Alliance for Climate Education
Maayan works for the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) as their Director of Partnerships and Campaigns. Based in New York City, she develops, manages, and supports partnerships at all levels of the organization, and represents ACE in climate organizing and movement building spaces. Maayan leads ACE’s youth engagement efforts and the co-development of strategic initiatives with external partners, including campaigns and digital engagement.
She has a variety of experience in the environmental and climate field; from campus based organizing to environmental education and outdoor leadership development. Maayan has been active in the youth climate movement since participating in Power Shift 2007 and is grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with the Power Shift Network as a campus organizer, representative of a member organization, and now as part of the Board of Directors.
Maayan feels called to do this work because she sees climate change as the most urgent justice issue of our time, and believes wholeheartedly in the power of young people to lead positive change. She loves live music, playing soccer, practicing Capoeira, and finding adventures in the city and in the mountains!
Jordan Marie Daniel
University of California, Los Angeles
Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel is a citizen of the Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) as well as a passionate and devoted advocate for Indian Country and all people. Nationally known for her advocacy and grassroots organization for anti-pipelines/climate justice efforts, change the name/not your mascot, the epidemic and crisis of MMIWG, and native youth initiatives. Her experience in grants and project management, policy, blogging, and organizing has been leveraged by both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to quality healthcare, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the Violence Against Women Act, and a variety of other worthy causes.
Jordan is the founder and organizer of Rising Hearts, an Indigenous led group designed to elevate awareness of indigenous issues, helping to uplift and center Indigenous voices and efforts, while building collaborative partnerships to accomplish equitable and just treatment of all people and the Earth we depend upon through targeted organizing and advocacy. She is also the cofounder of DC ReInvest Coalition, a group focused on getting Washington, DC to divest its funds from Wells Fargo (and defund fossil fuels) and look towards Public Banking to reinvest in the local community. Jordan sits on the Board of Directors with Native Hope, Power Shift Network, and Lab29 to work with passionate individuals to influence change and to help increase Indigenous visibility. She was also awarded the NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40 in the fall of 2018.
Currently, she is using her running platform of 21 years, to help raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous relatives by dedicating the miles she runs to a missing or murdered Indigenous person, #RunningForJustice. She is among many Indigenous people working to elevate this crisis and to bring justice to the families and victims. Jordan is an Outreach and Project Manager with the UCLA, helping researchers with their project proposals and continuing to organize in the community she lives in, Los Angeles, Indigenous lands to the Tongva people.
Katie Eder is 19 years old, and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Future Coalition. Built by youth activists, for youth activists, Future Coalition is a national network that fosters community and collaboration among youth leaders and youth-led organizations by providing these young people with the tools, resources, and support to power their ideas and amplify their impact. Katie is also a co-founder of 50 Miles More, an organization working to end gun violence in the United States, and Kids Tales, a nonprofit that empowers kids to find their voice using creative writing. Originally from Wisconsin, Katie is currently taking two gap years before starting at Stanford University in the fall of 2020.
Charlie is a Climate Campaigner at Greenpeace USA. He focuses on growing the movement to mobilize for a just future and pressure 2020 candidates to champion a Green New Deal and phase-out of fossil fuel production. Based in Washington, D.C., he also fights to stop fossil fuel projects and advance equitable clean energy in the District with 350 DC.
Previously, Charlie was a Policy Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund. He organized at the 2017 U.N. Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, as a delegate with SustainUS. Born and raised in Chicago, Charlie got his start organizing for fossil fuel divestment and climate justice at Stanford University. He graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics. He is always open to podcast suggestions.
Natalie Mebane always knew she enjoyed the outdoors and wanted to make her career protecting the places she loved. She grew up loving both the U.S. and the Caribbean and has family in both. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology. She found her passion for organizing after attending the first Power Shift conference in 2007. Since then, Natalie has worked for the government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Environmental Management Authority and for the 5th Summit of the Americas, she has been a grassroots organizer with campaigns in VA and PA, she worked at Sierra Club as the dirty fuels lobbyist for the Sierra Club, and is currently the Associate Director of U.S. Policy at 350.org working to keep fossil fuels in the ground. She credits Rev Lennox Yearwood's speech at Power Shift 2007 for recruiting her to the movement.
Katie Kirchner is the National Director for the Roosevelt Network. An alumnus of the Network, Katie’s academic and professional experience has largely been focused on the intersection of sociology and education. As National Director, Katie is expanding the work on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy with priorities for network growth and policy work through the management of Network team members. Previously at Roosevelt, Katie was a Program Manager for chapter growth and membership development. As a student, she served as the chapter head at Roosevelt @ American; and was a member of multiple campus organizing efforts including Education not Debt and Fossil Free AU. Katie has a BA in Public Communications and Urban Education Studies from American University.
Mercedes "Sadie" Thompson
Fossil Free Stanford, DivestEd
Mercedes "Sadie" Thompson (she/they) is an undergraduate student at Stanford University pursuing a B.A. in Anthropology. Currently, they are a student organizer with Fossil Free Stanford working to get Stanford University to divest from the top 100 fossil fuel corporations. They are also part of the national reinvestment working group with DivestEd. Sadie previously served as Communications Director (2016-2018) for Baltimore Beyond Plastic, a high school student led organization that is credited for successfully passing a Baltimore city-wide Styrofoam ban and worked with the school board to replace the Styrofoam lunch trays with more sustainable alternatives in all 182 City Schools. They are strong proponents of the power of youth activism, the need for a just transition, and our collective power to create resilient communities.
Michél is the Associate Campaign Director at Corporate Accountability. In his role at Corporate Accountability he focuses on the running long-term corporate campaigns to counter the tobacco industry and it's role in the global tobacco epidemic. He helps direct the work to monitor, expose, and challenges the tobacco industry towards long-term and lasting impact.This includes supporting the development and implementation of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and supporting the application of the lessons learned from tobacco control to the climate crisis like conflicts of interest policies. Michél is a proud immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago and is deeply invested in supporting global climate activism that is anti-imperial, anti-racist, and intersectional.