We are a team of social entrepreneurs who create and share innovative approaches to tackling social and environmental issues. We inspire your positive impacts by

making a personal connection between you and the most pressing issues of our times. 


Meet our Crew


Tara DePorte

Executive Director and Founder

Tara founded the Human Impacts Institute in 2010, seeing a need for creative approaches to sustainability and global coalition building. Before starting the Human Impacts institute, Tara worked for 9 years as Director of Environmental Education and as Program Director for a NYC community-based organization--developing opportunities for inner-city youth to learn about, and develop responsibility for, their local environment. She has also served as a global representative of The ClimateRealityProject since 2006, presenting to thousands of people about climate change.


With a BA in Human Impacts on Ecosystems from the University of Virginia and a MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University, Tara’s formal education has focused on issues of sustainable development, society, and the environment. Professionally, her international experience includes work throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, working with colleagues throughout the world on creative community development, environmental education, social justice, policy and networking.


 Tara is also an adjunct professor at Webster University in the Netherlands and has developed and led courses in Environmental Studies, Policy, Sustainable Development and Visual Arts the New School, Syracuse University, and Columbia University.


As a visual artist, Tara has exhibited and performed her work in galleries and museums in six countries.  Her personal website is TaraDePorte.com

Virginia Jans

Chief of Staff

Virginia Jans is an independent consultant, whose focus is in achieving operational cohesiveness. She is a passionate organizer, bringing over 20 years experience in operations, administration and management.

Sarangi Iyengar

Board President

Sarangi is a Vice President at Deutsche Bank and has formerly worked with Oscar Health Insurance and Goldman Sachs. Sarangi holds a J.D. from Pace University and B.S. in Environmental Policy from Rutgers University, where she was a member of Iota Sigma Beta, the nation’s first leadership sorority. Prior to working at Goldman, Sarangi interned with the United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization, Sony Electronics, and the N.J. Department of the Public Advocate.

Sarangi is also a member of the Board of WEACT for Environmental Justice and a longtime advocate for the environment and social justice. 

Doug Semmes

Board Vice President

Doug's career started with nearly a decade working in sports marketing in Europe. When world events persuaded him to focus on energy topics, he relocated to Texas and dedicated himself to sustainable development and renewable energy. He joined Green Mountain Energy and built diverse sales channels throughout the state until being asked to establish a foothold in the Northeast. In 2010 Doug opened the company's New York office and launched a grassroots campaign with over 100 staff driving awareness of renewable energy and consumer choice. As director of retail residential sales for the Eastern U.S., his efforts subsequently expanded to encompass new markets in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania while activating relationships with major retailers and five NFL teams. In addition to generating demand for renewable energy, customers acquired by Doug and his teams have helped fund solar donations to a variety of noteworthy nonprofits, with more installations planned in the years ahead. Doug lives in New York City with his wife and twin son and daughter.

Doug is a LEED accredited professional and member of the US Green Building Council.

Lisa Jaycox

Board Secretary

Lisa Jaycox is a digital strategist who has worked in the media and nonprofit sectors, advising organizations on the best ways to leverage insights for success across platforms, with a particular interest in social media. Currently as the director of content strategy for Trinity Wall Street, Lisa is building capacity for engaging audiences in new ways to make a measurable impact on social justice issues like homelessness, art as advocacy, and prison reform. In past roles at Fast Company magazine, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Architectural Record, and Aviation Week, she has built new revenue streams leveraging social ad products, led communication for coalitions that secured millions in funding for arts organizations, and consistently builds people-, process- and platform-centric strategies that support collaborative growth. Lisa's passion for the environment and desire to give back led her to the Human Impacts Institute, where she also applies her interests in event planning and the arts.

George Wukoson

Board Treasurer

George Wukoson is Senior Corporate Counsel at Ziff Davis, LLC and an experienced content and technology business lawyer. He manages litigation and other disputes and advises a diverse array of Ziff Davis businesses regarding intellectual property and data licensing, commercial agreements, acquisitions, prepublication review, and advertising and privacy regulatory compliance. He has worked extensively in the digital media, entertainment, advertising, consumer electronics and branded goods industries.


Previously, George was an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he represented clients in copyright and trademark litigation and arbitration and counseled them on intellectual property protection and advertising regulatory compliance. George attended Dartmouth College and NYU School of Law. 

