ROGUE CLIMATE TEAM
South Coast Organizer | She/Her
Abby works to envision an equitable shift to clean energy, sustainable jobs and deep democracy as the South Coast organizer at Rogue Climate. Motivated by the urgency of the climate crisis and a desire to support her community, Abby began learning more about climate and energy justice through the Rogue Climate Community Organizing internship program in 2021. She first became interested in social and environmental justice in college, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. She is particularly passionate about the power of art to create change. You can reach Abby at email@example.com.
Alessandra de la Torre
Advocacy and Programs Director | She/Ella
Alessandra leads Rogue Climate’s work transforming energy systems to benefit communities most impacted by climate change. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA where she first became concerned with the intersections of environment, public health, and racism. Alessandra graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and previously organized a food insecurity campaign at SOU and later worked as a Community Organizer focusing on immigrant justice at the Rogue Valley chapter of Unite Oregon. Alessandra serves as a member of the Seeding Justice Foundation Grant Making Committee and the Southern Oregon Latino Partnership Program. You can reach Alessandra at Alessandra@RogueClimate.org.
Campaigns Director | She/They
Allie’s focus is on working with communities across the region to stop the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline while building effective climate justice campaigns in southern Oregon. Allie grew up on the Chesapeake Bay where she first saw the harms of the fossil fuel industry and climate change on rural people, working class families, and communities of color. As a student at the College of William & Mary, she organized against a proposed LNG export terminal in Maryland. Allie moved to the Rogue Valley in 2015 as an Americorps service member, quickly started volunteering at Rogue Climate, and was hired as a Community Organizer in 2016. Allie’s community organizing was recognized as a recipient of the 2019 Community Sentinel Awards for Environmental Stewardship. You can reach Allie at Allie@RogueClimate.org.
Community Organizer | She/Hers/Ella
Ana facilitates Rogue Climate’s emergency preparedness trainings and the Latinx youth program “Cafecitos.” Ana grew up in the Rogue Valley and is very passionate about advocating for her community. Ana has worked with the Lomakatsi Restoration Project and SoHealth-E. She also brings contact tracing, health, and safety training to the team. Ana graduated from Phoenix high school in 2019 where she got her biliteracy seal in Spanish and co-lead the multicultural club. Ana also received her Medical Interpreter certification in 2019. When she’s not organizing in her community, Ana enjoys swimming, camping, and being with her family. You can reach Ana at Ana@rogueclimate.org
South Coast Regional Coordinator | She/Hers
Ashley’s role is supporting the growing opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal, while also building a just transition to renewable energy in Coos County. Ashley’s motivation to protect Coos Bay from fossil fuel interests and the impacts of climate change grew while developing youth programming at the South Slough Estuary Research Reserve. She previously worked in marketing at Coos Head Food Co-op and managed the Coos Bay Farmers Market where she was able to develop relationships with local fisherman, farmers, and people from across the political spectrum on the south Coast. Ashley studied Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. You can reach Ashley at Ashley@RogueClimate.org.
Leadership Development and Culture Director | She/Ella
Blanca works to build leadership with the Latinx community in the Valley. Raised in Southern Oregon she grew up with a loving family who worked hard as farmworkers and in warehouses for little pay. After earning a bachelor’s in English Literature and Ethnic studies at Willamette University Blanca served as an AmeriCorps member in San Jose in 2014 and 2015. Working with families forced to sleep in garages due to inflated rent rates and underpaying jobs reignited her passion for economic and racial justice. While living in Portland, Blanca served families through free after school programming and organized with low-income folks and people of color who continue to bear the brunt of climate chaos, the housing crisis, and more. You can reach Blanca at Blanca@RogueClimate.org
Executive Director | She/Hers
Hannah serves as the overall coordinator of Rogue Climate’s work. Born and raised in southern Oregon, she has always had a close connection to our rivers and the salmon and human communities that depend on them. Concerned about the effects of climate change, especially on already vulnerable communities, she joined with other local residents in 2013 to organize a major educational event in Medford and then to form Rogue Climate to continue that work. Hannah graduated with a degree in sociology and an emphasis in field biology from Colorado College. She conducted a field study of grassroots organizing on ecological issues in Brazil and other countries and has a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Organizing, and Action from the Kennedy School of Government. You can reach Hannah at Hannah@RogueClimate.org.
