Leadership

The commitment of the 100% Network is to a just transition that centers the leadership of those who bear the burden of our current energy system and who should benefit the most. The Network brings together greens, intermediary groups, and frontline organizations committed to a just transition in order to foster strategic discussions that amplify frontline voices, share practices that center equity and the inclusion of frontline leaders, and build relationships ready for collaboration.  

Our Steering Committee members are leaders working in frontline communities, building national coalitions for economic justice, and allying as environmental organizations for an equitable transition to 100%. Their role is to direct the network to further the shared vision by ensuring that the programs are relevant, that there is active participation in the network, that the fiscal health of the network is sound, and that the broader political landscape is aligning around a just transition to 100% clean, regenerative future.

Adetola Shabi, Emerald Cities Collaborative
Anthony Giancatarino, Fellow Movement Strategies Center
Huy Ong, OPAL Oregon Environmental Justice
Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP
Jessica Tovar, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Jodie Van Horn, Sierra Club
Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo
Rev. Leo Woodbury, New Alpha Community Development, Florence South Carolina
Rob Sargent, Environment America
Sarah Shanley Hope, Solutions Project
Stephan Edel, New York Working Families Project

Steering Committee 

 

 

 

Adetola Shabi

Emerald Cities Collaborative

At Emerald Cities Collaborative, Tola works with program directors across the United States to implement Solar Energy, Building Retrofits and to drive Economic Inclusion programs that provides equitable access to renewable clean energy. Tola holds a BA and MBA from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.  

 

Anthony Giancatarino

Movement Strategies Center

Anthony is currently a project fellow on Just Community Energy Transitions (JCET) housed at the Movement Strategy Innovation Center. The project utilizes the practice of transformative alignment to advance collaboration, bridge relationships, and shift resources to frontline movement leaders to further strategies around racial justice and energy democracy at a local and national level. Rooted in Philadelphia, PA, Anthony partners with local leaders to support organizing efforts, strategic planning, alignment building, and community-driven policy solutions that seek to transition away from extractive policies, practices, and spaces towards a more rooted and regenerative energy economy. Anthony is also the principle of Bridging Roots Strategies, LLC providing consulting services to grassroots and intermediary organizations on implementing racially equitable and just strategies and processes to create change. Previously, Anthony spent seven years at the Center for Social Inclusion, working with community organizations to support policy strategies to achieve racial equity in energy democracy, food equity, and transparency, participation, and accountability in governance.

 

Huy Ong

OPAL Oregon Environmental Justice

Huy Ong is the Executive Director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. He leads an all POC staff in building power for civil rights and environmental justice with low-income and communities of color. For over the past two decades, Huy has been active in local, regional, and national intersectional organizing. He is leading the effort to build the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to center frontline communities and build power with base-building organizing groups statewide. A refugee from Vietnam, Huy calls Portland home and is raising Rosalía, his soon to be 4 year old boss, with the support of family and extended movement comrades.  

 

Jacqueline Patterson

NAACP

Jacqueline Patterson is the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS.  Previously, also served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University.  

 

Jessica Tovar

Local Clean Energy Alliance

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar of Local Clean Energy Alliance, SF Bay Area, CA, grew up in housing projects near an industrial pollution corridor in East Los Angeles.  The experience of cancer in her family led her to focus on preventing and reducing local industrial pollution and advocate for policies to protect vulnerable communities. In the Bay Area she helped shut down the PG&E Hunterspoint Power Plant in 2004 and successfully mobilized against a tar sands-dirty crude expansion of the Chevron Richmond oil refinery in 2010.  She is currently a Roddenberry Fellow and organizes for “Clean Power to the People,” campaigning for local clean energy solutions through, Alameda County Community Choice energy program--East Bay Community Energy.

Jodie Van Horn

Sierra Club

Jodie Van Horn directs Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign, which is working to accelerate an equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy across the United States. She has worked for over a decade at the intersection of technology and sustainability, building campaigns and cross-sector partnerships to address the threat of climate disruption and drive widespread adoption of clean energy solutions. Jodie previously served on the board of Black Rock Solar, an organization that promotes economic development and access to clean energy, education, and job training for not-for-profits, tribes, and under-served communities, and now at Farm Forward, which is pursuing strategies to end factory farming and advance sustainable agriculture.

 

Rahwa Ghirmatzion

PUSH Buffalo

Rahwa Ghirmatzion is the Executive Director of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), a community organization that works at the grassroots to create and implement a comprehensive revitalization plan for Buffalo’s West Side, with more than $40 million invested in affordable housing rehabilitation, weatherization and green infrastructure. For more than 15 years, Rahwa has worked with community-based organizations in Western New York that promote community development. She was executive director of Ujima Company, Inc., a multi-ethnic professional theatre company whose primary purpose is the preservation, perpetuation and performance of African American theatre. She was the recipient of the 2017 Community Commitment Award from VOICE Buffalo and the 2013 Community Leaders Arts Award from the National Federation for Just Communities.

