Our Team

We are a team of psychologists, geographers, political scientists, statisticians, pollsters, communication scientists, community organizers, communication practitioners, editors and journalists. We investigate how and why citizens in the US and around the world are, or are not responding to climate change, and identify key audiences requiring tailored communications. We then develop and implement strategies to build the capacity of these audiences to engage in climate change solutions.

Andrew Gillreath-Brown
Data Scientist
Andrew Gillreath-Brown
Data Scientist

Andrew Gillreath-Brown (he/him/his) is a Data Scientist at the YPCCC. He has several years of experience working with and analyzing climate, agriculture, soils, hydrology, and geospatial data. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Washington State University, an MS in Geography from the University of North Texas, and a BS from Middle Tennessee State University.

Anthony Leiserowitz
Director
Anthony Leiserowitz
Director

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. He is an expert on public climate change and environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape them. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many surveys of the American public. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and reports and served as a contributing author, panel member, advisor or consultant to diverse organizations including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR6 Report), the National Academy of Sciences (America’s Climate Choices Report), the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Kennedy School, the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum, among others. He is a recipient of the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, the Mitofsky Innovator Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One. He is also the host of Climate Connections, a radio program broadcast each day on more than 700 stations and frequencies nationwide. Twitter: @ecotone2

For a CV and more info, please visit his faculty page.

Cyndi Norrie
Deputy Digital Director
Cyndi Norrie
Deputy Digital Director

Cyndi Norrie serves as the Deputy Digital Director for Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She aids in the program’s digital marketing and design efforts, including social media. Prior to working at YPCCC, Cyndi worked as the Social Media and Analytics Specialist at Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She has also worked as a designer, creative director, and digital marketer for various tech companies and digital agencies, including BuzzFeed.com.

Emily Goddard
Data Analyst
Emily Goddard
Data Analyst

Emily Goddard is a data analyst at the YPCCC. Her research interest is at the intersection of environmental sustainability and human health, with particular focus on mental health and the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation. She wrote her master’s thesis on the relationship between wildfire smoke-specific fine particulate matter and symptoms of anxiety and depression, for which she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding MPH Thesis. She received her MPH from the Yale School of Public Health in 2023, where she concentrated on Climate Change and Health, and her BA from Vassar College in 2015.

Emily Richards
Program Manager
Emily Richards
Program Manager

Emily (she/her) is a Program Manager at YPCCC. She works closely with the Director and team leads across the organization and plays a critical role in supporting the program as it grows increasingly global in its networks and impacts. Prior to joining YPCCC, she managed Dr. Laurie Santos’s Comparative Cognition Center in the Yale Psychology Department. She holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a Certificate in Data Science from Yale College. Contact: e.richards@yale.edu.

Eric Fine
Project Manager
Eric Fine
Project Manager

Eric has worn many hats within our team from expanding our work into Latin America to supporting partner organizations, managing our fellowships, presenting on our research and tools, and running workshops on climate communications. Prior to YPCCC, Eric was an outdoor educator taking people on expeditions throughout the Americas and Europe. Watching glaciers recede in Patagonia over ten years inspired him to pursue a Masters of Environmental Science at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Jennifer Carman
Deputy Research Manager
Jennifer Carman
Deputy Research Manager

Jennifer is the Deputy Research Manager at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Her research interest is at the intersection of climate change adaptation and human behavior, focusing on how people can both protect themselves and advance the common good in the face of increasing climate change impacts. Her past work was in the energy sector as a program evaluation research analyst for energy utility and government clients. At YPCCC, she develops and supports survey research on public attitudes, behaviors, and policy support regarding climate change both in the U.S. and globally. She received her PhD and MS from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, and her BA from Haverford College.

Jennifer Marlon
Senior Research Scientist, Director of Data Science
Jennifer Marlon
Senior Research Scientist, Director of Data Science

Jenn is the Director of Data Science at the YPCCC and a Senior Research Scientist in the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). She designed the interactive Yale Climate Opinion Maps, the SASSY (Six Americas) segmentation tool and quiz, the Climate Opinion Factsheets, the CCAM Explorer, and other data visualization tools for the YPCCC. Jenn co-teaches Biology, the World & Us in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Environmental Data Visualization for Communication at YSE. She holds a PhD and MS in Geography from the University of Oregon, and a BS from the University at Albany, State University of New York. For a CV and more information, please visit her faculty page or personal website. Contact: jennifer.marlon at yale.edu.

Jon Ozaksut
Digital Director
Jon Ozaksut
Digital Director
Jon Ozaksut manages digital output for YPCCC. He joined in 2017 with 9 years of experience in the fields of digital marketing and advocacy through organizations such as Organizing for Action and Reverb.com. In his work, he has developed email programs, social media campaigns, and messaging strategies built around a user-centered experience and a desire to share stories in ways that resonate with audiences. Jon is inspired by the challenges inherent in communicating climate change, and eager to develop YPCCC’s methods of engaging with the broader online community. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and in his free time he has a passion for playing bass and drums.
Joshua Low
Partnerships Director
Joshua Low
Partnerships Director

Joshua leads YPCCC’s strategy for engaging and supporting the climate and clean energy advocacy, media, and education communities. He joined in 2019 with 15 years of experience in advocacy and electoral campaigns. Prior to YPCCC, he managed campaigns and led grasstops and grassroots organizing efforts that advanced bipartisan support for climate action, elected climate champions, and passed legislation that expanded access to clean energy in multiple states.  His deep experience scaling supporter recruitment, managing coalitions, and leveraging multichannel communications strategies is underscored by his passion for nurturing volunteers and empowering community leaders to lead on climate solutions.

He has an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Laura Thomas-Walters
Research Specialist, Deputy Director of Experimental Research
Laura Thomas-Walters
Research Specialist, Deputy Director of Experimental Research

Laura is a Research Specialist and Deputy Director of Experimental Research for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Her research focuses on changing pro-environmental behavior, and she works closely with governments and NGOs to apply her results. Her interests broadly lie in these areas: promoting plant-based diets; mobilizing climate activists; demand reduction in the wildlife trade; impact evaluation of conservation interventions; and effective environmental narratives and imagery. She holds a PhD in Biodiversity Management from the University of Kent. For a CV and more information, please visit her personal website. Contact: laura.thomas-walters at yale.edu.

Laurie Bozzuto
Financial Coordinator
Laurie Bozzuto
Financial Coordinator
Lisa Fernandez
Managing Director
Lisa Fernandez
Managing Director

Lisa oversees program management, operations, and outreach at the YPCCC.  She leads YPCCC’s international networking efforts, building a global network of climate communication scholars and practitioners. Previously, she worked in urban environmental conservation and sustainable development in the US and Latin America. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. She was a Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund-USA and a City Planner implementing solid waste prevention policy for the City of New York. Lisa co-authored Toward a New Consciousness:  Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities and Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education.  She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, an MEM from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a BA in History from Princeton. She serves on the boards of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association.

Mallika Talwar
Deputy Director of Partnerships – US & India
Mallika Talwar
Deputy Director of Partnerships – US & India

Mallika serves as the Deputy Director of Partnerships – US & India for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She supports the program’s efforts to build the capacity of partner organizations for strategic and data-driven communications and advocacy. Prior to working at YPCCC, Mallika worked as a Senior Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace USA, leading an international campaign to end environmental and human rights abuses in global fisheries supply chains. Mallika also has extensive experience advocating for environmental protection in her home country – India. Mallika holds a BS in Life Sciences from St. Xavier’s College – Mumbai and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. 

Marija Verner
Postdoctoral Associate
Marija Verner
Postdoctoral Associate

Marija Verner is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication at Yale University. Her research focuses on international climate change attitudes and behaviors with a particular interest in the role of spatial factors. Marija also has an active research agenda in Latin American Indigenous politics, especially in the context of environmental protest. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her BA in Political Science from Vilnius University.

Martial Jefferson
Software Engineer
Martial Jefferson
Software Engineer
Martial Jefferson is a software engineer at YPCCC. Martial works closely with our data scientists and researchers to forward design and engineering of dynamic, data-driven prototypes, surveys, opinion maps, component libraries, and visualizations.

Martial holds a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Yale University and prior to joining YPCCC developed web and mobile software at IAC, Adaptly, PixieTV, Samsung Electronics, Hatch Inc/Wethos.co, and Ethershaft.

Matthew Ballew
Research Specialist
Matthew Ballew
Research Specialist

Matthew (he/him/they/them) is a Research Specialist at YPCCC and specializes in social and environmental psychology, and research methodology with a specific focus on survey design/methods. His research focuses on the personal, social, and cultural factors that shape people’s responses to environmental issues, how environments affect people’s health and well-being, and how communicators can leverage this knowledge to more effectively connect with their audiences and support opinion and behavior change. Matthew received his PhD in Psychology from the Applied Social Psychology program at Claremont Graduate University, and his BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan. He also completed his post-doctoral work at YPCCC and has taught college courses on research methods, environmental psychology, and program evaluation.

Matthew Goldberg
Research Scientist, Director of Experimental Research
Matthew Goldberg
Research Scientist, Director of Experimental Research

Matthew is a Research Scientist and Director of Experimental Research at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication at Yale University. His research focuses on persuasion, social influence, ideology, and strategic communication. He applies insights from his research to build public understanding and motivation to address climate change and other urgent environmental, social, and political issues. Matthew holds a BA in Psychology from Hofstra University and received his PhD in Psychology from the Basic and Applied Social Psychology program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Contact: matthew.goldberg@yale.edu.

Michaela Hobbs
Program Administrator
Michaela Hobbs
Program Administrator

Michaela is the Program Administrator of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She works closely with the Director and supports the overall program in planning, development and implementation. Prior to joining YPCCC, Michaela worked as a consultant for the National Football League Environmental Program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Delaware and enjoys coaching high school field hockey! Contact: michaela.hobbs@yale.edu.

Naga Raghuveer Modala
Geospatial Data Scientist
Naga Raghuveer Modala
Geospatial Data Scientist

Modala brings 10 years of experience working with geospatial technology and its applications in agriculture, climate change, hydrology, and forest fires to YPCCC. Prior to joining YPCCC, he worked as a Geospatial Database Administrator for 7 years with Texas A&M Forest Service. Modala received his PhD in Geospatial Science from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2014, and his Master’s degree in Geography from Kansas State University in 2010.

Nick Begotka
Social Data Scientist
Nick Begotka
Social Data Scientist

Nick (he/him) is a data scientist at YPCCC. He works with the data team to build microtargeting models that identify individuals belonging to different segments of Global Warming’s Six Americas, as well as models that predict regional extreme weather concerns. Nick holds a B.A. in Statistics and Data Science from Yale College.

Pearl Marvell
Features Editor
Pearl Marvell
Features Editor

Pearl Marvell is a multimedia storyteller with over 10 years of experience as a writer, reporter, photographer, and producer. Pearl received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2011 and a master’s degree in journalism with a concentration in international reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2014. Since then, she has reported in the Caribbean, the U.S., and Europe.

Pearl has reported radio stories for several NPR affiliates, including reporting and producing for a podcast on immigration called “Mosaic.” Her written work has been featured in The Providence Journal, 41ºN Magazine, and several other New England news organizations. Her photography has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and other regional publications.

She moved to Rhode Island in 2015 and since then has run a storytelling marketing company and reported and produced stories primarily on the environment and immigration.

Pearl speaks Spanish, English and French.

Samantha Harrington
Director of Audience Experience, Yale Climate Connections
Samantha Harrington
Director of Audience Experience, Yale Climate Connections

Samantha Harrington is the Director of Audience Experience at Yale Climate Connections. Sam is a journalist and graphic designer, with a background in digital media, entrepreneurship and online communities. Coming from Wisconsin, she is especially interested in sharing how climate change is affecting people, ecosystems and culture across the U.S. Midwest. Previously, she was the global community manager at ISeeChange. In 2015, after graduating from the University of North Carolina, where she studied Journalism and Arab Cultures, she founded Driven Media, a roving newsroom, and she was a regular contributor to Women@Forbes, where she wrote about women in business. She has also worked on a number of international projects. In 2018 she illustrated and designed an educational workbook for Syrian children living in Jordan and Lebanon for the organization Project Amal ou Salam. In 2014 she traveled to Amman, Jordan, to study why Jordanian women study STEM subjects at twice the rate of American women, and she has reported on maternal health issues in Malawi and on counter terrorism efforts in Morocco.

Sanguk Lee
Postdoctoral Associate
Sanguk Lee
Postdoctoral Associate

Sanguk is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication at Yale University. His research focuses on the investigation of psychological, social, and ecological impacts on behaviors in the context of climate change and public health. He is also interested in applying computational methods such as network analysis and natural language processing to uncover dynamic communication phenomena such as evolution of belief systems and diffusion of climate change messages. Sanguk received his PhD in Communication from the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Contact: sanguk.lee@yale.edu

Sara Peach
Editor-in-chief, Yale Climate Connections
Sara Peach
Editor-in-chief, Yale Climate Connections

Sara leads Yale Climate Connections, YPCCC’s independent and nonpartisan climate news service. She joined the editorial team in 2016, where she oversaw rapid growth in listenership to the team’s national radio program, created the “Ask Sara” climate advice column, and led the launch of Yale Climate Connections en español before her promotion to editor-in-chief in 2023.   

Previously, her reporting on environmental issues appeared in National Geographic, HuffPost, Scientific American, Environmental Health News, and Grist, among others. She served as a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s journalism school, where she led courses in environmental journalism and media entrepreneurship. Sara holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, both from UNC-Chapel Hill.

She enjoys working closely with writers to tell compelling stories about the changing climate, with the ultimate goal of improving public understanding and engagement with climate change causes, impacts, and solutions.

Seth Rosenthal
Project Director
Seth Rosenthal
Project Director

Seth serves as research methodologist at YPCCC, with a particular focus on survey methodology. Before joining YPCCC in August 2013, he was Director of Opinion Research at Merriman River Group, where he specialized in election and issues-based opinion polling. Seth has also been the lead author of the annual National Leadership Index report published by the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Seth holds a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in experimental psychopathology from the Department of Psychology at Harvard. He was also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Seth has published research on narcissism, self-esteem, positive intergroup attitudes, and leadership.

Abby Ong
Experiments Research Assistant
Abby Ong
Experiments Research Assistant

Abby Ong is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health, with special focuses in health justice and climate health. Abby holds a BA in Health & Society, a minor in Health Communication, and a certificate in LGBTQ+ studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her academic and research interests include climate and health communication, urban health, racial justice, and disaster response.

Adam Brewster
STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION SPEAKER SERIES COORDINATOR
Adam Brewster
STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION SPEAKER SERIES COORDINATOR

Adam is an undergrad in the Class of 2026 double-majoring in Economics and Global Affairs. He is interested in researching different ways in which macroeconomic policies can be configured to promote both economic growth and environmental sustainability. Outside of the classroom, Adam has worked on Kathy Hochul’s gubernatorial campaign, the Yale Depolarization Initiative, and the 22-23 First-Year College Council.

Adán Rivas
Social Data Scientist
Adán Rivas
Social Data Scientist

Adán Rivas is a 2024 MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. He works with the data team to build targeting models that cluster individuals belonging to different segments based on survey responses. He also is involved with deploying data visualization tools and prototypes. Prior to Yale, he worked in industry as a full stack data scientist. Adán holds a B.A. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Math from Dartmouth College. He spends his free time running at East Rock Park, tutoring ESL, and thinking about food (entrepreneurship).

Alison Thompson
Partnerships Student Team Manager
Alison Thompson
Partnerships Student Team Manager

Alison Thompson is a second-year Master of Environmental Management Candidate (2024) at the Yale School of the Environment. Alison’s work and interests focus on developing relationships and researching innovative mechanisms to bridge the gap between community action, policy, and private sectors for climate action. She is particularly interested in supporting community partnerships for clean energy and climate action. Alison holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Anna Oehlerking
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Anna Oehlerking
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER

Anna is an undergrad in the Class of 2025 from Duluth, Minnesota, majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is interested in the relationship between public health and climate change, and in the innovative engineering solutions that can improve these intersecting spheres. Growing up near Lake Superior, Anna became particularly interested in how air pollution can affect freshwater quality, and what can be done to mitigate these impacts. In her free time, Anna loves to hike, alpine ski, kayak, read, and drink way too many iced vanilla lattes.

Aqsa Mengal
Partnerships Coordinator
Aqsa Mengal
Partnerships Coordinator

Aqsa is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment specializing in People & Equity, and Climate Change Science & Solutions. Her focus areas include grassroots climate adaptation and resilience practices in South Asia, and international policy on climate reparations. She holds a BSc in Anthropology and Sociology from Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Berkana McDowell
Social Media Manager
Berkana McDowell
Social Media Manager

Berkana is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in the intersections between climate science, art, justice, and communications, informed by her upbringing on O’ahu, Hawai’i. Prior to her graduate studies, she attended Chapman University and studied Environmental Science and Policy, Peace Studies, and Studio Art.

