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Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, has worked for more than 20 years as an environmental attorney and advocate, focusing on international and domestic environmental public policy and law.
Kathleen has held senior positions with the National Audubon Society, the Environmental Law Institute, and two U.S. Olympic Organizing Committees. She has also worked for Garth Associates in New York City and the Beveridge & Diamond law firm, where she developed a white collar environmental crime defense practice. Kathleen was editor-in-chief of the University of California at Davis Law Review, and clerked for the Honorable John Pratt at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She also worked with the U.S. Delegation at the United Nations Conference on Women.
During her tenure as Chief Wildlife Counsel for the National Audubon Society, Kathleen directed several programs, including its international trade, migratory species, and biodiversity policy initiatives. While with National Audubon, Kathleen was Environmental Representative on the United States Delegation Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). She was also responsible for bringing the first citizen complaint before the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the tri-national agency formed to oversee North American environmental issues.
Kathleen Rogers has received numerous awards. She was named one of 2010’s top working mothers by Working Mother magazine. She has also been featured as Power Player of the Week on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Most recently, Kathleen was awarded the Luminary award by Womensphere and the Urban Zen Foundation, given to women who are inspirations in their fields. Kathleen is an official voting member of Greenpeace and a board member of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Under Kathleen’s leadership, Earth Day Network has developed a significant role in advancing the new green economy and has emerged as a dynamic year-round policy and activist organization. Earth Day Network now reaches into 192 countries, embraces new constituencies – including youth and people of color – and integrates civic participation into each of Earth Day Network’s programs and activities.
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Susan Bass, Senior Vice President, Programs and Operations, has worked for over 20 years as an environmental attorney and public interest lawyer, focusing on capacity-building, public participation, human rights and international issues. Susan also worked for law firms in New York and Washington, D.C., specializing in corporate, banking and securities law. During her tenure as Director of the Inter-American Program at the Environmental Law Institute, Susan presented educational workshops and events for judges, prosecutors, congressional representatives and citizen activists in over a dozen countries in the region, produced research and policy reports on cutting-edge sustainable development issues and supervised a Visiting Scholars program. She also served as an Environmental Representative on the United States Delegation for the negotiation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, Technical Advisor to the Organization of American States for the development of the Inter-American Strategy for Public Participation, and Consultant to the International Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development project.
Susan worked as a volunteer attorney with the International Human Rights Law Group, receiving a Pro Bono Service Award in honor of her efforts and interned with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Susan graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, served on the Georgetown Law Journal and graduated cum laude from Yale University.
Benjamin began his career in nonprofit through AmeriCorps VISTA service in 2013. He has experience at all levels of nonprofit development, from small startups to international organizations like Earth Day Network, and enjoys creating effective ways to tell a nonprofit’s story. As Programs and Grants Manager, Benjamin supports current programs through fundraising efforts and seeks opportunities to expand Earth Day Network’s impact through partnership and programs development.
Benjamin obtained a BA in Liberal Arts from Hamilton College in 2012, where he studied History and Art. In his free time, he enjoys figure drawing, painting, video games, and supporting USA national soccer teams.
Orion Cruz is a lawyer from the small island of Maui, Hawaii. He grew up cliff jumping, hiking, traveling, and playing all kinds of sports. When he isn’t reading, writing, or attending some kind of political event, he’s usually training for an endurance triathlon or foot race. He has worked on legal cases and campaigns related to human rights and the environment, participated in multiple UN climate change conferences, undertaken projects related to international environmental law, and published articles on environmental issues and Latin American politics.
Orion has a B.A. from the University of Oregon, where he graduated cum laude with a double major in Political science and International Studies. He also holds an M.A. in Environmental Policy and Law from Vermont Law School and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Working closely with staff, Zengdi is responsible for coordinating daily operations in the office. As the Programs and Operations Associate at Earth Day Network, she envisions bringing her ability to resourcefully optimize any given assignment as the best way she can help the organization achieve its mission. Before joining Earth Day Network, Zengdi worked for White Ribbon Alliance as their Development Consultant, assisted in donor management and fundraising activities.
Zengdi received her Master degree in Public Administration from University of Pittsburgh, and Bachelor degree in Law and Accounting from Shandong University of Finance and Economics in China.
