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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  • 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
    Chief Operating Officer

    Julie is the Chief Operating Officer and oversees the organization’s compliance, finance, human resources and operations work.

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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
  • Luisa Abbott Galvao
    International Policy Campaigner

    Luisa Abbott Galvao is an International Policy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, where she works to reform climate and energy policies at the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and other international financial institutions and to increase local and democratic control of financial systems and institutions.

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  • Marta Alvarez
    Board Executive Assistant

    Marta Alvarez is the Board Executive Assistant at Friends of the Earth; Marta has dedicated several years to serving as administrative support in the non-profit sector.

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  • Lisa Archer
    Food And Agriculture Program Director

    Lisa leads our work to rapidly transition the food system to one that is regenerative, resilient, healthy and equitable

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  • Anna Babcock
    Senior Manager of Philanthropy

    Anna Babcock is the Senior Manager of Philanthropy at Friends of the Earth, where she works with donors to fund our vital mission.

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  • Kaela Bamberger
    Press Officer

    Kaela works to achieve news media coverage for Friends of the Earth US, expanding the impact of the organization’s programs and staff.

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  • Caroline Bruder
    Planned Giving Officer

    She works with donors who are interested in making planned gifts, including bequests, IRA gifts, and charitable gift annuities and is passionate about helping donors meet their philanthropic goals.

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  • Adriane Busby
    Senior Food and Climate Policy Analyst

    Adriane Busby serves as the Sr. Food and Climate Policy Analyst for Friends of the Earth where she advances federal policy advocacy at the intersection of climate and food through coalition building, grassroots organizing, and lobbying Congress and relevant federal agencies to support climate-friendly food procurement and a just transition to…

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  • Danielle Carrico
    Senior Compliance Generalist

    Danielle oversees the organization’s lobby and electoral compliance with federal, state, and local entities, and ensures the organization is in compliance with state charitable solicitation registrations, trademarks and copyrights, and liability and health insurance requirements.

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  • Anne Chamberlain
    Senior Grant Writer

    Anne works closely with the senior grants coordinator and rest of the team to produce high-quality, compelling written content and raise funds to support our mission.

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  • Donna Chavis
    Senior Climate Campaigner

    Donna Chavis has over 40 years of service in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors on the local, state, and national level and currently serves as Senior Climate Campaigner with Friends of the Earth U.S.

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  • Britten Cleveland
    Senior Regional Organizer

    Britten Cleveland is a Senior 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
    Senior Food and Agriculture Campaigner

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

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  • Kate DeAngelis
    International Finance Program Manager

    Kate DeAngelis is an International Finance Program Manager, working to end public financing for fossil fuels and give a voice to affected communities.

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  • Malaika Elias
    Food and Agriculture Campaigner

    Malaika Elias is a Food and Agriculture Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, where she assists the Food and Agriculture team's national regulatory and market campaigns on biotechnology and genetic engineering.  

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  • Emma Finn
    Climate-Friendly School Food Program Associate

    Emma Finn currently serves as Friends of the Earth’s Climate-Friendly School Food Program Associate, where she works to transform K-12 food service into a more healthy, climate-friendly and equitable school food system across communities.

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  • Audrey Fox
    Digital Communications Manager

    Audrey Fox is the digital communications manager 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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  • Raena Garcia
    Fossil Fuels and Lands Campaigner

    Raena is the Fossil Fuels and Lands Campaigner at Friends of the Earth where she works to phase out oil and gas leasing on public lands.

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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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  • Kiran Gill
    Digital Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

    As part of the Membership and Development team, she leads our state and local digital advocacy and manages the broadcast and peer-to-peer SMS programs.

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  • Sarah Hacker
    Senior Grants Coordinator

    Sarah is the Senior Grants Coordinator working with Friends of the Earth’s development team. She works directly with the grant writer and all team members to orchestrate grant applications, reporting, foundation outreach, and more.

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  • Marco Hall
    Senior Financial Analyst

    As senior financial analyst, Marco primarily helps with various analysis, budgeting, payroll allocation, financial closing, advance excel and integration projects.

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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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  • Drew Hudson
    Senior National Organizer

    Whether it’s showing up at your member of Congress’ office, protesting at a hearing on Capitol Hill, or texting and calling you before an event, Drew and the Organizing team help you take the actions that protect our planet when it matters most.

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  • Tracy Huynh
    People Operations Associate

    Tracy Huynh is a People Operations Associate at Friends of the Earth, where she supports both the staff and structure of the organization through office management, systems access, travel assistance, and the current reopening plan.