Bryn Redal
Partnerships Research Assistant
Bryn Redal
Partnerships Research Assistant

Bryn Redal is a second-year Master of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health, specializing in Environmental Health Science with a concentration in climate change and health. She holds a B.S. in Health Science and Environmental Science from Whitworth University. She serves on the leadership team for ‘Students for Sustainability and Waste Reduction’, and her interests lie at the intersection of climate justice, extreme heat and fire, and health equity. In the past, Bryn has also worked in community health, water toxicology, sustainability, outdoor leadership, and public advocacy. In her free time, you’ll find Bryn on her skis or bike, in the kitchen cooking, or playing piano.

Ceily Addison
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Ceily Addison
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Ceily is an undergraduate in the class of 2026 studying statistics and data science. Ceily is interested in the use of data to analyze important trends in societal attitudes and standings. Ceily has worked on social media graphics before, but this is their first time working for a climate change advocacy program. Ceily is excited to be part of the team!
Eric Scheuch
Social Data Scientist
Eric Scheuch
Social Data Scientist

A Social Data Scientist on the Experiments team, Eric is a Ph.D. student in Political Science (American Politics and Quantitative Research Methods, focus) at Yale University. His research focuses on climate change, systematic racism, and the urban-rural divide. Prior to Yale, he worked on diversity, equity, and inclusion and solving startup scaling challenges at a startup in NYC. He earned his BA (Cum Laude) in Political Science (Departmental Honors) and Sustainable Development from Columbia University, where he earned the Charles Beard Prize for his thesis on the politics of climate mitigation. He spends his spare time trail running and hiking with his spouse and his dog.

Esther Donald Mwakisambwe
Social Media Producer
Esther Donald Mwakisambwe
Social Media Producer
Esther Donald Mwakisambwe is a Social Media Producer for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC). Esther Donald Mwakisambwe is a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with a profound interest in environmental sustainability and a solid academic background in Oil and Natural Gas Engineering. Esther Donald Mwakisambwe is pursuing graduate studies in Environmental Science at Yale University under the esteemed guidance of Prof. Paul Anastas, an eminent expert in Green Chemistry. Through internships at ARA Petroleum Tanzania Limited (APT) and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Esther Donald Mwakisambwe gained first-hand exposure to the environmental challenges associated with the petroleum industry. Esther Donald Mwakisambwe has a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from China University of Geosciences.
Farzana Mubassira
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Farzana Mubassira
SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER

Farzana is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment
where she is pursuing a dual specialization in Energy & the Environment and Business & the
Environment. With her own renewable startup based in Bangladesh, Farzana helps low-income
communities implement clean, affordable energy solutions. Farzana is passionate about clean energy transition,
entrepreneurship, and clean investment. With a B.Sc. in Petroleum and Mining Engineering, coupled
with her entrepreneurial experience, Farzana has acquired a comprehensive knowledge base in energy-
related fields. Armed with this expertise, she aspires to emerge as a future leader in the clean energy
sector.

Gianna Campillo
Social Media Producer
Gianna Campillo
Social Media Producer

Gianna Campillo is a junior at Yale College and is passionate about using online resources to spread awareness about important issues such as climate change. She is a part of the social media team and creates graphics for the YPCCC’s Instagram. Aside from working for YPCCC, she is majoring in History and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and spends her time working at the Women’s Center.

Ingrid Thyr
Social Media Manager
Ingrid Thyr
Social Media Manager

Ingrid is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, where she is specializing in Ecosystem Management and Conservation. She is interested in using environmental data science to provide better tools for just and sustainable land use management. She graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Mathematics from Williams College.

Jenny Liu
Social Media Producer
Jenny Liu
Social Media Producer

Jenny (she/her) is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Energy & Climate. She works as an Instagram Producer for YPCCC and collaborates with the rest of the social media team to produce content. She’s passionate about understanding how people talk about and communicate climate change knowledge. Besides creating content for YPCCC, she’s a Culinary Events Manager at the Yale Farm and Project Chair of the Equitable Bikeshare @ Yale. You can probably find her biking around campus and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Josh Hernandez
Partnerships Research Assistant
Josh Hernandez
Partnerships Research Assistant

Josh is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. He is interested in the roles of the public and private sectors in driving climate action (mitigation and adaptation), as well as solutions such as decarbonization and nature-based solutions. Prior to joining YPCCC, he was with ICF, managing four author teams as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Fifth National Climate Assessment. Josh holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Amherst College.

Julia Lin
Partnerships Research Assistant
Julia Lin
Partnerships Research Assistant

Julia Lin is a sophomore at Yale University majoring in Sociology. She is currently the Partnerships Research Assistant for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. On campus, she serves as the Treasurer of the Rural Students Alliance at Yale, and she also volunteers with the Yale Prison Education Initiative. During her free time, you can find her going on walks down Hillhouse, going on runs, and listening to NPR.

Julie Ye
Social Data Scientist
Julie Ye
Social Data Scientist
Julie Ye (they/them) is a first-year M.S. student in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale University. They are interested in the intersection of social data science and statistical modeling. At YPCCC, they are working with the Data and Tools Team to build multilevel models that predict public perception towards extreme weather hazards. Julie graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Mathematics, minor in Computer Science, and Distinction in Senior Exercise in 2023. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, playing violin and piano, and drawing.
Kelli Hata
Social Media Producer
Kelli Hata
Social Media Producer

Kelli Hata is a Master of Arts in Religion, Concentration in Religion and Ecology, candidate at Yale Divinity School. She is interested in Environmental Theology and Philosophy, including Animal Theology and Christian Food Ethics, and Eco-Justice and the Global South. Kelli holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Fresno Pacific University.

Lawrence Tang
Social Media Producer
Lawrence Tang
Social Media Producer

Lawrence is a junior in Silliman College majoring in Environmental Studies. He is excited to explore how media can be used to communicate messages about climate change, especially in relation to environmentalism in the Global South. His other interests also include urban ecology, sustainable food and agriculture systems, and his favorite: sculpting pottery.

Nadia Petersen
Digital Content Editor
Nadia Petersen
Digital Content Editor

Nadia is a first year at Yale College studying Astrophysics and East Asian Studies. She’s interested in climate advocacy at the intersection of science and culture and is passionate about bringing climate awareness to diverse audiences.

Nicholas Perez
Partnerships Research Assistant
Nicholas Perez
Partnerships Research Assistant

Nicholas is a senior at Yale pursuing an Environmental Studies and Political Science double major. He is passionate about the clean energy transition, environmental justice, and data-driven climate communications. Prior to his work as a Partnership Research Assistant, Nicholas interned for several climate organizations such as Earthjustice and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. He is very excited to expand his climate toolkit by supporting the mission of the Partnerships Team and other collaborating organizations this semester.

Nikita Hitesh Gardi
Deputy Social Media Manager
Nikita Hitesh Gardi
Deputy Social Media Manager

Nikita is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in the intersection between finance and the environment. She intends to work in impact finance and funding climate solutions focused on increasing resilience for communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change. At YSE, she is studying climate change science and solutions and business and the environment. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Finance.

Owen Curtin
Social Media Producer
Owen Curtin
Social Media Producer

Owen is an undergraduate sophomore in Yale College studying Anthropology. He has a passion for creative storytelling and informative journalism. Owen thinks social media is at the forefront of climate change awareness and hopes to take what he learns at the YPCCC into his other endeavors.

Phoebe Merrick
Partnerships Student Team Manager
Phoebe Merrick
Partnerships Student Team Manager

Phoebe Merrick is a second-year joint degree Master of Environmental Management and Master of Public Health student at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in the intersection of climate change and public health, and particularly extreme heat events and air and water quality standards. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.

Rose Nagele
Deputy Social Media Manager
Rose Nagele
Deputy Social Media Manager

Rose is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in the intersection of science, social science, and humanities in climate change solutions, particularly in coastal environments. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied biology, creative writing, and the environmental humanities

Sahana Kaur
Social Media Lead
Sahana Kaur
Social Media Lead

Sahana Kaur is a sophomore in Berkeley College from Malaysia. She plans on studying Political Science and Climate Science & Solutions. At Yale, Sahana is a Community Fellow with the Yale Center for Environmental Justice and a member of the Zero Waste Team within the Office of Sustainability’s Peer Education Program. In her free time, Sahana enjoys traveling, running, and watching sitcoms and soccer.

Theia Chatelle
Partnerships Research Assistant
Theia Chatelle
Partnerships Research Assistant

Theia Chatelle is a senior at Yale College pursuing a joint BA/MA in American Studies. Theia first became interested in studying the climate movement after watching protests against Line 3 in her home state of Minnesota. When she’s not hiking or training for her next half-marathon, Theia is likely planning her next climbing expedition.

Abel Gustafson
University of Cincinnati
Abel Gustafson
University of Cincinnati
Abel Gustafson is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Gustafson is an expert on strategic communication, public opinion, and social psychology. His research investigates how people think and act regarding environmental issues and sustainable technologies, and uses those findings to design more effective communication strategies. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of UC’s Center for Public Engagement with Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a postdoc at Yale University.
Binbin Wang
Research Affiliate
Binbin Wang
Research Affiliate

Binbin Wang is a climate activist and social scientist. A stubborn optimist, she has tracked the UNFCCC process since 2009 as a trusted witness, passionate advocate, creative expert, and multi-talented practitioner. She offers extensive expertise on global climate governance and policy, nature-based solutions, strategic communication, and multi-stakeholder cooperation between actors from different sectors and institutions. Binbin co-founded a local think tank to conduct national surveys investigating the public’s perception of the climate, the key findings of which were picked up by China’s National White Paper and the UNFCCC. Her monograph about China’s green transition was published by Springer Nature and received a nomination at the China New Development Awards in 2022. Because of her outstanding leadership in the field, Binbin was selected as a member of Homeward Bound, a worldwide female leadership training program, and she visited Antarctica in 2019 with 90 female scientists from 28 countries. She has devoted her career to female leadership directed toward achieving a sustainable planet. As a well-respected influencer and super connecter, she is now accelerating bottom-up actions and joint efforts between China and the world toward the global net-zero transition. She holds a BA and MA from Shandong University and is the first to earn PhD in climate communication in China from Renmin University.

Connie Roser-Renouf
George Mason University
Connie Roser-Renouf
George Mason University

Connie Roser-Renouf is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. Her research focuses on understanding how diverse publics interpret and respond to information on the issue of climate change. The objective of this research is the identification of effective communication strategies to inform and engage audiences.

Connie earned her PhD in Communication Research at Stanford University in 1986. Prior to joining the Center at George Mason, she taught and conducted research at the University of California at Santa Barbara; the University of Denver; the University of Pittsburgh; and Humboldt State University.

Edward Maibach
George Mason University
Edward Maibach
George Mason University

Edward Maibach is a University Professor at George Mason University, and the Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Ed’s research – funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public engagement in climate change. Ed recently co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and previously served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International.  Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University and his MPH at San Diego State University.

Gaura Shukla
CVOTER
Gaura Shukla
CVOTER
Hong Tien Vu
University of Kansas
Hong Tien Vu
University of Kansas

Hong Tien Vu is the Clyde Betty Reed Professor of Journalism and an Associate Professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. His research interests are primarily concerned with digital technologies and science communication including climate change communication. Within that area, Hong is interested in understanding how climate change is communicated in the news and social media content. His research also explores the effects of different content aspects on the public. Hong holds a BS in linguistics from Vietnam National University, an MS in journalism from the University of Kansas, and PhD also in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact: hong.t.vu@yale.edu

Jagadish Thaker
University of Auckland
Jagadish Thaker
University of Auckland

JT or JAGADISH THAKER (Ph.D., George Mason University) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He is an affiliate researcher with the  Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. His research examines ways to understand and enhance public, business, and policy engagement with climate change and public health. His research areas are in science and climate change communication, health communication, and strategic communication campaigns.

He has won several grants and awards, including the International Communication (ICA) Association’s Top Faculty Paper Award, National Communication Association’s (NCA) Golden Anniversary Monograph AwardOutstanding Ph.D. Graduate Alumnus of the Year award from George Mason University’s Department of Communication, Massey Business School’s Excellence in Research Award, and Top 40 under 40 inspiring teachers award from The Indian Express, a leading newspaper in India. His co-edited book, a 3-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, was a finalist in the Association of American Publishers’ 2019 PROSE Award.

He has served as an expert reviewer or jury for the National Geographic Society, Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), European Science Foundation, and Health Research Council New Zealand, among other funding agencies.

His research has been cited by intergovernmental agencies such as The World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, government agencies in India and New Zealand, and sustainability business groups and advocacy organizations. Several international newspapers have covered his research, including The GuardianThe New York Times, ReutersThe AtlanticNew Zealand Herald, The Hindu. He has appeared several times on national TV and radio in New Zealand. The Royal Society of New Zealand featured his research.

John Chung-En Liu
National Taiwan University
John Chung-En Liu
National Taiwan University

John Chung-En Liu is an associate professor of sociology at National Taiwan University, and a faculty affiliate in the International Program on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. John received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joint master’s degrees from Yale University

Dr. Liu’s research draws from environmental sociology and economic sociology to study topics related to climate change. He has particularly studied climate change opinions and discourses in China, and this work has been featured in media outlets such as Foreign PolicyGuardian, and Public Radio International.

John Kotcher
George Mason University
John Kotcher
George Mason University

John recently completed his Ph.D. at George Mason University’s Science Communication program, and he currently works as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Climate Change Communication. His research broadly focuses on science, environmental, and risk communication through the use of surveys, experiments, and quantitative content analysis. More specifically, his research investigates the interaction between media and social identity in shaping attitudes toward contentious issues about science and scientists, with a particular emphasis on the issue of climate change. His work has examined ways to correct misperceptions about the scientific consensus on climate change, how the public responds to political advocacy by scientists, and the process through which reflecting on one’s core values (referred to as self-affirmation) can make individuals more receptive to risk information. He has a strong interest in applied communication research that can aid organizations in improving citizen engagement with and reducing political polarization on public debates about science.

Katharine Hayhoe
Texas Tech University
Katharine Hayhoe
Texas Tech University

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator: in 2014, she was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers; her work was featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series, The Years of Living Dangerously; and she won the American Geophysical Union’s award for climate communication. In 2016, she was named to the POLITICO 50 list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics while in 2017 she was named one of FORTUNE’s world’s greatest leaders. She is a lead author for the U.S. National Climate Assessments and has served on the panels for the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other professional organizations devoted to understanding and communicating climate change. Katharine is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.

Leah Stokes
University of California Santa Barbara
Leah Stokes
University of California Santa Barbara

Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a faculty affiliate at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her PhD and MA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MPA from Columbia University and a BSc from the University of Toronto. Her research examines public policy, public opinion and political behavior, with a focus on energy and environment. Her current book project studies interest groups’ role in changing US states’ energy policy, with a focus renewable portfolio standards and net-metering laws.

Liz Neyens
Research Data Analyst
Liz Neyens
Research Data Analyst

At YPCCC, Liz Neyens works on analyzing, graphing, and mapping the group’s survey data. Prior to joining YPCCC, Liz spent six years as an economic consultant, specializing in the use of microeconomic methods to answer questions for clients such as the DOJ, the FTC, and numerous private sector clients. She has also worked on analytical projects for organizations including Solstice Community Solar, the Great Plains Institute, Partners in Health, the Haitian Global Health Alliance, and the University of Cape Town, among others. She has an M.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from Penn State. In her spare time, Liz enjoys photography and studying foreign languages.

Matthew Cutler
Research Social Scientist
Matthew Cutler
Research Social Scientist

Matt Cutler is a sociologist with the Social Sciences Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). He provides analytical support to both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Councils and is involved in the design and implementation of the Socio-economic Survey of Hired Captains and Crew in New England and Mid-Atlantic Commercial Fisheries. Matt is also working as an Agency Fellow with the JPB Environmental Health Fellows Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (https://ehfellows.sph.harvard.edu/).

Prior to joining the NEFSC, he completed a postdoctoral appointment at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he studied public attitudes and beliefs about climate change as a member of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. His research more broadly has focused on public perceptions of climate change and other socio-environmental phenomena, such as environmental hazards and urban sprawl and development. Matt holds a BA in Political Science and Justice Studies, an MA in Justice Studies, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire.

Matto Mildenberger
University of California Santa Barbara
Matto Mildenberger
University of California Santa Barbara

Matto Mildenberger is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara. A political scientist by training, Matto studies how ideology and emotions shape political bargains over climate policy. His work also focuses on the applications of complex systems theory to political science and environmental policy. Matto previously completed an MA (Global Governance) at the University of Waterloo, and an Hon. B.Sc. (Botany and International Relations) at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the Yale¹s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Miriam Remshard
Social Data Scientist
Miriam Remshard
Social Data Scientist

Miriam is a 2023 Master of Environmental Science student at the Yale School of the Environment. Originally from the UK and Germany, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology in 2021. Her goal is to apply her background in psychology to climate change. To this end, she has been working with the YPCCC Experiments Team and interviewing climate-concerned individuals for her master’s thesis to better understand how people come to see global warming as a serious issue and how this concern impacts their climate actions and perceptions of climate change.

