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Our Team

Working to protect our environment for both people and wildlife requires many different skills and talents. Above all, it requires a passion for the planet and everyone who calls it home. Our staff are all advocates for our planet and they bring with them a complex mix of skills and experience to help Friends of the Earth achieve its mission.

Board Consultants

Senior Staff
  • Erich Pica
    President

    Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who for more than a decade has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy.

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  • Liz Butler
    Vice President of Organizing and Strategic Alliances

    Liz Butler is the Vice President of Organizing and Strategic Alliances at Friends of the Earth. Butler brings over 25 years of experience organizing and campaigning on critical issues, with a focus on both corporate and legislative campaigns.

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  • Michelle Chan
    Vice President of Programs

    Michelle Chan is the Vice President of Programs for Friends of the Earth and oversees its campaigns, communications, organizing and political work.

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  • Julie Dyer
    Vice President of Administration and Organizational Culture

    Julie is responsible for compliance, manages the organization’s Finance and Operations Teams, the day-to-day operations of HR and is the chief organizer of the board of directors. Julie studied conflict resolution at George Mason University and is a trained mediator.

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  • Peter Stocker
    Vice President of Membership and Development

    Peter Stocker directs our membership and development program and has a wide range of development experience in Europe, Central America and the U.S.

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Staff
  • Lisa Archer
    Food And Agriculture Program Director

    Lisa has developed and led successful science-based corporate accountability, markets, policy, public education and organizing campaigns focused on environmental health and justice for nearly two decades.

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  • Jenny Bock
    Northeast Regional Organizer

    Jenny is from Brooklyn, NY and has been building people power to create solutions to environmental and social issues since she learned about the dangers of climate change in high school.

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  • Maggie Cheung
    Operations Assistant

    Maggie is the Operations Assistant for Friends of the Earth. In this role, Maggie serves as the welcoming face of FOE and provides overall administrative and technical support for the staff.

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  • Britten Cleveland
    Regional Organizer

    Britten Cleveland is a Regional Organizer with Friends of the Earth working to grow and engage our activist base across the country to build long-term people power.

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  • Jeff Conant
    Senior International Forests Program Manager

    Jeff Conant directs Friends of the Earth’s international forests program, which protects forests and the rights of forest-dependent peoples by addressing the economic drivers of forest destruction.

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  • Stacey Conn
    Executive Assistant

    Stacey Conn is the executive assistant to Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, where she manages all requests for his time. 

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  • Denise Cummings
    Data Systems Administrator

    Denise is Friends of the Earth’s data systems administrator. She manages our donor database of record and supports FOE’s mission by ensuring the integrity of our supporter data.

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  • Jason Davidson
    Food and Agriculture Campaign Associate

    Jason is the Food and Agriculture Campaign Associate at Friends of the Earth. He supports the Bee Action Campaign.

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  • Patrick Davis
    Press Officer

    Patrick Davis is a Press Officer at Friends of the Earth, where he manages external communications and rapid response for the organization’s campaign teams.

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  • Kate DeAngelis
    Senior International Policy Analyst

    Kate DeAngelis is a senior international policy analyst, working to end public financing for fossil fuels and give a voice to affected communities.

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  • Tiffany Finck-Haynes
    Senior Food Futures Campaigner

    Tiffany is the senior food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth, where she leads the BeeAction campaign to protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators from pesticides to support a sustainable and just food system.

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  • Audrey Fox
    Digital Communications Coordinator

    Audrey Fox is the digital communications coordinator at Friends of the Earth. She produces social content for the organization, tracks and analyzes metrics, coordinates between the communications and campaign teams, and manages the website.

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  • Nicole Ghio
    Fossil Fuels Program Manager

    As the Friends of the Earth Fossil Fuels Program Manager, Nicole works to protect the public from dangerous big oil and coal money grabs, land giveaways, and the rollback of critical safeguards by exposing conflicts of interest and ethics violations at government agencies.

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  • Kevynn Gomez
    Communications Assistant

    Kevynn assists with a variety of tasks but focuses on copy editing materials, writing online content and performing research to help others.

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  • Karina Gonzalez
    Land, Forest, and Finance Organizer

    Raised in LA’s San Fernando Valley, she found her passion for environmental justice experiencing the first-hand effects of environmental racism in LA and directly witnessing the effects of climate change in her family’s hometown in Michoacan, Mexico.

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  • Gary Graham Hughes
    Senior California Advocacy Campaigner

    Gary Graham Hughes works on climate, energy, forest and water issues as the Senior California Advocacy Campaigner.

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  • Kari Hamerschlag
    Deputy Director of Food and Agriculture

    Kari leads the organization’s animal agriculture work, including a climate-friendly food service initiative that aims to leverage state, municipal, K-12 and university food purchasing dollars to support local farmers and ranchers and drive market shifts and consumption towards healthier, plant-forward, sustainable food.

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  • Emily Hendrick
    Grant Writer

    Emily is Friends of the Earth’s grant writer based in Berkeley, CA, and works on the development team to help fund all of the organization’s campaigns.

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  • Erin Jensen
    Press Officer

    Erin Jensen is a Press Officer with Friends of the Earth, where she manages external communications and helps generate media coverage for the organization’s various campaigns.

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  • John Kaltenstein
    Senior Marine Policy Analyst

    His work at FoE primarily concerns reducing pollution from shipping, and he has worked to help establish the U.S. & Canada’s Emission Control Area and the Polar Code – a suite of regulations pertaining to Arctic and Antarctic shipping.

