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Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director

kchatterjee [at] usclimatenetwork [dot] org | 202-495-3046

Keya Chatterjee is Executive Director of USCAN, and author of the book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. Her work focuses on building a movement in support of climate action. Keya recently appeared in the documentary 'Disruption,' promoting the People's Climate March. Keya's commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News. Prior to joining USCAN, Keya served as Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she worked for eight years. Before that, Keya was a Climate Change Specialist at USAID. Keya also worked at NASA headquarters for four years, communicating research results on climate change. Keya was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. She currently serves on the board of the Washington Area Bicycling Association. Keya received her Master's degree in Environmental Science, and her Bachelor's in Environmental Science and Spanish from the University of Virginia.


Carrie Clayton, Operations Director

cclayton [at] usclimatenetwork [dot] org | 541-218-4587

Carrie has more than 15 years of management with community-based groups.  Prior to joining USCAN, Carrie was the Deputy Director at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center in Oregon.

Carrie holds a Bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University in Environmental Studies/Biology. She feels it is vital to protect all children and future generations from the effects of climate change by addressing its causes and impacts.


Rudi Navarra, Southeast Regional Coordinator

rnavarra [at] usclimatenetwork [dot] org | 412-310-3591

Rudi’s primary role at USCAN is to support over 200 member organizations in the Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN). He brings a wide array of organizing expertise to USCAN; over the past seven years, Rudi has engaged in civic engagement and community organizing in and outside of the climate and clean energy space.He has worked for groups as diverse as the National Council of La Raza and People For the American Way.

Most recently, Rudi worked to help elect pro-environment candidates such as U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez. In the last few years, Rudi also worked to register nearly half a million voters and turn out 300,000 voters to the polls in over half a dozen states, including Florida, Texas and Nevada. He has also served on the Steering Committee of the Generational Alliance, a national umbrella group serving low-income and communities-of-color youth, and currently serves as Vice Chair at the Florida Conservation Alliance, a League of Conservation Voters state league.

Rudi earned a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Duquesne University. Rudi is proud to call Miami and the Southeast home.


Mick Power | Membership and Campaign Coordinator

mpower [at] usclimatenetwork [dot] org | 617.774.7482

Mick works with members to grow the climate movement and USCAN, and to support members’ campaigns through trainings and on-the-ground partnerships. He comes from the climate movement in Australia, where he worked as an organizer and campaigner with Environment Victoria, Environmental Justice Australia and the Labor Environment Action Network, focusing on fossil fuels and labor alliances. Prior to joining USCAN he was a Gleitsman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he worked as a teaching fellow with Marshall Ganz and completed a Masters focusing on energy policy. He believes deeply in the power of collective action and grassroots leadership to create economic equality and climate justice, and is excited to work with USCAN members to do that.


Darien Pusey,  USCAN and SCEN Program Intern

organizer [at] usclimatenetwork [dot] org

Darien Pusey is a native of Washington DC and has spent his life in the area.  He is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park graduating in December 2015. At Maryland, Darien is an Environmental Science and Policy major, with a concentration in Politics and Policy. As such, he has gained knowledge on environmental and public policy from classes such as American Government and Policy, Environmental Law, Economics, Urban Studies/Planning, and also Global Environmental Politics.

Darien has also gained valuable experience from volunteer internships with environmental organizations such as the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE); where he was given the opportunity to plan and attend Renewable Energy Finance Forum  Wall Street, the leading renewable energy financing event in the US. From experience at the University of Maryland, as well as from past internships, Darien understands the importance of having efficient policies to improve our environment. As a USCAN intern, Darien hopes to build his professional skills as well as gain direct exposure to climate advocacy and mobilization, and public policy; all of which he believes can be utilized to stop issues such as global warming, improve public health and society as a whole, and also make energy more affordable for the US economy. After graduating this fall, Darien plans to continue his career in environmental and public policy as he pursues his master’s degree.


Marie Risalvato, Communications Director

mrisalvato [at] usclimatenetwork [dot] org | 352-514-3217

Marie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in political science with an emphasis in environmental politics and sustainability. Before joining USCAN she gained experience as Web Content Manager and Assistant Office Administrator for several online businesses. Her passion for the environment and determination to work towards a sustainable future led her to Washington DC where she has been working to improve USCAN’s online resources, social media presence and other communications work.


 

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