Kathy Battacharia


Kathy Battacharia is a strategy and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience.  She has worked at notable companies such as KPMG, MasterCard, Diageo, and McKinsey & Company where she has developed business, technology, sales and marketing strategies, as well as managed the execution of major sales and marketing initiatives to support company growth objectives.  

Kathy graduated from Columbia University with an MBA in strategic management and finance.  She also holds a BS in marketing and international business from New York University.  She continues to be committed to lifelong learning and development.  

She is passionate about preserving the environment and ecosystems.  By leveraging her marketing and communications skills, her personal goal is to inspire others to help sustain and nurture our natural resources.  

Lauren Beebe


Lauren is Founder & CEO of Like A Local Tours. Prior to starting her business, she was Head of Marketing for Algodon Partners, a Private Equity / Venture Capital Firm with holdings in South America. Passionate about sustainable travel, Lauren is also a member of the NYC Tourism Board, Reach The World, and Tourism Cares. Her business has been featured in many major travel and business publications, along with receiving several awards. Lauren holds a B.A. in Marketing and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University.

David Flores Wilson


David Flores Wilson helps professionals and business owners in New York City achieve financial freedom. Named Investopedia 100 Top Financial Advisors of 2019, he is a Senior Wealth Manager for Watts Capital and Writer/Editor for Planning to Wealth. His financial guidance has appeared on Yahoo!Finance, MSN News, CNBC and InvestmentNews. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®) designations. David resides in the East Village and represented Guam in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Mehrdad Moghaddam


Mehrdad is a management consultant within the strategy consulting practice of EY. His project experience includes pricing, offer and go-to-market strategy, as well as business case development for growth initiatives of clients within the Consumer Products/Retail and Tech/Telecom sectors. Mehrdad completed his MBA in 2017 at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management where he served as a fellow in the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellowship program, as well as the Emerging Markets Institute. Prior to pursuing his MBA, he fulfilled a strategic marketing role within the financial services sector focusing on client segmentation and acquisition strategies, and IT consulting roles aligned to business process automation and technology enablement.


Prior to joining the board of the Human Impacts Institute, Mehrdad served the nonprofit space first as a member of the steering committee of the Multicultural Achievers Program of the YMCA of Greater St. Paul (his hometown), and later as a founding member of a young professionals network for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) in Los Angeles. He is shifting his focus towards environmental activism and sustainability given the compelling opportunities that exist to stymy and reverse adverse impacts on the environment.

William Moretti


Bill Moretti is a senior investment executive with proven experience in identifying new business opportunities and developing creative investment strategies & solutions for the Structured Finance industry - both buy- and sell-sides. With a passion for the environment and protecting the world’s natural resources for future generations, he is committed to volunteer his time to raise awareness to help organizations involved in the effort. On both a personal and professional basis, he has a very keen interest in disruptive technology, demographics and mindfulness within the workplace. Bill believes that the confluence of these areas, is extremely important for the future of business and social development.

In his new role as a Senior Managing Director and Lead of RiskSpan’s Innovation Lab, Bill is focused on applications of Machine Learning, AI and Blockchain to improve efficiencies in lending, structured finance and the investment process. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Business School, teaching a graduate program on Fixed Income Securities. In addition, Bill was invited to join the Board of The Human Impact Institute, where he is leading strategy, planning and budgeting.

Preciously, as a Portfolio Manager and Head of Global Structured Finance at MetLife Investment Management, Bill maximized portfolio income and returns, while preserving investment capital. His experience covers all sectors within structured finance with proven success in managing risk through financial crises.

Alison Ng


Alison is a Program Director in the advertising industry where she focuses on creating human-centered products that connect brands with their customers. She brings 15+ years of experience in project management and creative problem-solving to HII, and hopes to help the organization continue to develop valuable initiatives that drive impact.

Her most rewarding achievement was producing an educational fitness-based game for kids that connected physical activity with progress in the digital world. This program was piloted by the Toronto District School Board, where they saw improvement in daily exercise levels among participants, particularly with the least active girls.

Alison holds a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from York University where she graduated with honors. She loves to travel and wants to ensure that earth's natural wonders can be admired by many generations to come.

Lindsay Sword


Lindsay Sword is a Vice President of Merchandising at PVH Corp., leading product strategy for the Tommy Hilfiger North America wholesale division. She has extensive experience growing businesses through creative and meaningful product design and development, having previously worked at Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch.


