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?

Lauren Boritzke Smith

Communications and Marketing Manager (she/her)

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

Trevor Cobb

Communications Coordinator (he/him)

Climate justice work is important because it impacts every living being on our planet. I care about fighting climate change because I care about maintaining life’s beautiful diversity.

Claire Cooke

Programs Coordinator (she/her)

I believe we have the power to disrupt the unjust, dehumanizing systems creating the climate crisis to bring about a compassionate world in which all people and the planet can thrive.

Marie Fargo

Climate Change Instructional Resources Coordinator (she/her)

I believe education can change the world, and so I’m thrilled to empower educators with resources to help them create an equitable, sustainable future with their students.

Denise Fosse

Senior Director of Development and Marketing (she/her)

I need to do what I can to make sure our children—all children—have Earth to call home.

Sarah Goodspeed

Senior 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.

Lindsey Kirkland

Senior Climate Change Education Manager (she/her)

Building a knowledgeable, supportive and connected community around educators is the best way I know how to contribute to future generations.

Daniela Kunkel-Linares

YEA! Network Coordinator (she/her)

I believe in a radically loving and caring climate movement which is led by young people and our Indigenous relatives. I do this work to stand in solidarity with those who are brave enough to imagine a better future.

Roger Meyer

Interim Executive Director


Kristen Poppleton

Senior 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.

Ethan Quezada

Youth Campaigns Coordinator (he/him)

I do this work because I believe in our collective ability to preserve the world, and in that way, preserve and prosper as human beings.

Seth Spencer

Teach Climate Network Coordinator (he/him)

Helping strengthen connections between educators and their communities allows me to have a direct affect on reducing the negative impacts of climate change.

Robin Thorstenson

Senior Finance Manager (she/her)

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

Ramiro Vazquez, Jr.

Youth Program Manager (he/him)

As a relative to all living beings it is important for me to preserve my ancestral Ojibwe homeland, language, and traditions for the future seven generations.

Laura Borgendale

Website Assistant (Contractor) (she/her)

I want to meet people where they’re at to help address the urgency of the climate crisis.

David Riviera

Systems Administrator (Contractor) (He/Him)

The climate crisis needs more attention every day.