Nicholas Badullovich
Nicholas Badullovich

Nic Badullovich is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. His research centers on climate change communication which involves understanding prevailing public opinion, support for policy measures, and investigating pathways to enable productive engagement on the issue of climate change. He utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods – through cross-sectional surveys and experiments – and has a particular interest in how different frames can promote productive engagement on climate change.

Nicholas Smith
University of Westminster, U.K.
Nicholas Smith
University of Westminster, U.K.

Nicholas Smith is a social-environmental psychologist with research interests in the perception and communication of risk issues. He was a postdoctoral research associate for the YPCCC working on a variety of projects exploring American public awareness and understanding of climate change. He is currently a lecturer in social psychology at the University of Westminster. He obtained his MSc in research methods and PhD in social psychology from University College London and his BA in environmental management from the University of Leeds.

Parrish Bergquist
Georgetown University
Parrish Bergquist
Georgetown University

Parrish Bergquist is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She studies environmental policy and politics in the United States, with a focus on public opinion and political behavior. Parrish’s research examines the development and implications of public attitudes about environmental protection, energy, and climate change; the implications of partisan polarization and nationalization for environmental policy outcomes; and how political actors and members of the public perceive, portray, and evaluate political issues, problems, and proposals. At the McCourt School of Public Policy, she teaches courses in environmental policy and statistics. In her teaching she aims to help students apply theories and insights from political science, sociology, and economics to a wide range of public policy topics. Read more about Parrish’s work at her personal website.

Patrick Owusu Ansah
Patrick Owusu Ansah

Patrick Owusu Ansah is a Ph.D. Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. Patrick’s research focuses on how to increase public support and engagement in nonviolent civil disobedience, improving public support for climate aid to developing countries, media coverage of climate change, and greenwashing by the fossil fuel industry.

Peter Howe
Utah State University
Peter Howe
Utah State University

Peter Howe has been an Assistant Professor of Human-Environment Geography at Utah State University since 2013.  His research focuses on the intersection of human perception and cognition with vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and natural hazards.  This research aims to improve the ability of individuals and communities to detect and effectively respond to environmental change.  Dr. Howe’s research also explores how spatial relationships influence risk perceptions and decision making, using methods including survey research, spatial analysis, geovisualization, and multilevel modeling.

Prior to joining USU, Dr. Howe worked as a postdoctoral associate with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.  He received his PhD in Geography from Penn State University in 2012.  He also holds an MS in Geography from Penn State, and a BA in Political Science and BS in Geography from Arizona State University.

Sander van der Linden
University of Cambridge
Sander van der Linden
University of Cambridge

Sander van der Linden, Ph.D., is a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge, where he directs the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. At Cambridge, he is also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioral Sciences at Churchill College. His research explores the psychology of social influence, risk, judgment, communication, and decision-making, with a particular focus on the psychology of climate change. His research has received numerous awards from institutions such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Prior to Cambridge, Sander was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University and a visiting scholar (2012-2014) with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Sri Saahitya Uppalapati
Sri Saahitya Uppalapati
Saahi Uppalapati is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at George Mason University and a research assistant at the Center for Climate Change Communication. Her research interests sit at the intersection of climate change and health, policy, and communication. She is particularly interested in applying insights from social science research to leverage support for pro-climate actions and equitable climate and health policies. Saahi received her M.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, her MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and her BA from Whitman College in Environmental Studies and Politics.
Teresa Myers
George Mason University
Teresa Myers
George Mason University

Teresa Myers is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a NASA grant investigating public trust in NASA’s climate change research, and public understanding of NASA’s web-based educational materials on climate change. She is also actively analyzing and publishing research using the Climate Change in the American Mind data and working with a team to evaluate the Climate Matters broadcast meteorologist engagement project. Teresa specializes in research methodology and advanced data analysis techniques in the context of communication and public opinion research, and has published on climate change, data analysis, and foreign policy.

Center for Business and the Environment at Yale
Center for Business and the Environment at Yale

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment provides a focal point for research, education, and outreach to advance business solutions to global environmental problems.The Center joins the strengths of two world-renowned graduate schools – the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies – together with a network of internal and external thought leaders at the business-environment interface. Their work connects students, executives, academics, and policy-makers, and spans issues from environmental finance to corporate social responsibility.

Climate Advocacy Lab
Climate Advocacy Lab

The Climate Advocacy Lab is a growing network of advocates, data experts, social scientists, and funders developing and sharing best practices for mobilizing Americans to take action on climate and clean energy issues, and for organizing to build the power of our movement.

Climate Central
Climate Central

Climate Central is an independent group of scientists and communicators who research and report the facts about our changing climate and how it affects people’s lives. We are a policy-neutral 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Climate Central uses science, big data, and technology to generate thousands of local storylines and compelling visuals that make climate change personal and show what can be done about it. We address climate science, sea level rise, extreme weather, energy, and related topics. We collaborate widely with TV meteorologists, journalists, and other respected voices to reach audiences across diverse geographies and beliefs.

Climate Nexus
Climate Nexus

Founded in 2011, Climate Nexus works to change the conversation on climate change and clean energy from an argument to a constructive search for solutions. Climate Nexus leverages all forms of communication to tell the stories of the people impacted by climate change and those driving the energy transition. Climate Nexus helps its partners achieve their communications goals: improving media relations, reaching new audiences, launching online campaigns, organizing events, coordinating activities across the larger community, and anything else they might need.

Environmental Data Science at Yale
Environmental Data Science at Yale
Facebook Data for Good
Facebook Data for Good

Facebook Data for Good uses data to address some of the world’s greatest humanitarian issues. In partnership with YPCCC, Facebook launched a climate change opinion survey that explores public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy preferences, and behaviors across more than 30 countries and territories.

George Mason University – Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University – Center for Climate Change Communication

The mission of the Center for Climate Change Communication is to conduct unbiased public engagement research, and to help government agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies apply the results of this research, so that collectively, these groups can stabilize the planet’s climate. They use social science research methods – experiments, surveys, in-depth interviews and other methods – to find ways of effectively engaging the public and policy makers in the problem, and in considering and enacting solutions.

Hispanic Communications Network
Hispanic Communications Network

Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) works with nonprofits, universities, and government agencies to deliver cost-effective, culturally-resonant Spanish language media solutions for national and regional impact. Working closely with partners, HCN creates, produces and syndicates Spanish-language public interest media and educational campaigns that reach 90% of U.S. Hispanics via daily programming on the HCN national network of affiliated radio stations and through the “La Red Hispana” community outreach and engagement digital assets. These include a mobile app, website, live streaming/social media, video channels, and podcasts.

Potential Energy
Potential Energy

Potential Energy is a global, nonprofit marketing firm creating public demand for action on climate change. Leveraging deep analytics and creative storytelling drawn from private sector marketing, Potential Energy connects with people on a human level to tip the balance on the policies that will dramatically accelerate the energy transition. Potential Energy’s campaigns are backed by extensive audience research across more than 20 countries, with over 3 billion ads served and measured, yielding data-driven insights that shift the climate narrative to win the fights that matter. Founded in 2018 by longtime marketing executive John Marshall, Potential Energy has a proven track record of successful campaigns, including Science Moms, building support for climate action. Learn more and get involved at: potentialenergycoalition.org

The China Center for Climate Change Communication (China 4C)
The China Center for Climate Change Communication (China 4C)

The China Center for Climate Change Communication (China 4C) was jointly established by the Research Center for Journalism and Social Development of Renmin University and Oxfam Hong Kong. It is the Chinese counterpart to the YPCCC and George Mason 4C.

The OpEd Project
The OpEd Project

The OpEd Project’s mission is to change who writes history. Working with universities, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, we scout and train under-represented experts (especially women) to take thought leadership positions in their fields (through op-eds and much more); we connect them with our international network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best new ideas and experts directly to media gatekeepers across all platforms.

The Pulitzer Center
The Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its support for quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.

World Weather Attribution
World Weather Attribution

World Weather Attribution is a collective of climate scientists who use weather observations and climate models to understand how climate change influences the intensity and likelihood of extreme weather events. The studies also assess the role of vulnerability and exposure in the extent of the impacts. Most studies are performed rapidly, in the aftermath of extreme weather events – or even while they’re still happening – to answer the increasingly common question: ‘what was the role of climate change in this event?’

Formed in 2015, WWA has performed more than 50 attribution studies on heatwaves, extreme rainfall, drought, floods, wildfires and cold spells around the world.

Yale Center for Environmental Communication
Yale Center for Environmental Communication

The Yale Center for Environmental Communication (YCEC) conducts research on the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence environmental attitudes and behavior; teaches students and trains working professionals; informs and engages the public through environmental journalism; and supports a global network of organizations seeking to build public and political will for environmental solutions.

Yale Center for Environmental Justice
Yale Center for Environmental Justice

The Yale Center for Environmental Justice is a joint undertaking between the Yale School of the Environment and Yale Law School, in partnership with the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. YCEJ is committed to strengthening institutional capacity to empower frontline communities to lead change by catalyzing partnerships and expanding interdisciplinary research, teaching, and practice in environmental justice. In addition, YCEJ promotes an expanded definition of environmental justice, recognizing the lived experiences and interconnected systemic inequities that shape environmental inequality.

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy seeks to advance cutting edge environmental thinking and policy analysis so that decisionmaking in the public, business, community, and personal realms promotes sustainability. The Center seeks to identify pressing environmental problems and advance effective policies, strategies, and decisionmaking tools in response. They seek to move the environmental debate beyond political and sectoral boundaries to enable integrated approaches to problem-solving.

The Endeavor Foundation
The Endeavor Foundation

Founded in 1952 by Christian A. Johnson, the Endeavor Foundation is dedicated to efforts that foster independent thought, ethical understanding, deep appreciation of the arts and reverence for the natural world.  The Endeavor Foundation pursues this objective primarily by supporting and catalyzing excellence in liberal arts education and related fields, and has supported the curricular and pedagogical development of a significant number of liberal arts colleges in the United States.  The Foundation has also made major contributions to the arts, to projects that assist independent states in the formerly Soviet-dominated region of Central and Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia and Ukraine, to Native American projects and to efforts that promote environmental awareness.  Endeavor was instrumental in the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and ECLA European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, Germany.

Circle of Service Foundation
Circle of Service Foundation

The Circle of Service Foundation is a private foundation supporting organizations in Community Services, Education, Jewish Communities and Medical Research.

The Energy Foundation
The Energy Foundation

The Energy Foundation’s mission is to promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Heising-Simons Foundation
The Heising-Simons Foundation

Heising simons logoThe Heising-Simons Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.

The MacArthur Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.

NOAA
NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) works to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

NSF
NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. NSF issues limited-term grants to fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system.

High Tide Foundation
High Tide Foundation

High Tide Foundation, based in San Francisco, California, provides support to organizations that are dedicated to educating and informing the public about global warming and to those taking concrete actions to reduce the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The Schmidt Family Foundation
The Schmidt Family Foundation

The Schmidt Family Foundation works to restore a balanced relationship between people and planet through two methods: grantmaking and impact investing. Our ecosystem of entities supports organizations on the frontlines of environmental justice, in communities working to advance clean energy, strengthen regenerative food systems and restore ocean health. We combine an interdisciplinary approach with a healthy appetite for discovery and exploration to make purposeful, measurable progress toward a sustainable future.

SED Foundation
SED Foundation

SED Foundation is an initiative that supports governments and civil society as they undertake economic development according to principles of sustainability, equity and diversity. SED Foundation works with partners to enhance existing initiatives that will have the most impact in support of these goals. It aims for prosperous, sustainable economies that work for people and protect our environment.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations currently fund in five areas—Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media, Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy, Palliative Care, and Environmental Solutions—with the goal of supporting our collective flourishing.

The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment
The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment

The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment seeks to raise awareness around urgent environmental issues, and supports individuals and organizations working to find solutions. The foundation’s grantmaking supports communication and collaboration in environmental protection, with an emphasis on climate change.

Three Cairns Group
Three Cairns Group

Three Cairns Group is a mission-driven investment and philanthropic firm. It works to build and support innovative organizations, platforms, and initiatives to accelerate climate action.

Unity Charitable Fund
Unity Charitable Fund

The Unity Charitable Fund seeks to promote empathy, respect, and community, as well as amplify impact, and engage with the creator community. It empowers changemakers by offering funding, mentorship, and technical support.

The Yale School of the Environment
The Yale School of the Environment

The Yale School of the Environment (formerly the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), founded in 1900, is the oldest institution of higher learning devoted to conservation and natural resource management in the United States. Now in its second century, the school’s research and teaching aim to provide unequalled education and training in the multiple dimensions of contemporary environmental issues toward developing solutions for a more sustainable future.

YSE’s mission is to provide the next generation of national and international leaders with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to advance environmental decision making, formulate effective solutions to enhance environmental goals, and meet the challenges and opportunities of environmental management, in ways that provide broad, sustainable, resilient and equitable advances for human well-being in a complex and interdependent world.

Abigail Cheskis
Research Associate
Abigail Cheskis
Research Associate

Abby is a 2017 Environmental Studies graduate of Yale College. Her main work as a Research Associate entails supporting strategic communications and civil society capacity building through the use of Yale Climate Opinion Maps. Abby focused her undergraduate studies on climate change communication and sustainable food systems, and the knowledge that she brings to YPCCC stems from her coursework and prior work experience. As an undergraduate, Abby was a Research Assistant and Social Media Manager at YPCCC. She has also worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Head of Communications and Media Relations, the National Park Service, and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike and knitting.

Ada Monzón
Founder and President of the Board of Directors of EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico
Ada Monzón
Founder and President of the Board of Directors of EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico
Adam R. Pearson
Research Affiliate
Adam R. Pearson
Research Affiliate
Adam Welz
Adam Welz

Adam Welz is an enthusiastic naturalist and widely traveled environmental writer, photographer, and filmmaker. His work has appeared in Yale Environment 360, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Ensia, and many other outlets worldwide. He’s a recipient of a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and currently lives in Cape Town with his wife and triplet daughters. Find him on Instagram @adamwelz @adamwelz.wild.

Addison Luck
Addison Luck

Addison is a senior Environmental Studies major at Yale College. He spent last June interning for the Boulder Rights of Nature’s and the Earth Law Center and spent the rest of the summer in Ecuador conducting research on the rights of nature movement for his EVST senior essay. Addison played varsity soccer for his freshman and sophomore years before studying abroad at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand during his junior year. He’s worked for the Urban Resources Initiative and the Yale Office of Sustainability. As a part of the Yale Carbon Challenge, Addison started a communal compost in Pierson. He plans to pursue a career related to environmental law and the rights of nature movement.

Adebanke Adebayo
Contributing Researcher
Adebanke Adebayo
Contributing Researcher

Mr. Adebayo is a doctoral student at the Department of Communication, George Mason University.

Aidan Lyde
Social Data Scientist
Aidan Lyde
Social Data Scientist

Aidan is a Master of Environmental Management student at Yale School of the Environment. His research focuses on water augmentation and policy in the Colorado River Basin, and he seeks to further explore his interest in translating research into practice by communicating environmental science, problems, and solutions to the public during his time at Yale. Originally from Colorado, Aidan holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Colorado State University.

Aija Zamurs
Social Media Manager
Aija Zamurs
Social Media Manager

Aija Zamurs is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health, where she is studying in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department and concentrating in Climate Change and Health. Aija is particularly interested in the intersection of climate policy, social determinants of health, and international politics. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Health from Williams College.

Alanis Allen
Social Media Producer
Alanis Allen
Social Media Producer

Alanis is a recent graduate of Yale College, where she majored in Economics and Environmental Studies. She is interested in climate change and environmental justice, and in particular how climate change will disproportionately affect minorities and people in poverty. Over the summer, she worked as an administrative assistant for the New Haven Land Trust, an organization that seeks to involve the local community in stewardship of the local environment.

Alejandra Hernandez
Social Media Writer
Alejandra Hernandez
Social Media Writer

Alejandra graduated with a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 2020. She is pursuing a specialization in Ecosystems and Land Conservation and Management, and is interested in climate mitigation strategies to benefit vulnerable urban communities. Prior to Yale, she was working as the Environmental Projects Coordinator of the Lead Outreach Program at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Dallas.

Alice Hill
Alice Hill

Alice Hill is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. She recently published her book The Fight for Climate After Covid-19.

Alisa Cui
Research Assistant
Alisa Cui
Research Assistant

Alisa graduated from Yale College in 2020, where she majored in math. She spent time on the board of the Asian American Students Alliance, as a member of the dance group Yale Jashan Bhangra, and as a Harvest pre-orientation leader. She is particularly interested in sustainable food and agriculture and how math can be used to solve problems in our food systems.