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  • Marcie Keever
    Oceans and Vessels Program Manager; Legal Director

    Marcie directs our oceans and vessels program and provides legal advice to our board and staff as legal director.

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  • Jonathan Kellam
    Stewardship Officer

    Jonathan Kellam works with Friends of the Earth’s donors to directly connect them with our work.

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  • Kendra Klein
    Senior Staff Scientist

    Kendra Klein, PhD is Senior Staff Scientist at Friends of the Earth where she leads work on food and farming solutions.

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  • Katharine Lu
    Senior Sustainable Finance Manager

    Katharine Lu is the Senior Sustainable Finance Manager at Friends of the Earth US. She leads the organization’s research on new models of sustainable finance and development, primarily those from China and other emerging markets.

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  • Adam Lugg
    Senior Membership Manager

    Adam is responsible for Friends of the Earth’s direct mail fundraising program and quarterly member newsmagazine, and has over ten years of fundraising experience.

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  • Gaurav Madan
    Senior Forests and Lands Campaigner

    Gaurav serves as the Senior Forests and Lands Campaigner at Friends of the Earth. He advocates for private financial institutions to stop financing deforestation and human rights violations.

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  • Carrie Mann
    Deputy Director of Digital Membership and Advocacy

    Carrie works to grow our digital base and gives people ways to take online action on the issues they care about.

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  • Josette Matoto
    Art Director

    As Art Director, Josette manages all visual aspects of the Friends of the Earth brand for both print and web.

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  • Ariel Moger
    Campaign Research Associate

    Ariel collaborates closely with campaigns to develop materials and policy recommendations for activists, journalists and key decision-makers, as well as monitors, researches and analyzes legislative and regulatory attacks on the environment and public health.

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  • Damon Moglen
    Senior Strategic Advisor

    As Senior Strategic Advisor, Damon coordinates work on nuclear power and provides strategic advice on climate and energy issues.

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  • Doug Norlen
    Economic Policy Program Director

    For 18 years, Doug Norlen has conducted successful advocacy to achieve environmental, developmental and accountability policy reform of multilateral trade and finance institutions, export credit agencies and private banks.

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  • Karen Orenstein
    Deputy Director of Economic Policy

    Karen oversees Friends of the Earth’s international work on sustainable finance, including overseas energy financing by the U.S. and China, and domestic work on defense of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

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  • Dana Perls
    Senior Food and Agriculture Campaigner

    Dana Perls is the senior food and agriculture campaigner with Friends of the Earth, and leads the Food and Agriculture team’s international and national regulatory and market campaigns on biotechnology and genetic engineering.

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  • Lukas Ross
    Senior Policy Analyst

    Lukas works on greening the federal budget and ending subsidies for polluting industries.

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  • Danielle San Miguel
    Operations and HR Coordinator

    Danielle implements and tracks HR processes, ensures the organization is in compliance with state charitable solicitation registration and insurance requirements, makes sure the organization is up to date on administrative processes that keep the office running, and assists with board meeting preparations.

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  • Benjamin Schreiber
    Senior Political Strategist

    Benjamin Schreiber is the senior political strategist at Friends of the Earth, having previously headed the climate and energy team and served as the climate and energy tax analyst at Friends of the Earth. 

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  • Elizabeth Sherer
    Digital Organizing Associate

    As a member of the Development team, Elizabeth writes and edits email communications and fields comments from FOE members and supporters.

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  • Louisa Sizemore
    Deputy Director of Planned Giving

    Louisa is Friends of the Earth’s deputy director of planned giving. She focuses on helping supporters craft a legacy that meets their philanthropic and financial goals through gift and estate planning.

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  • Sharon Smith
    Senior Accountant

    Sharon Smith is Friends of the Earth’s senior accountant. She brings with her more than 20 years of accounting experience.

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  • Briana Steele
    Regional Organizer

    Briana Steele is a Regional Organizer with Friends of the Earth, where she recruits, trains, and engages FOE’s volunteers around the country.

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  • Hallie Templeton
    Senior Oceans Campaigner

    Hallie Templeton is Friends of the Earth’s senior oceans campaigner, leading our strategic campaign to highlight the dangers of industrial ocean fish farming and expand support for sustainable seafood production alternatives.

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  • Jahnavi Trivedi
    Finance Manager

    Jahnavi is the finance manager at Friends of the Earth. She comes to us with more than 15 years of accounting management experience with various non-profit organizations.

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  • Caity Valley
    Grants Coordinator

    Caity is the Grants Coordinator at Friends of the Earth, where she works as the project manager for all foundation fundraising activities.

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  • William Waren
    Senior Trade Analyst

    Bill Waren is senior trade analyst at Friends of the Earth. He covers negotiations, litigation, and  congressional action on trade policy.

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  • Chloe Waterman
    Senior Food Campaigner

    Chloë Waterman currently serves as senior food campaigner where she implements policy and markets campaigns to advance a sustainable and just food system.

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  • La’Meshia Whittington-Kaminski
    North Carolina Campaigner

    LA fights against unjust redistricting by developing and implementing campaigns and grassroots leadership throughout environmental communities in North Carolina.

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  • Verner Wilson III
    Senior Oceans Campaigner

    Verner focuses on protecting the marine environment from shipping pollution and disturbance in the Pacific Northwest and Arctic. 

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