Senior Leadership

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Nina Schlegel

Executive Director

Nina is a long time environmental justice advocate, and author of "Climate Justice Boston" and "A Green New Deal for Boston: An Action Plan for Achieving Climate Justice. She is co-founder of the Center. She has lived in Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and many parts of the United States.

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Daniel Faber

Senior Fellow

Daniel Faber is a co-founder of the Center, and a Governing Board Member of Coming Clean and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. He serves as Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and is the author of numerous works on environmental injustice.

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Katya Forsyth

Creative Director

Katya coordinates research work and media dissemination by Center staff, and serves as organizational liaison to Coming Clean and the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative.

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Mridhu Khanna

Development Director

Mridhu serves as the Development Director and GND Resources Hub lead, as well as being a member of the fundraising team. Her own research focuses on global power structures and climate justice, with interests in energy democracy and urban planning as well.

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Melissa Sonntag

Research Director

Melissa serves as the Technology, Research, and Communications Coordinator for the Initiative for Energy Justice, a research organization focused on providing resources to advocates and policymakers to advance equitable state-level renewable energy transitions. Melissa is from Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish.

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Arielle Lee

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief

Arielle worked at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology developing air quality technology and did education work in China on sustainable megacities. Arielle has lived in Ireland, Hong Kong, and the United States and speaks Mandarin.


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Samantha Argarwal


Samantha is in the Sociology Department at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Her work examines caste, class, and environmental justice politics in India, especially the long-term impacts of state-led land transfers on dispossessed farmers.

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Alfred Brownell


Alfred Brownell is an internationally recognized environmental rights activist from Liberia serving at Yale Law School, USA. He is head of the environmental rights organization Green Advocates International. In 2019, Alfred won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, which honors grassroots environmental activists who overcome repression to affect change.

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Daniel Aldana Cohen


Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He is co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green Deal. Daniel's current work on the politics of climate change investigates the intersections of climate change, housing, political economy, social movements, and inequalities of race and social class in the United States and Brazil.

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Eve Croeser


Eve is a University Associate within the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Her work focuses on the climate justice movement, analyzing the ways in which anthropogenic global warming may be challenged in a way that is socially just.

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Nisrin Elamin


Nisrin is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Bryn Mawr College researching land rights, extractive industries, foreign land grabs, the climate crisis and the militarization of borders in East Africa and the Sahel.

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Joan Fitzgerald


Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Urban and Public Policy at Northeastern University. She focuses on urban climate action and strategies for linking it to equity, economic development, and innovation.

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Noel Healy


Noel is Associate Professor in the Geography & Sustainability Department at Salem State University. He works on the intersection between rapid climate mitigation, fossil fuel politics, just transitions and climate justice. Noel is a contributing author for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report and on the editorial board for Energy Research & Social Science.

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Nahide Konak


Nahide is a sociologist and anthropologist conducting research on the analysis of natural resource use controversies and environmental conflict types in the Middle East.

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Laura Kuhl


Laura is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University researching climate adaptation and resilience in developing countries.

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Jonah Kurman-Faber


Jonah is Research Director at Climate XChange. He is a climate and energy policy expert with a focus on decarbonization pathways, green stimulus, state policy, environmental justice, and public health.

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Ben Levy


Ben is a researcher specializing in the study of environment justice movements, global capitalism and fossil fuels, and corporate influence on political processes.

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Sandra O'Neil


Sandra is a Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice at Curry College. Her work focuses on climate justice, studying specifically the unjust burden of climate crisis on the most vulnerable and least culpable populations.

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Omedi Ochieng


Omedi is an assistant professor in Black Studies and in the Department of Communication at Denison University.

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David Pellow


David is a Professor of Environmental Studies and the Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Mariam Raqib


Mariam is the founder and director of Afghanistan Samsortya, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts and Afghanistan that implements grassroots reforestation and orchard development programs in eastern Afghanistan.

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Juliet Schor


Juliet research focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program.

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Jennie Stephens


Jennie is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on social-political aspects of renewable energy transformation, energy democracy, climate resilience, gender, and justice in climate and energy policy.

Advisory Board

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James Boyce

Jim is an author, economist, and emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also a senior fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute.

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Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for more than 35 years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally to address health impacts related to climate change and toxic chemical exposure.

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Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits

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Lisa Hoyos

Lisa is National Climate Strategy Director at the League of Conservation Voters. She is also Director of Climate Parents.

