Meet the USCAN Staff
Jim Abernathy, Interim Executive Director
JAbernathy@climatenetwork.org | 202-257-8816
Over the past seven years, Jim Abernathy has been a consultant to a wide variety of environmental organizations throughout the United States, assisting them with strategic planning, organizational assessments, leadership transitions, executive searches and other activities aimed at creating stronger, more sustainable advocates. Prior to taking on the task as Interim Executive Director at USCAN, he served three other groups in the same leadership role. He was the founding Executive Director of the Environmental Support Center which provided capacity building assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and their staffs and boards throughout the United States and Canada.
Carrie Clayton, Operations Director
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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.
Kathleen Mogelgaard, Domestic Policy Adviser
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Kathleen Mogelgaard is Principal of KAM Consulting, LLC, specializing in research, analysis and strategic communications at the intersection of human and environmental well-being. Her recent work has focused on climate change, population dynamics, food security, and energy access. Kathleen is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, where her teaching focuses on climate change policy and sustainable development. She has worked for Oxfam America, Population Action International, National Audubon Society, Population Reference Bureau, Union of Concerned Scientists, the US Agency for International Development, and others. She holds masters degrees in natural resources and public policy from the University of Michigan.
Rudi Navarra, Southeast Regional Coordinator
Rnavarra[at] climatenetwork [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.
Jennifer Perron, International Policy Coordinator/Adaptation Coordinator
Jperron [at] climatenetwork [dot] org | 802-730-2373
Jennifer brings deep expertise in international and domestic climate change issues to USCAN. Her primary responsibility as International Policy Coordinator is to work with USCAN members and allies on international climate-related policy and strategy, and to promote strong U.S. leadership and global ambition. As Adaptation Coordinator, Jennifer will greatly enhance USCAN’s ability to engage with network members and allies on adaptation and resiliency issues.
As International Policy Coordinator/Adaptation Coordinator, Jennifer focuses on tracking the latest developments in international climate policy, the nexus of climate change and international development, on climate finance, and on adaptation and resilience issues (both domestic and international).
Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
Marie Risalvato, Communications Director
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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 D.C. where she has been working to improve USCAN’s online resources, social media presence and other communications work.