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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.

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Senior Team

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.

Read an extended bio. Follow Erich on Twitter: @erichpica



Michelle Chan, vp of programs

Michelle Chan is the Vice President of Programs for Friends of the Earth and oversees its campaigns, communications, organizing and political work. A longtime FOE staffer, she previously led Friends of the Earth U.S.’ economic policy team. She is the founder of BankTrack, and the current vice president of the Amazon Watch board. She has served on the boards of Ceres, the Council for Responsible Public Investment, the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment; and was a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Advisory Committee. In 2002 received the SRI Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of sustainable and responsible investing. She lives Richmond, CA with her husband, son, cat and an aquarium full of fish and snails.


Medium, Extinguishing Torches of Hate, Aug. 15, 2017
Common Dreams, On Healthcare and Hope, Aug. 3, 2017
Medium, The California legislature just extended cap-and-trade. 3000 people will die, July 26, 2017
Medium, Our Common Struggle, May 1, 2017

Julie Dyer, vp 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.





Peter Stocker, vp 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. His experience includes delivering humanitarian aid to Bosnia, fundraising for women’s rights in Nicaragua, and managing the membership and institutional giving programs at Youth Radio in Berkeley and the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco. His development background includes in-depth experience with direct mail, online fundraising, grant writing, and data management. Peter is a graduate of U.C. San Diego and received his Master’s in Rural Development from Sussex University in the United Kingdom.


Lisa Archer, food and technology 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. Most recently, she co-founded and directed The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Prior to this, she led Friends of the Earth’s Health and Environment Program, developing and running hard-hitting campaigns to prevent the environmental causes of cancer; challenge the introduction of untested, unregulated genetically engineered food and nanotechnology into the marketplace; and promote environmentally sound farming practices. Lisa has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AP, Time Magazine, CNN, CBS, ABC and NPR. Lisa is a graduate of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, and holds a dual degree in International Relations and Economics.

Jenny Bock, northeast regional organizer

Jenny is the Northeast regional organizer at Friends of the Earth. Prior to joining FOE, Jenny was the Field Director for the TX-23 Congressional District which includes Texas’s magnificent Big Bend national park. Also while in Texas Jenny worked on Planned Parenthood’s Affordable Care Act Latino Outreach campaign. Jenny has also worked for Sierra Club’s Beyond Natural Gas campaign in Washington D.C. Jenny cares deeply about the underlying economic and political root causes of environmental issues and believes we can only solve environmental issues by simultaneously achieving economic, social and racial justice. 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. Jenny has a B.A in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Kenyon College.

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. She spends her days helping people rise up to be a bold, fearless, and effective voice for progressive values. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, Britten helped build and implement campaigns across the country to keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote sustainable policy solutions to the climate crisis. Her work is guided by a commitment to uproot environmental injustice and its inequitable impacts on communities. She grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg where she found her love of organizing while leading the environmental awareness society on campus. When’s she not organizing, she’s running, hiking up mountains, and is a landscape and wedding photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina.   

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. Previously Jeff worked with Global Justice Ecology Project where he advocated for climate justice at the U.N. and other global arenas; with International Accountability Project he co-authored a Community Guide to the Environmental and Social Safeguards of the Asian Development Bank; and with Hesperian Health Guides he co-authored A Community Guide to Environmental Health, a grassroots manual published in over a dozen languages. Jeff is also author of A Poetics of Resistance, about Mexico’s Zapatista movement, and translator of Wind in the Blood: Mayan Healing and Chinese Medicine. In his spare time he writes, raises bees, chickens and vegetables, and enjoys biking, cooking, and art of all sorts.

Stacey Conn, administrative assistant

Stacey Conn is the administrative assistant to Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, where she manages all requests for his time. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she served as general manager of a Vermont non-profit organization focused on promoting local farms and connecting people with healthy food. She brings a strong background in social entrepreneurship, executive level administrative support, and event planning. Stacey received an MBA from Babson College, an M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. In her free time, Stacey works on animal protection issues and volunteers at her local shelter.