Motivated to make the fashion industry more environmentally-friendly, Lindsay is also the Founder of Olen Organic, a sustainable baby clothing brand that is sold around the world and has been featured in many fashion publications.


Lindsay holds a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and graduated with High Honors.

Melissa Villain


Melissa is a Vice President with the National Settlement Team at Huntington Bank. She has more than 25 years of banking experience with past positions held at Wachovia Bank, The Bank Brevard, and Citizens Bank. She earned a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida held previous Board of Directors positions as President of the Titusville Playhouse in Florida and Treasurer of Media Masters Alliance in New York. Melissa is also a painter, photographer, musician, and singer who performs regularly in the NYC area.

Hara Wang


Hara Wang is a Senior Associate on the investment team of Braemar Energy Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm exclusively focused on driving innovation in energy, transportation, and industrial resource productivity. Before joining Braemar, Hara was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Stamford, CT., where she focused on renewable energy, power and utilities, and advanced industrials sectors. She cultivated her passion for energy technology entrepreneurship while interning in business development for an energy storage startup, and in supply chain consulting supporting U.S. and European solar companies to set up technology partnerships in China. Hara has a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She loves broadening her horizon through traveling, food, and conversations.

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Celia Frank

Program Manager

Celia Frank is currently a Senior at Binghamton University, double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Music. She was recently accepted to the 4+1 Masters in Sustainable Communities Program, also at Binghamton. She was born and raised in Manhattan, NYC, and was a vocal major at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art.


In 2019,  she was an intern at HII and oversaw the artists-in-residence. She is excited to be back with HII and to continue her passion of arts activism!

Emil Gomez


Emil Gomez is a Bronx-native and lifelong volunteer. He has been with HII since 2016 and is an invaluable member of the HII Crew. He has been a volunteer at Community Tax Aid for 36 years anda Board member there for over 20 years.


Emil has been a consultant and CPA for over 30 years, but he's much more than that; He's also committed to making a difference in peoples' lives throughout all that he does.

Erinn Roos-Brown

Development Manager

Erinn Roos-Brown is a development consultant with 15 years of experience at cultural non-profit organizations. She has worked on numerous contemporary art, public art, and public history exhibitions and programs in New York City, Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Kansas City. Roos-Brown has managed and fundraised for several environmental arts programs, including establishing the annual Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter festival in Middletown, CT that exposed over 3,000 attendees annually to the beauty, history, and science of the Connecticut River through arts and culture.


She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in Anthropology and History, in which she received departmental honors. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a master's degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Museums and Community.

Damian Archer

Youth Advisor

Damian Archer is a student at The Pennsylvania State University where he studies Earth Science and Policy and minors in Geography. Damian has conducted research on the impacts of flash floods on vulnerable communities and is currently interning at the Department of Energy. In 2019,  Damian interned with HII and focused on the Creative Climate Awards and is excited to be back with HII as a Youth Advisor. 

Christine Arroyo


Christine grew up in San Diego, graduated with a B.A. and B.S. from U.C. Berkeley, has surfed all over the world, loves graffiti art, and getting lost in a museum. Christine’s environmental activism began during her childhood in California when she helmed community outreach projects for Surfrider and Heal the Bay. She started her career as a news writer for KTVU in San Francisco, eventually moving into advertising and event production for The Black Eyed Peas world tour, including event production for The Academy Awards, The Grammy’s, and American Music Awards. 


Christine now works in the advertising/entertainment industries creating catchy phrases for brands like Beats by Dre headphones, Adidas and the NBA. Christine is currently creative directing a virtual reality segment for Oceanic Ibiza - a visual arts, music and virtual reality concert event slated for Summer of 2017. Christine also designs music videos for social impact, including for such artists as Katy Perry, Pink and Jay-Z. Christine’s concepts have been nominated for Cannes Lions awards, AICP awards and her concept for Katy Perry’s “Firework” music video was awarded MTV’s highest honor of ‘Best Music Video of the Year.’

Peter Derby


Peter Derby is a writer and producer based in New York. He brings narratives to life around a fundamental understanding of how to develop daring creative. He’s developed original content, branded docu-style series and commercial work with several major advertising agencies and brands like Diageo, Verizon, Hyundai, the New York Times, Delta Airlines and many others.