Alisa Reiner
Social Media Producer
Alisa Reiner
Social Media Producer
Alisa is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment where she is pursuing a dual specialization in Energy & the Environment and Business & the Environment. Alisa is passionate about climate journalism, environmental communications, energy geopolitics, and clean investment. Alisa holds a B.A. in International Relations with minors in History and Sustainability & Environmental Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Allegra Lovejoy Wiprud
Research Assistant
Allegra Lovejoy Wiprud
Research Assistant

Allegra is a Masters candidate at Yale Divinity School and Yale School of the Environment, where she is jointly pursuing an MDiv and an MF. Allegra’s environmental work has taken her far from her urban upbringing in Brooklyn, NY, working on farms in MA and NJ and serving as an environmental consultant to projects in the US and India. She currently works at the intersection of religion and ecology, assisting religious organizations in expressing their earth-honoring faith and teaching spiritual ecology and the contemplative arts.

Allie Nelson
Contributing Researcher
Allie Nelson
Contributing Researcher

Allie is a doctoral student at the George Mason University Department of Communication.

Amanda Borth
Contributing Researcher
Amanda Borth
Contributing Researcher

Amanda Borth is currently project coordinator at the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at American University

Amber Collett
Research Assistant
Amber Collett
Research Assistant

Amber joined YPCCC in 2015 and is pursuing her Masters at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with a focus on public health, greenspaces and community engagement. Prior to attending Yale, Amber was a communications consultant with Fourth Sector Consulting where she supported social networks and strategy for clients such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and more. She previously worked as the communications associate at Transit for Livable Communities/Bike Walk Twin Cities, where she managed innovative communications campaigns focused on strengthening the networks necessary to advocate for better bicycling, walking, and transit opportunities in Minnesota. Amber has also worked as an organizer with Green Corps and Minnesota PIRG on issues ranging from climate change, women’s initiatives, affordable higher education, water access rights, and transportation. In 2011, Amber was elected to the Hennepin County Soil and Water Board where she spent two years rebuilding the organization and strengthening the Board’s public visibility. Amber holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Russian Studies from St. Olaf College, and In her free time enjoys training for races of all kinds, bicycling, hiking/backpacking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, running, gardening and perfecting baking recipes. She is also an avid photographer, occasional woodworker, cyclocross newbie and coffee fanatic. Connect with Amber: @AmberCollett

Amelia Fortgang
Research & Communications Intern
Amelia Fortgang
Research & Communications Intern
Amelia Fortgang is a high school senior from San Francisco, California. She chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit, an education and advocacy group, and serves on EarthEcho’s Youth Leadership Council. Amelia is interested in climate policy and is excited to be interning with YPCCC to grow her understanding of how we can utilize public opinion research to create change.
Amy Vedder
Amy Vedder

Dr. Amy Vedder worked as a practitioner of international wildlife and wild lands conservation for 35 years before coming to Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (now named Yale School of the Environment) in 2013.   She undertook a variety of roles, having conducted ecological research, conceived and directed comprehensive projects and continent-wide programs, and advised governments and non-governmental organizations on conservation strategies and policies.   This range of experience provides Dr. Vedder with a strong appreciation for interdisciplinary science, yet also the essential importance of reconciling local, national and international interests in conservation initiatives.

Andrea Aguilar
Digital Climate Coalition
Andrea Aguilar
Digital Climate Coalition
Andrew Luttrell
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Ball State University
Andrew Luttrell
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Ball State University
Andry Rajaoberison
Andry Rajaoberison

Andry Rajaoberison is a Geospatial consultant working for the Investment Centre division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He formerly worked as a Geospatial Data Scientist with the YPCCC.

Angus McLean
Web Content Editor
Angus McLean
Web Content Editor

Angus McLean earned a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 2020. He is pursuing a specialization in Environmental Policy Analysis, using data to help drive more effective biodiversity and climate change policies. Over the summer, he interned at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., analyzing changes to the Endangered Species Act. He is also a Teaching Fellow for Introductory Statistics. Prior to Yale, Angus conducted research on human-wildlife conflict in Australia and taught at an environmental education center in California. He holds a degree from Wesleyan University, where he double-majored in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies.

Anh Nguyen
Social Media Producer
Anh Nguyen
Social Media Producer

Anh Nguyen is a first-year in Yale College majoring in Urban Studies. She’s interested in exploring urban ecology and environmental design and is also passionate about environmental justice. Besides creating social media content for YPCCC, she is a first year liaison for the Asian American Students Alliance (AASA) and the Vietnamese American Students Association (ViSA).

Ann Robertson
Research Assistant
Ann Robertson
Research Assistant

Ann is a second year MEM student who recently joined YPCCC and assists Jennifer Marlon in her work studying historical wildfire patterns. Ann earned her BA in earth science from Vassar College in 2011, graduating with departmental honors, a minor in history, and recognition for distinctive senior research. Her undergraduate thesis used microscopic plankton shells in lake sediments to investigate paleoclimate trends in New Mexico. After college, Ann moved back to her hometown of Juneau, Alaska, and began working at NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, where she participated in fisheries ecology research and bioenergetic analysis. In 2013, she earned the opportunity to join a marine research project in the Arctic. She spent two consecutive summers collecting fish, plankton, and oceanographic data along the Arctic Ocean coast in northern Alaska, and used this information to examine climate-driven shifts in the types of prey available to Arctic seabirds. Arctic issues are now her primary focus at F&ES, especially coastal management and marine policy. After graduating, Ann hopes to begin a career developing policy initiatives that will conserve Arctic ecosystems and promote sustainable development in polar regions.

Anna Spenceley
Anna Spenceley

Dr. Anna Spenceley is a tourism expert with over 20 years international experience and an extensive publication record, rich diversity of project experience, an international network of associates with whom she collaborates.

Annabel Sotomi
Instagram Producer
Annabel Sotomi
Instagram Producer

Annabel is currently a senior in Davenport college who is double-majoring in History and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. In her studies, she is interested in the intersection between Corporate Social Responsibility, the environment, and law. When she is not at work, she serves as the Chapter President of her sorority and enjoys traveling.

Annika Larson
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Annika Larson
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Antonieta Cadiz
Deputy Executive Director, Climate Power en Acción
Antonieta Cadiz
Deputy Executive Director, Climate Power en Acción
Aoife O’Regan
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ireland
Aoife O’Regan
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ireland
Arunima Sircar
Research Assistant
Arunima Sircar
Research Assistant

Arunima Sircar is a first-year Master of Environmental Science candidate, originally from Singapore. Her research interests focus on combining scientific research with policymaking through effective climate change communication to further strategies for climate resilience. She is a recent graduate from the University of Oxford, holding a degree in BA Geography. There, she spent her time either analyzing deep convection in high-resolution climate models across the pan-African climate, advocating for climate justice and gender equality in her community, or expanding her rock collection.

Ava Gehlen-Williams
Social media producer
Ava Gehlen-Williams
Social media producer

Ava is a sophomore in Yale College majoring in Environmental Studies and Music. Outside of her work at YPCCC, Ava plays violin in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, teaches violin lessons, and enjoys vegan cooking.

Baobao Zhang
Yale University
Baobao Zhang
Yale University

Baobao is a PhD student in political science at Yale University. Her main interests include causal inference, survey methodology, and data visualization. She worked as a data consultant at Yale StatLab and a software engineer at Plotly. She graduated from Yale with a MA in statistics and a BA (cum laude) in political science. As an undergraduate, she worked in outreach and communications at the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

Ben Everett-Lane
YCC Research Assistant
Ben Everett-Lane
YCC Research Assistant

Ben is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies on the Energy & Climate BS track also pursuing certificates in Chinese and Statistics & Data Science with specific interests in climate science and communication. He has worked as an assistant editor, reviewer, and co-author for YSE Professor Florencia Montagnini on her conservation book, research assistant for YCELP on their 2022 EPI report, sustainability liaison for Berkeley College, conference planner for the IUCN, wilderness trips leader for Overland, interned at NOAA’s Climate Program Office, and helped plan and run India’s first youth climate and conservation fellowship program. Outside of academics and environmental work, he is a member of the Berkeley College Council, the Yale Society of Orpheus and Bacchus and a frequent hammocker.

Benjamin Stern
Ads Lead
Benjamin Stern
Ads Lead

Ben is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale’s School of the Environment, specializing in strategic climate communications, media, and advocacy. In his free time, Ben enjoys timelapse nature photography, word games, and Pittsburgh sports. Ben holds a B.A. in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability as well as in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Bessie Schwarz
Strategist
Bessie Schwarz
Strategist

Bessie helps the community interested in addressing global warming understand how to use YPCCC’s tools and integrate YPCCC insights into their strategies and tactics, while gathering feedback to inform further research.  She comes to YPCCC with extensive experience designing, running and winning national and local grassroots campaigns, as the Field Director for Environment Colorado and as the Federal Field Coordinator with Environment America. In these capacities, she has overseen the generation of dozens of press conferences and hundreds of press stories and has helped designed the national and state field strategies for both of these organizations. Since 2009, she has also directed several record-breaking citizen outreach offices across the country, raising grassroots funds and building public support for clean water, clean energy and preservation.  Bessie received her BA from Carleton College where she studied Philosophy and Environmental Studies. After graduating, she joined Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, and was awarded the Sarah Forslund Scholarship. Bessie developed her love of the environment while visiting the Rocky Mountains growing up.

Bianca Taylor
Bianca Taylor

Bianca Taylor founded Tourmaline following a 20-year, top performing career in investment management where she was a sovereign credit analyst primarily focused on Latin America.  Her work as a sovereign analyst has always been holistic, or ESG-driven, long before ESG had a name. Bianca holds an MPP from UC Berkeley where she focused on energy and environmental policy, and a BA in business economics from UC Santa Barbara.  She is Brazilian-American, and speaks English,  Portuguese and Spanish fluently.  She also speaks French at an advanced level. She is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and a Public Voices Fellow at the OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Bonnie Frye Hemphill, MEM 2013
Bonnie Frye Hemphill, MEM 2013

Residing in Maine, Bonnie is the Coordinator for Businesses for Climate Action and a Consultant for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  She sharpens the communications of nonprofit advocacy groups working for solutions to climate change, especially for profitable and practical business propositions. Prior to Yale, Bonnie worked for three years in Seattle at the nonprofit Climate Solutions; there she helped grow its Business Leaders for Climate Solutions network from 125 to more than 1000 clean-economy executives and entrepreneurs advocating for stronger climate policies. Bonnie is a native of Cary, NC, holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont, and enthusiastically pursues adventures and shenanigans whenever possible – from sledding the Presidential Range to canoeing across the Canadian Arctic, rafting the Grand Canyon, tossing Frisbees, quilting, and jumping into cold bodies of water.

Brandi Shaw Morris
Postdoctoral researcher
Brandi Shaw Morris
Postdoctoral researcher

Brandi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Management at Aarhus University in Denmark where she is working to understand how we might improve science communication through the use of stories. Her experimental research focuses on understanding the neurological and psychological mechanisms of influence, decision-making and risk perception in the context of climate change. Together with Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz and colleagues at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, she is investigating how messengers, values and identification influence risk perception among diverse audiences.

Prior to embarking upon her PhD, Brandi worked in private sector agencies as a marketing communication strategist. Her integrated campaign work included print, digital and short-film campaigns to raise awareness and funds for well-known charitable brands.

Breanne Chryst
Yale University
Breanne Chryst
Yale University

Breanne is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Statistics at Yale University. Her main research interests include network driven sampling and Bayesian inference. She is a consultant in the Yale StatLab and previously worked as a Data Scientist for Audible. Before coming to Yale, she graduated with a Bachelors degree in mathematics (cum laude) from the University of Utah. She has an interest in science education and outreach, especially as it pertains to environmental issues.

Calla Rosenfeld
Social Data Scientist
Calla Rosenfeld
Social Data Scientist

Calla is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, where she focuses on international policy and climate change solutions. She conducts research on the Experiments team and is particularly interested in risk perception and the communication of extreme weather events. Calla holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College.

Cameron Ramey
Cameron Ramey

Cami is a climate change communicator and resilience professional currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment, graduating in 2022. Her current work is devoted to helping communities thrive in the face of chronic and acute climate impacts such as sea level rise, extreme weather events and rising heat, with a focus on intersectional problem solving and environmental justice. She is interested in all facets of climate change communication and is currently building a portfolio in environmental journalism.

Carla Burns
Rewiring America
Carla Burns
Rewiring America
Caroline Cronin
Caroline Cronin Climate Services Unit Office of Environmental Sustainability Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, Regional Inspectorate Dublin McCumiskey House Richview Clonskeagh Road
Caroline Cronin
Caroline Cronin Climate Services Unit Office of Environmental Sustainability Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, Regional Inspectorate Dublin McCumiskey House Richview Clonskeagh Road
Catharina Damrell
Deputy Social Media Manager
Catharina Damrell
Deputy Social Media Manager

Catharina Damrell is a dual-degree graduate student at Yale’s School of the Environment, and School of Public Health. She is interested in the intersection of climate change, human health, and coastal communities. Prior to enrolling at Yale, she co-launched the U.S.’ first ever sustainability platform for food retailers, quantifying a
collective $20 million savings potential through sustainability initiatives and engaging 15 major grocery chains to act on these opportunities. She is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar alum, having taught English in Indonesia, and volunteered with local grassroots environmental organizations. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from
Connecticut College. Outside of school, she serves as a board member of a Boston-based, regional community support nonprofit, and enjoys outdoor adventures, trying new foods, and talking with her cat, Tako.

Catherine Martini
Digital Strategist
Catherine Martini
Digital Strategist

Catherine is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate, focusing on international climate policy at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently a photographer for Yale F&ES and Science Communication Strategist for ParisAgreement.org, an NGO she helped launch at COP21 in Paris which contextualizes and visualizes core issues around the international climate negotiations and technical greenhouse gas inventory processes. Prior to attending Yale, Catherine received her B.A. in Political Science & Environmental Studies from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. As a Digital Strategist at YPCCC, Catherine tracks analytics, and helps the team of research assistants succeed in executing social media campaigns through linking relevant YPCCC research to current events with innovative graphic design. In her free time, Catherine loves ballroom dance, photography, travel and is a member of Yale’s Forestry Club.

Charly Frisk
Deputy Social Media Manager
Charly Frisk
Deputy Social Media Manager

Charly Frisk is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in the intersection of climate change resilience and agriculture — centering storytelling using documentary film-making. Before attending YSE, Charly was a student at the College of Saint Benedict studying Environmental and Peace Studies with a focus on biodiversity and human needs.

Cheryl Carmichael
Cheryl Carmichael

Cheryl Carmichael is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Chris Mooney
Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter on energy and the environment at The Washington Post.  He is also a lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment for this academic year. He has authored four books about science, politics and climate change.

Chris Perkins
Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins is the Senior Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and graduate of the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment. In our February 25, 2022, event on outdoor recreation, Chris provided an analysis of how the $689 billion outdoor recreation industry has captured the attention of policymakers on both sides of the aisle, and how the dynamics of 2022 and beyond make now a critical moment for more outdoor recreation investments.

Chris West
Research Assistant
Chris West
Research Assistant

Chris is an undergraduate at Yale studying Physics. He is from Massachusetts and is a proud member of Saybrook College. Chris is excited to be working with YPCCC on their places of worship data collection project. He has an interest in renewable energy and plans to pursue a career in that field after graduation.

Christina Shaffer
Speaker Series Coordinator
Christina Shaffer
Speaker Series Coordinator

Christina is a joint MEM/MBA student at Yale’s School of the Environment and School of Management, focusing on business solutions to climate change. She is especially interested in sustainable tourism as a conduit for wildlife conservation in marine ecosystems. Prior to Yale, she spent five years in DC working for Deloitte’s public sector consulting practice helping federal agencies tackle their greatest innovation challenges; most recently, she managed a $10M internal investment budget to launch the firm’s integrated portfolio of climate services that accelerate government climate action. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys cooking, scuba diving, and trying to learn French.

Clara Fang
Deputy Director of Partnerships
Clara Fang
Deputy Director of Partnerships

As deputy director of partnerships, Clara Fang is responsible for facilitating the exchange of insights and resources between YPCCC and external organizations. Prior to YPCCC, Clara was senior fellow at Citizens’ Climate International and student engagement director at Citizens’ Climate Lobby where she helped mobilize young people on climate action. She is completing a PhD at Antioch University New England on diversity and equity in the climate movement and helps environmental organizations advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Clara serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. She holds a BA in English from Smith College and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. Her work can be found on the web at climatediversity.org.

Cloe Dickson
Social Media Lead
Cloe Dickson
Social Media Lead

Cloe is a first-year student in the Master of Environmental Science program at the Yale School of the Environment and is the Social Media Manager for the Yale Climate Connections podcast. She earned her BA from University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research focuses on the history, culture, and politics of community organizing around water in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and the broader phenomena of rural-to-urban water transport in the North American Southwest. Prior to graduate school, she served in AmeriCorps as a Youth Development Coordinator at Alpine Achievers Initiative, where she supported students in rural southern Colorado schools. At YPCCC, she is interested in creative storytelling and social media as a mode of engaging diverse audiences in environmental science and climate action. In her free time, you can find her somewhere outside, hopefully bagging another 4,000-foot peak in New England, where she grew up.