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. Previously Denise worked at Africare in a similar role and has spent the last 20 years dedicating her career to nonprofits. In her spare time, she sings R&B and jazz in the Washington, D.C. area’s local music scene. She enjoys reading biographies of music greats and watching documentaries.


Jason Davidson, food and technology campaign associate

Jason is the Food and Technology Campaign Associate at Friends of the Earth. He supports the Bee Action Campaign. Jason worked on the campaign as an intern before joining Friends of the Earth as staff. Prior to Friends of the Earth, he interned at Climate Reality Project and served as a research assistant in the Geography Department at George Washington University. He holds a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Geographic Information Systems and American Studies from George Washington University. In his free time, Jason likes to read, cycle, ski and play the drums.


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. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, Patrick served as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill and worked on Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s presidential bid. He has lived and worked in Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, and across the United States. Patrick holds a MGPS from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and a BA from Lawrence University.


Kate DeAngelis, international policy analyst

Kate DeAngelis is an international policy analyst, working to end public financing for fossil fuels and give a voice to affected communities. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she was a research analyst at the World Resources Institute, where she focused on international climate change issues. In addition, she lived in China teaching English and volunteering for an environmental non-profit. Kate received a B.A. in psychology and political science from the George Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Maryland.

Financing Climate Disaster: How Export Credit Agencies Are a Boon for Oil and Gas, October 16, 2017
Talk is Cheap: How G20 Governments Are Financing Climate Disaster, July 5, 2017
Devex, G20 countries need to stop using export credit agencies to finance fossil fuel projects, October 16, 2017
The Guardian, G20 public finance for fossil fuels ‘is four times more than renewables’, July 5, 2017
The Hill, G-20 countries talk climate action but finance climate disaster, July 5, 2017
Medium, Villagers suffer at the hands of Mozambique’s LNG gas development, Sept. 15, 2016

Emily Deanne, membership associate

Emily is the Membership Associate at Friends of the Earth. She facilitates personalized communication with members and helps to prepare outreach and fundraising materials. Emily worked as the Communications Intern at Friends of the Earth before joining the membership team. She graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and has had four previous environmental internships at Greenpeace, The NRDC, Osa Conservation, and The American Sustainable Business Council. When she is not in the office she is either hiking, exploring new restaurants around D.C., or enjoying coffee while curled up with a good book.


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. In her role, she leads federal, state, local policy and marketplace campaigns aimed at reforming industrial agriculture. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she worked as a community health organizer at Many Languages One Voice, running campaigns to improve equitable access to affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate health-related information, services, and care for nail salon workers and day laborers. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a Concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies from George Washington University.


Audrey Fox, communications associate

Audrey Fox is the communications associate 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. She additionally assists with the production of multimedia content. Previously, she served as the organization’s communications intern, assisting the team with media outreach, social media, copy editing, and rapid response. Audrey holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communications with a specialization in Environmental Science from the University of California, San Diego. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, scrapbooking, and watching Giants baseball.


Jonathan Fox, senior democracy campaigner

Jon Fox is the senior democracy campaigner with Friends of the Earth. Jon leads our work developing and implementing campaigns mobilizing the environmental community to win local victories ensuring everyone’s voice is heard equally. Jon’s work builds the grassroots leadership, capacity and the broad-based political power needed to defend and extend democratic rights and advance meaningful democracy reforms across the United States. Jon brings over a decade of experience promoting positive social change through advocacy, research, campaigning, and community engagement in the United States, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Jon received his master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs. Jon is also a certified Rescue Scuba Diver and EMT, which are both useful as he continues his search for the world’s best folk music, food, and pristine coral.

