EQUIPO DE ROGUE CLIMATE

MIEMBROS DEL PERSONAL

Abby Knipp

Abby Knipp

South Coast Organizer | They/Them

Abby organizes community through creative outreach, intentional relationship building, and develops youth leadership to radically push the climate justice movement forward in the South Coast. With roots in Minnesota, Abby first fought for climate justice during the #Stopline3 movement. Abby worked as a marine biologist studying tropical coral reef ecosystems for many years. However, it was through that work that they began to witness injustices on local communities that stemmed from science, policy, and management. Those experiences prompted Abby to pursue an interdisciplinary graduate program to gain the skills to fight for ocean justice. Abby completed their Master’s degree in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University in 2023. Their master’s thesis critically examined social power dynamics in the process of designating a marine protected areas, with the goal of creating more equitable and inclusive ocean protection processes. Abby loves being outside, cuddling with their 2 cats, and making all kinds of cheese! You can reach Abby at AbbyK@RogueClimate.org

Ann Rusk

Ann Rusk

Operations Director | She/Her

Ann comes to Rogue Climate with many years of experience in non-profit operations including Josephine County 4-H Leaders Association, 32 years as the treasurer of the Grants Pass Rotary Club, Grants Pass Museum of Art, and many other organizations. Ann is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a business degree. She brings with her a love for nature and animals. Leisure time is spent traveling the world and working with her many animals on her hobby farm. Ann is the operations director for Rogue Climate, overseeing finances and grants as well as HR.

Ashley Audycki

Ashley Audycki

South Coast Regional Coordinator | She/Her

El papel de Ashley es apoyar la creciente oposición a la terminal de exportación del GNL de Jordan Cove, al mismo tiempo que construye una transición justa a la energía renovable en el condado de Coos. La motivación de Ashley para proteger Coos Bay de los intereses de los combustibles fósiles y los impactos del cambio climático creció mientras desarrollaba programas para jóvenes en la Reserva de Investigación del Estuario South Slough. Anteriormente trabajó en marketing en Coos Head Food Co-op y administró el mercado de agricultores de Coos Bay, donde pudo desarrollar relaciones con pescadores locales, agricultores y personas de todo el espectro político en la costa sur. Ashley estudió Ciencias Políticas y Estudios Ambientales en la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara. Puede comunicarse con Ashley mandando un correo electrónico a Ashley@RogueClimate.org.

Blanca Gutierrez

Blanca Gutiérrez

Directora de Cultura y Desarrollo de Liderazgo | ella/ella

Blanca trabaja para construir liderazgo con la comunidad Latinx en el Valle. Criada en el sur de Oregon, creció con una familia amorosa que trabajaba duro como trabajadores agrícolas y en almacenes por poco dinero. Después de obtener una licenciatura en literatura inglesa y estudios étnicos en la Universidad de Willamette, Blanca se desempeñó como miembro de AmeriCorps en San José en el 2014 y 2015. Trabajar con familias que se vieron obligadas a dormir en garajes debido a las tarifas de alquiler infladas y los trabajos mal pagados reavivó su pasión por la economía y la justicia. Mientras vivía en Portland, Blanca sirvió a las familias a través de programas extracurriculares gratuitos y se organizó con personas de bajos ingresos y personas de color que continúan soportando la peor parte del caos climático, la crisis de la vivienda y más. Puedes comunicarte con Blanca mandando un correo electrónico a Blanca@RogueClimate.org

Colleen Dixon

Colleen Dixon

Interim Executive Director | She/Her

Colleen is leading Rogue Climate through a period of leadership transition, after our incredible founding Executive Director, Hannah Sohl, thoughtfully stepped down in April 2024. During this exciting time, she is supporting all aspects of the organization and organizing our search for an executive director to lead Rogue Climate in our next chapter. Colleen has a deep commitment to social justice mission-based work, serving up high-level problem solving, decision-making, and outcomes-based results. She is an adaptive and resilient leader with a demonstrated history of deepening relationships, developing teams, and building positive cultures. Colleen can be found with her head in a book, surrounded by tall trees, or in a dark venue enjoying theater, live music, and cinema.