Colleen Reid
Colleen Reid

Dr. Colleen Reid is a professor of geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her recent research is on the effects that breathing in wildfire smoke has on people’s health

Conor Quinlan
Senior Manager, Climate Services, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland
Conor Quinlan
Senior Manager, Climate Services, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland
Cora Hagens
Partnerships Intern
Cora Hagens
Partnerships Intern
Courtney Megerian
Social Data Scientist
Courtney Megerian
Social Data Scientist

Courtney Megerian is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment where she focuses on climate change solutions and business and the environment. Prior to attending YSE, she was part of a research team studying glacial geomorphology and glacial movement. Courtney holds a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Science and Sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Cristian Sanchez
Digital Climate Coalition
Cristian Sanchez
Digital Climate Coalition
Dana Johnson
Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson serves as Senior Director of Strategy and Federal Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice and leads an advocacy, regulatory and policy-setting team. She has successfully helped shape the environmental industry narrative in the areas of clean air, healthy homes, water quality, energy democracy, and transportation standards. Dana has moderated conversations about equitable policy-making on behalf of the New York Bar Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Water Club.

Dana Patterson
Digital Strategist
Dana Patterson
Digital Strategist

Dana is a passionate environmental leader currently studying her Master of Environmental Management with a focus on science communication and wildlife conservation at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently an Assistant Editor for Yale Environment 360, Social Media Ambassador for Yale F&ES and served as the Marketing and Communications Director for the 2016 Environmental Film Festival at Yale. Prior to attending Yale, she devoted the last decade to making positive environmental shifts in New Jersey communities. In her 5-year nonprofit role, she empowered dozens of individuals in environmental justice communities; taught thousands of students about wetlands, wildlife, and watersheds; and served a leadership role on a half dozen Community Advisory Groups providing technical guidance and community outreach on toxic site remediation. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Board Member of FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise. As the Digital Strategist at YPCCC, she curates our social media platforms, designs digital graphics for media releases, tracks analytics, and assists the research team as needed. She is also a member of Yale’s Forestry Club and in her free time, she enjoys nature photography and bird watching.

Dani Schulman
Contributing Writer
Dani Schulman
Contributing Writer

Dani Schulman is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Human Rights at Yale University. Her academic works centers on themes of food justice, climate communications, Chinese environmental policy, and environmental economics. Outside of class, Dani serves as Co-President of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition, and spends her free time traveling, scuba diving, and singing jazz.

Darcy Dugan, MEsc 2009
Darcy Dugan, MEsc 2009

Darcy Dugan now lives in Alaska with her husband and son and works as the Program Manager for the Alaska Ocean Observing System.  AOOS is one of 11 regional ocean observing systems in the US funded by NOAA with the mission of improving access to marine data.  Darcy works with scientists and institutions who are monitoring Alaska’s coastal and marine environment, and helps shape the information into user-friendly data tools for recreationists, mariners, coastal managers, fisherman, industry, conservation groups, and other marine users.

David Wade
David Wade

David E. Wade is a Lecturer at Yale University where he also directs The Kerry Initiative, and a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he works on global climate change, global oceans, and foreign policy issues. He spent over two decades at the highest levels of the State Department, on Capitol Hill, and on two national presidential campaigns, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Deborah Mensah-Bonsu
Founder
Deborah Mensah-Bonsu
Founder

Games for Good

Desmond O’Mahony
Scientific Officer- Behavioural Insights Team at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland
Desmond O’Mahony
Scientific Officer- Behavioural Insights Team at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland
Devi Nayar
Social Media Producer
Devi Nayar
Social Media Producer
Devi is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in the combined degree program of Architecture and Anthropology at Yale University. Prior to this, she received her Master’s degree in the Master of Environmental Design program from the Yale School of Architecture. Her research interests include transnational architecture and the anthropology of dwelling in the Indian Ocean network, and the intersection of space, gender, and religion in the Middle-Eastern and South Asian context.
Prior to coming to Yale, she ran her own architectural practice and furniture design studio. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, and a Master of Science in Architecture from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. She is currently the Deputy Instagram Lead at YPCCC.
Dominique Browning
Co-founder and Director, Moms Clean Air Force
Dominique Browning
Co-founder and Director, Moms Clean Air Force
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

Dylan Walsh, MEM 2009
Dylan Walsh, MEM 2009

Dylan is a freelance writer based in New Haven, CT. He contributed regularly to The New York Times Green blog until it closed in March, 2013. He now contributes to Elements at The New Yorker, as well as The Guardian environment blog. He has written for Yale Environment 360, The Huffington Post, and environment Yale, among other publications. Dylan writes about science and the environment. He is particularly interested in technology and people within the environment.  Until January of 2014, Dylan was an editor at The Solutions Journal. You can find irregular updates on his work at dylancwalsh.com.

Eimear Cotter
Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Eimear Cotter
Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Eimear Cotter
Director of the Office of Evidence and Assessment (OEA), Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Eimear Cotter
Director of the Office of Evidence and Assessment (OEA), Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Elena DeBre
Research Assistant
Elena DeBre
Research Assistant

Elena DeBre is a junior at Yale College majoring in cognitive science, where she focuses on studying psychology and philosophy. She is particularly interested in journalism and her work has been featured in the Texas Monthly, Slate, and the New Journal. She hopes to use her love of storytelling to create climate change awareness and report on environmental issues.

Elham Shabahat
YPCCC/Pulitzer Center Fellowship Recipient
Elham Shabahat
YPCCC/Pulitzer Center Fellowship Recipient
Elisabeth Schreiber
Social Media Producer
Elisabeth Schreiber
Social Media Producer

Elisabeth is a first-year Master of Environmental Management student. She is interested in sustainable development and nature-based solutions for climate mitigation and environmental health. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering with a minor in sustainability studies.

Elizabeth Hopkinson
Instagram Producer
Elizabeth Hopkinson
Instagram Producer
Elizabeth is a senior at Yale College majoring in Environmental Studies. She is currently writing an undergraduate thesis at the intersection of critical geography and end-of-life care and hopes to attend medical school in the future. Her favorite spots on campus include the JE courtyard, the second floor of the YUAG, and the popular reading section in the law library.
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Elizabeth Wilkinson

Elizabeth is the Associate Director for Global Initiatives at Yale School of Management. She works with the Global Initiatives team at Yale and administrators at the 31 other Global Network schools on programs and initiatives that require collaboration across the network.

Emily Aiken
Department of Geography, University of Delaware
Emily Aiken
Department of Geography, University of Delaware
Emily Connor
Research Assistant
Emily Connor
Research Assistant

Emily is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management (2017) and is committed to exploring impacts of climate change and how management strategies can help societies improve resilience and better adapt to a changing future landscape. She is interested in studying water scarcity and relevant management solutions, with a particular focus in the Middle East. Prior to joining the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Emily worked as a contractor with the United States Agency for International Development on climate change communication and outreach. During her time there, she supported the White House-led partnership, Climate Services for Resilient Development, created with the goal of empowering developing nations to improve their climate resilience. Emily has also worked with National Geographic in Washington, D.C. on social media outreach and website development. She holds a BS in Geography and a BA in International Politics with a minor in Arabic from The Pennsylvania State University. In her free time, her interests include hiking and improving her nascent skiing ability.

Emily Tucker
Deputy Social Media Manager
Emily Tucker
Deputy Social Media Manager

Emily Tucker is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she studied environmental policy with a focus on climate change and energy. At FES she serves as a graduate teaching fellow for the Climate Change Policy and Perspectives course and as a co-leader for the climate change student interest group. She also is a Kerry Fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs’s Kerry Initiative. She spent the summer of 2019 in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree working on legislation and conducting policy research on a number of topics related to climate change, natural resources, agriculture, and energy. Before arriving at Yale, she worked as a policy analyst for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, where she participated in federal, regional, and state policymaking processes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in earth and oceanographic science and environmental studies from Bowdoin College.

Emily Wood
Emily Wood

Emily Wood is a senior researcher for climate at Meta. She is among the Forbes 30 under 30 honorees.

Emma Johnson
Contributing Writer
Emma Johnson
Contributing Writer

Emma is an environmental writer, researcher, and storyteller. Using a combination of written word and data and visual storytelling, I help bring cutting-edge and overlooked stories about climate change and the environment to life. I have a background in the natural sciences and job experience in writing and communications, allowing me to bring depth and clarity to environmental journalism today.

Emma Zehner
Research Assistant
Emma Zehner
Research Assistant

Emma Zehner is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment with interests in climate change communication and planning, policies, and practices that support climate change adaptation in cities. Prior to Yale, she worked on the communications and publications team at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. She has also held positions at Vera Solutions, DataHaven, and Slate.

Enggar Paramita
Development Dialogue Asia
Enggar Paramita
Development Dialogue Asia
Erick Lachapelle
University of Montreal
Erick Lachapelle
University of Montreal

Erick Lachapelle is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal (officially known as l’Université de Montréal). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is the principal investigator for the Canadian Surveys on Energy and Environment (CSEE) and Research Partner with EcoAnalytics. Broadly focused on the social and political responses to complex policy problems like climate change, his work examines the role of values, ideology, and contextual factors in shaping risk perceptions and public opinion, as well as the interactions among media, public opinion, and public policy.

Erik Thulin
Erik Thulin

Erik Thulin is the applied behavioral science lead at Rare’s Center for Behavior and the Environment, directing the Center’s research agenda. He focuses on bridging the academic-practice gap through collaborations with research partners and environmental practitioners within and outside of Rare.

Previous to joining the Center, Erik worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Social Norms Group, developing measurement and behavioral intervention strategies in the development sector and teaching behavioral economics. Erik completed a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and received his PhD and MA from the Psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania, under the advising of Professor Cristina Bicchieri in the Behavioral Ethics Lab. He received his BA in the Cognition and Brain stream of the Cognitive Systems program at the University of British Columbia.

Eryn Campbell
Research Assistant
Eryn Campbell
Research Assistant

Eryn Campbell is a doctoral candidate and a Presidential Scholar in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. Her research interests broadly include engaging key stakeholders in advocacy for climate action, media and social influences on public perceptions of climate change, and communicating climate mitigation and adaptation measures. Currently, she is working as a research assistant at Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Prior to attending Mason, Eryn received her master’s degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Climate Science and Society and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Environmental Science.

Fany Kuzmova
Deputy Instagram Manager
Fany Kuzmova
Deputy Instagram Manager

Fany is a first-year Master of Architecture student at YSOA. In her studies she is interested in urban design, sustainable practices for renovation and the intersection between build environment education and the climate crisis. She graduated her bachelor studies at University of Cambridge, UK and then worked in London at a small architecture practice.

Frances Moore, MEsc2009
Frances Moore, MEsc2009

Fran is currently based in Palo Alto, CA pursuing a PhD in Stanford University’sEmmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She combines methods from economics, climate science and psychology to understand how quickly and effectively farmers will adapt to climate change. This is a critical piece of understanding the actual climate change impacts people will face but has received very little research attention. Fran hopes the approach can help make climate change impacts more concrete and salient in communicating climate science.

Francesca Polletta
Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine
Francesca Polletta
Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine
Francis Commerçon
Social Data Scientist
Francis Commerçon
Social Data Scientist

Francis is a 2023 Master of Environmental Science Candidate at Yale School of the Environment. His
research addresses the sociology of cross cultural and trans boundary environmental collaboration, with
a focus on migratory shorebird conservation in East Asia. Before Yale, Francis conducted research on
social norms around illegal hunting and behavioral contagion of wild meat consumption in rural
southwest China. He has previous experience assisting with sustainable rubber agroforestry research
and small-scale community-based ecotourism development. Originally from Highlands Ranch, CO,
Francis holds bachelor’s degrees in Biological Science and Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from
Colorado State University, where he co-founded the University’s still-thriving ornithology club. Francis
spends his free time birding.

Fred Pearce
Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in the U.K. He is a contributing writer for Yale Environment 360 and is the author of numerous books, including The Land Grabbers, Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World, and The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming.

Gabby Trejo
Gabby Trejo

Gabby Trejo is the Executive Director of Sacramento ACT (Area Congregations Together), a faith-based organization that develops people through the power of storytelling and relationships to identify community issues and solutions.

Gabriela Garcia
Social Media Producer
Gabriela Garcia
Social Media Producer

Gabriela Garcia is a sophomore at Yale College majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Spanish. Besides her work for the YPCCC, Gabriela works for the Yale MacMillan Center’s Council of Latin American & Iberian Studies, and is an active member of Sube: Yale Latinx Business and Leadership Student Association.

Gemma Shepherd
Gemma Shepherd

Gemma is a senior Environmental Studies major at Yale College. She spent this past summer in the Costa Rican rainforest as a part of a field research class on biodiversity and sustainability with the School for Field Studies. She also spent six months studying in New Zealand during her junior year. ⁠Gemma’s favorite courses at Yale have been EVST. For her senior essay, she is exploring chitosan as a biodegradable biopolymer for food packaging. She is the Sustainability Captain for the Track & Field and Cross Country Teams.

Gerald Torres
Gerald Torres

Professor Gerald Torres holds a joint appointment at Yale Law School and the Yale School of the Environment and is the founding director of the Yale Center for Environmental Justice. He is a pioneer in the field of environmental law and has  spent his career examining the intrinsic  connections between the environment,  agricultural and food systems, and social justice. His research into how race and  ethnicity impact environmental policy has been influential in the emergence and evolution of the field of environmental justice. 

Grace Cajski
Digital Content Editor
Grace Cajski
Digital Content Editor

Grace is super senior at Yale College studying Environmental Studies and English. She’s interested in environmental writing and marine conservation. Grace advocates for bottom-up conservation and food sovereignty. She believes that storytelling is a critical component to climate advocacy, and she’s thrilled to be able to bring that philosophy to YPCCC as the digital content editor.

Grace Dietz
Yale Climate Connections Graphics Lead
Grace Dietz
Yale Climate Connections Graphics Lead

Grace Dietz is a junior at Yale College studying Environmental Studies on the B.S Conservation and Biodiversity track. She’s interested specifically in how we define “success” after conservation efforts, and who is allowed to contribute their knowledge to restoration. She has research experience following a fellowship project on urban heat islands, as well as experience working within the Municipality of Anchorage waste diversion committee in Alaska. In her spare time, she’s on the field as captain of the Yale Womens’ Club Rugby team, or working as a barista in Franklin’s Bean-jamin cafe.

Grace Gibson-Snyder
Student, Yale College
Grace Gibson-Snyder
Student, Yale College
Grace Lowe
Ads assistant
Grace Lowe
Ads assistant

Grace is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She plans to pursue a specialization in Policy Analysis with a focus on energy and communication. Grace is particularly interested in behavioral science and how cognitive biases inform individual and group decision-making. Prior to Yale, Grace worked at an energy efficiency consulting firm in Washington, DC, where she helped implement LED lighting programs and develop utility strategies in the electric vehicle space. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Psychology from Middlebury College.

Grace McRae
Sierra Club
Grace McRae
Sierra Club
Hamzah Jhaveri
YCC Mapper
Hamzah Jhaveri
YCC Mapper

Hamzah Jhaveri is a Junior at Yale College majoring in Anthropology and is in the Energy Studies program. Hamzah is particularly interested in environmental anthropology, namely, the relationships communities have to their material environments, energy infrastructures, fossil fuels, sustainable economies, and more. He is also inspired by the concept of a just transition, which has led him to pursue organizing work with the Sunrise Movement, the Yale Endowment Justice Coalition, Step Up Yale, and the New Haven Green New Deal Coalition. He previously worked at the Yale Sustainable Food Program as a Communications Manager and held a summer internship position at the New-York-City-based hydroponics farm Farm.One in 2019. Hamzah is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Herald. He enjoys writing and performing sketch comedy with the 5th Humour at Yale, leading backpacking trips with Yale’s First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT), and dancing with friends and family!

Hannah Beath
Research Assistant
Hannah Beath
Research Assistant

Hannah Beath is a second-year Master of Public Health candidate in the Health Policy department, where she has also taken a concentration in Climate Change and Health. She is particularly interested in the intersection of health and climate policy and how to leverage communication strategies to increase support for policy intervention, particularly in the South, where she is from. At YPCCC, she works alongside Joshua Low in the Partnerships Program. This semester, her work will focus on completing a case study on narrative strategy in climate work.

Heather Fitzgerald
Heather Fitzgerald

Heather is the Associate Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY). Her role focuses on leading CBEY’s marketing and communications efforts, supporting and expanding student engagement, growing alumni engagement, and managing many of the center’s key programs.

Hodiah Nemes, Yale College 2013
Hodiah Nemes, Yale College 2013

Hodiah Nemes graduated from Yale College in 2013 with a major in Environmental Studies, concentrating in environmental rhetoric.  His senior thesis analyzed presidential rhetoric on climate change, with a special focus on the speeches of Bill Clinton.  As a senior, Hody was elected “Mr. Yale” by his peers for his outrageous impersonation of another president: George W. Bush. During college, he worked as a journalist for the St. Louis Beacon and a communications intern for Israel’s Green party. He now lives in New York City and writes for the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper.