Karuna A. Singh, Country Director for Earth Day India, joined Earth Day Network in March 2010, after working for 24 years at the State Department’s US Consulate at Kolkata. A senior executive with them, Karuna’s major portfolio focus was on environmental affairs. She organized seminars with environmental experts, workshops, film screenings, and other events to build awareness about climate change and other environmental issues among a wide spectrum of audiences, from senior-level policy makers to grassroots NGOs. Karuna worked to inspire youth to work for the environment, and organized special media events on environmental reporting. Her work area covered 12 states of eastern and northeastern India, a region with a population of around 300 million that borders several countries. Karuna also helped put together cross-border programs on subjects such as Coastal Zone Management. She is also one of a small group of select persons who was trained by former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to make presentations on climate change issues.
Neela Majumdar is Manager Projects Development with Earth Day Network, India. The particular programs she has conceptualized and run include a ‘Go Organic’ movement that begun in Kolkata, which has now moved to to other cities as well. The exclusiveness of the campaign has drawn much media hype as well as appreciation from the government. The initial program has had several follow ups. Neela has worked with government officials, the general public, local hotels, schools on various Earth Day projects and environmental awareness campaigns.
Before joining Earth Day Network, Neela worked for the French diplomatic services at Ubifrance, French Trade Commission, Embassy of France New Delhi and the French Economic Mission, Consulate General of France in Kolkata where she did analytical economic surveys, organized B2B meetings, and visits from senatorial delegations to student ones. Neela has also worked with the TV Channels and was part of the launch of TV SouthAsia for cross border TV program content. Neela has corporate sector experience as PR and Communications Manager for L’Oréal in Mumbai. Having studied in France, she speaks French and Italian apart from Bengali and Hindi. Neela has an MBA from ESSEC, in Paris and a BA in English Literature from Calcutta University.
Navonil’s primary focus is on ‘Healthy Energy’ and ‘Low Carbon Lifestyles’ campaigns, both of which aim toward bringing about a reduction in fossil fuel emissions. Before joining Earth Day Network, Navonil was with India’s leading chamber of commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industry. At their Eastern Regional office, he was in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility, Skill Development, Affirmative Action and Women Empowerment divisions.
As a research fellow, he worked with the Wildlife Institute of India and the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History. Navonil has a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the prestigious Presidency University at Kolkata and a Masters degree in Forestry (Economics & Management) from the equally prestigious Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Navonil has done conservation work in three National Parks and Tiger Reserves of India. He puts his botanical skills to use to lead Earth Day Network’s ‘Trees4Earth’ campaign.
Debapriya reaches out to the corporate sector and to foundations in particular. Before joining Earth Day Network, Debapriya worked for several NGOs where she developed environmental education curricula for teachers. Debapriya holds a bachelor’s degree in English and in Education from Jadavpur University and a master’s degree in English from Calcutta University. She topped her master’s as well as her Bachelor of Education courses, securing a gold medal at each. Debapriya is the recipient of the President of India’s Gold Medal, awarded to a student in recognition for their all-round performance: academic excellence, brilliance in extra-curricular and contribution to society included. She was also the only Asian to have received the prestigious United Nations Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in ‘Media, Communication and Cultural Studies’ for the year 2009.
Monodip is a financial analyst by profession. In addition to accounting work, he focuses on student-oriented programs such as ‘Backseat Buddies’ that helps bring about awareness among students about ways to conserve fuel. Monodip has an eye for design and puts this to use to create eye-catching material for Earth Day Network programs. He also manages Earth Day Network India’s social media outreach.
Anurag is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Education from ICFAI University, Hyderabad, India. Growing up in Gwalior, Nagpur, Chandigarh and Hyderabad, he has also lived in Guangzhou (China) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for extended periods of time. Fluent in English, Hindi, and Telugu, he can converse a little in Mandarin (Chinese) and Spanish. A student in touch with global environmental issues from around the world through Social Media and News Publications, he has always wanted to do something to further environmental causes.
Devan Chichester, intern coordinator, is an undergraduate student studying Business and Finance at American University. He began working with Earth Day Network during the 2016 Summer as an intern. His interests include education, community outreach, and development. Devan is originally from New York, New York and was raised in Old Bridge, New Jersey and Durham, North Carolina.