Jess Grady-Benson

Jess Grady-Benson

Organizing Director | She/They

CJess works with Rogue Climate’s South Coast and Rogue Valley teams to build community power through transformative climate justice campaigns. After leading a winning campaign for fossil fuel divestment at Pitzer College, she organized for a just transition in Philadelphia and co-founded the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, where she served as the Director of Training.  Jess went on to co-create PeoplesHub, an online social movement school and continues to facilitate movement groups on strategy, culture, and conflict. When she joined the Rogue Climate team in 2021 as the South Coast Energy Justice Organizer, she worked with South Coast communities and partners across the state to win the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign, pass the Oregon Heat Relief package and more. In her current role as Organizing Director she coordinates campaigns across regions and works with the organizing team to build systems for sustainable community power. Jess has a BA in Environmental Policy from Pitzer College and is a recipient of the Udall Scholarship and the Brower Youth Award in recognition of her leadership in the youth climate justice movement. When she’s not organizing, Jess can be found swimming in Oregon rivers, making ceramics, and camping with her partner and their pup Lola. You can reach Jess at Jess@RogueClimate.org.

Maroun Aguero

Maroun Aguero

Rogue Valley Organizer | He/Him

As an organizer, Maroun is committed to mobilizing collective power for climate justice, with the long-term goal of assisting Latino/a/x communities in climate disaster recovery and resiliency. Maroun graduated in 2023 with a double major in Sociology & Anthropology and International Studies. He began his journey as a research assistant, supporting in-depth interviews with Latino/a/x members impacted by the Almeda Fire for a study focused on post-fire health impacts on 55+ individuals. Additionally in this role, Maroun facilitated a study group for immigrants in the Rogue Valley hoping to take the U.S. Naturalization Test. In his free time, Maroun loves to make music, practice Muay Thai & Jiu Jitsu, and go to the Illinois River! You can reach Maroun at Maroun@RogueClimate.org.

Masayo Simon

Masayo Simon

Communications Coordinator | They/Them

Bio coming soon! You can reach Masayo at Masayo@RogueClimate.org

Susie Garcia

Susie García

Rogue Valley Coordinator | She/Ella

Susie coordinates and organizes teams, projects and events that grow the climate justice movement in Southern Oregon, with emphasis on racial equity and inclusion. Raised in a diverse Los Angeles community, she developed an interest in social justice and organizing. After graduating from CSULA with a bachelors in Psychology, she moved to Oregon where she spent a couple decades working in the fields of education and social services. Work areas of strength include data systems management, volunteer coordination and community building. She enjoys fulfilling the organizational goal to lead regenerative work, not extractive, by creating spaces for joy and celebration. During her spare time, she likes volunteering with local organizations that focus on empowering vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by climate change. You can reach Susie at Susie@RogueClimate.org

SUMMER FELLOWS

Kiera Retiz

Kiera Retiz

Summer Fellow | She/Her

Kiera is a senior at Ashland High School and has been working on the Ashland Youth for Electrification campaign as a member of Rogue Climate Action Team (RCAT) since March of 2023. She was inspired to get involved after the Almeda Fire in 2020 and the increasingly hot summers in Ashland. She was able to help plan the walkout at her school which motivated her to continue the work and have a say in her future. Since then, she has been deeply involved in the campaign. She’s most excited to work on the Climate and Clean Air Policy Package and the Ashland Youth for Electrification campaign this summer. As a fellow, she’s excited to strengthen RCAT’s presence in the community and get people involved!

Norah Doyle

Norah Doyle

Summer Fellow | She/Her

Norah is a junior at South Medford High School. She joined the Rogue Climate Action Team (RCAT) through the Youth Internship in July of 2023, and has been a member since. The environment of the group drew her in, and she was excited to get involved with direct climate action through the Ashland Youth for Electrification campaign. As a fellow, Norah is looking forward to building skills in community organizing and base building, and further strengthening the campain to pass the Climate and Clean Air Policy Package.