Irene Burga
Green Latinos
Irene Burga
Green Latinos
Isabel Del Toro Mijares
Social Media Writer
Isabel Del Toro Mijares
Social Media Writer
Isabel is a senior at Yale, completing her B.S. degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on biodiversity and conservation. Her research focuses on understanding how climate change will impact ecosystems and landscapes, and in turn, how humans relate to them. She’s passionate about scientific communication and finding ways to further the dialogue between the public, policy and science. In her spare time she enjoys drawing, spending time in nature, and hanging out with her dog, Copine.
Isabel Harrison
Instagram Lead
Isabel Harrison
Instagram Lead

Isabel is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, specializing in business and the environment and energy and the environment. She is interested in opportunities to mobilize business for large-scale action on climate change and a clean and equitable energy transition. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Isabel led communications for a strategic advisory firm focused on accelerating climate and clean energy solutions and policy. She is a fellow of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and holds a BA in environmental studies from Dickinson College.

J.W. Schneider
Facebook Data for Good
J.W. Schneider
Facebook Data for Good

As part of the Data for Good at Meta team, J.W. partnered with YPCCC on the survey of climate attitudes in 191 countries and territories the spring of 2022.

Jack Rusk
Contributing Writer
Jack Rusk
Contributing Writer

Jack is a first year Master’s of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Working in the built environment, he looks for synergies between his academic training in ecology and his professional experience in design. Currently, he works as a research assistant for Karen Seto, creating a hazard susceptibility model for the Himalaya region. Previously, Jack ran his own design firm in California. 

Jacqueline Patterson
Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chisholm Legacy Project: A Resource Hub for Black Frontline Climate Justice Leadership. The mission of the Chisholm Legacy Project is rooted in a Just Transition Framework, serving as a vehicle to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate justice with the resources to actualize visions. Prior to the launch of the Chisholm Legacy Project, Patterson served as the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program for over a decade.

James Larson
Instagram Producer
James Larson
Instagram Producer

James Larson is a senior at Yale College majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Besides his work for YPCCC, James tutors local students as part of the Flyte Scholastics organization, and is the intramural sport secretary and social activities co-chair for Branford college.

James Sun
Social Data Analyst
James Sun
Social Data Analyst
James is majoring in Global Affairs and Statistics & Data Science at Yale University. Outside of the Office of Sustainability, James has done extensive environmental data analysis with the World Wildlife Fund-Australia and Data Driven EnviroLab. He has also been involved in political affairs while writing for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, interning at the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, and managing finances for the Yale Taiwanese-American Society. James is interested in data analysis, environmental mapping, food systems, Smart Cities, environmental sustainability, national and international politics, and environmental justice and loves food very, very dearly.
Javier Román-Nieves
Consultant
Javier Román-Nieves
Consultant
Javier A. Román-Nieves serves as a visual communications and brand identity consultant for YPCCC. He joined the team as a graduate student of the Master of Environmental Management program at Yale F&ES, bringing nearly 10 years of experience in environmental communications with a focus on print applications, and having taught fundamentals and history of design at college-level in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, his former hometown. Javier strives to combine his architectural design background with newly found skills in ecosystem conservation, GIS and social ecology, bringing these into a seamless place-based storytelling practice to enrich natural resource conservation via photography, graphic design and the written word. He also likes birds and stars.
Jeff Masters
Jeff Masters

Prior to his current position with Yale Climate Connections, Dr. Masters worked with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. After a near-fatal flight into category 5 Hurricane Hugo, Masters began graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he earned a PhD in meteorology. He and two colleagues co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995, and between 2005 and 2019 his “Category 6” blog was one of the Internet’s most frequently visited extreme weather sources of information.

Jeff Nesbit
Climate Nexus
Jeff Nesbit
Climate Nexus

Jeff Nesbit is the executive director of Climate Nexus, a non-profit communications organization that works on climate and clean energy issues and solutions. He was the director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation during the Bush and Obama administrations, where he helped craft the legislative and public affairs strategy that led to the passage of the bipartisan America COMPETES Act. He was also former Vice President Dan Quayle’s communications director at the White House, and former FDA Commissioner David Kessler’s public affairs chief at the Food and Drug Administration, where he was instrumental in the agency’s successful efforts to regulate the tobacco industry and ban the marketing of cigarettes to children. He was a national journalist with Knight-Ridder newspapers and others prior to that, and currently writes regular opinion pieces for The New York Times, Time and U.S. News & World Report. He’s written multiple books and novels, including THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS and POISON TEA with St. Martin’s Press.

Jen Kretser
Director of Climate Initiatives at the Wild Center
Jen Kretser
Director of Climate Initiatives at the Wild Center
Jennifer Carman
Deputy Research Manager
Jennifer Carman
Deputy Research Manager

Jennifer is the Deputy Research Manager at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Her research interest is at the intersection of climate change adaptation and human behavior, focusing on how people can both protect themselves and advance the common good in the face of increasing climate change impacts. Her past work was in the energy sector as a program evaluation research analyst for energy utility and government clients. At YPCCC, she develops and supports survey research on public attitudes, behaviors, and policy support regarding climate change both in the U.S. and globally. She received her PhD and MS from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, and her BA from Haverford College.

Jennifer Marlon
Senior Research Scientist, Director of Data Science
Jennifer Marlon
Senior Research Scientist, Director of Data Science

Jenn is the Director of Data Science at the YPCCC and a Senior Research Scientist in the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). She designed the interactive Yale Climate Opinion Maps, the SASSY (Six Americas) segmentation tool and quiz, the Climate Opinion Factsheets, the CCAM Explorer, and other data visualization tools for the YPCCC. Jenn co-teaches Biology, the World & Us in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Environmental Data Visualization for Communication at YSE. She holds a PhD and MS in Geography from the University of Oregon, and a BS from the University at Albany, State University of New York. For a CV and more information, please visit her faculty page or personal website. Contact: jennifer.marlon at yale.edu.

Jhena Vigrass
YCC Social Media Deputy
Jhena Vigrass
YCC Social Media Deputy

Jhena is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, specializing in environmental policy analysis and energy and the environment. She is interested in bringing her background in behavior change, environmental justice, and policy advocacy to the energy sector to create more equitable and durable renewable energy programs. Jhena spent the summer as a Solar Development Associate for a low-income community solar developer. Before attending YSE, Jhena worked to increase food access and oppose fossil fuel projects in the New York region, and most recently spent a year studying in Israel. She holds bachelor degrees in Viola Performance and Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan

Jillian Semaan
Research Affiliate
Jillian Semaan
Research Affiliate
Jim Moffitt
Jim Moffitt

Jim Moffitt (@snowman) is a Staff Engineer on the Developer Relations team at Twitter. Using code examples, documentation, blog posts, and presentations, he enjoys his mission of helping developers find their ‘data signals’ of interest on Twitter. Before Twitter, Jim developed software for real-time weather monitoring and flood-warning systems. Jim has stayed involved with the early-warning community by advocating and demonstrating the use of Twitter for real-time communication and data exchange.

Joaquin Medrano
Instagram Producer
Joaquin Medrano
Instagram Producer
Joaquin is a junior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Political Science. He has been part of the team since his freshman year, starting as a social media producer. He is excited to work for YPCCC for another year and highly encourages anyone to read over our material!
John Chung-En Liu, MEM/MA (International Development & Economics) 2009
John Chung-En Liu, MEM/MA (International Development & Economics) 2009

John Chung-En is a PhD candidate in sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to entering his doctoral program, he received a joint master’s degree in environmental management and economics at Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in his home country. In John’s dissertation, he looks into the construction and governance of carbon markets, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in the European Union.  During his time at YPCCC, John worked with Dr. Leiserowitz to examine environmental attitudes and behaviors in urban China. He is currently writing a paper on the climate change skepticism in China to continue this research agenda.

John O’Mahony
Principal, Behaviour & Attitudes Consulting Group
John O’Mahony
Principal, Behaviour & Attitudes Consulting Group
Jordan Schmolka
Digital Ads Assistant
Jordan Schmolka
Digital Ads Assistant

Jordan Schmolka is a junior at Yale College studying environmental justice. She is particularly interested in the creation, dissemination, and use of environmental knowledge and its relationship to social change. Before joining the YPCCC team, Jordan worked with Artspace New Haven to organize a set of environmentally-focused exhibitions as well as an environmental justice summit centered on activism and the arts. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums, working on crossword puzzles, and spending time with her dog, Satchmo.

José G. González
José G. González

José G. González is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors. He is a professional educator with training in the fields of education and conservation while engaging in different artistic endeavors with art and messaging—often exploring the intersection of the environment and culture. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. In our February 25, 2022, event on outdoor recreation, he addressed how cultural values in the Latino community can strengthen a sense of stewardship for the earth and help overcome systemic oppression, leading toward environmental equity as more and more Americans go outside to play.

Josh Zeitlin
Social Data Scientist
Josh Zeitlin
Social Data Scientist

Josh Zeitlin is a mathematics student in the Yale Class of 2025, residing in Trumbull College. At YPCCC, Josh works on the Social Data Science team with Dr. Marlon studying American opinion dynamics regarding Climate Change, building predictive models of voters’ climate opinions. Before Yale, Josh lived in Palo Alto California and worked at Whiterabbit AI — an AI firm focusing on breast cancer diagnostics — on the Research Science Team, developing models to prioritize patients at risk for breast cancer during outreach campaigns. Outside of his academic work, Josh enjoys crossword puzzles, watching basketball and going for long hikes.

Joshua Kalla
Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University
Joshua Kalla
Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University
Joshua Low
Partnerships Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Joshua Low
Partnerships Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Justin Farmer
Justin Farmer

Justin Farmer is a 25-year-old activist  and elected official. He is currently  serving his second term as a  Legislative Councilman representing  Hamden’s 5th District. Justin’s  experience as a seasoned community  organizer has enabled him to build  some of the strongest grassroots  campaigns in state history.

Kai Chen
Kai Chen

Dr. Kai Chen is an assistant professor of epidemiology (environmental health) at Yale University.

Karina Sahlin
Digital Climate Coalition
Karina Sahlin
Digital Climate Coalition
Karine Lacroix
Postdoctoral Associate
Karine Lacroix
Postdoctoral Associate

Karine’s research focuses on applying behavioral science to design interventions targeting group-specific barriers and motivators. She has developed a tool to measure psychological barriers to pro-environmental behavior, tested interventions to help individuals reach their dietary goals, and investigated shifts in climate change risk perception as it relates to experience with forest fires. As a Postdoctoral Associate, she contributes to experimental research design, implementation, and data analysis. Karine received a PhD and a MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria in the Environmental, Social, and Personality Lab, and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Kartikeya Singh, MEsc 2009
Kartikeya Singh, MEsc 2009

Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Junior Research Fellow, received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation and the geopolitics of energy use. His Master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through decentralized renewable energy systems. Previously, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), which has served as a forum for voices of the budding youth climate movement across South Asia. He has been involved with international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks from 2009 to 2012.

Kate Donatelli
YCC Social Media Producer
Kate Donatelli
YCC Social Media Producer

Kate Donatelli recently graduated with a Masters in Environmental Management. While at Yale, she studied environmental policy with a focus on land use and climate adaptation strategies. Before graduate school, she worked for The Trust for Public Land in New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kate Richard
Research Assistant
Kate Richard
Research Assistant

Kate is a 2018 Master of Environmental Management graduate from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is interested urban resilience and climate change adaptation planning. Before coming to Yale, Kate worked on university sustainability and food access programs. She has a BA in English and a BS in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland. In her free time, she likes to read, play piano, and experiment with sourdough baking.

Kate Tewksbury
Social Media Producer
Kate Tewksbury
Social Media Producer
Kate Tewksbury is a graduate of Yale College, where she majored in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Law. She believes in YPCCC’s mission because she sees narratives as a tool that can compel people to take action against the climate crisis. On campus, she was a member of the Yale Women’s Ice Hockey team for two years. She was an active member of her residential college, Berkeley, where she served as a College Aide. She was born and raised in New York City.
Katherine Tucker
Research Assistant
Katherine Tucker
Research Assistant

Katherine is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment specializing in Water Resources Science and Management and Rural Planning. A native of Vermont, she received her BA in Geography and History from Bucknell University. Prior to Yale, Katherine worked as a GIS Technician for the City of Thornton, Colorado. She’s excited to work with YPCCC on identifying emerging geographies for place-based climate stories. 

Kathryn S. Deeg
University of California Berkeley
Kathryn S. Deeg
University of California Berkeley

Katie Deeg is a PhD Candidate in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. She investigates materials for environmental and clean energy applications, such as carbon capture and hydrogen storage, via computational chemistry methods. She is working to build bridges between science and policy in order to enact research-based, forward-looking policies, especially in climate change and energy. With Dr. Jennifer Marlon and colleagues at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, she is investigating what demographics of Americans have changed their minds about global warming, and why, in order to study how to help Americans better understand the problem.

Kathryn Thier
George Mason University
Kathryn Thier
George Mason University
Katie Gilbert
Katie Gilbert

Katie is a freelance writer interested in sharing stories that help bring into focus the economic systems and institutions that shape our lives.

Kelsey Hartman
Video Producer
Kelsey Hartman
Video Producer

Kelsey is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is pursuing a specialization in Ecosystems and Land Conservation and Management, and is interested in how people and institutions make decisions around sustainable natural resource use. Before coming to Yale, Kelsey did communications and project management for WWF’s Greater Mekong program. Most recently she spent a year in the littoral forests of southeastern Madagascar as a conservation research assistant doing biodiversity surveys.

Kelsey Mulcahy
Facebook Data for Good
Kelsey Mulcahy
Facebook Data for Good

Kelsey is with Facebook Data for Good and partnered with YPCCC on the 31-country survey of climate attitudes in the spring of 2021.

Kelsey Mulcahy
Kelsey Mulcahy
Lauryn Burdine
Instagram Producer
Lauryn Burdine
Instagram Producer

Lauryn Burdine is a junior in Yale College majoring in American Studies, with particular interests in the American South, rural society, and environmental restoration. Outside of YPCCC, Lauryn is involved with Yale Questbridge Network, Rural Students Alliance at Yale and is a FroCo in Timothy Dwight College.

Kenneth Gillingham
Kenneth Gillingham

Kenneth Gillingham is a Professor of Economics at Yale University, with a primary appointment in the School of the Environment and secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and School of Management. In 2015-2016 he served as the Senior Economist for Energy and the Environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. His research examines the adoption of new energy technologies, energy efficiency, quantitative policy and program analysis, and climate change policy.

Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig
Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig

As the Yale Center for Environmental Justice Program Manager, Kristin oversees the advancement and growth of YCEJ’s programs, cultivating partnerships and collaboration among Yale faculty, staff, students, and local partners to promote engaged research and experiential learning. She also develops tools and coordinates convenings for network development including the annual Global Environmental Justice Conference. In addition, Kristin develops, manages, and implements the Environmental Justice Community Fellows Program and Community Resource Lab in collaboration with affiliated faculty and local partners.

Kristina Rodriguez
Research Assistant/Intern-Partnerships
Kristina Rodriguez
Research Assistant/Intern-Partnerships

Kristina is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale’s School of the Environment, specializing in Environmental Policy Analysis. She is especially interested in sea level rise adaptation, coastal resilience, and climate change mitigation. She is from Miami Beach and graduated from the University of Florida this past spring with a B.S in Environmental Science.

Laura Gonzalez Mantecon
Social Media Producer
Laura Gonzalez Mantecon
Social Media Producer
Laura González Mantecón is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, focusing on Ecosystem Conservation and Management. She is interested in the intersection of ecosystem conservation and rural development, and in the incorporation of traditional knowledge and community-led planning into land management practices, as part of the broader goal of addressing climate change and environmental inequities. Before coming to YSE, Laura worked in outdoor and international education, where she learned about the importance of delivering environmental messages to a broader audience that is at the core of YPCCC’s mission.
Laura González Mantecón
Social Media Producer
Laura González Mantecón
Social Media Producer

Laura is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of the Environment and a Fulbright Fellow. She’s interested in addressing the intersection of conservation, rural development, outdoor access, and climate resilience through collaborative and multi-scale approaches that bridge the natural and social dimensions of conservation. During her time at YSE and besides climate communications, Laura has worked on forest collaboratives and habitat connectivity in the Northern Rockies, rangeland monitoring for regenerative grazing in the Great Plains, sustainability consulting, quantifying the effects of environmental rollbacks on Indigenous communities in Canada, and characterizing equitable partnerships in private land conservation. Before coming to Yale, Laura worked in outdoor, science, and environmental education for very diverse communities in India, Canada, and Bosnia & Herzegovina, where she learned about the importance of delivering environmental messages to a broader audience that is at the core of YPCCC’s mission. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Oviedo in Spain.