Medium, This is what Democracy looks like and it fills me with hope, November 2016
Medium, The top 6 things that inspired me at The People’s Summit, June 2016
Medium, The long struggle for democracy, January, 2016
Medium, Maine votes money out, people in, Nov. 5, 2015
Medium, Why democracy matters to the environment, Dec. 3, 2015
Court upholds ban on contractor pay-to-play donations, Jul. 10, 2015

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. She has spent over a decade fighting deadly fossil fuel projects across the globe, as well as the risky public and private finance that supports them. Nicole has facilitated global coalition meetings, presented at energy summits for civil society, government, multilateral development bank, and industry officials, documented project abuses in frontline communities, and led activist trainings. She received her bachelors from the University of California, Los Angeles and masters from the University of Sussex. Nicole is a certified yoga teacher, art museum aficionado, and literature student.

Huffington Post, New Report Finds G20 Nations Still Sending Billions in Public Finance to Fossil Fuels, July 5, 2017
Talk is Cheap: How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster, July 2017
Huffington Post, Global Coal Plant Development in Freefall, March 21, 2017
Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline, March 2017
Boom and Bust 2016: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline, March 2016
Dirty Coal: Breaking the Myth About Japanese-Funded Coal Plants, April 2015

Kari Hamerschlag, deputy director of food & technology

Kari Hamerschlag is deputy director of the food and farming program. 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. Previously, Kari worked for five years as a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group where she focused on the U.S. farm bill, GMOs, organic agriculture, and conservation policy. Kari has extensively researched the links between food production and climate change and authored the web-based Meateater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health. Prior to EWG, Kari worked as a sustainable food policy and fair trade consultant. Kari has a Masters from UC Berkeley in Latin American Studies and City and Regional Planning.

Spinning Food: How Food Industry Front Groups and Covert Communications are Shaping the Story of Food, Jun. 30, 2015
Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World, June 2016
Shrinking the Carbon and Water Footprint of School Food: A Recipe for Combatting Climate Change, February 2017
Chain Reaction III: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, September 2017
Food Tank, Less and Better Meat is key to a Healthier Planet, October 2017

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. Previously she worked in nonprofit development for diverse organizations in Colorado, Guatemala, and most recently Peru, where she raised money to create protected conservation areas for the habitat of critically endangered birds throughout the country in coordination with indigenous rural communities and local governments. She holds an M.P.A. from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College. Emily is a San Francisco native, speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and in her free time enjoys traveling the world, running, reading, live music, and climbing mountains.

Karina Gonzalez, land, forest, and finance organizer

Karina is a Xicana born to Mexican-indigenous parents. 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. Karina is a first-generation student; the first in her family to attend kindergarten. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. Karina has worked for Greenpeace USA, Black Mesa Water Coalition, SustainUS, and the fossil fuel divestment movement. Karina was a recipient of the 2016 Brower Youth Award, the leading national environmental award for youth. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, PBS, and other news sources.

Gary Graham Hughes, senior California advocacy campaigner

Gary Graham Hughes works on climate, energy, forest and water issues as the Senior California Advocacy Campaigner. Gary has extensive domestic experience in the Western states of the U.S. and has worked throughout Latin America. Prior to working with Friends of the Earth, Gary worked with the Environmental Protection Information Center in the Redwood temperate rain forests of Northern California, and as the Patagonia Campaign Coordinator with International Rivers. He has led trips in some of the most spectacular wild areas in the Americas as a wilderness and mountain instructor with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Gary earned a B.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Oregon, and a M.Sc. in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and daughter.

Medium, California plays fast and loose with climate science and environmental justice, Feb. 24, 2016
Medium, Discussing Climate Change Strategies with Dr. Kathy McAfee, July 6, 2016
Medium, California Climate Opportunities Can Overcome Science Deniers, Dec 8, 2016
EcoNews, California Cap-and-Trade: More Harm than Good, April 2017
Medium, Is California Selling Climate Illusions?, June 26, 2017

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. She works with the press to tell the stories about FOE’s crucial work. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, Erin served as a Press Assistant in Florida with For Our Future, a 2016 political action committee. She brings a strong background in progressive advocacy and media relations, having worked as the Communications Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, and with the League of Women Voters of Florida as their Communications Manager prior to that. Erin received a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida. As a recent D.C. transplant, Erin enjoys exploring the city’s neighborhoods in her free time.