 

Rev. Leo Woodbury

New Alpha Community Development, Florence South Carolina

Rev. Leo Woodberry was born and raised in New York City, where he started organizing at an early age. He became involved in environmental work in the 1990s with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control around the issue of mercury emissions. In 1994, he joined the newly-formed African American Environmental Justice Action Network (AAEJAN), which was instrumental in uniting people of color across America, and in influencing foundations to support communities of color disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. Rev. Woodberry has worked in the areas of water, air, and renewable energy with a host of organizations, including the Southern Organizing Committee (SOC), The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, The Environmental Protection Agency National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, The National and SC Wildlife Federations, Sierra Club, Coastal Carolina League, South East Climate Network, Green Faith. He’s one of the partners of the South Carolina Environmental Justice Network. In 2001, Woodberry attended the United Nations Conference on Racism and Xenophobia and contributed to the environmental statement added to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and subsequently signed by 161 countries. 

 

Rob Sargent

Environment America

For three decades, Rob has built support across the country for clean energy, working with state and local leaders to win strong clean energy and climate policies, including renewable energy standards, clean cars standards, carbon caps and solar policies. He currently oversees Environment America’s 100% Renewable Energy Campaigns. Rob has authored and co-authored many reports, including; We Have the Power:100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving AmericaRenewables on the RiseWind Power to Spare, and Making Sense of Energy Storage: How Storage Technologies Can Support a Renewable Future. To amplify the growing chorus of voices committed to a bold transition to clean energy, Rob helped launch Voices for 100% Renewable Energy. He's currently the president of the board of the Toxics Action Center.

Sarah Shanley Hope

Solutions Project

Sarah Shanley Hope is the founding Executive Director of the Solutions Project, a national organization with a vision of 100% clean energy for 100% of people and a track record of success moving that vision from the margins to the mainstream in just five years. Sarah has held leadership roles at the Alliance for Climate Education, Green For All, Cargill and Best Buy over her 15+ years of experience at the intersection of brand strategy and social change. She also serves on the Board of Native Renewables. She has raised and deployed more than $40 Million in support of an equity and climate agenda over her tenure in the field. Sarah graduated with an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BA in political science from Vassar College. She grew up in Buffalo NY, now a model of community driven climate solutions, and lives with her husband and daughters in Oakland. 

 

Stephan Edel

New York Working Families Project

Before coming to Working Families, Stephan worked as a union organizer in seven states, as a community organizer, and as a producer of video and multimedia content. Stephan attended law school to better understand the legal mechanisms that impact and often marginalize working class communities and small businesses. He has a JD from The City University of New York School of Law. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Global Politics from Birkbeck College of the University of London. Since joining Working Families work to expand and implement the landmark Green Jobs Green New York energy efficiency program, Stephan has expanded his portfolio to support Working Families campaign research and legislative efforts across issues in New York and other states. He is most involved in fighting for an equitable 100% renewable future in New York City and as part of NYRenews.

Staff

Aiko Schaefer

100% Network

Aiko provides overall direction to the 100% Network. She has over 25 years of experience working on public policy campaigns around the US on poverty, inequality, women’s rights, consumer protection, and environmental protection/conservation, in addition to state and federal partisan campaigns. Before working with the Network, she was on the faculty at the University of Washington teaching in their graduate program. In addition to Aiko’s work with the 100% Network, she is the founding director of Front & Centered a first of its kind coalition in Washington State that brings together leaders of color to shape and lead environmentally just state policy campaigns. Aiko also provides strategic consulting to political campaigns, non-profits, government and foundations. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and teen-aged son and daughter.

Christopher Ramirez

100% Network

Christopher is a co-founder and Executive Director of Together for Brothers (T4B) in Albuquerque, NM. Originally from Springfield, IL, he has organized for more than 20 years with people of color, LGBTQQIA people, immigrants, young people and other communities around capacity building, community organizing, environmental justice, healthy relationships, human rights, intersectionality and social justice. Christopher attended the University of Illinois and University of New Mexico studying community and regional planning. He also co-facilitates anti-racism training and enjoys biking, cooking, reading, and swimming as self-care.

Kristen Ellingboe

100% Network

Kristen comes to the 100% Network after doing communications and advocacy work for a wide range of progressive campaigns and non-profits at both the national and state level. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico she has a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Emory University. After working on state-level legislative and grassroots advocacy campaigns she joined the Center for American Progress Action Fund where she focused on digital communications and advocacy campaigns. At CAP Action, she focused on environmental accountability work, health care, and gun violence prevention. In addition to her work with the 100% Network, she also currently works on gun violence prevention in Washington state.

 

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