Meet the Center for Biological Diversity's Population and Sustainability Team:
leads the Center’s work to highlight and address threats to endangered species and wild places from runaway human population growth and overconsumption. Previously Stephanie worked for Change.org, where she helped hundreds of people start and win online campaigns to protect wildlife. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and has years of experience in organizing, outreach and communications, with a focus on animals and the environment.
Contact: Portland, OR, 734.395.0770, email@example.com
Jennifer Molidor, Senior Food Campaigner, drives the Population and Sustainability program's Earth-friendly Diet initiatives related to meat production and consumption, industrial agriculture, overconsumption and population growth, and the impact of our food systems on wildlife and the planet. She helps lead our sustainable food initiatives, including the Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign. Before joining the Center in 2015, she worked for several years on a number of food, wildlife, and environmental campaigns as the staff writer for the Animal Legal Defense Fund; she holds a Ph.D. in English and Irish studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Contact: Santa Rosa, CA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Amarello, Population and Sustainability Communications Associate, provides communications support and manages social media for the Population and Sustainability program. Before joining the Center in 2014, she worked on a variety of projects on natural history and conservation of birds and reptiles in Kentucky, Arizona, California and Mexico. More recently she cofounded Advocates for Snake Preservation to change how people view and treat snakes. She holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife, watershed, and rangeland resources from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in biology from Arizona State University.
Contact: New Mexico, email@example.com
Sarah Baillie, Endangered Species Condoms Coordinator, manages our Endangered Species Condoms project and coordinates events for Pillow Talk, an outreach program geared toward museum and science center visitors. She holds a bachelor’s in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware and a master’s in biology from Villanova University; she’s also working toward a master’s of public administration at the University of Arizona. Before joining the Center she worked as an environmental educator and lab coordinator.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 308, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Herrera, Media Specialist, helps coordinate and plan the Center’s media and communications strategy for the Population and Sustainability Program. She brings expertise from her diverse writing, labor organizing and academic experiences. Prior to joining the Center, she was a deputy press secretary for the Sierra Club. She holds a master’s degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.345.5726, email@example.com
Shiva Patel, Renewable Energy Campaigner, co-leads the Population and Sustainability program’s renewable-energy work, with a focus on distributed community solar. Before joining the Center he worked on advocating, designing and building an equitable, inclusive community-owned solar program for low-income residents and communities of color in Alameda County, California, and more generally is interested in organizing a just transition to a non-extractive, regenerative green economy. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy, as well as interdisciplinary studies in food and energy sovereignty.
Contact: Washington, DC, 321.230.1277, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greer Ryan, Renewable Energy and Research Specialist, provides scientific and policy support to the Center’s Population and Sustainability team. She holds a bachelor’s in molecular environmental biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in environmental science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. In addition to interning with the Center in 2013 before she joined us on staff, she worked as a research assistant in several environmental science labs and as an intern at NRDC.
Contact: Portland, OR, 812.345.8571, email@example.com
Catherine Thomasson, Senior Population Campaigner, helps lead the Center’s work to highlight and reduce threats to endangered species and wild places from exponential human population growth. Before joining the Center, she was the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, advocating for policies to curb climate change and abolish nuclear weapons. She holds a medical degree from Wayne State University and has years of experience organizing and educating on environmental threats to health.
Contact: Portland, OR, 503.819.1170 ext. 410, firstname.lastname@example.org
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