John Kaltenstein, senior marine policy analyst

John Kaltenstein is Senior Policy Analyst in the Oceans team and has been with Friends of the Earth for over 10 years. 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. John previously worked for SEIU Local 250’s Shirley Ware Education Center and AIDA. He holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Political Science. While in law school, he co-chaired the environmental justice advocacy group. He enjoys soccer, playing with his boys, and exploring the beautiful Southwest with his family.


Arctic shipping policy: What’s wrong with this picture, Mar. 1, 2016
Medium, Great expectations: United States to lead Arctic Council, April 24, 2015
A container’s pivotal role in Robert Redford’s new movie, All is Lost, Feb. 28, 2014
The case for a strong Polar Code, 2011
Expanding Short Sea Shipping in California: Environmental Impacts and Recommended Best Practices, 2010

Marcie Keever, oceans and vessels program director, legal director

Marcie directs our oceans and vessels program and provides legal advice to our board and staff as legal director. Marcie authors our Cruise Ship Report Card and has championed bans on ship sewage discharge in California, Washington and National Marine Sanctuaries. Marcie has a strong background in campaign implementation, expertise on air issues, and experience in dealing with agency relations and legislative initiatives. Previously, Marcie was program director for San Francisco Beautiful and an attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow for Our Children’s Earth. She has done work for a number of environmental justice organizations including as a staff attorney at the Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic. Marcie holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara.


Medium, Aircraft on the hot seat, Dec. 3, 2015
Friends of the Earth Cruise Ship Report Card

Kendra Klein, PhD, senior staff scientist

Kendra Klein, PhD is Senior Staff Scientist at Friends of the Earth where she leads work on food and farming solutions. She is a writer, researcher, and advocate with over fifteen years of experience in environmental sustainability, food, agriculture, and environmental health. Prior to joining FOE, she coordinated farm-to-institution work at the California Healthy Food in Health Care campaign and worked at Breast Cancer Action on chemical policy reform and corporate accountability related to pink ribbon fundraising. Kendra has apprenticed on organic farms in California and Hawaii.  She is a 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellow and has written for The Nation, Gastronomica, Civil Eats, Food Tank, and EcoWatch and peer-reviewed journals.  She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from UC Berkeley.

FoodTank, Dirt, Democracy and Organic Farming: A Recipe to Feed the WorldJune 2016
EcoWatch, Can Organic Farming Feed the World?, July 2016
Certified Organic Magazine, Instituting Organic Partnerships, Summer 2015
Health Care Without Harm, Environmental Nutrition, September 2014
The Nation, A New Prescription for the Local Food Movement, Oct. 12, 2012

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. She received a B.A. from University of California Davis and M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. She has worked in the private and non-profit sectors, including Google and Johns Hopkins University, among others.


Adam Lugg, membership and donor services manager

Adam Lugg is membership and donor services manager at Friends of the Earth. He is responsible for Friends of the Earth’s direct mail fundraising program and quarterly member newsmagazine, and has over ten years of fundraising experience. Prior to his time in fundraising Adam taught English in Madrid, Spain. Adam graduated from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and German, and also studied for a year in Bamberg, Germany. In his free time Adam enjoys travelling and hiking.


Carrie Mann, senior manager for digital advocacy and membership

Carrie is the Senior Manager of Digital Membership and Advocacy at Friends of the Earth. She works to grow our digital base and gives people ways to take online action on the issues they care about.  Carrie is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time, she plays guitar and loves to travel.



