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 (MI)

Jean Boucher is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. When he is not teaching, he studies the relationship between people’s environmental and political attitudes—U.S. citizens—and their association with the carbon intensity of consumption behaviors. He also takes a cultural approach in analyzing who adopts greener technologies: like electric cars, solar energy, and home energy audits. 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.

6. 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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