Climate Generation thrives based on the efforts of our talented staff, who are passionate about developing solutions to climate change. Team members share: why do you do this work?

Nicole Rom

Executive Director (she/her)

I believe climate change is the most urgent issue today and I cannot think of any other issue I would rather work on since it affects everything and everyone.

Janet Brown

Associate Director (she/her)

Climate change will define my children’s future.

Kristen Poppleton

Director of Programs (she/her)

We must bring together young people, educators, the public, and decision makers to learn about and prepare to tackle the issue of our generation.

Robin Thorstenson

Finance and Operations Manager (she/her)

Education leads to understanding. Understanding leads to action. Action leads to change.

Jothsna Harris

Community Engagement Manager (she/her)

Information alone is not enough to sway people to change behavior, we need to strip away the layers that divide us and find our shared values.

Sarah Goodspeed

Youth and Policy Manager (she/her)

I believe our climate solutions must be led by those who are most affected and by future generations to reimagine how we live sustainably on this planet.

Megan Van Loh

Education Coordinator (she/her)

Educating results in understanding, and knowledge is a powerful tool to create change.

Lauren Boritzke Smith

Communications Coordinator (she/her)

Sharing the stories of how climate change affects us all leads to understanding, action, and change!

Jason Rodney

YEA! MN Program Coordinator (he/him)

I do this work to remember my place in the web of life, to join with all beings yearning for justice.

Rebecca Noble

Development Coordinator (she/her)

 I am proud to support climate education that is fact based, hopeful and empowering to all communities.

Kira Liu

Community Engagement Coordinator (she/her)

Finding connections through shared values, stories, and education will lead to a just and sustainable future.

Akira Yano

Youth Leadership Mentor (He/Him)

I do this work to build regenerative relationships between the land and people.

David Riviera

Systems Administrator (Contractor) (He/Him)

Learning together is the best way to find solutions that work for my generation and the next.