Andrew Jehl Mathewes, clean energy program manger

Andrew is Clean Energy Program Manager for Friends of the Earth in the TVA Region. He coordinates Friends of the Earth’s efforts in Memphis and Tennessee to develop ambitious new weatherization and solar power programs to lower burdened households’ energy bills and generate new clean energy jobs. He joined Friends of the Earth after working as Legislative Aide to Memphis’ City Council, with experience doing communications work for Memphis’ Shelby Farms Park as well as aide work for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Andrew holds a dual B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Virginia. Having spearheaded weatherization in Memphis through the Council, the continuation of this work at the intersection of racial, wealth, and environmental justice is a passion for Andrew.

Josette Matoto, graphic designer and video producer

As an in-house graphic designer and video producer, Josette manages all visual aspects of the Friends of the Earth brand for both print and web. Josette has a long history of promoting the advancement of progressive causes through art and design, including Equality Virginia, Girls Rock! RVA and National Center for Transgender Equality. She was recently recognized as the winning contestant in DC Brau’s 2017 Pride Pils design competition; her winning design became the label for a limited edition beer, with proceeds benefitting local LGBTQ non-profit, SMYAL. Josette attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where she received her BFA in Filmmaking. She plays drums for the DC band Lightmare and takes a lot of pictures of her cat. 

Damon Moglen, senior strategic advisor

As Senior Strategic Advisor, Damon coordinates work on nuclear power and provides strategic advice on climate and energy issues.  He lead the organization’s effort to close the damaged San Onofre nuclear reactors in Southern California in 2013 and helped negotiate the historic 2016 agreement which would close the last nuclear reactors in California, at Diablo Canyon, and replace them with clean, safe, GHG free renewable energy.  Moglen has over thirty years of directing campaigns at the local, national and international level. He came to Friends of the Earth in 2010 from Greenpeace USA where he was the Global Warming Campaign Director.  Moglen has worked on climate, energy and nuclear issues with  Greenpeace International, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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. His work has been instrumental in successful efforts to achieve improvements in U.S. bilateral financing policies, beginning with reforms at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation announced in 1997 by President Clinton. More recently, his efforts have helped establish and implement climate change and accountability reforms at OPIC and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Mr. Norlen is also a leader in international NGO coalition efforts to reform export credit agencies. His work has helped lead these agencies to adopt environmental and social policies that, since 2002, have been applied to over $130 billion in financing for environmentally risky projects worldwide. Mr. Norlen has also worked extensively with local communities to address environmental and developmental impacts of extractive and energy projects funded by public and private finance institutions. Mr. Norlen received a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon.

Medium, Report reveals deadly U.S. government-funded coal project, Dec. 2, 2015

Keiko Okisada, graphic designer and video producer

Keiko is a hybrid creative with 16 years of non-profit/corporate experience at leading film and digital media companies including Anonymous Content, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Arnowitz Creative Agency and KCETLink TV. She is a producer, art director and post-production supervisor of narrative, non-fiction, music videos and corporate video and print campaigns for new media, advertising, features and television. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Film and Television, and her short film work has won awards from the MPAA, Peter Stark Award. She holds a strong passion and aspiration to express herself creatively through making art, and she believes it’s the best fuel for life.


Karen Orenstein, deputy director of economic policy

Karen Orenstein is deputy director of the Economic Policy Program. 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. Karen has specialized in advocacy on international climate finance, with particular expertise on the United Nations Green Climate Fund. Earlier in her career, Karen worked at the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, coordinating Washington work to support justice and human rights protections for the peoples of Timor Leste, West Papua, and Indonesia. Even earlier on, Karen volunteered with Maasai rights organizations and lived in Tanzania. Karen hails from the Midwest, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a mother to one little boy and two medium cats.

Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner

Dana Perls is the senior food and technology 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. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she was the Northern California community organizer with Pesticide Watch, where she led regional campaigns to ban or regulate toxic pesticides used in agriculture. Dana brings a strong background in grassroots campaign organizing and environmental policy and combines them with her commitment to environmental justice. She has also worked on campaigns focused on water contamination to human rights to water in Panama where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Dana holds a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley in CA, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Extreme Genetic Engineering and the Human Future: Reclaiming Emerging Biotechnologies for the Common Good, Nov. 30, 2015
NPR, Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat, FDA Says, Nov. 20, 2015
Reuters,  GMO salmon approval turns up the heat in U.S. labeling battle, Nov. 19, 2015
Washington Post, The FDA just approved the nation’s first genetically engineered animal: A salmon that grows twice as fast, Nov. 19, 2015

Louisa Phillips, planned giving officer

Louisa is Friends of the Earth’s planned giving officer. She focuses on helping supporters craft a legacy that meets their philanthropic and financial goals through gift and estate planning. Previously, she worked for five years in planned giving at The Nature Conservancy. She also worked on a side project where she created a working database of orchids found on Nature Conservancy preserves throughout the United States and spent her weekends giving tours to children at The National Zoo. Louisa grew up in Cleveland and holds degrees in Zoology and Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio. Louisa is passionate about wildlife conservation, animal rescue and environmental sustainability. She loves to travel the world, explore the outdoors, exercise, read and ride horses.

Lukas Ross, climate and energy campaigner

Lukas Ross is a climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth. He works on greening the federal budget and ending subsidies for polluting industries. Previously he was a research fellow at the Oakland Institute, a think tank specializing in land investment and sustainable agriculture. There he worked on biofuel policy and financial sector investment in U.S. farmland. When not at work, he can be found wandering the city in search of new places to feed his coffee addiction.

The Hill, The president’s tax reform agenda should terrify environmentalists, Sept. 9, 2017
The Hill, It’s the oil, stupid: Why Democrats must block Trump on infrastructure, June 13, 2017
The Hill, $135 billion reasons Rex Tillerson is wrong, Jan. 17, 2017
DeSmog Blog, Lifting The Crude Oil Export Ban Isn’t Big Oil’s Only Christmas Gift, Dec. 18, 2015
DeSmog Blog, Big Oil Can Survive Low Prices, The Climate Can’t, Aug. 5, 2015

Danielle San Miguel, operations coordinator

Danielle is the operations coordinator at Friends of the Earth. She provides technical support to the staff, coordinates logistics for staff events, acts as the primary liaison with vendors and as the first point of contact with incoming correspondence, and coordinates everyday operations to make sure everyone has what they need to do their jobs effectively. She utilizes her administrative experience from varying fields, such as academia, local PBS & NPR stations, and New York real estate. Danielle holds a B.A. in Broadcasting with a concentration in station operations and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration from Western Kentucky University. In her free time, she lifts weights and reads books. She considers herself a modest home cook and enjoys exploring her neighborhood in Alexandria with her husband and two dogs.

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.  Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, he was a staff attorney at Environment America where he focused on energy issues.  Ben received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.



Elizabeth Sherer, digital organizing associate

Elizabeth is a Digital Organizing Associate at FOE. As a member of the Development team, she writes and edits email communications and fields comments from FOE members and supporters. She also works closely with the campaign to save the EPA from debilitating funding cuts. Elizabeth joined FOE after beginning her career at Greenpeace USA, where she worked in grassroots organizing and administration. She once challenged Hillary Clinton’s stance on Atlantic oil drilling at a campaign rally before the 2016 presidential election. She is also proud to have organized and led a bus trip for activists traveling from Richmond, VA to the first People’s Climate March in New York City in September 2014. Elizabeth was raised hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia. She majored in Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, reading and writing poetry, and making dessert using vegetables.

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. Her tremendous organization and commitment to producing results above and beyond expectations are an asset to the organization. In her spare time, she enjoys creating personal calendars, all occasions’ cards and photo collages. Sharon also has an interest in computers and electronic gadgets.


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. Before joining FOE, Briana worked on a variety of science enrichment, sustainability and conservation programmatic work. Briana honed youth organizing skills while working as an Associate Program Director in NC at Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), where she presented to over 12,000 high school students in NC on climate science and solutions and trained over 35 students with the skills to be climate leaders. Briana graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in energy and sustainability and minored in Afro-Diaspora Studies. She is a native of NC and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. For fun, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and loved ones.