Laura Hammett
Research Assistant / Partnerships Coordinator
Laura Hammett
Research Assistant / Partnerships Coordinator

Laura is passionate about supporting environmentally sustainable and resilient development through a combination of creative community engagement, human-centered design, education, and social enterprise. As a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at Yale, Laura is focusing on issues of urban resiliency and climate change adaptation through studying urban ecology, climate and energy policy, risk analysis, and behavioral economics. Laura comes to Yale after six years in the environmental planning, international development, and communications fields. She spent three years as a project lead with consulting firm Marstel-Day, where she helped the U.S. Air Force resolve resource and land use challenges in collaboration with host communities in South Korea and Japan. Prior to that experience, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, working with a municipality on capacity building and community development projects while also leading a national environmental education network for high school students. Laura holds a Bachelors of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. As a Research Assistant at the YPCCC, she manages outreach for the Yale Climate Connections daily radio program and assists with overall media strategy.

Lauren Ashbrook
Social Media Manager
Lauren Ashbrook
Social Media Manager

Lauren Ashbrook is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She’s focused on agriculture, rural livelihoods, and climate adaptation. Before coming to YSE, Lauren was working in communications and strategy at a Boston-based agriculture start-up. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale College.

Lauren Boucher
Research Assistant
Lauren Boucher
Research Assistant

Lauren Boucher is a first year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her academic interests include renewable energy, energy access, and international development. Prior to attending Yale, Lauren worked for a national non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. She organized and led professional development workshops that gave K-12 teachers interactive, interdisciplinary methods for teaching and communicating contemporary global and environmental issues in their classrooms. Lauren received her B.S. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Oregon and M.Ed. in from George Mason University. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time outdoors.

Lauren Kim
Research Assistant
Lauren Kim
Research Assistant

Lauren is a rising senior majoring in Environmental Studies & Urban Studies interested in strategies for climate resiliency. Through her work as an environmental justice peer mentor and agroforestry researcher in Taiwan, she advocates for an intergenerational and inclusive climate movement. She hopes to pursue graduate research in disaster mitigation, equitable urban planning, and critical geography in coastal communities. She is excited to work with YPCCC on data visualization and storytelling projects this summer!

Leah Ndumi Kioko
Research Assistant
Leah Ndumi Kioko
Research Assistant

Leah Ndumi Kioko is a visiting scholar from Yale-NUS in Singapore who is currently in her senior year, majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Computer Science. Her undergraduate research so far has consisted of looking into socio-political and environmental factors influencing contemporary migration patterns. She is also interested in the up and coming sector of clean tech and technology’s potential to increase climate change resilience for vulnerable populations. Other than that, she has a keen interest in how data can be leveraged to increase civic engagement in cities. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, board games and crocheting.

Danning (Leilani) Lu
Research Assistant
Danning (Leilani) Lu
Research Assistant

Danning (Leilani) Lu is a second-year Master of Environmental Science candidate with social science concentration from Bejing, China.  She graduated from Wheaton College (IL), holding bachelor degrees in environmental science and sociology. At YPCCC, she works in the experiment team with Jennifer Carman as a research assistant on climate justice public opinions and survey data analysis.  She is interested in using social research methods to study pro-environmental behaviors, civic environmental actions, social organizations and environmental governance to promote sustainability in cities.

Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz
Professor of Agroecology at the University of Puerto Rico at Utuado
Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz
Professor of Agroecology at the University of Puerto Rico at Utuado
Luke Reaper
Behaviour & Attitudes Consulting Group
Luke Reaper
Behaviour & Attitudes Consulting Group
Lynn Fiellin
Professor of Medicine
Lynn Fiellin
Professor of Medicine

Yale School of Medicine, the Yale Child Study Center, and the Yale School of Public Health

Madeleine Zaritsky
Strategic Environmental Communication Speaker Series Coordinator
Madeleine Zaritsky
Strategic Environmental Communication Speaker Series Coordinator

Madeleine Zaritsky is a fourth-year student at Yale College majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice. She currently serves as Executive Chair for the Yale Student Environmental Coalition and as Student Program Manager for the Yale Center for Environmental Justice. Her work focuses on climate and energy justice.

Maggie Wang
Maggie Wang

Maggie Wang is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. She thinks and writes on the environment, public health, and the arts.

Makeda Fekede
Sierra Club
Makeda Fekede
Sierra Club
Malika Srivastava
Senior Project / Program Manager at Unity Technologies
Malika Srivastava
Senior Project / Program Manager at Unity Technologies
Mallika Talwar
Research Assistant/Intern-Partnerships
Mallika Talwar
Research Assistant/Intern-Partnerships

Mallika supports the work of the Partnerships Team in helping climate advocacy organizations apply public opinion data and research towards strategic campaigning, organizing and advocacy. She is currently a graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment and is pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Management . Prior to joining YPCCC, owing to her passion for community-centred approaches to environmental management, she worked with a grassroots organization on community-based conservation and resource governance in India.

Manuel Salgado
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Manuel Salgado
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Mardiyah Chamim
Development Dialogue Asia
Mardiyah Chamim
Development Dialogue Asia
Margaret Desmond
Manager Climate Services, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, Inniscarra, County Cork
Margaret Desmond
Manager Climate Services, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, Inniscarra, County Cork
Marina Psaros
Senior Manager, Sustainability at Unity Technologies
Marina Psaros
Senior Manager, Sustainability at Unity Technologies
Marissa Grenon
Social Media Writer
Marissa Grenon
Social Media Writer

Marissa is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment and a 3L at Northeastern University School of Law. She is interested in the intersection of coastal and marine restoration, ecological resilience, and environmental justice.

Mark Magaña
Green Latinos
Mark Magaña
Green Latinos
Marquel Musgrave
Marquel Musgrave

Marquel Musgrave is a tribal citizen of Nanbé Owingeh (the Pueblo of Nambe).

Mary Frances Rochford
Director, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Mary Frances Rochford
Director, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Matthew Ballew
Research Specialist, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Matthew Ballew
Research Specialist, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Matthew Daggett
Matthew Daggett
Mauricio Miramontes
Mauricio Miramontes

With La Mano del Mono, Mauricio is reforming Mexico’s nature-tourism industry, replacing it with a system that creates sustainable and profitable livelihoods for rural and indigenous communities based on conservation, market value, and local autonomy.

Meera Rothman
Digital Content Editor
Meera Rothman
Digital Content Editor

Meera is a senior at Yale College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She is interested in ecofeminism, and studying how environmental justice can lead to greater racial, economic, and gender equality. Meera serves as the editor-in-chief for the Yale Human Rights Journal, as well as an associate editor for The New Journal. This summer, she is working as a researcher at The Public Policy Lab, where she is focusing on projects aimed to alleviate urban disparities in health care and education.

Megan Ayers
Research Assistant
Megan Ayers
Research Assistant

Megan (she/her) is a PhD student in Statistics & Data Science at Yale. She works with Dr. Marlon and the Social Data Science team studying American belief, risk perception, and behavior changes relating to Climate Change. Her general research interests include environmental policy evaluation, causal inference, machine learning, and science communication via data visualization. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Lewis & Clark College.

Megan He
Instagram Producer
Megan He
Instagram Producer

Megan He is a senior in Yale College majoring in Environmental Engineering and Global Affairs. Outside of YPCCC, she conducts research in the Gentner Lab on air pollution from nontraditional sources. In her free time, she enjoys running to East Rock while listening to podcasts, baking scones, and traveling.

Megan McVey, MEM 2012
Megan McVey, MEM 2012

Megan is currently a Senior Digital Associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and works with Pew’s environmental, creative, and multimedia teams on content packaging and strategy. She oversees content development, works with the distribution team on social media and email marketing, and advises Pew staff on incorporating digital communications techniques into their work.  Before Pew, Megan served as the Communications Manager at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, where she developed and implemented strategies for enhancing the Program’s web-based presence and overall communications effectiveness. She designed, launched, and managed the USGCRP website, implemented social media outreach strategies to increase engagement with those within the climate change communication community, and informed staff about online engagement and user experience best practices. She also served as the coordinator for the Communication and Education Interagency Working Group, which aimed to coordinate and enhance unified Federal strategies to communicate and educate about climate change science.

Mia Reback
Social Media Manager
Mia Reback
Social Media Manager
Mia is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is pursuing a specialization in Climate Change Science and Solutions. She is particularly interested in solutions to achieve 1.5 C and the energy transition off of fossil fuels. Prior to arriving at Yale, Mia worked as a community organizer in Portland, Oregon developing community-based climate policy and leading campaigns against new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies – Economics from Reed College.
Michel Gelobter
Yale Center for Environmental Justice
Michel Gelobter
Yale Center for Environmental Justice
Miles Starr Radin
Ads assistant
Miles Starr Radin
Ads assistant

Miles Starr Radin is a first year Business & the Environment student at the Yale School of the Environment (’22). He is joining YPCCC to help find ways to engage the public with climate change news and solutions, from skeptics to activists. At YSE, he plans to find community-minded ways to drive organizations to be leaders in combating climate change. Before YPCCC, Miles worked on environmental communication at the University of Connecticut, and created the first sustainable living community in a national park – the Yosemite Living & Learning Community.

Mingmin Feng
Chinese Social Media Producer
Mingmin Feng
Chinese Social Media Producer

Mingmin is in her second year at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a focus on ecosystem conservation. She has several years of professional experience with environmental nonprofits, including three years as a researcher with the Nature Conservancy in Beijing. This summer, Mingmin interned with Conservation International, where she researched the governance of protected areas.

Mingyu (Emily) Zhang
Social Media Manager
Mingyu (Emily) Zhang
Social Media Manager

Mingyu (Emily) Zhang is a second-year Master of Environmental Science candidate at Yale’s School of the Environment. She graduated from Xiamen University in China with a major in Marine Science and takes great interest in the marine pollution problem, carbon sequestration and blue carbon ecosystems. Her past experience in popularizing microplastic knowledge has led her to YPCCC, where she will work to coordinate and share posts on Chinese social media platforms to communicate environmental climate issues with the Chinese audience.

Miranda Massie
Director and Founder of the Climate Museum
Miranda Massie
Director and Founder of the Climate Museum
Montana Burgess
Neighbours United
Montana Burgess
Neighbours United
Nan Renner
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Nan Renner
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Natalia Ordaz Reynoso
Natalia Ordaz Reynoso

I am an applied microeconomist with a special interest in economic development, labor economics, and  behavior.

I received my PhD in applied economics at the University of Minnesota in 2021.

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Computational Social Science team of Meta Platforms. 

 My research interests lie in two areas: how individuals’ beliefs shape their decisions as they relate to economic development, and the study of frictions that make poverty and inequality persistent.

Natasha Feshbach
Partner Success Assistant
Natasha Feshbach
Partner Success Assistant

Natasha is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment. She is particularly interested in food security and food justice. Prior to YSE, Natasha lived and worked in Washington D.C., running a direct food distribution program at the Capital Area Food Bank. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale College and wrote her senior thesis on climate change communication.

Nathan Empsall
Digital Advisor
Nathan Empsall
Digital Advisor

Nathan Empsall has worked with YPCCC for the past two years, offering professional advice on our overall digital strategy including email and social media. Nathan is a former digital strategist for the national Sierra Club and the official Barack Obama campaign email list, and is currently a dual-degree student at Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is pursuing ordination as an Episcopal priest while also continuing to work as a freelance digital-campaign consultant. Originally from East Texas and North Idaho, he received his BA in government and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College, is a passionate fan of Americana, country, and bluegrass music, and is married to Diana Empsall who currently works for Yale Divinity School. Nathan also manages the Facebook page Episcopal Climate News.

Neehaar Gandhi
Research Assistant
Neehaar Gandhi
Research Assistant

Neehaar is a senior in Yale College majoring in Environmental Studies and Statistics & Data Science. Besides his work for the YPCCC, Neehaar organizes annual hackathons through HackMentalHealth, serves as an editor for the Yale Daily News, and competes with the Yale Rugby Team. He is largely interested in data analysis, ESG investing, and climate policy.

Neha Middela
Research Assistant
Neha Middela
Research Assistant

Neha Middela is a sophomore at Yale College studying political science and environmental studies. She is interested in climate justice and environmental policy and has interned for the Sierra Club Michigan chapter, and worked for Greening Forward, a youth-run environmental education initiative. On campus, Neha writes for the Yale Daily News and the Yale Politic, an undergraduate politics and culture magazine.

Nick Dahl
Social Data Scientist
Nick Dahl
Social Data Scientist

Nick Dahl is a rising senior at Yale University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Statistics and Data Science Department. In S&DS, he specializes in data analysis and exploration, machine learning, and data mining with a particular focus in environmental protection and modeling. Outside of his work with YPCCC, Nick spends his time as a varsity athlete on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams representing the Yale Bulldogs, as well as tutoring in the New Haven community. He is a proud Philadelphia native, and current resident of Davenport College.

Nicole Buttermore
Nicole Buttermore

Nicole is with Facebook Data for Good and partnered with YPCCC on the 31-country survey of climate attitudes in the spring of 2021.

Nicole Buttermore
Nicole Buttermore
Nora Heaphy
Digital Ads Assistant
Nora Heaphy
Digital Ads Assistant
Nora Heaphy is a senior in Yale College studying ecology and climate justice. She is interested in climate-induced displacement and global change ecology. Before joining the YPCCC team, she researched species delimitation in Mexican mangosteens at the Yale Peabody Herbarium. Nora organizes with Fossil Free Yale and Sunrise, a movement of young people to make climate change an urgent electoral priority and create millions of green jobs in the process.
Paramita Mohamad
Communication for Change
Paramita Mohamad
Communication for Change
Paula Leonard
Enviornmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Paula Leonard
Enviornmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Phoebe Sweet
Founder & President - Acadia Strategies
Phoebe Sweet
Founder & President - Acadia Strategies
Puji Masireddy
Youth Advisory Board Member, Action for the Climate Emergency
Puji Masireddy
Youth Advisory Board Member, Action for the Climate Emergency
Quincy Yangh
Partnerships Intern
Quincy Yangh
Partnerships Intern

Quincy Yangh (he/him) is a Master of Environmental Management Student with a focus on indigenous and cultural resurgence, climate change adaptation, and environmental justice. Quincy is interested in co-building modes of environmental/climate communication that are rooted in reciprocity, equity, and cultural competency. He’s worked towards this goal in multiple capacities ranging from local to international levels both as a researcher and coalition-builder.

Raffaele Sindoni Saposhnik
Social Data Scientist
Raffaele Sindoni Saposhnik
Social Data Scientist

Raffaele is a data scientist focusing on climate change risk perception in the United States. Before arriving at Yale, Raffaele consulted a wide away of organizations on how to influence public policy and emerge victorious in high-stake litigation cases using data-driven insights and graphics, including the U.S. DOJ, the ACLU, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Raffaele is also the founder and curriculum director at the Movement for Emotional Resilience in Climate Crisis (at Yale’s Good Life Center), where he teaches meditation and facilitates healing and grieving processes for fellow earth-loving humans. Raffaele is currently pursuing a MEM at Yale. He holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, and worked at Cornerstone Research and KPMG Advisory prior to joining YPCCC.

Rebeka Ryvola
Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka is an FES Masters graduate most interested in the connections people have with nature. She studies climate justice, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and catastrophe response. She has carried out disaster forensic research for the Red Cross Climate Centre in Malawi, is Co Director of the Environmental Film Fest @ Yale, and co leads the Environmental Justice student interest group. The highlight of her week is usually “working” alongside grade 2 farmers at the Yale Farm, rockclimbing, yoga, or talking to her parents on the phone. Oh, and of course doing social media for YPCCC.

Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll Sr
Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll Sr

Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll Sr. is the senior pastor at The Church by the Side of the Road in Berkeley, CA, and one of the nation’s premiere Practical Theologians. He is also the CEO of Green The Church, the largest repository and catalyst for environmental and sustainability practices of the Black church worldwide.

Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap
Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap

Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap is the Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network. Much of his professional experience has involved the integration of theology, science, and action toward a deeper awareness of the Christian responsibility to care for God’s earth and to love one’s neighbors, both at home and around the world.

Robert Denniston
Social Media Producer
Robert Denniston
Social Media Producer
Robert Denniston is a junior at Yale College majoring in History with a certificate in Energy Studies. On campus, he’s the captain of the Club Alpine Ski Team and volunteers for the Yale Restaurant Rescue Project, an organization working towards food security in New Haven by connecting restaurants to food banks and teaching local children how to cook.
Romona Taylor Williams
Mississippi Communities United for Prosperity
Romona Taylor Williams
Mississippi Communities United for Prosperity
Ruby Park
Digital Ads Assistant
Ruby Park
Digital Ads Assistant

Ruby is a Digital Ads Assistant for the Google Ads Team in YPCCC. She is a junior at Yale College, studying English and data science. She is passionate in learning about data storytelling and digital marketing to highlight the racial and gender inequities caused by the impacts of global warming. Outside of YPCCC, Ruby is involved in gender advocacy work on campus, serving as a research assistant at the Yale Institution of Social and Policy Studies, the Vice President of STAND with the “Comfort Women” and the Panel Chair of Women Leadership Initiative. She is excited to work with YPCCC to initiate more conversations on climate connections and the social impact of climate change for our digital audience.