“My name is Zhi Geng, and I am pursuing a Master’s degree at American University in Public Policy with a focus in International Development. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Geography from the University of Kansas. I was born and raised in a very populous and big city in China. My interest in environmental issues began in my high school. That’s the time when people around me started to aware of serious environmental issues in China, and the fact of climate change. In college, classes in both Political Science and Geography have allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of global environmental issue such as climate change, in both political and geographical context. I’m extremely excited to be a part of Earth Day Network’s team and expanding my experience in the environmental field.”
“My name is Henan Sun and I just graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology. I grew up in Tianjin, China and received my bachelor’s degree in English from Tsinghua University in 2014. I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and I am learning Japanese and Korean right now. I am very concerned with environmental issues since I have witnessed and suffered a lot from the severe air pollution in China. Besides, I am very interested in communication, especially in the field of social media. I am excited to be a part of Earth Day Network team and I look forward to getting some great experience during my internship.”
Mr Kumar works through Agastya International Foundation, an organization that seeks to stimulate and transform environmental consciousness among youth. The organization achieves this by developing and using innovative methods to help students understand what might be complex scientific theories. They reach this information to even remote parts of India with the use of mobile exhibits. Mr Kumar takes the lead in conducting programs for students in several states of India that showcase simple yet effective scientifically-tested sustainable practices which they can adopt in their everyday lives. Mr Kumar is also working on the development of curriculum for ecological subjects. Mr Kumar is located in Bengaluru. He has an MSc in Earth Sciences.
“I am very interested in international development issues, especially in response to Climate Change. Earth Day Network seems like the perfect place for me to expand my knowledge within the realm of the environment.” Kelli Smith is a senior at The George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs with a Concentration in Environmental Studies and minoring in both History and Geography. Kelli grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and found their interest in the environment in a High School Marine Biology Course. That interest continued to grow during an internship in with a non-profit in 2015 working to sanitize and purify water in developing countries, and during the Summer of 2016, which Kelli spent in Costa Rica working on sea turtle conservation.
“As a black woman, it is important for me to educate and empower people to become the instruments of change for marginalized communities. I am excited to be a part of the Earth Day Network team, and to continue to be involved and expand my knowledge in the environmental movement.” Eunyque Sykes is a junior at Bucknell University double majoring in Animal Behavior and Environmental Studies. Eunyque – who was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts – just recently returned from a four month long stay in Arusha, Tanzania where she studied wildlife conservation, political ecology, and Swahili. Throughout her studies, she focuses on the intersection of animals, people, and the ecosystem and how they can all coexist. Her interests have lead her down the path of sustainable development, and she one day hopes to help develop more sustainable neighborhoods all around the United States for people of color and low-income communities. These groups are the most vulnerable to the environmental effects of climate change, pollution, and environmental disasters.
“I am very grateful to be a part of the Earth Day Network team, and I am looking forward to working towards a cleaner and more sustainable world.” Cori Crisfield is a junior at Hamilton College majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is also an orientation trip leader in the Adirondacks, and a member of the Hamilton Ultimate Frisbee Team. Cori’s interest in environmental policy began in her 2013 gap year, during which she was able to see the global disparities between standards of living and the extent to which international communities are affected by climate change. Her passion for the environment continued the following summer working on a farm in Massachusetts.
“My interest in protecting animals and rainforests stems from my past obsession with the Animal Planet when I was younger. I’m looking forward to my time interning for Earth Day Network this semester.” Abigail (Abby) Fields is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University majoring in Environmental Studies and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health and a minor in Sustainability. Abby also works as a Student Access Monitor for the George Washington Police Department and as a leader of the Humanitarian Mapping Society – which partners with the Red Cross and uses GIS to map areas of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters. Abby is most interested in protecting biodiversity in the rainforests of Brazil, and is learning Portuguese as part of her studies as she wishes to study abroad in Brazil in the near future.
“I am excited to work with the Earth Day Network team to enrich my understanding of the global environmental movement.” Bridget Cook is a junior at The University of Michigan double-majoring in English Literature and Program in the Environment with a focus on Food Policy. She is from St. Joseph, Michigan, a small town on Lake Michigan, and her interest in environmental issues began in High School via a screening of the documentary Food Inc. Subsequently, she began to read and explore the subject of food sustainability and her interest expanded into the effects of food systems on climate change.