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. Previously, Hallie was a staff attorney in the Animal Protection Litigation group of The Humane Society of the United States, where she litigated against USDA for permitting domestic horse slaughter without environmental review, and EPA for not regulating air pollution from factory farms. Hallie has also worked on civil rights cases in the Georgetown Institute for Public Representation. She holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in political science from the University of Central Arkansas. Hallie enjoys spending time with her cats, tending her indoor garden, riding her motorcycle, and has a passion for B-grade horror and action movies.

Industrial Ocean Fish Farming – Bad for the Ocean, Fish, and People
A New Approach To Judicial Retention: Where Expertise Meets Democracy, 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 871 (2011).

Jahnavi Trivedi, finance manager

Jahnavi TrivediJahnavi 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. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she was an accounting manager at Holy Cross Hospital overseeing the accounting department. She is an avid traveler who never misses a chance for impromptu weekend getaways. Jahnavi holds her Master’s degree in Public Health, MPH and is passionate about protecting our environment. She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and two kids.


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. Before joining Friends of the Earth, Caity worked at American Rivers as the Grants Associate, where she supported foundation and corporate fundraising efforts to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals and help foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Cincinnati, Ohio where she built capacity within the development department of CityLink Center, a nonprofit focused on regional poverty alleviation. Caity attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she received her B.A. in English and Music. During her spare time, Caity enjoys working on her garden, finding new community-building events, and exploring DC’s local music scene.

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. Bill has published numerous technical research papers and pieces of popular journalism  on trade policy. He is frequently quoted in outlets like the Washington Post, The Nation, and The Guardian, has appeared on many television newscasts in the U.S. and  abroad, and is a very frequent guest on talk radio shows. In the past, Bill served as Policy Director at the Forum on Democracy and Trade, Senior Fellow at Georgetown Law, and Federal Affairs Counsel at the National Conference of State Legislatures. A native of rural Illinois, Bill  took a B.A. and an M.A. from Illinois, a J.D. from Duke Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law.


Medium, 7 ways Trump’s NAFTA threatens our health, family farmers, animal welfare and the environment, Oct. 13, 2017
10 ways that Trump’s new NAFTA threatens people and the planet, Aug. 16, 2017
Medium, What to expect from Trump’s release of NAFTA renegotiation objectives related to food, agriculture, chemicals, and biotechnology, July 13, 2017
Analysis: The Trade in Services Agreement is an Environmental Hazard, December 2015
Maine Citizens Trade Policy Commission, Deregulatory Disappointment: Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement Negotiations, July 2013
Environmental Law Reporter, Paying to Regulate: A Guide to Methanex v. United States & NAFTA Investor Rights, August 2001, (Citation: 31 ELR 10986)

Chloë 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. Her work centers around reducing consumption of industrial animal products and growing the market for regenerative, organic, and more humanely raised meat and dairy. Chloë previously served as the senior manager of state legislative strategy for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) where she successfully lobbied for a wide range of animal protection legislation and was instrumental in defeating pro-factory farming measures. Chloë holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Lewis & Clark College. She currently resides in Mt Rainier, MD with her two guinea pigs and a rotating cast of foster animals.  

Verner Wilson III, senior oceans campaigner

Verner Wilson III is the Senior Oceans Campaigner of FoE’s Oceans and Vessels Program.  Verner focuses on protecting the marine environment from shipping pollution and disturbance in the Pacific Northwest and Arctic.  He previously worked for an organization that serves 31 Alaska Native tribes, partnering with FoE since 2016 at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on efforts to empower Arctic indigenous peoples.  Born and raised in Alaska’s Bristol Bay with family ties in the Bering Strait, he is a member of the Curyung Tribe in Dillingham, Alaska.  Verner has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University, as well as a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale’s school of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He loves salmon-fishing with his family, exploring new cultures, and enjoys the outdoors and sustainable seafood.