His goal is a reflection of his cross-disciplinary experiences and the basis of his original equation to deliver engaging content. He starts and finishes the writing process with Daring Creative + Strong Production Value = Differentiating Results. This has guided every aspect of his creative approach.

Esra Elshafey


Esra Elshafey is a recent MBA in Sustainability graduate from Bard College. She is also a full-time employee with Food Bank For New York City as a Food Sourcing Analyst working on food system analysis, donor stewardship, and cultivation to serve her community. Esra is passionate about the intersection of sustainability, creativity, and empowerment.


She has held a number of previous positions focusing on analysis and development through systems thinking approach. Her final capstone work for her MBA focused on building the case for greater impact investment in the Middle East and North Africa region. She was most recently consulting for National Wildlife Federation to ensure that wildlife conservation is a part of every municipal sustainability plan. She has also worked with the Department of Sanitation of NYC focusing on the adoption of the residential organics recycling program citywide, and as a Senior Manager with an NYC health tech startup focused on building health equity through community pharmacies. Esra loves to dance, travel, and create with biodegradable glitter.  

Melanie Griffin


Melanie is the Grants Administrator at the Open Space Institute and was previously the Assistant Director of Development at the Wildlife Alliance. Previous to her work in fundraising and development, Melanie was the Outreach Coordinator for the Human Impacts Institute, where she helped to build partnerships and communications efforts. In 2013, Melanie was selected by the U.S. State Department to be an Economic Empowerment Professional Fellows, where she traveled to Panama to learn about social entrepreneurship, economic empowerment for underserved communities, community development, and sustainable development. 


Melanie grew up in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a place that greatly influenced her interests in conservation and community engagement and she has a double major from Indiana University in Modern Dance and Environmental Conservation - Human Environment Interactions.

Rohan Gelber-Higgins

Youth Advisor

My name is Rohan and I'm 12 years old. I live right next to Prospect Park with my mom, dad, little brother and dog in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, but I go to I.C.E. (Institute for Collaborative Education) in Manhattan. I enjoy skateboarding, reading, drawing and playing Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve traveled all the way around the world (twice!) and that is one of the reasons why I joined the Youth Council: to help protect the beautiful places that I visited. My other reason for joining is to inspire people to protect the environment. The environment is really important to me because it is the health of the earth, the only thing that supports humanity, and if we destroy it then we will destroy ourselves.

Chiara Jovanovic


Chiara Jovanovic is an entrepreneur, executive and political activist with 20+ years of experience. She began her career at Goldman Sachs as an Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions, later becoming Vice President in the Private Wealth group. Thereafter, she was head of Business Development at Quidsi, an ecommerce company that included Diapers.com and nine other properties and that was bought by Amazon for $545 million. She then founded and was CEO of Parentify, a technology marketplace that allowed parents to connect to services and book sessions with experts. Most recently at the helm of New Playbook, Chiara has focused on getting women elected to political office (in particular the U.S. Senate), and on optimizing Democratic campaigns from a perspective of communications, operations and technology. 


Chiara holds a B.A. from NYU and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is on the Advisory Board of The Human Impacts Institute, a nonprofit organization that uses arts and culture to inspire environmental action for social good.

Jinny Kim


Born to Korean parents Jinny grew up wearing flip flops and playing with tarantulas in Bolivia. She has a background in Communications Design and is currently a Building Code Consultant in New York City. 


Jinny has grown keenly aware of the damage humanity can do to their planet and themselves and has been a long-time volunteer with HII. 

Susan Lee


Susan Lee is a financial consultant who has worked with Fortune Global 500 companies including Citigroup, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. Susan took a break from her corporate career to pursue her lifelong dream of traveling the world, where she spent 9 months in Asia and Europe, studying the fundamental drivers of motivation and behavioral psychology. Sixteen countries and forty cities later, Susan achieved her certification as a coach and facilitator of the Leadership Circle Profile in Princeton. Susan brings her life-changing journey to New York City where she commits to developing the next generation of visionary leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Susan is also the co-founder of C9P, a real estate investment firm that specializes in the acquisition and marketing of properties in the Tri-State area. She continues her passions in traveling unchartered cities, playing the piano and working with Human Impacts Institute to continue to inspire the world on environmental change.