South Coast Energy Justice Organizer | She/They
Jess organizes for energy justice and a just transition across Oregon, with a focus on growing the movement on the South Coast. Jess fell in love with organizing as a student at Pitzer College, where she studied environmental policy and led one of the first victorious fossil fuel divestment campaigns in the country. Jess went on to launch the Divestment Student network as the Director of Training, organize for environmental justice in Philadelphia with Philly Thrive, and co-found Peopleshub, an online grassroots movement school. Jess is a Udall Scholar and a recipient of the Brower Youth Award. When she’s not organizing, you can find her making things with clay and spending time with her queer family. You can reach Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org
RARE Americorps Member | She/Hers
Maeve is a RARE Americorps member serving with Rogue Climate, primarily working in Phoenix and Talent to advocate for long term, equitable and resilient renewable energy and infrastructure solutions following the Almeda Fire in 2020. Originally from New York, Maeve grew up with a passion and appreciation for the environment, which she attempts to weave into her work with Rogue Climate. Maeve received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Columbia University, where she focused on American history and the origins of today’s political economy, and spent her time outside of the classroom playing sports and exploring the city’s parks, museums, and restaurants. When she’s not busy stopping every dog she sees on the street, you can find Maeve exploring Oregon and any nearby hiking trail. You can reach Maeve at email@example.com.
Organizing Director | She/Hers
Maya organizes volunteer and fire recovery efforts in the Rogue Valley. Maya started organizing to divest Reed College’s endowment from fossil fuel investments while studying Economics and Environmental Studies. Afterwards, she helped lead a People’s Climate March of over 5,000 marchers, stopped Pembina from building a propane export facility, and stalled a Shell arctic exploratory drilling rig in Portland. Maya also supported a volunteer structure of over 300 community activists to keep the pressure on developing clean and renewable energy at 350PDX. After Pembina bought the Jordan Cove LNG project, Maya moved to Southern Oregon in 2018 to support impacted property owners to stop the gas pipeline and export terminal. When she’s not organizing, she’s usually in her garden or with friends and family. You can reach Maya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire Relief Organizer | She/Hers
Nicole works as Fire Relief Organizer supporting community members affected by Southern Oregon wildfires as well as the many fire relief volunteers. Nicole was born and raised in Southern Oregon. She worked for over 13 years in youth empowerment and nonprofit administration in Portland. After leaving Portland, Nicole participated in international volunteer exchange programs and taught English as a second language in Samara, Costa Rica. Nicole returned to the Rogue Valley in 2019 and is passionate about her community, supporting families impacted by the Almeda fire, and climate justice. You can reach Nicole at Nicole@RogueClimate.org.
Administrative Coordinator | She/Hers
Princess maintains Rogue Climate’s fiscal, database, and digital security systems, while also coordinating fundraising efforts. Princess and her two sons, Carter and Micah, first started volunteering with Rogue Climate by designing art pieces for the “Salmon Project” in 2013. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelors of Science in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Science. She was previously a board member at the Rogue Valley Chapter of Unite Oregon and currently sits on the Rogue Action Center board. You can reach Princess at Princess@RogueClimate.org.
Operations Director | He/Him
Russell’s roll is to build and maintain infrastructure and systems to support Rogue Climate’s staff and community leaders. He has lived in the Rogue Valley since 2015 and worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the areas of education and community engagement where he crafted programs designed to spark dialogue around critical issues and themes. Russell has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Master of Arts degree from Humboldt State University. In his free time, Russell enjoys music, podcasts and working on artistic projects. You can reach Russell at email@example.com.
