Liz Butler, Campaign Director (Executive Director/CEO equivalent): Liz has more than 17 years of experience organizing and campaigning on environmental issues, with a focus on both market and legislative campaigns. After joining 1Sky in 2008 as Field and Outreach Director, she designed and implemented our nationwide grassroots mobilization effort that yielded hundreds of allies and hundreds of thousands of individual advocates. In 2009 she was named Deputy Campaign Director and assumed oversight of all the campaigning elements. In September of 2010 she became Campaign Director.
Prior to 1Sky, Liz was a co-founder of ForestEthics, where she spent 10 years as the Organizing Director. She designed and implemented ForestEthics’ overall organizing strategy and built the organizing team. During that time, ForestEthics’ work resulted in the protection of over 50 million acres of forests in the U.S., Canada, and Chile. Liz also served as the National Organizing Director for American Lands Alliance, the Director of Missouri Public Interest Research Group, and graduated from Green Corps' Environmental Leadership Training Program, where she received the third Alumni Achievement Award ever given by Green Corps. In 2010, Liz was awarded a 40 Under 40 Award by the New Leaders Council for her work. She lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her son.
Alex Bea, Internet Communications Coordinator: Alex joined 1Sky in October of 2009 and works with 1Sky's Internet Team to engage, educate, and activate people across the country. He manages the online side of 1Sky's Climate Network program and relishes receiving and working with photos and videos from volunteer actions. Alex also runs the campaign's Facebook, Twitter, and other social media properties. Follow Alex on Twitter.
Kimberly Fountain, Field Manager: Kimberly manages the contract and co-located field organizers for 1Sky by coordinating offline field tactics, strategies, and campaigns. She additionally manages four volunteer regional coordinators in the Midwest. Kimberly oversees the phone canvass, participation in national conferences, and various campaigns. Kimberly brings five years of organizing experience and fifteen years of non-profit experience to 1Sky, with previous positions at TrueMajority/USAction, Grassroots Campaigns, Inc for MoveOn.org Political Action, and AID Atlanta.
Molly Haigh, Communications Associate: Molly joined 1Sky in January of 2011. She helps the communications team with media outreach, press inquiries, blogs, messaging, and anything in between. Prior to 1Sky, Molly enjoyed working on issue and electoral campaigns across North America including Alaska, Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, Quebec, and now Washington, DC.
Luis Hestres, Acting Internet and Communications Manager: Luis joined 1Sky in May 2008 as Online Communications Coordinator, and has been managing the campaign’s website, blog, supporter database and online advocacy operations ever since. In his new role as Manager (promoted in January 2011), he now leads the Internet and Communications department in its efforts to spread the campaign's message online and through traditional media. Before joining 1Sky, Luis worked with organizations like MHz Networks and PBS (public TV), Families USA (health care reform), the Advocacy Project (human rights) and the U.S. House of Representatives. Follow Luis on Twitter.
Isabelle Johnson, Operations Director: Isabelle joined 1Sky in August 2008 as Office Services Coordinator, was promoted to Operations Manager in April 2009, and to Operations Director in September 2010. She oversees 1Sky’s financial, HR, physical plant, and legal operations, and manages the fundraising team. Her past nonprofit experience includes work in Boston (Harvard School of Dental Medicine, United South End Settlements, and Fenway Community Health Center) and Ithaca, New York (Historic Ithaca).
Jason Kowalski, Policy Coordinator: Jason manages 1Sky's policy team, working with elected officials on Capitol Hill to push for strong climate and energy legislation. He plans strategic grassroots campaigns that maximize the impact concerned citizens can have on the political process. Before working at 1Sky Jason co-authored Clean Air-Cool Planet's Campus Carbon Calculator, the leading tool for carbon reduction analysis on college campuses, currently in use on over 12,000 campuses. At StepItUp2007.org Jason helped organize thousands of climate rallies nationwide, making climate change a major issue in the 2008 presidential primary. Follow Jason on Twitter.
Veronica Butcher (North Carolina): Veronica has been an organizer with the North Carolina Conservation Network for five years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NC Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals advocating public policies to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women in North Carolina. Prior to her current position, Veronica worked as the Education Coordinator for the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault where she was responsible for researching policy initiatives and training advocates to lobby.
Andrea Cuccaro (Florida): Before coming to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy as the 1Sky Florida organizer, Andrea served as the 1Sky Washington Campaign Organizer with Climate Solutions. At both jobs, she has worked to recruit and engage dozens of clean energy businesses and civic groups around the climate agenda, she's been responsible for over 30 earned media hits, and built lists of hundreds of volunteers mobilizing around the 1Sky agenda. Previous to her work with the campaign, she worked with the City of Seattle on their Adopt-a-Street Program as the coordinator.
