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Network Advisors

Sasha
Forbes
Director, Community Collaboration & Policy, People & Communities Program, NRDC

Biography coming soon.

Sasha
Forbes
Director, Community Collaboration & Policy, People & Communities Program, NRDC
Lisa
Fujie Parks
Board Co-Chair, Our Family Coalition & Associate Program Director, Prevention Institute

Biography coming soon.

Lisa
Fujie Parks
Board Co-Chair, Our Family Coalition & Associate Program Director, Prevention Institute
Jaime
Love
Program Director, People's Climate Innovation Center

Jaime Love (she/her) provides leadership, strategy and support to People's Climate Innovation Center programs that advance approaches to community-driven planning and movement building, while centering racial equity and whole-systems solutions.  Jaime has over 20 years of experience in a variety of spaces including public health, philanthropy, and climate resilience, with a deep focus on racial justice and health equity. Her work in the public health sector cultivated opportunities for direct community organizing and advocacy work in communities with disproportionate health impacts and enhanced her leadership in philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors around racial equity and climate justice. Her expertise ranges from program development and leadership, equity, policy advocacy, to communications and outreach. Jaime is a 2016 PLACES Fellow (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Smart Growth), and has participated in multiple leadership programs including Rockwood Leadership Institute and Interaction Institute for Social Change. Jaime is currently on the board of the Blue Ash YMCA, Co-op Cincy, and Green Umbrella locally. Nationally, she sits on the PLACES Advisory Committee and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) Policy Committee. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Health Promotion and a BS from Central Michigan University. Love for family and community is what drives Jaime's ongoing work for racial justice.

Jaime
Love
Program Director, People's Climate Innovation Center
Jacqueline
Patterson
Founder and Executive Director of the Chisholm Legacy Project

Biography coming soon

Jacqueline
Patterson
Founder and Executive Director of the Chisholm Legacy Project
Abby
Reyes
Director, University of California, Irvine (UCI) Community Resilience Projects

Biography coming soon.

Abby
Reyes
Director, University of California, Irvine (UCI) Community Resilience Projects
Justina
Thompson
Program Strategist for Environmental Justice in the Office of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability

Justina Thompson (she/her) enters all new spaces and opportunities with immense gratitude to the ancestors and generations before which have stewarded land and community where she engages. She has worked at the intersections of food, land, environment, and community for over 10 years, since her first job working at a farmer’s market in a community impacted by food apartheid. She then went on to pursue a dual degree in sustainability and design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and used these fields to shape a practice of environmental education for Black youth in Albany, NY. After completing her M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania, she continued her youth-focused work through urban farming in Philadelphia. After being grounded in community strengths and needs in this role, she took the spirit of humble servitude to government work. She currently works as the Program Strategist for Environmental Justice in the Office of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability. With the city, she works with residents and community organizations to co-strategize on ways to advance environmental justice and deliver resources from state and federal levels to communities directly.

Justina describes herself as a storyteller and steward who aims to bring the stories and lessons from elders into the present and future as the foundation for stewarding land and community in harmonious relationship with the Earth.

Justina
Thompson
Program Strategist for Environmental Justice in the Office of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability

Faculty

Nwamaka
Agbo

Biography coming soon.

Nwamaka
Agbo
Anthony
Giancatarino
Strategy Partner, Taproot Earth and Strategy Lead for the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

Anthony (he/him) is Strategy Partner for Taproot Earth. Anthony brings over a decade of experience advancing energy, climate, and economic policies through participatory policymaking processes. He has worked from the local to national levels, most recently growing statewide climate justice efforts in Pennsylvania.

Anthony led the Just Community Energy Transition Project for six years. In this role, he co-created and authored multiple toolkits and movement resources, including the Energy Democracy Scorecard (in partnership with the Emerald Cities Collaborative), the People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy (in partnership with the United Frontlines Table), Collaborating for Bold Possibilities (in partnership with the Climate Justice Alliance), Black Work Matters: Green Jobs Report (in partnership with POWER), and the co-creation of the We Power Policy Toolkit. Additionally, he has supported the design and implementation of climate justice fellowship programs that support the leadership and decision-making of frontline communities. Anthony spent seven years at the Center for Social Inclusion (now known as Race Forward) working with grassroots leaders — particularly in the Gulf South — on strategies to achieve racial equity in US policies. Anthony has an MPA from New York University and a BA in Theology and Political Science from the University of Scranton. He is the father of three rooted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Lenni Lenape lands.