David Lee Rubin


David Lee Rubin began editing his colleagues' writing in 1963, as a Fulbright Fellow in Paris, and subsequently edited or co-edited numerous books of scholarship and criticism.In 1987 he founded and for five years edited a themed, refereed annual, Continuum, followed in 1993 by EMF: Studies in Early Modern France. Throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s, he served on the editorial board of American, British, French, and German journals as well as Purdue University Studies in Romance Literatures. He also acted as an adviser to Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and Yale University Press, among others.After 32 years of service to the University of Virginia French Department, David now an Emeritus Professor teaches argumentation in seminars for first-year students and workshops for pre-law students, in addition to Great Books through the Charlottesville-Albemarle Senior Center.A former Guggenheim Fellow, David has written three volumes of criticism and lectured on his research at many institutions, including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Chicago and California (Berkeley as well as Los Angeles). Gradually phasing out as publisher of Rookwood Press, he recently launched a consulting practice Fox Hill Editorial.

Renae Manning Slaughter


Renae is a talent strategy consultant and leadership coach. As a leadership coach, Renae partners
with executives to realize their potential, grow in leadership capabilities, and meet critical business objectives. She also consults organizations on their operating model design, and talent management strategy. Prior to starting her own business, Renae was a Director of Talent Management at a Fortune 50 global company supporting the organization in developing and implementing their capability, culture, and talent development strategy. She has coached dozens of executives and partnered with a number of organizations across various industries throughout her career. Renae holds a Master’s of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Brian Tate


Brian is a marketing strategist and culture creator with unique experience in helping clients become more competitive while making a bigger difference in the world. He is also an expert at creating major public programs that unite audiences across traditional divides of race, gender, income and age. He is president of The Tate Group, a NYC-based consulting firm that specializes in strategic marketing, cultural initiatives, corporate sponsorships and critical paths. The firm has engaged with and consulted to a host of leaders in the worlds of business, culture, and media. Economic growth and narrative change are core to its practice. 


Mr. Tate is former executive director of the DC Committee to Promote Washington, a nonprofit group that marketed the Nation's Capital around the world and generated $93M per year in visitor revenues. Since relocating to New York City in 2001, he has created singular marketing strategies for Broadway, Brooklyn, Queens, and numerous arts organizations. A skilled negotiator, he has raised millions in cash and media through deals with AOL, AT&T, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, NBC4, Pepsi, Target, Visa, The Washington Post, and others.

Peter Oesterle


Peter works on the late night team at NBCUniversal in New York City, where he oversees digital strategy and partnerships for The Tonight Show, Late Night, and Saturday Night Live. He joined NBC in 2014 and has been integral in the development of new digital platforms for these three iconic comedy programs.


Before moving to New York to pursue his goal of building a career in the entertainment industry, Peter worked at a number of media and tech companies in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in business.


Peter grew up in Seattle, where the combination of that city’s creative culture and surrounding natural resources led to the formation of his lifelong interests in supporting conservation and the arts.

Ajani Stella

Youth Advisor

Ajani Stella is a 13-year-old climate activist living in New York City. He has spoken to the Teacher's Pension Fund Board of Directors with 350.org, urging them to divest their funds from fossil fuels; has encouraged youth to be activists; has been interviewed at the Ethical Culture Society; and was a featured youth activist on the French and German television program ARTE. With the Human Impacts Institute, Ajani was part of the film "Think Like A Kid," where he interviewed climate leaders. Now, he is part of the Youth Advisory Committee for the Human Impacts Institute. Ajani has a website on climate change, KidsFightClimateChange.org and attends Hunter College High School.

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Damien Archer, The Pennsylvania State University, Intern

Ashley Berton, McGill University, Intern

Mikelle Benfield, University of Bonn and United Nations University, Program Manager (2018-2019), Intern (2017)

Amy Braunschweiger, Human Rights Watch, Board Secretary (2011-2019)

Sam Fiske, ​Claremont McKenna College, Intern

Celia Frank, ​Binghamton University, Intern

Kimo Goree, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Advisory Council (2015-2019), Board Member (2013-2014)

Luisa Gui, Performa, ​Advisor (2012-2019)

Scott Johnson​XDEA Architects, Advisor (2018-2019)

Priya Mallikarjuna, St George's University School of Medicine, Environmental Justice Fellow (2019), 

Mark Schapiro, Advisory Council (2017-2019)

Mechthild Schmidt, New York University, Advisor (2015-2019)