Jamie Hogue (Oregon and Washington State): Before joining the 1Sky team, Jamie worked as the Oregon Representative for the Pew Environment Group. She has also worked as a legislative aide and as a field organizer on the successful Measure 49 Campaign, which protects Oregon's land use laws. While in college, she worked on several progressive issues as Chair of Portland State University's OSPIRG chapter. When she's not lobbying members of Congress or building coalitions, she enjoys camping, surfing, snowboarding and reading.
Micah Parkin (Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico): Micah Parkin has served as the Colorado/Southwest Regional Organizer for 1Sky since August 2009, while concurrently serving on both the Clean Energy Technical Team for the City of Boulder and the planning team for Boulder's Clean Energy Future campaign. She formerly served as Program Director for the New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy and Energy Chair of the Sierra Club Delta Chapter. Micah is the mother of two young daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement.Joseph Stelling (New York): Joe has worked at NYPIRG since 1999. He spent years working to educate the public and garner support for environmental campaigns by overseeing NYPIRG’s community outreach program, as well as working on college campuses to train student volunteers to be effective advocates. Currently NYPIRG’s environmental organizer, Joe coordinates the 1Sky NY campaign. In addition to working to protect the environment and public health, Joe is an avid outdoors enthusiast who can usually be found enjoying the environment when he’s not busy protecting it.
Danielle Simms, Field Fellow: Danielle graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 2010 with a B.S. in environmental science. She became interested in environmental organizing when she attended Powershift 2007 conference. Since then, she held various leadership roles in her campus's environmental club, including organizing, recruiting, and lobbying at local and national climate summits. Danielle also has worked on local, state, congressional, and presidential campaigns every year since 2008. In 2010, she was elected to be the finance director for a youth partisan organization in Virginia. After college, Danielle attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia to study public policy and political science.
Elaine Bello, New Hampshire: In 1979, Elaine helped form an Interior Design Program at Boston Architectural College and now serves on the Executive Advisory Board for their Practice Department. Through this work, it became obvious that the precious balance of natural world elements is greatly affected by building science and the choices made by designers of the man-made environment. She is most impressed by the dedication of her students as they learn new ways of building without contributing to climate change. Now as a Regional Coordinator for 1Sky Elaine is able to put her collaboration and team building skills to work for climate issues about which she is passionate.
Adam Hasz, Missouri: Adam is an Environmental Studies undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an active member of his campus environmental activism group Green Action and was a lead organizer for Missouri Power Shift ’09 state conference. Adam is also a leader in the Missouri Student Environmental Coalition, an organization designed to foster collaboration between the many college and high school environmental groups within Missouri. Adam believes that through dedication and cooperation, America can achieve the social and political changes necessary to effectively deal with the climate crisis and create a just and sustainable future.
Chuck Prentice, Minnesota: Chuck has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lima, Peru, did community organizing for ten years in Chicago, and worked for non-profit housing organizations in St. Paul, MN for ten years. He has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chuck says he's excited to be working with 1Sky to mobilize Minnesotans for action to control climate change and to create green energy and green jobs.
Akilah Sanders-Reed, New Mexico: Akilah is a 15 year old activist, who organized a large 350.org October 24 rally, and has been working with 1Sky for around six months. She is also currently engaged in Roots & Shoots (Four Corners Youth Leadership Council), PeacePals (board of directors), and soon with Kids Vs Global Warming and 350.org. She plans to go in to environmental organizing as a career after she finishes high school and college. Currently living just outside Albuquerque, her other ambition is to travel the world.
Sonda Saurs, North Dakota: Sonda has been involved in movements for social justice for the last seven years. She has recently become involved with 1Sky as the Regional Coordinator for North Dakota where she is working to spread the word and broaden the base of environmental supporters in the area. She is currently working toward her B.A. in Psychology at the Minnesota State University of Moorhead. Her number one goal in life is to help others in anyway she can. She figures that there is no more of a humanitarian issue or a better way to help people than to save this great planet we share.
Susan Temere, Iowa: Susan has been active in progressive causes since 1971 at Michigan State University as an anti-war advocate. She had a significant role in passage of the first Criminal Sexual Conduct Act and spent the next 30 years active in the women's movement. She co-founded a non-profit to give support to women experiencing sex discrimination in the workforce and worked in various positions on campaigns to "Elect Women For a Change." Susan also played a significant role in the Iowa 2006 election as Field Organizer for Planned Parenthood, worked 5 years as a journalist, and holds multiple degrees in criminal justice and communication.
Acacia Williams, Michigan: Acacia is a wife and stay-at-home mom to her young daughter, whose birth she says was “the wake-up call I needed.” She overhauled how she ran her home to reduce her carbon footprint, but felt frustrated by the constraints of American society that impeded the greater impacts she wanted to make. Soon after signing up to be a 1Sky climate precinct captain she joined her city’s environmental committee and where she remains active. She believes deeply in the need for civic engagement, community empowerment, and especially in the need for earnest outreach to all who care for the environment, regardless of other differences of opinion.
Find out more about this exciting 1Sky/350.org merger and how you can stay involved with the climate movement at 350.org.