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  • Caroline James
    Digital Production and Analytics Associate

    Caroline is the Digital Production and Analytics Associate at Friends of the Earth. As a part of the Membership and Development team, she ensures the digital program runs smoothly and analyzes and reports on the data surrounding the program.

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  • Erin Jensen
    Communications Director

    Erin Jensen is the Communications Director for Friends of the Earth, where she helps manage the day to day operations of the communications department and generate media coverage for the organization’s various campaigns.

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  • Kelleh Jian
    People Operations Specialist

    Kelleh Jian is the People Operations Specialist at Friends of the Earth, where she is responsible for fostering a great employee experience from an operational perspective.

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  • John Kaltenstein
    Deputy Director of Oceans and Vessels

    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 Director; 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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  • 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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  • Maryah Lauer
    Grassroots Organizer

    Maryah Lauer is a Grassroots Organizer with Friends of the Earth working to grow and engage our activist base on the ground in Colorado. Her work is centered around environmental justice and fighting the Suncor Energy tar sands refinery.

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  • Katharine Lu
    International Finance Manager

    Katharine Lu is the International 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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  • Sarah Lutz
    Climate Campaigner

    Sarah is a Climate Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, where she works to decarbonize our energy sector.

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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
    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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  • Brittany Miller
    Press Officer

    Brittany is a Press Officer at Friends of the Earth, where she works to generate media coverage for the organization’s programs.

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  • Ariel Moger
    Government and Political Affairs Manager

    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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  • Kayla Mohammed
    Federal Policy Advocate

    Kayla Mohammed serves as the Federal Policy Advocate for Friends of the Earth, where she supports the organizations federal advocacy with Congress and the Executive Branch.

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  • Paolo Mutia
    Food and Agriculture Campaigner

    Paolo serves as the Food and Agriculture Campaigner for Friends of the Earth where he continually elevates the market and policy campaigns to the eliminate the use of toxic pesticides and create a sustainable and just food system.

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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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  • Keiko Okisada
    Design and Multimedia Manger

    Keiko Okisada is the design and multimedia manager at Friends of the Earth. She is a hybrid creative with diverse work experience as a video director/producer, post-production supervisor, graphic designer, and motion graphic artist

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  • Karen Orenstein
    Climate and Energy Justice Program Director

    Karen Orenstein is Director of the Climate and Energy Justice Program at Friends of the Earth U.S, where she oversees efforts to ensure science-based, equitable, and just responses to the climate crisis.

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  • Dana Perls
    Food and Technology Program Manager

    Dana Perls is the food and technology program manager 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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  • Bryan Pomeroy
    Senior Member Relations Specialist

    Bryan Pomeroy is the Senior Member Relations Specialist at Friends of the Earth. He processes gifts, assists with our direct mail fundraising program, and works to provide an excellent member experience for our donors.

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  • Abigayle Reese
    Grassroots Organizer

    Abigayle Reese is a Grassroots Organizer with Friends of the Earth working to grow and engage our activist base in Minnesota. She is focused on the Line 3 pipeline and fighting environmental inequality

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  • Lukas Ross
    Climate and Energy Program Manager

    Lukas Ross is a program manager at Friends of the Earth. He works on greening the federal budget and ending subsidies for polluting industries.

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  • Meg Sabatino
    Digital Advocacy Specialist

    Meg Sabatino is a Digital Advocacy Specialist at Friends of the Earth. She utilizes her writing and editing skills to help with FOE’s daily email campaigns.

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  • Kerry Skiff
    Press Officer

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

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  • Amanda Sky
    Philanthropy and Donor Services Associate

    Amanda Sky is the Philanthropy and Donor Services Associate at Friends of the Earth. She fosters relationships with donors and connects them with the organization.

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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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  • Nora Stewart
    California Climate-Friendly School Food Program Manager

    Nora Stewart is the Manager of the California Climate-Friendly School Food Program and is passionate about leading innovative initiatives to offer healthy, climate-friendly, plant-based and plant-forward food in schools

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  • Hallie Templeton
    Senior Oceans Campaigner; Deputy Legal Director

    Hallie Templeton is Friends of the Earth’s senior oceans campaigner and deputy legal director, leading our campaigns to fight industrialization of the ocean and supporting our expanding legal work to achieve a more healthy and just world.

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  • Jahnavi Trivedi
    Finance Director

    Jahnavi is the finance director 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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  • Chloë Waterman
    Climate-Friendly Food Senior Program Manager

    Chloë Waterman currently serves as the senior program manager for Friends of the Earth’s Climate-Friendly Food Program where she leads Friends of the Earth’s policy and markets campaigns to advance a healthy and climate-friendly food system.

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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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