Patrick Schultz​Veolia, Board Treasurer (2016-2019)

Nikita Singhal, ClearBridge Investments, Board (2018-2019)

James Slezak,  Advisory Council (2017-2019), Board Member (2013-2017)

Kavie Yu​Carleton College, Intern

Emma Zinsmeister, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Advisor (2016-2019)


Mackenzie Beltz, Penn State University, Development Director (July-Nov 2018),  Development Manager (December 2017-May 2018), Intern (2017)

Mikelle Benfield, University of Bonn and United Nations University, Program Manager (2018), Global Leadership Intern (2017)

Allison Calvanico, Georgetown University, NGO Management Intern (2018), Grantwriter (2018) 

Kelly Chan, Hunter College, Experiential Education Intern (Sept-Nov 2018)

Nick Dean, NYU, NGO Management Intern (Sept-Nov, 2018)

John DeLore, Gimlet Media, Advisory Board (2016-2018)

Amy Kleitman, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Board Member (2017-2018)

Olivia Scott Johnson, San Francisco Art Institute, Delegate

Rucha Gopal, George Washington University, Global Leadership Intern

Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, International Women's Health Coalition, Advisory Board (2016-2018)

Gabrielle Katz, James Madison University, Strategic Communications Intern (2018)

Grace Maurer, New York University, NGO Management Intern (2018)

Rochelle March, Advisory Council, Trucost (S&P Dow Jones Indices)  2016-2018

Erin McKinnon, Green Light Sustainability Advisors, Board (2014-2018)

Jeanine Moss, Advisory Council, Turning Point Solutions 2015-2018

Mya Valentin, Wesleyan University, Environmental Education Intern (2018)

Briana VanBuskirk, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Creative Marketing Director (2017-2018), Creative Design Intern (2015)


David Fenton, Fenton Communications, Advisory Board (2014-2017)

Genna Fukuda, Columbia University, Communications Intern (2016-2017)

Evan Guy, Quest University Canada, NGO Development Intern

Agathe Laure, United Nations Environment Program, Advisory Board (2014-2017)

Lauren Lavitt, Development Manager (2015-2017)

Katy Mixter, Citibank, Board (2013-2017)

Jeanine Moss, Board (2015-2017)

Akong Charles Ndika, World Health Organization, Advisory Board (2011-2017)

Kate Offerdahl, Columbia University, Youth Leadership Advisor (2012-2017)

Sara Olsson, Program Manager, 2017

Natasha Page, Seattle Central College, Creative Design Intern

Tracy Raczek, United Nations, Advisory Board (2015-2017)

Andrew Shea, Pratt Institute, Advisory Board (2016-2017)

Courtney St. John, Climate Nexus, Advisory Board (2014-2017)

Alex White, Advisory Board (2013-2017)



Rose Bowen, Program Manager (2016)

Rachel Calnek-Sugin, Environmental Education Intern, Yale University

Lena Golze Desmond, Program Manager (2015-2016)

LeAnne Harvey, Community Relations Manager (2013-2016)

André McDonald, NYU/Columbia, Global Leadership Intern

Sara Olsson, Uppsala University (Sweden), Global Leadership Intern

Briana VanBuskirk, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Creative Design Intern

Nellie Van Driska, Columbia University, Communications Intern

Rebecca Waterhouse, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Global Leadership Intern



Tess Clark, NYU, Development Manager (2013-2014) and Environmental Education Intern (2013)

Lena Greenberg, New School, Environmental Education Intern

Tierney HendersonUniversity of California, Berkeley, NGO Management Intern

Katie Kendall, Board Member (2013-2015)

Harsha Maragh, Western Connecticut State University, Environmental Education Intern

Ilana Newman, Wesleyan, Environmental Education Intern

Linnea Patton, Pratt Institute of Art, Creative Climate Awards Intern

Danielle Peters, Columbia University, Strategic Communications Intern

Jan Peterson, Huairou Commission, Board Member (2011-2015)

Li Tang, Syracuse University, Communications Coordinator (2013-2014) and Strategic Communications Intern (2013)


Claire Bouillon, McGill University, Environmental Services Intern 

Rose Bowen, New York University, Environmental Leadership Intern 

Jessica Carlisle, University of Illinois at Chicago, Environmental Education Intern 

Samir Jagdish, New York University, Environmental Services Intern 

Anna Marr, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Environmental Education Intern 