Saad Amer
Justice Environment
Saad Amer
Justice Environment
Sabrina Long
Social Media Intern
Sabrina Long
Social Media Intern

Sabrina is a rising junior in Yale College working on the social media team. Majoring in Computer Science and pursuing a certificate in Energy Studies, she is interested in understanding how data analysis and modeling techniques can be used to analyze public support of climate change adaptation. She is also passionate about graphic design, and is excited to use her experience to support the YPCCC’s social media presence. Sabrina is a member of the Yale Women’s Golf Team and enjoys cooking, rock-climbing, and hiking in her spare time.

Sadie Frank
Sadie Frank

Sadie Frank is a Policy Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, where she focuses on finance and climate risk disclosure. Before C2ES, Ms. Frank worked as a project manager and research assistant at the Brookings Institution on the “Markets at Risk” project. Ms. Frank holds a Masters in development practice from the University of California Berkeley, where she focused on climate policy and innovation, and a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of Washington.

Sam Inglis
Social Media Intern
Sam Inglis
Social Media Intern

Sam Inglis is a member of YPCCC’s social media team. He holds an MSc in Climate Change & Risk Management from the University of Exeter, UK. His research focuses on glacial hazards, mountain environments, and transboundary water resources. He currently writes for the website ‘GlacierHub,’ trying to increase awareness and understanding of the world’s rapidly disappearing glaciers. Sam is an active campaigner for climate action, and notably coordinated the ‘People’s Climate March’ in Hong Kong in 2014 – the only city of China’s 600+ to participate. He comes to Yale following a two month odyssey, having walked over 950 miles from the Vatican in Rome to COP21 in Paris for climate justice, alongside former Philippine climate negotiator Yeb Saño. Sam is a founder and the newly appointed Vice Chairperson of the Interfaith Climate Network in his hometown of Hong Kong, working to promote awareness of climate science within the local spiritual community.

Sam Konstantinov
Instagram Producer
Sam Konstantinov
Instagram Producer

Sam Konstantinov is a 2021 Master in Environmental Management candidate, with a focus on Water Resource Science and Management. Prior to his arrival to Yale, Sam interned as a research analyst at a water non-profit in Tel Aviv and worked as a water flow data analyst in Pennsauken, NJ. Sam is interested in developing water networks that responsibly and effectively integrate the latest technology and management practices. Sam holds a BA in environmental studies and a minor in anthropology from Temple University, in Philadelphia.

Sara Peach
Editor-in-Chief, Yale Climate Connections
Sara Peach
Editor-in-Chief, Yale Climate Connections
Sara Santiago
Assistant Director of The Forest School at Yale
Sara Santiago
Assistant Director of The Forest School at Yale
Sarah Esenther
Social Data Analyst
Sarah Esenther
Social Data Analyst
Sarah is excited to join the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication as a data scientist. Her previous work investigated local hydrology and water quality from a public health perspective, with a focus on system vulnerabilities from climate change. She has also constructed and compared land use regression models of ambient air pollutants with exposures measured from personal monitors. Sarah is a second year MPH student in the Environmental Health Sciences program at Yale School of Public Health and holds a B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 
Sarah King
Social Media Writer
Sarah King
Social Media Writer

Sarah is a senior at Yale College, and she is majoring in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Energy Studies. She is interested in sustainable agricultural, and understanding how climate change affects wetlands and coastal environments. On campus, Sarah is a member of the Women’s Varsity Field Hockey team. 

Sarah Lazarovic
Rewiring America
Sarah Lazarovic
Rewiring America
Selin Goren
Social Media Producer, Instagram
Selin Goren
Social Media Producer, Instagram

Selin Goren is a first-year student at Yale College and a climate activist. She’s passionate about climate justice and she is a part of the climate movement in both Turkey and the US. Outside her work for YPCCC, she’s a part of Dramat, EECO and Endowment Justice Coalition on campus.

Senna Ohlsson
Social Media Lead
Senna Ohlsson
Social Media Lead

Senna is a first-year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. Her research interests include environmental justice, public policy, and environmental communication. Prior to coming to YSE, Senna directed a nature program at a children’s camp in the Adirondacks. She recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and English.

Sha Merirei Ongelungel
Digital Climate Coalition
Sha Merirei Ongelungel
Digital Climate Coalition
Sharmistha Swain
Sharmistha Swain
Sharon Finegan
Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Sharon Finegan
Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Sharon Lewis
Sharon Lewis

Sharon Lewis runs the Connecticut  Coalition for Environmental Justice,  whose purpose is to improve urban  environmental health, primarily in  Connecticut, through educating the  community, through promoting changes  in governmental policy, and through  promoting individual, corporate and  governmental responsibility towards our  environment.

Shuran Wei
Chinese Social Media
Shuran Wei
Chinese Social Media
Shuran is a first year Master’s student in the Environmental Engineering department. She loves doing creative things outside the engineering field, and is also a passionate entrepreneur planning a sustainable lifestyle startup. Born and raised in Inner Mongolia, her goal is to bring back the blue sky and beautiful grassland that’s always been in her childhood memory.
Shuran Yao
Data Scientist
Shuran Yao
Data Scientist

Shuran is in her second year at the Yale School of Public Health, where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Biostatistics. She has several years of professional statistical analysis experience, particularly as an actuarial analyst for the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics where she worked for three years before attending Yale. Over the summer, Shuran interned at McKinsey & Company.

Siya Piparsania
Partnerships Student Team Manager
Siya Piparsania
Partnerships Student Team Manager

Siya is a second year Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) student at the Yale School of the Environment specializing in Business and the Environment. She is passionate about corporate social responsibility and working with organizations to strengthen their climate communications strategies. Prior to Yale, Siya worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York City where she supported the Brand Partnerships, Marketing and National Media teams. She is originally from New Delhi, India and holds a BA Degree in Environmental Studies from New York University.

The Skoll Global Threats Fund
The Skoll Global Threats Fund

The Skoll Global Threats Fund’s mission is to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future.

Sonal Jessel
Former Director of Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Sonal Jessel
Former Director of Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Sonja Smith
Sonja Smith, Programme Officer National Dialogue on Climate Action, Office of Environmental Sustainability Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, Regional office, Inniscarra, Co Cork, P31 VX59 Idirphlé Náisiunta ar Ghníomhaíocht Aeráide, An Oifig um Inbhuanaitheacht Comhshaoil Cigireacht Réigiúnach GCC Chorcaí, Inis Cara,Contae Chorcaí, P31 VX59
Sonja Smith
Sonja Smith, Programme Officer National Dialogue on Climate Action, Office of Environmental Sustainability Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, Regional office, Inniscarra, Co Cork, P31 VX59 Idirphlé Náisiunta ar Ghníomhaíocht Aeráide, An Oifig um Inbhuanaitheacht Comhshaoil Cigireacht Réigiúnach GCC Chorcaí, Inis Cara,Contae Chorcaí, P31 VX59
Spencer Blackwood
Research Assistant
Spencer Blackwood
Research Assistant

Spencer Blackwood (they/he) is a sophomore in Saybrook College intending to major in applied mathematics with a concentration in statistics and data science. Their work with YPCCC focuses on the relationship between patterns in extreme weather events and public perceptions of climate change. In their spare time, Spencer can be found singing with campus a cappella group Out of the Blue and exploring hiking spots in and around New Haven.

Stella Sekoff
Research Assistant
Stella Sekoff
Research Assistant

Stella is a senior in Davenport College studying cognitive science with a concentration in climate change communication and behavior. She is focused on understanding the psychological underpinnings of the social inertia surrounding the climate crisis, centering environmental justice and science accessibility in climate action, and using behavioral science at the nexus of climate science and policy. Stella is writing her thesis on international climate risk perception with Dr. Marlon as a research assistant on the data science team at YPCCC. She can often be found outdoors, giving campus tours, singing with Shades of Yale, or cooking for friends.

Stephanie Hanes
Environment & Climate Writer, Christian Science Monitor
Stephanie Hanes
Environment & Climate Writer, Christian Science Monitor
Steven Deline
Co-Founder of the New Conversation Initiative
Steven Deline
Co-Founder of the New Conversation Initiative
Stuart DeCew
Stuart DeCew

Stuart DeCew is the Executive Director at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. In this role, Stuart is responsible for overseeing the management, administration, strategy, and development of the School of Management and the School of the Environment’s research, education, and outreach programs in business and the environment.

Sue Biniaz
Sue Biniaz

Sue Biniaz, a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute, rejoined the U.S. State Department at the beginning of the Biden-Harris Administration. She serves as a Deputy to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. Sue previously served as a Deputy Legal Adviser at the State Department and, for more than 25 years, served as the lead climate lawyer for the United States. In that capacity, she played a central role in all major international climate negotiations, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Surbhi Bharadwaj
Surbhi Bharadwaj

Surbhi graduated from Yale College in May 2020 with a degree in Economics and Statistics & Data Science. She was also in the Energy Studies multidisciplinary academic program, through which she examined sustainability practices in the industry of corporate advising. She is now interning at a data journalism outlet in India, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Susanne Etti
Susanne Etti

Dr. Susanne Etti (she/her) is the Global Environmental Impact Manager of Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest adventure travel company. She has a PHD in natural science specializing in climate change and vector borne diseases.

Her work at Intrepid Travel centers around global decarbonization specifically around climate change performance, biodiversity, carbon reporting, and transitioning the business to the low-carbon economy. Intrepid, who are globally recognized as leaders in responsible travel, have been carbon neutral since 2010 and in 2018 became the largest B Corp in the tourism sector. In 2020 they became the first and only tour operator in the world with verified science-based emission reduction target.

Tai Michaels
Research Assistant
Tai Michaels
Research Assistant

Tai is a senior at Yale majoring in Environmental Studies and Quantitative Biology. He is interested in effective climate communication and urban issues, and he currently works with the data team at YPCCC developing an app to make analyzing climate data more user friendly. Outside of YPCCC, he does genomics research at the Gerstein Lab and TA’s a statistics class (which he barely understands himself). In his free time, he likes plants, aimless wandering, coffee chocolate, and misremembering how many c’s are in YPCCC.

Taina Perez
Digital Ads Assistant
Taina Perez
Digital Ads Assistant

Taina Perez is a Digital Ads Assistant for the newly created LinkedIn Ads Team for YPCCC. She rejoined the team this semester having previously worked on the Google and Facebook Ads Team. Taina has 4 years of experience in the fields of climate marketing and environmental justice research through the Communications Network, the Decision Theory/Distributive Justice Fund, and most recently with the Program Office at USAID Honduras. As a Digital Ads Assistant, she identifies key needs and opportunities for search marketing, copywriting, and ad production. She received her BA in Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College and is currently a second-year student at the Yale School of the Environment completing her Master’s of Environmental Management specializing in Food and Agricultural Policy.

Todd Cort
Todd Cort

Dr. Cort is a Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale School of Management and is the Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment. He works at the intersection of sustainability and investor value.

Tom Murray
Speaker Series Coordinator
Tom Murray
Speaker Series Coordinator
Thomas Murray is a junior at Yale College from New Jersey. He is double majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Political Science. He is particularly interested in the strategies of turning important climate science into understandable material. When he is not at YPCCC, he is probably busy on the Model UN Team at Yale (MUNTY), Mock Trial, Moot Court, and doing ecological research. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and camping.
Tracy Mason
George Mason University
Tracy Mason
George Mason University
Urvi Talaty
Research Assistant
Urvi Talaty
Research Assistant

Urvi is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in green chemistry, industrial ecology and corporate sustainability and the role businesses have to play in mitigating climate change. Before coming to Yale, she has interned with various organizations including UN Environment. She has a Bachelors degree in chemical engineering and an MBA, and is a founder of a non-profit initiative in India called Mission SanScar.

Valentina Connell
Social Media Producer
Valentina Connell
Social Media Producer
Valentina graduated from Yale College in 2020 with a major in Political Science. She wrote her thesis on American climate change policies. On campus, Valentina served as the Managing Editor for The Politic, an undergraduate magazine; ran discussions about international climate change-induced migration with the Yale International Relations Association; and danced and choreographed for Danceworks, her dance group. She was also a Harvest pre-orientation leader and has volunteered on five organic farms throughout Connecticut. She loves trying new restaurants around New Haven with her friends.
Vinay Kumar
Social Media Intern
Vinay Kumar
Social Media Intern
Vinay is a Master of Business Administration student at the Yale School of Management. He has a specific interest in the convergence of climate change, environmental education, and impact investing. He has worked for more than five years across different cities in India and comes with an interdisciplinary experience cutting across the information technology, non-profit education and financial services industries. In his spare time, Vinay likes to read, and travel to places of historic and natural significance.
Wan Ping Chua
Research Assistant/Intern- Partnerships
Wan Ping Chua
Research Assistant/Intern- Partnerships

Wan Ping is a final year student at the Yale School of Environment. She brings her corporate experience working across Amsterdam, Vietnam and Singapore to her role as partnerships intern. She is interested in climate change and forwarding a circular economy. She is also an avid rock-climbing fan, as it combines her passion for sports with the outdoors

Wilhelmina Graff
Wilhelmina Graff

Wilhelmina Graff is a prospective Political Science major with an interest in human rights and immigration issues. She is a staff writer for the YDN Magazine and is a captain of Yale’s Ultimate Frisbee team.

Willie James Jennings
Willie James Jennings

Willie James Jennings is a Yale Divinity School Professor and an ordained Baptist minister who has served as interim pastor for several North Carolina churches. Writing in the areas of liberation theologies, cultural identities, and anthropology, Jennings has authored more than 40 scholarly essays and nearly two-dozen reviews, as well as essays on academic administration and blog posts for Religion Dispatches.

Xinran Wang
Data Scientist
Xinran Wang
Data Scientist

Xinran analyzes the datasets gathered from national, state, local and international surveys and experiments. Originally from China, she joined YPCCC in 2017 and is excited to take a quantitative approach to understand environmental communications and opinions. She incorporates predictive modeling, data mining, visualization and mapping to provide statistical input for the ongoing studies. Xinran holds an M.A. in Quantitative Method in Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Math from University of California, Los Angeles.

Yashwant Deshmukh
CVOTER
Yashwant Deshmukh
CVOTER
Yasmin Bergemann
Instagram Producer
Yasmin Bergemann
Instagram Producer

Yasmin Zainab Bergemann is a junior majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. In addition to working for YPCCC, she is involved in the Center for Ecosystems and Architecture within the Yale School of Architecture, IRIS CT,  and Artspace. She is a local from New Haven, and loves taking advantage of all the local natural beauty.

Yihan Liu
Social Data Scientist
Yihan Liu
Social Data Scientist
Yihan Liu is a MPH student  majoring in Biostatistics in Yale School of Public Health. At YPCCC, Yihan works with the Social Data Science modeling team and focuses on refining the statistical model to better predict American voters’ attitudes towards climate change. She also participates in the visualization of voters’ demographics information. As a student in the School of Public health, Yihan also is passionate about climate change and global health. Outside YPCCC, Yihan is committed to genomics research and  research on the interaction between environment and genes. and hopes to make some achievements in public health and the environment. In her spare time, you will find her enjoying hiking, skiing, basketball and playing the piano.
Yulan Lu
Social Media Producer
Yulan Lu
Social Media Producer

Yulan is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale’s School of the Environment. At YPCCC, she coordinates and shares posts about climate-related issues on the Chinese social media platforms, Weibo and WeChat. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Environmental Science and Biology. Yulan is passionate about climate change and ecological conservation, and she looks forward to sharing global environmental issues with the Chinese audience.

Yuqin (Amelia) Han
Social Data Analyst
Yuqin (Amelia) Han
Social Data Analyst

Amelia is a first-year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to Yale, she conducted researches broadly on air quality sampling, environmental chemistry analysis, microbiology, and health impact of air pollution. She serves as student associate of Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative this year and has high interests in understanding the general opinion on climate change and environmental issues. She holds a degree from Sichuan University, where she majored in Environmental Engineering.

Zhiheng (Carbon) Chi
Deputy Social Media Manager
Zhiheng (Carbon) Chi
Deputy Social Media Manager

Zhiheng (Carbon) Chi is currently enrolled as a second-year MEM student at FES. She specializes in business and environment concentration and is passionate about corporate social responsibility and sustainable investment. In YPCCC, she primarily works on posting climate-related facts that attract the Chinese audience on social media such as Weibo and WeChat.

Zhinan Chen
Chinese Social Media Producer
Zhinan Chen
Chinese Social Media Producer
Zhinan is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies interested in environmental anthropology, religion and ecology as well as sustainable development. Prior to attending Yale, she received her B.A. in Arabic and economics from Peking University in China. During her undergrad, Zhinan enjoyed observing and reporting cultures in the Middle East through months of studying in Oman, Morocco, and UAE. Nature and language are the two things that Zhinan loves the most. At Yale, she aspires to combine her expertise in Arabic with methodologies in environmental studies to understand water, energy and environmental impacts of Chinese investment in the Middle East.