Climate First! Board Of Directors

1. Carrie Biggs-Adams, Treasurer (CA)

Carrie is a union representative and television engineer. In September 2016, she retired after 15 years with the Communications Workers of America based in Washington, DC. She now is based in San Francisco, serving the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – Communications Workers of America Local 51, bargaining contracts in the broadcast industry. Carrie worked at NBC for over 40 years, notably winning an Emmy Award for editing on "Sunset Beach," a soap opera. Carrie received an Associates degree from the National Labor College in 2014, and continues to finish her BA at Empire State College via distance learning. In moving to California she gave up her positions in Colmar Manor, Maryland after successfully getting the town certified in the Sustainable Maryland program. Carrie is married, and has two daughters. She is fluent in Spanish. Carrie joined the Board in 2014.

CF!!jeanboucher.jpg2. Jean Boucher, Secretary (NY)

Jean Boucher is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, the State University of New York. He conducts research in the areas of energy-environmental systems, technology, and innovation policy; particularly socio-technical factors that influence cultural diffusion and adoption of greener technologies and learning in energy transition and systems change. Jean recently completed his doctoral studies in sociology at George Mason University where he analyzed the relationship between household income, personal carbon emissions, and attitudes concerning climate change. Jean is also a former Mechanical Engineer and U.S.-Mexico border educator, and has interests in social class, immigration, and activism in the United States. He joined the Board in 2015.

CF!jamescollins2.jpg3. James Collins (DE)

James is a senior at University of Delaware’s (UD) main campus in Newark, Delaware where he majors in political science, with double minors in English and global studies. James is currently an ambassador for the Delaware Environmental Institute. He was the president of the fossil fuel divestment club at UD, where he collaborated with groups such as "XL Dissent" as part of a student-led campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline. As a past member of the steering committee of United Students of Fair Trade, James organized against free trade deals that endangered worker-rights and the environment. Finally, he received CREDO’s “Climate Hero” award on behalf of Climate First!. Born and raised in Wakayama, Japan, James hold dual citizenship. He joined the Board in 2014.

4. Ted Conwell, President (MD)

Most recently, Ted practiced as a court-appointed attorney for ten years, litigating child neglect and abuse cases in Wash., D.C. Previously he worked mostly in the environmental field for U.S. DOJ’s Environmental Enforcement Section, U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, Delaware Nature Society, among others. Ted’s non-enviro work experience includes stints with two government contractors, and working as a life insurance agent. Ted has a J.D. and Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, and a B.A. from Gettysburg College. While he was born and raised in Swarthmore, PA, Ted now lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife. In their spare time, they both enjoy the great outdoors. Ted joined the Board in 2012.

More information about Ted can be found here.

CF!sasandeghan.jpg5. Sasan Dehghan (MD)

Sasan has been a long-time environmental and social justice activist. Sasan's professional expertise is in Project Management and he has been managing IT projects/programs since 1998. He has a BS in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration. Some of his clean-tech experience includes working as a contractor at the Department of Energy on a program to reduce energy consumption (by 71%) in data centers, and previously as a contractor at the Office of Personnel Management working on various IT projects/programs including efforts to reduce eWaste and data center energy consumption. In addition to participating in numerous no-KXL pipeline and anti-fracking actions, he has been using 100% wind power at home, driving a plug-in Prius, and transitioning to a vegan diet in 2010, actions which have reduced his personal GHG emissions by more than 70% of the national average. Sasan joined the Board in 2016.

CF!BrianHiggins.jpg6. Brian Higgins, Vice President (MD)

Brian avidly participates in numerous environmental endeavors in the Washington, DC area. As a clinical psychiatric social worker, he initiated a horticulture therapy project on the roof of his hospital-employer, which allows mentally ill patients to engage in plant-based activities as part of their holistic treatment. As a volunteer with a Maryland-based environmental group, Brian lobbied state legislators on off-shore wind power; and, in partnership with several local non-profits, he spearheaded the creation of a community garden in D.C. Brian’s house is a testimony to green living, including solar panels, a car that runs on vegetable oil, and a corn burning stove as an alternative heating source. In addition, an organic garden, bees, chickens, and a greenhouse surround the dwelling. Brian lives with his daughter in Takoma Park, MD. He joined the Board in 2013.

CF!BarbaraSkinner.jpg7. Barbara Mackenzie Skinner (CA and NJ)

Barbara is a lifelong community organizer. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she divides her time between Brooklyn, San Francisco, CA, and Cape May N.J. Barbara manages her own business – LevyNeafie.com; a seasonal accommodation business in Cape May. As a past board member of the Rachel Carson Council (MD), Barbara has spearheaded numerous community action projects regarding environmental and historic preservation issues. She is also a former Board member of the Beach Theatre Foundation, and chaired the former Cape May branch of CHiP (Citizens for Historic Preservation). Barbara has been involved in other groups, including the Concerned Citizens of Cape May County (Steering Committee) and CAPE (Citizens Assoc. for the Protection of the Environment). She currently works with various San Francisco-based citizens' groups interested in climate change, citizen action, and peaceful protest. Currently, she is a Board member of Connect To Change, a nonprofit based in Oakland, CA, and is working on a historical documentary film. Barbara holds a B.A. in Government from Adelphi University, and also attended Skidmore College. She is a lifelong member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Barbara joined the board in 2016.

8. Molly Snyder (NY)

Molly is a Project Manager for the University of Rochester. She was raised by a forester who instilled in her a love of nature and all living things. Growing up in Fort Collins, CO, Molly's father would take her into Rocky Mountain National Forest, and teach her the Latin names of the plants and their importance to the forest. Molly's family moved to Northern Virginia in 1987 where she graduated from George Mason University with a BA degree in English Literature. Currently, Molly and her husband reside in the Finger Lakes area of New York. Molly has vowed to be arrested for civil disobedience by her 50th birthday. She joined the Board in 2014.

 


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