Piper Banks

Piper Banks

Summer Fellow | She/Her

Piper has been working on the Ashland Youth for Electrification campaign for about two years. She was introduced to the campaign by a fellow classmate and fell in love with the work during her first meeting. She has been deeply involved in the campaign since then. Piper is most excited to work on building the Rogue Climate Action Team’s membership and organizing to ensure that the Climate and Clean Air Policy Package is passed!

MIEMBROS DE LA JUNTA

Alessandra de la Torre

Alessandra de la Torre

Miembro de la Junta

Alessandra is now on the board after previously leading 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.

Alison Carey

Alison Carey

Secretario de la Junta

Alison es directora de American Revolutions: El United States History Cycle del Oregon Shakespeare Festival, es un programa de varias décadas que encarga y desarrolla 37 obras nuevas sobre momentos de cambio en la historia de los Estados Unidos, incluida All the Way de Robert Schenkkan (Tony Winner for Best Play ) y Sweat de Lynn Nottage (ganadora del premio Pulitzer de drama). Carey es cofundadora de Cornerstone Theatre Company, aclamada a nivel nacional, que colabora con comunidades de los Estados Unidos para contar sus historias, y su trabajo se ha producido en lugares como Arena Stage, Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the shuttered planta madre de Bethlehem Steel y un establo de venta de ganado con piso de tierra. Da conferencias a nivel nacional sobre la importancia de las artes en la configuración de sociedades saludables, especialmente enfocada en cómo el teatro puede responder de manera más efectiva al cambio climático. Ha desarrollado programas piloto de televisión de una hora para CBS y F / X, y su trabajo de guión se ha visto en Judging Amy. Vive en Ashland, Oregon.

 

Dan Wahpepah

Dan Wahpepah

Miembro de la Junta

Dan Wahpepah es de las tribus Anishinabe, Kickapoo y Sac & Fox. Creció con las costumbres culturales de su comunidad y ha sido políticamente activo con el Movimiento Indígena Americano y espiritualmente activo a través de ceremonias tribales. A nivel local, Dan fundó Rogue Valley Pow Wow, el Centro Cultural Indio Americano, Red Earth Descendants y también es miembro de la junta de Natives of One Wind Indígena Alliance. Como parte de su tradición, es Drum Keeper y Drum Chief. Los esfuerzos de Dan se centran en la preservación de esta Tierra para las generaciones futuras.

David Hansen

David Hansen

Miembro de la Junta

David’s experience in advocacy and community engagement includes working with various non-profit community-based organizations. He has worked with Unete, Unite Oregon and Rogue Climate supporting the Latino/a/x community, those affected by the Rogue Valley wildfires in 2020, as well as helping coordinate community driven vaccine events with the Oregon Health Authority. He has also served as a COVID-19 case investigator for Jackson County Public Health during the peak of the pandemic. David graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2020 and holds a bachelor’s degree in human services. He also volunteers on the board of Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection . When not working, David loves to travel internationally, spend time outdoors in the pursuit of wild game, and if successful, preparing a meal for friends and family with his fresh catch/harvest.

Isabella Lee Tibbetts

Isabella Lee Tibbetts

Presidente de la junta

Isabella Lee Tibbets is indigenous Quechua from Ecuador and the new board president after taking a two year leave from the organization where she was a No Pipeline Fellow. Despite being born in Ecuador, growing up in the Rogue Valley kept her connected to the nature around and drove her passion for protecting the environment and communities. Having international climate experience from attending COP25 in Madrid in 2019 was important in showing the connection between communities near and far with the struggles that people are facing when it comes to the effects of climate change. She is an activist, mother, artist, and community organizer with a wide range of passions including the environment, social justice, indigenous rights, and politics. She works for Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) as their Development Associate in charge of fundraising and donor relations. When she is not busy with her many community activities and work, she is busy taking care of her two young boys and spending time outside with them and their family puppy.

Mira Saturen

Mira Saturen

Miembro de la Junta

¡Bio próximamente!

 

Misha Hernandez

Misha Hernandez

Miembro de la Junta

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