I’m delighted to announce the promotion of Kristen Poppleton to Director of Programs, effective November 1. This is a new exciting position at Climate Generation, created to evaluate impact, ensure integration of equity and policy engagement across our work, and to oversee strategic engagement of our key audiences: educators, youth, public and influentials. This new direction will ensure internal alignment and a consistent standard of programming, fundraising, budget management, and evaluation.
As Climate Generation’s Director of Education for the past seven years, Kristen has been instrumental in energizing and growing our K–12 climate change education program and public engagement activities, overseeing two state grant-funded education projects focused on Minnesota’s changing climate for schools and communities. Under her leadership, we received national recognition from the White House for our efforts to advance climate literacy and education. She has authored interdisciplinary climate change curricula for Grades 3–12 and overseen our professional development offerings for educators. She helped establish our public engagement model of convening communities and expanded our climate change education offerings for students. Kristen is a member of the CLEAN Network’s Leadership Board, an informal group engaged in fostering climate literacy in the U.S. and abroad since 2010. In 2015, she co-led a delegation of ten educators to COP21 to observe the U.N. climate talks and connect their experiences back to classrooms. Kristen was appointed to the recently disbanded Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment in 2015 to inform on climate change education and communication. Prior to Climate Generation, Kristen worked at the Science Museum’s Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center and at the International Wolf Center. Kristen’s formal education includes a M.Ed. in environmental education and an M.S. in conservation biology with a focus on climate change education from the University of Minnesota.
Please join me in congratulating Kristen on her new position, which surely will advance and expand the robust programming we offer at Climate Generation!