Camila Montes De Oca, CUNY Hunter College, Environmental Services Intern 

Arianna Morelli, Research Advisor and Project Manager at the University of Bologna (Italy), Environmental Leadership Intern 

Erica Prince, University of Deleware, Environmental Leadership Intern

Mario Q. Russo, Bard MBA, Bard College, NGO Management Intern

Alison Schuettinger, New School, Environmental Education Intern

Scott Webber, State University of New York,  Baruch College, Columbia University, Environmental Services Intern

Milcah Zewdie, Boston University, Environmental Leadership Intern


Nadia Akbar, Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Environmental Services Intern 

Nora Ankrum, University of Texas Austin & Journalist, Environmental Leadership Intern 

Rose Bowen, New York University, Environmental Leadership Intern 

Haley DePorte, Fort Mill High School, Environmental Leadership Intern 

Ani Esenyan, Fordham University, Environmental Services Intern 

Tristan Jones, Rutgers University/Columbia University/Oberlin, Climate Communication Advisor (2011-2013) 

Chiara Jovanovic, Quidsi/Goldman Sachs, Business Development Advisor (2010-2013) 

Agathe Laure, Catholic University of Paris, Environmental Services Specialist 

Melissa Mitchell, Bard College, New School, Program Coordinator (2011-2013) 

Sofia Martinez, Columbia University, Boston College, Environmental Services Intern 

Marcela Miceli, NYU, University of Florida, Environmental Education Intern 

Anastasia Pinto, Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), Social Justice Advisor (2010-2013) 

Anna Poon, Brown University, Environmental Education Intern 

Beatrice Yeung, McGill University, Environmental Leadership Intern


Eric Axelrod, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Advisory Board (2010-2012)

Elaine Baker, MS Trinity College Dublin, NGO Management Intern

Celia Cui, Beijing University, Clemson University, Environmental Services and Retrofit Intern

Sunny Du, Iowa State, Environmental Retrofit Intern

Sarah Fackler, UPENN/Columbia University, Climate and Coalition Building Intern

Julia Goldstein, Teaching Professional, NGO Management Intern 

LeAnne Harvey, Bard College, Environmental Leadership Intern

Jila Keshavarz, Florida Atlantic University, PR and Marketing Intern

Lauren Lavitt, Business Professional/New York Law School, Climate Coalition Intern 

Eugénie Lejeune,University of Pennsylvania, NGO Management and PR/Marketing Intern

Allison Lucey, Teach for America, Advisory Board (2011-2012)

Dominique Murray, McGill University, Environmental Services Intern

Sally Newman, Southern Environmental Law Center, Board (2010-2013)

Rachana Patel, University of Michigan, Environmental Education Intern 

Mariana Orozco, Webster University (Leiden, Netherlands) (2010-2012)

Brendan Schoenman, Marymount Manhattan College, Environmental Leadership (2011-2012)

Adam Sheperd, NYU Wagner School, Environmental Education and Services Intern 

Melanie Sluyter, NYU, Environmental Leadership Intern

Grant Smolen, Columbia University (SIPA), Environmental Services Intern

Klas Svensson, Linnaeus University,Boston University, NGO Management and PR/Marketing Intern

Alex Turek, Ohio State University, Environmental Services and Education Intern


Elisabetta Di Matta, Luciano Manara High School

(Rome, Italy), Environmental Education Intern

Jenny Cheng, Brandeis University, Climate Change and Coalition Building Intern

Ronald Comstock, Pace University, Business Environmental Sustainability Intern

Hoa Do, Seattle University, PR and Marketing Intern 

Arianne Donar, Climate and Water Educator, Environmental Education Intern

Emily Gilbert, New York University, Environmental Leadership Intern

Alex White, Columbia University, Environmental Leadership Intern (2011-2012)

Marc Jourdan, Law and Policy Specialist, Environmental Leadership Intern 

Jennifer Kanter, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Climate Change and Coalition Building Intern

Moua Lo, Media and PR Professional, Media Consultant

Melissa Mitchell, The New School, Environmental Education Intern

Kate Offerdhal, Columbia University, NGO Management Intern

Peter Tzannes, CUNY, Environmental Services and Education Intern

Mugzy Undemir, Columbia University, Climate Change and Coalition Building Intern 

Brigette Walsh, Hunter College, Environmental Services Intern