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Josh Karliner

Josh Karliner is International Director of Program and Strategy for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH). In this capacity he directs HCWH’s International Climate Program and leads strategic development in other areas.

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Saul Levin

Saul Levin is a climate justice organizer who covers climate, labor, and transportation policy for Congresswoman Cori Bush.

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Jamila Raqib

Jamila Raqib serves as the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and as a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Anthony Rogers-Wright

He is a staunch advocate and student of Environmental Justice (EJ) tactics and strategies, including tactics to bring environmental awareness and stewardship of low-wealth communities and communities of color to the "mainstream" environmental consciousness.

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Hannah Axtell

Communications and Media Coordinator

Hannah is Coordinator of the Communications Team, and is a Research Assistant around energy justice and democracy.

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Katelyn Buckley

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Katelyn has experience in community organizing around various social justice and climate issues. She has worked with both the United Nations and Sunrise as a researcher. She has lived in both China and the United States and is fluent in Mandarin.

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Sofia Cianca


Sofia Cianca is the videographer for the Global Center for Climate Justice. She works on shedding light onto important and pressing issues that are present in modern society, through her passion for videos.

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Sarah Cohen

Research Assistant, Neoliberalism & Climate Justice

Sarah conducts research on neoliberalism and climate justice. Sarah was formerly the coordinator for the Tufts hub of Sunrise Movement.

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Kimberlee Cook

Special Events & Merchandise Coordinator

Kimberlee participated in an international peace education program, briefly living in Israel, South Korea, Sweden, and Italy. She is conducting research around the infiltration of the state by the polluter industrial complex.

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Lucy Davis-Hup

Research Assistant

Lucy is researching the colonization of the state by the polluter-industrial complex. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Praxis for the Planet.

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Maliya Ellis

Newsletter Contributor

Maliya serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Praxis for the Planet, the Center's weekly newsletter.

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Sarah Jacobs

Design Co-coordinator

Sarah is a co-coordinator for the design team and also a member of the social media/ marketing teams as well as fundraising team.

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Terina Keller

Video Narration

Terina is from Portland, Oregon and is currently researching the health impacts of COVID-19 on diverse populations in Massachusetts. She serves as the narrator for the Video Production Team.

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Freddie Kerr

Divestment Researcher

Freddie Kerr is a finance volunteer doing research around corporate and university divestment.

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Alex Mauriello

Design and Social Media Contributor

Alex is a member of the design team, working on social media design and design for the Center’s research reports.

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Nikki McCullough

Design Co-coordinator

Nikki McCullough serves as Co-coordinator of the Design team, and is also a member of the Website team, Communications and Social Media team, and Video Production team.

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Madison McDermott

Green New Deal Hub Coordinator

Madison serves as Coordinator for the GND Resources Hub and Assistant Coordinator of the Communications and Social Media Team.

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Lei Nishiuwatoko

Voter Suppression Researcher

Lei is Japanese and grew up in Thailand and California, leading to her studies in international affairs. She is interested in how multilateral institutions, and international law and norms, can advance the fight for climate justice.

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Claire Spector

Voter Suppression Researcher

Claire has participated in multiple medial missions in Guatemala and has lived in Greece and the United States. Claire knows American Sign Language. She was a staff writer with NEJERC Reactions, an environmental justice newsletter.

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Caitlin Vinton

Global Pesticide Crisis Researcher

Caitlin Vinton is a South Boston native, and serves as both Research Coordinator and Assistant Editor of Praxis for the Planet. Caitlin was a student climate change researcher at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Caitlin speaks French and is currently learning Mandarin.

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Contributing Writers

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Olivia Binder

Newsletter Contributor

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Catherine Blocker

Newsletter Contributor

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Petrina Danardatu

Newsletter Contributor

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Zach Greenwald

Newsletter Contributor

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Hannah Nivar

Newsletter Contributor

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Marie Senescall

Newsletter Contributor

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Silvia Wang

Newsletter Contributor

Past Contributers

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Kayla Vestergaard

Researcher on Voter Suppression & Climate Justice

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Adele Andrews

Green New Deal Cities Resource Hub Coordinator

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Charlotte Collins

Newsletter Founding Editor

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Joshua Sisman

Website Design Coordinator & Staff Researcher

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Kailey Williams

Art & Graphic Design Coordinator

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Miranda Hazoury

Newsletter Design and Social Media Coordinator

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