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KC Golden

Board Chair

KC is an active leader in the national climate movement in the USA, serving on the boards of several national climate groups. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s. He was one of Seattle Magazine’s “Power 25” most influential people, and it’s #1 “Eco-Hero.”

 

China Brotsky

Treasurer

China is Director of Finance and Operations at SumOfUs, a global online corporate accountability campaign organization. China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded a number of social enterprises in the nonprofit technology and real estate sectors as well as a bi-national peer-learning network on collaborative space. She also uses her skills in finance and operations on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund UK/Europe, the ACLU of Northern California and the Nonprofit Centers Network.

 

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Jessy Tolkan

Secretary

Currently focused on shifting the auto-industry in a more sustainable direction, Jessy has spent the last decade as a movement leader working to build progressive change. She recently served as Citizen Engagement Laboratory’s Co-Executive Director. She was a Senior Fellow with the New Organizing Institute consulting on progressive infrastructure building, the 2012 youth vote, and next steps for the climate & energy sector. Before switching her attention to the progressive movement at large, Jessy was the Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition.

 

Deepak Bhargava

Deepak Bhargava is a Distinguished Lecturer at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and is a policy expert on issues of poverty, economic justice, racial equity, and immigration. He has extensive experience in community organizing, leadership development, social movements, progressive strategy, issue campaigns, coalition building and voter mobilization. For 16 years, he was the President and Executive Director of Community Change and Community Change Action, two of the premier national organizations supporting grassroots community organizing in low-income communities of color in the United States. He has trained and mentored hundreds of leaders who play key roles in progressive organizations and social justice movements, and worked to establish important labor-community partnerships at the national level on issues such as immigration reform, health care, and fiscal policy.

 

Daniela Costa

Daniela Costa is based in Sao Paulo. Daniela Pais Costa is currently the Americas Senior Development Manager at Greenpeace International. She has over 15 years of experience advancing human rights and social justice at the global, regional and national level. She was part of and led one of the most pioneering organizational changes in the development sector at the time: the internationalization of ActionAid and later on, she led the transition of multi-affiliated Oxfam to one Oxfam in the Southern Africa region. Previous to Greenpeace, she worked at Making all Voices Count, an innovative programme that tests and documents learning on whether technology can foster transparency and accountability. She has worked with organizations from over 20 countries supporting organizations and their leadership in their development with focus on strategy development, programme development, board leadership and change processes.

 

Chibeze Ezekiel

Chibeze is the Executive Coordinator of the Strategic Youth Network for Development, and has been a leader within 350 Ghana (GROC) for many years. He is a certified Youth Master Trainer on Climate Change by the World Bank Institute and British Council. With hands-on experience and in-depth practical knowledge in a wide range of development work, he serves on a number of platforms providing support in promoting good governance in Ghana’s environmental sector – specifically on climate change, biological diversity, forestry, and energy access from the youth perspective.

 

Jay Halfon

Jay Halfon

Jay is a practicing attorney and public policy strategist. He represents tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, advocacy groups and political entities. He has a broad range of experience influencing public policy in both Congress and state legislatures.

 

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Bill McKibben

Bill is Founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org and is the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ Bill has written a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published 25 years ago, and his most recent, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? 

 

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Lidy Nacpil

Lidy is an activist from the Philippines working on economic, environmental, social and gender justice issues. She is the Coordinator of Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Co-coordinator of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ), and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance on Tax Justice (GATJ). She also serves as the Vice President of the Freedom From Debt Coalition (FDC) in the Philippines and Convenor of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ).

 

Terry Odendahl

Terry currently serves as the President & CEO of Global Greengrants Fund. Prior to joining Greengrants in 2009, she helmed the National Network of Grantmakers for over a decade, and later the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. Terry also worked to protect public lands in the western United States as a program officer at the Wyss Foundation. An anthropologist by training, she has held faculty positions at Georgetown University, the University of California – San Diego, and Yale University. She is the co-author of four books about philanthropy and is the co-founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC, and the Institute for Collaborative Change in New Mexico.

 

Ellen Sprenger

Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice. Since 2004, she has been the founder and CEO of Spring Strategies. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor conference facilitation, future-scenario development, accompaniment of justice organizations and movements in building greater financial strength, and executive coaching. Ellen holds a masters degree in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, and she is an Integral Master Coach. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States.

 

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