Anthony
Giancatarino
Strategy Partner, Taproot Earth and Strategy Lead for the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
Taj
James
Director, Full Spectrum Labs | Partner, Full Spectrum Capital Partners | Founder, Movement Strategy Center

Taj James is a father, poet, practitioner, strategist, designer, and philanthropic and capital advisor. Curator at Full Spectrum Labs and Principal and Cofounder at Full Spectrum Capital Partners. Taj is also the Founder and former Director of the Movement Strategy Center. He is an official dance instructor at the intersection of wild possibility and urgent practicality, where play and unleashed potential find each other.

Taj thrives in building a community around the shared questions that matter most in our lives: how can we build relationships and express the love needed to transform our world?  How do we support leaders and communities to unlock potential and possibility, see the ecosystem and the whole, and design and act in ways that bend the long arc of history toward justice?

Working with transformational leaders, small teams, networks, and anchor institutions, Taj enjoys exploring what it means to nurture the community we have and create the community we need. What are our sacred responsibilities as stewards of land, capital, energy, and life to past generations and our children’s grandchildren?

By living into these questions together, Taj works to create space and fertile ground for seeds to be planted and nurtured, for fruit to be harvested, and for us to thrive in the web of our watersheds and relational ecosystems.

Taj
James
Director, Full Spectrum Labs | Partner, Full Spectrum Capital Partners | Founder, Movement Strategy Center
Colin
Miller
Senior Associate, E/J Solutions

Colin has over a decade of experience as a community organizer, coalition builder, and convener. His skills include community outreach and mobilization, real-time interpretation, and meeting facilitation. He is the former Coordinator of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition and formerly provided interpretation for the Berta Cáceres International Feminist Organizing School. Colin is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Colin
Miller
Senior Associate, E/J Solutions
Levana
Saxon

Biography coming soon!

Levana
Saxon
Marybelle
Tobias
Founder and Principal, E/J Solutions

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Marybelle graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Political Science/Political Theory concentration and received a law degree from the University of California, San Francisco College of the Law (formerly UC Hastings). In 2007, Marybelle began her legal career as a nonprofit attorney at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, co-directing the Civil Rights Project with late executive director, Luke Cole. Marybelle represented the town of Allensworth and other environmental justice communities across California’s Central Valley and the United States in successful civil rights and environmental litigation and federal administrative complaints, Marybelle worked in tandem with community organizers so that all cases were embedded into community-based campaigns.

Following adoption of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Marybelle expanded her focus to include climate justice policy. Marybelle represented community groups working on the California Air Resources Board’s 2008, 2013, and 2017 Climate Scoping Plans, the state’s blueprint for achieving its greenhouse gas reduction targets. At Public Advocates, she led the 535 Coalition’s successful efforts to help the state of California develop meaningful benefits for disadvantaged communities through the California Climate Investment program. The campaign successfully  unified local, regional, and statewide coalitions, secured robust investment guidelines, and ensured hundreds of millions of dollars allocated to climate projects that benefit environmental justice communities across the state, including affordable housing in transit-oriented development, clean mass transit, clean freight and urban forestry.

During this time, Marybelle also taught environmental justice as a visiting lecturer at both the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and the International University College of Turin. After leaving the nonprofit sector in 2016, Marybelle founded Environmental/Justice Solutions to advise public and private actors on how to carry out meaningful community engagement and design and implement equitable and sustainable environmental justice initiatives.

In her free time, Marybelle enjoys playing the piano, writing music and fiction, painting, and reading novels and magazines.  

Marybelle
Tobias
Founder and Principal, E/J Solutions

Members

Abigail
Reyes
UC Irvine Community Resilience
Ali
Andrews
Shake Energy Collaborative
Alice
Sung
Greenbank Associates
Alma
Villegas
Alma Villegas Consulting
Amee
Raval
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Andrea
Atkinson
One Square World
Anita
Cunningham
NC Disaster Survival and Resiliency School
Anita
Cunningham
NC Disaster Survival and Resiliency School
Anthony
Giancatarino
Taproot Earth
Antonio
Diaz
PODER
Ariadne
Villegas
Public Health Institute
Brandon
Harrell
Urban Permaculture Institute
Brooke
Staton
Reflex Design
Build It Green
Build It Green
Carolina
Martinez
Environmental Health Coalition
Cecilia
Martinez
Bezos Earth Fund
Cesilia
Vega Gonzalez
Saddleback unifoed
Clarke
Gocker
PUSH Buffalo