Community Organizer | She/They/Ella
Sara works as a Resources Navigator supporting families and individuals affected by Southern Oregon wildfires with critical supplies and services as they rebuild. Sara has a passion for empowering others to advocate for eqaulity and organizing with low-income folks and people of color who continue to bear the brunt of climate chaos, the housing crisis, and more. Raised in Southern Oregon she grew up with a strong sense of community through watching her sister, Chayo, organize and by volunteering with Rogue Climate. Sara is thankful for the good support network that helped evolve her into the community organizer she is today. You can reach Sara at Sara@RogueClimate.org.
Alison is director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, a multi-decade program of commissioning and developing 37 new plays about moments of change in United States history, including All the Way by Robert Schenkkan (Tony Winner for Best Play) and Sweat by Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama). Carey is co-founder of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company, which collaborates with communities across the United States to tell their stories, and her work has been produced in venues such as Arena Stage, the Public Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the shuttered mother plant of Bethlehem Steel, and a dirt-floor cattle sale barn. She lectures nationally on the importance of the arts in shaping healthy societies, especially focused on how theater can most effectively respond to climate change. She has developed hour-long television pilots for CBS and F/X, and her script work has been seen on Judging Amy. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Brodia Nardi Minter
Brodia joined the Rogue Climate Board in 2019. She grew up in urban New England and actively searched for wild spaces between the concrete cities. She attended University of New Haven where she received a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She moved to Oregon in 2013 to attend law school at Willamette University. Brodia has been licensed to practice law by the Oregon State Bar since 2016. When she’s not crafting comments to protect public lands, she can be found hiking in the high country, climbing, or running with her dog.
Dan Wahpepah is from the Anishinabe, Kickapoo and Sac & Fox tribes. He grew up with his community’s cultural ways and has been politically active with the American Indian Movement and spiritually active through tribal ceremonies. Locally, Dan started the Rogue Valley Pow Wow, the American Indian Cultural Center, Red Earth Descendants and is also a board member of Natives of One Wind Indigenous Alliance. As part of his tradition, he is a Drum Keeper and Drum Chief. Dan’s efforts are focused on the preservation of this Earth for future generations.
Emily grew up in Grants Pass, attended Rogue Community College, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She is currently studying Environmental Science and Policy at Southern Oregon University. She is an elected member of the Talent City Council and has been a leader in Rogue Climate Talent’s development of a community clean energy and climate action plan. Emily works in 3Degrees’ Utility Partnerships sector, enrolling electricity customers in voluntary renewable energy programs
Emma Marris is an environmental writer and an Institute Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She writes feature stories and opinion pieces for National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Nature, among others. She has a Master’s in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, focuses on innovative ways to conserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world. She is currently at work on a book about humanity’s relationships with nonhuman animals. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and lives with her husband and two children in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist and activist based in Modoc Point, Oregon. The conceptual framework of her practice focuses on channeling research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism. Utilizing painting and traditional Indigenous art practices, her work explores space in-between the Indigenous and western paradigms. Ka’ila displays work in the form of paintings, activism, and self-curated installations. Ka’ila’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has work in the permanent collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Portland Art Museum. She is a co-director, co-guide, Rural & Tribal Community Coordinator with Signal Fire artist and activist residency program and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Morgan’s experience in advocacy, administration, communications, and community organizing includes work with the Mono Lake Committee in California’s Eastern Sierra, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She also volunteers on the board of the Rogue Action Center. Morgan received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College where she studied environmental science and policy. She hails from upstate New York but is now very happy to call Southern Oregon home.
Shaun works in sales at PureLight in Medford, OR. He graduated from Southern Oregon University where he studied business, environmental studies, and corporate sustainability. In 2011, he studied renewable energy in Germany. In 2012, while director of sustainability for student government, he led the establishment of the SOU Green Fund to invest student dollars into local energy, water, and campus sustainability projects. The fund has helped establish three new solar installations on campus and launched the SOU Center for Sustainability.
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