan feels called to do this work because she sees climate change as the most urgent justice issue of our time, and believes wholeheartedly in the power of young people to lead positive change. She loves live music, playing soccer, practicing Capoeira, and finding adventures in the city and in the mountains!

Kwesi Chappin

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.

Nadya Dutchin

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.

Rob Friedman

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.

Lauren Jabusch

Lauren Jabusch | UC Davis

Lauren is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis, where her studies focus on next generation biofuels, wastewater treatment, and integrated agriculture. She has served as a National Science Foundation Graduate K-12 fellow while she translated her research on biofuels derived from algae into 6th grade science curriculum. She is currently a UC Climate Neutrality Initiative Research fellow and a UC Davis Professors for the Future fellow. In addition to the Power Shift Network Board, Lauren also serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the California Student Sustainability Coalition. Lauren earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis and was awarded the UC President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership in 2016. She lives in Davis, CA with her partner and fur, feather, and leaf babies.

Charlie Jiang

Charlie Jiang | Environmental Defense Fund

Charlie works at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he focuses on developing just and equitable U.S. climate policies that prioritize workers and frontline communities. Based in Washington, D.C., he also fights to stop fossil fuel projects and advance equitable clean energy in the District with 350 DC. Charlie organized at the 2017 U.N. Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, as a delegate with SustainUS.

Born and raised in Chicago, Charlie got his start organizing for fossil fuel divestment at Stanford University. There, he started to learn about the intersections of climate change, racism, and economic inequality, and about pathways toward a brighter future. At Stanford, he also helmed a student group dedicated to improving sustainability and environmental justice on and off campus. Charlie graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics. He is always open to podcast suggestions.

Kendall Mackey

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.

Natalie Mebane

Natalie Mebane | Sierra Club

Natalie Mebane always knew she enjoyed the outdoors and wanted to make her career protecting the places she loved. She grew up loving both the U.S. and the Caribbean and has family in both. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology. She found her passion for organizing after attending the first Power Shift conference in 2007. Since then, Natalie has worked for the government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Environmental Management Authority and for the 5th Summit of the Americas, she has been a grassroots organizer with campaigns in VA and PA, and is currently the dirty fuels lobbyist for the Sierra Club working to keep fossil fuels in the ground. She credits Rev Lennox Yearwood's speech at Power Shift 07 for recruiting her to the movement.

Courtney Pal

Courtney Pal | Student, Stanford University

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.

Danielle Simms

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).

Michelle Suarez

Michelle Suarez | Organize Florida

Michelle C. Suarez, is a native of Bogota, Colombia, and has resided in Central Florida for the past 17 years. Her journey as an immigrant has shaped her deep commitment to social movements and community service.

She has served in many environmental and climate justice efforts ranging from pipeline resistance, fossil fuel divestment, ban fracking initiatives, social equity in sustainability, movement building for womxn and communities of color, electoral work and more. Currently, she is a Community Organizer for Organize Florida (formerly Organize Now) and Organize Florida Education Fund, also serves as Senior Advisor and Environmental Justice lead for Florida Student Power Network. Michelle’s personal theory of change is one that upholds intersectionality, liberation, transformation, solidarity and healing. More than anything, Michelle is a loving friend who values community and cares deeply about the transformation of people, systems, and the planet.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida- areas of study include humanities, philosophy, religion, popular culture, music, and environmental studies.

Liz Veazey

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.