“I am very happy to be interning at Earth Day Network, and I hope to make a real impact in the environmental movement while gaining invaluable experience.” Jeremy Eckerling is a sophomore at American University majoring in International Studies with a concentration in environmental sustainability and global health and double-minoring in Environmental Science and French Language. Jeremy was born and raised just outside of Chicago, Illinois and he has been interested in climate and the environment since a young age. He is passionate about environmental education, atmospheric science, and sustainability.
“I am excited to be a member of the Earth Day Network team, and I look forward to working with everyone this semester.” Patrick Kendall is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in History with an emphasis on Latin America. As a part of his historical research, Patrick has worked to analyze many of the social, political, and environmental factors that motivate societal progress, and how environmental changes affect societies. Over the summer of 2016, he completed a research project on the history of the coffee industry in Sao Paulo, Brazil and how the expansion of the Sao Paulo coffee market affected the region socially, financially, and environmentally. In his graduate studies, he plans to study international affairs, with a possible emphasis on environmental policy. Patrick was born and raised in a suburb just outside of Chicago, Illinois, and his interest in the environmental movement first emerged in high school during his enrollment in an advanced placement environmental course, and in his school’s micro-finance club. He hopes to focus his efforts in the environmental movement on the analysis of environmental policy and developments in Central and South America.
Mikayla Sarafin is a senior at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in European Studies and minoring in Political Science. Mikayla is studying in DC during her final semester before she graduates as a part of JMU’s Washington Semester Program, during which she has taken the opportunity to intern at Earth Day Network.
Ben Gurin is a graduate of Hampshire College where he majored in Theatre and Film Studies. In 2012, Ben worked as a canvasser for Clean Water Action, and he is currently a volunteer for The Sierra Club. Ben recently moved to Silver Spring, MD and has begun work with Earth Day Network for the Spring.
“I am looking forward to gaining knowledge during a great internship with Earth Day Network.” Born and raised in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Hassan Saidi is an undergraduate student studying Sociology and International Studies at Marymount University. Hassan is fluent in both French and English, and is a co-founder of African Green Youth, a Canada-based organization advocating for sustainability in Africa.
“My Name is Gabrielle Siroonian and I am a Junior at American University studying International Relations with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies. My focus includes human rights and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. I grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts but have found my home in Washington, D.C. Last semester, I was able to study abroad in Nairobi, Kenya where I interned with Women Empowerment Link (WEL), a community based organization that encourages women to develop independent and sustainable livelihoods across a multitude of platforms. During my time in Kenya, I was able to see how climate change has truly impacted people’s livelihoods from jobs to basic sanitation. I am looking forward to a wonderful semester at Earth Day Network and hope to bring further environmental awareness and action on a global scale while expanding my own knowledge of the environment.”
John Conroy is a second-year Public Management, Leadership and Policy major and business minor at THE Ohio State University. After attending St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH for four years, John was graciously awarded the Eminence Fellows Scholars full cost-of-attendance fellowship given by Ohio State. At Ohio State, John is the Operations Chair of Best Food Forward, a bulk food buying club with the goal of increasing student access to healthy food on campus. Additionally, John is a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and also serves as a consultant for local nonprofits through the organization Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO). After gaining previous business experience as a Location Supervisor at Larosa’s Pizzeria within King’s Island amusement park, John began working as a sales representative for Vector Marketing. After personally selling over $14,000 worth of Cutco Cutlery during the summer of 2015, John took on the role of Branch Manager for Vector Marketing during the summer of 2016. During this period, he owned and operated an office in Louisville, KY and ran all aspects of the office, including interviewing, hiring, training and managing. His office sold over $105,000 worth of Cutco Cutlery over the course of the summer. Though John is grateful for the experience, John’s time as a business owner led him to a surprising realization– rather than seeking a business job and working to climb the corporate ladder, John felt compelled to work within the public sector in order to work on large-scale issues. As a result, he changed his major from Operations Management to his current major of Public Affairs. In the future, John plans to attend law school and work for the federal government.
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