Board of Directors


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Paul B. Jaskot (Chair), Ph.D.

Paul is Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. His work focuses on the relationship of art, architecture, and urbanism to politics in the modern period. He was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (2014-2016). From 2008-2010, he was President of the College Art Association.

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Lori Burns

Lori has 25 years experience promoting the growth of the natural and organic products industry for professional and volunteer organizations.  A Chicago native, her contributions to social, environmental and political activism are driven by a commitment to compassion and equality. 

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Joyce Coffee, LEED AP

Joyce is President of Climate Resilience Consulting, working with leaders to create strategies that protect and enhance markets and livelihoods through adaptation to climate change. Previously, she was managing director of the ND Global Adaptation Initiative, led the City of Chicago's Climate Action Plan and worked in water-related international development. 

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Lindsey Colbourne

Lindsey is a believer in the power of collective action, and has spent 25 years pioneering participation, engagement and conflict resolution for sustainable development at local, national and international levels. More recently, she started using these participatory approaches as an artist. She lives and works in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.


Alexis Goggans

Alexis is a climate justice advocate, sustainability practitioner and business owner. Alexis received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. She resides in Florence, Colorado where she spends her time reading about mind body wellness, eating healthy and delicious food and tweeting.

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peter Mierwinski (treasurer)

Peter is an IL CPA with 25 years of combined professional experience in the financial services industry, having worked as an auditor and corporate controller, most recently at a mutual fund company in Chicago.  He speaks Polish fluently, enjoys learning and teaching others about the benefits of adopting a whole food plant based diet, and exploring the Windy City on Divvy bike. 


Aidil Oscariz

Aidil is Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for Catalyst Miami, a social and environmental justice nonprofit. She has represented and advocated on behalf of immigrants, and worked to increase the civic and economic participation of minority and underrepresented groups. Aidil holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Sociology from Florida International University and a JD from Fordham University.


Raj Pandya

Raj is the founding director of the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX). He is also a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, former commissioner of Education and Human Resources for the American Meteorological Society, serves on the board for Public Lab, and chairs the National Academies committee on “Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning.” He holds a Ph.D. from University of Washington in Atmospheric Science.


Burrell Poe

Burrell is a Nonviolence Trainer at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and has a background in social and environmental justice. He is on the Emerging Leaders Board at the Mikva Challenge and Compassion It Chicago. Burrell is a U.S. Army Veteran from the West Side of Chicago. He practically lives on his bicycle and is an enthusiastic compost.

Eric Tate, Ph.D.

Eric is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.  He teaches and conducts research in the areas of flood hazards, water resources, environmental justice, and social vulnerability, primarily using geospatial indicators to examine environment-society interactions.  Dr. Tate earned his PhD in Geography from the University of South Carolina.

Rick Valicenti 

Rick is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice for clients in the architectural, performing arts, and education communities.  In 2006, he received the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession. The White House honored Valicenti in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design.


Harriet Festing (Co-founder), M.Phil.

Executive Director of Anthropocene Alliance, Harriet has 25 years' experience managing award winning programs that tackle climate change. Harriet's experience stretches across diverse fields - water, energy, agriculture, housing - within government, non-profits and academic sectors in the US and UK.

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Stephen F. Eisenman (Co-founder), Ph.D.

Volunteer, Director of Art and Policy for Anthropocene Alliance. Dr. Eisenman is Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, a widely published writer and critic, a curator and an activist who has campaigned against U.S. sanctioned torture, long-term solitary confinement and animal abuse.


MICHELLE SMITH (social media)

Michelle is currently the Marketing Director for the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree from HAN University in International Business and Languages, and her Masters in Business Administration from Radboud University.

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Susie Skarford (volunteer Secretary to the board)

Susie is currently a blogger at Pins and Procrastination. She is passionate about advocating for environmental causes. Susie received her Master's in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.