Staff

rogersKathleen Rogers – President

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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bassSusan Bass – Senior Vice President, Programs and Operations

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.

cruzOrion Cruz – Deputy Director, Forest and Climate Policy

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.

Timothy J McHugh – Director of Communications

Timothy, Director of Communications has been in the communications and media relations field for 15 years. While environmentalism has always been at the heart of his work—including long stints at both Ocean Conservancy and the American Council on Renewable Energy—he has worked on issues as diverse as naval/military readiness, healthcare reform, immigration reform, international humanitarianism, and food security.

Timothy oversees EDN’s media outreach and communications for both traditional and social media platforms. Reporters are welcome to contact Timothy at: [email protected].

Jeremy Parker – Director of IT and Web

Jeremy has been a web designer, IT specialist, and creative influence ever since first discovering his love for building computers and creating art through music at a very early age. Having worked in the non-profit realm for nearly his entire career, Jeremy loves to work for companies he believes in which makes Earth Day Network a natural fit.

Jeremy manages the website as well as keeps the office running through network management, security, computer support, and project management.

karenaKarena Mary Ruggiero – Director of Education

Karena Mary Ruggiero is the Director of Education at Earth Day Network. Karena holds a PhD in Education with a focus on Environmental Education from the University of Tennessee. Her interests are in the intersection of environmental education and policy as well as climate change education and civic education for environmentally –responsible decision-making. Karena’s dissertation focuses on state Environmental Literacy Planning in the United States and the dimensions by which education policy and politics influences environmental literacy in K-12 education.

Karena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a double major in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. She also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Rhode Island in Political Science. Between completing degrees, Karena served a year as an AmeriCorps member with Save The Bay as part of the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative.

wolfsonAndrea Wolfson – Director of Corporate Partnerships

As Director of Corporate Partnerships, Andrea will lead EDN’s efforts to create strategic alliances with companies in order to further build momentum to protect our planet, especially leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. Andrea’s background includes 15 years in strategic communication and partnerships within the NGO and non-profit sector. She joins EDN from Conservation International, where she served as Senior Manager of Partner Marketing in charge of developing partnerships with and executing communication strategies for corporate partners including HP, Starbucks and Disney.

Originally from Florida, Andrea received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA from Georgetown University.

Zengdi Gu – Programs and Operations Associate

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.

Kevin Hauff – Intern Coordinator

Kevin Hauff, intern coordinator, is a sophmore at American University majoring in Political Science and History. He has been with Earth Day Network since May 2015 and started as an intern. During the summer of 2015 he was largely involved with the development of EDN’s iTextbook, The Story of Climate Change. He has also worked on several projects for the education department including federal funding research, and lesson plan development. Kevin is from Middletown, NJ.

karunaKaruna Singh – Country Director, Earth Day Network – India

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.

Ranjana Saikia – Director of Education, Earth Day Network India

Ms. Saika has a distinguished career that spans some three decades of working to build awareness about environmental issues among youth in both in formal as well as non-formal spaces. Her career began as a teacher in several schools across India. Ms. Saikia’s last position was as Director, Youth for Sustainable Development Division at TERI, during which she made significant contributions toward sensitizing teachers and youth on issues related to water, energy, solid waste, air pollution, climate change, biotechnology, biodiversity, and other environmental issues. Ms. Saikia has conducted the Climate Champions program in partnership with British Council India. She has also put together inter-university competitions in India on water resource management. Her waste-related programs have helped several schools turn into zero waste zones. In village communities as well, Ms. Saikia has built awareness about ‘green’ issues. For the past several years, Ms. Saikia has been a significant part of the School Educators Conference, and has conducted the Green Olympiad across India.
Ms. Saikia’s skills include the development of resource material and other tools to lucidly explain difficult-to-understand environmental technologies and systems to varied audiences – from those who are lesser privileged to those who already have some knowledge about cutting edge environmental issues. She has authored several books and publications that include a book on Climate Change for high school students. This resulted from her visiting research fellowships at the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies in Japan.

Ms. Saikia is a member of the GIZ (now BMZ) International Education for Sustainable Development Expert Network, Forum under UNESCO, and a Member of the National Advisory Committee, National Council for Science &Technology Communication, amongst several other distinguished positions. She is regularly contacted to make presentations at high level seminars and other program, in both India and abroad.

Ms. Saikia has a Masters in History from Himachal University, Himachal Pradesh. She also has a degree in Education from Guwahati University, Assam.

Neela Majumdar – Manager, Projects Development, Earth Day Network India

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.

yasminYasmin Abisourour – Intern

Yasmin Abisourour (Moroccan/American) is a student of Economics and International Affairs, at The George Washington University. Following her family’s international background, she has a multicultural upbringing and practical experience having lived and studied in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the USA. Yasmin is actively involved in academic research, and the organization of conferences as part of her studies, and internships that she is undertaking in the Washington, D.C. area. Yasmin is fluent in English, French and Arabic, and now learning Spanish. She is particularly interested in researching issues related to sustainable economic and social development of the MENA region. Yasmin plans to expand her knowledge of global environmental issues and policies, and looks forward to working alongside the Earth Day Network team.

morganMorgan Barron – Intern

“My name is Morgan and I am a second year student at American University. I am studying Justice, Law, and Criminology as well as Philosophy. I was born in Shanghai, China and adopted at the age of six by a single mom. I lived with my mom in Sonoma, California up until high school. We then decided to move onto a farm in Bend, Oregon where I have lived since coming to D.C. of college. Prior to college, I was training with the Bolshoi Ballet in anticipation of a professional ballet career. But due to the short nature of a ballet career I chose to peruse college. My interest for environmental protection stems from my agricultural back ground. I grow up and matured the most working of my family’s farm, taking care of the cattle and horses. Preserving small farming communities is important to me in showing and educating others the importance of preserving and sustaining the environment.”

alexAlex Brun – Intern

“My name is Alex Brun and I am a junior at American University majoring in International Studies with a focus in International Development and Environmental Sustainability and Global Health. After taking a seminar in Earth Sustainability and another introductory course in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health I began to take great interest in sustainability issues concerning our global community. I’m excited to apply my knowledge at Earth Day Network and also to get involved with our team and learn a lot.”

ethanEthan Burnett – Intern

“My name is Ethan Burnett. I am approaching my senior year at Michigan State University. At school, I study Environmental Economics and Policy and minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology. I was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan where I live with my parents and younger siblings. My interest in environmental issues began in my senior year of high school when I took an AP Environmental Science course. This class opened me up to points of views and issues that I had not previously considered. I enjoyed the class and carried the interest into college. In particular, I am interested in energy production and the development of cleaner cities and especially when it relates to human health. I look forward to spending my summer in Washington D.C. and interning with Earth Day Network.”

yidongYidong Chen – Intern

“My name is Yidong Chen and I am a Master’s student in George Washington University, majoring Engineering Management with focus on Environment and Energy Management. I had a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in University College London. After that I pursued one Master’s degree on Environmental Systems Engineering in the same university. I found myself interested in environment-related issues, especially water and air pollution. In addition, I am passionate on energy efficiency. I am looking forward to expand my knowledge and get great experience in Earth Day Network.”

devanDevan Chichester – Intern

“My name is Devan Chichester, and I’m a rising Junior at American University majoring in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Old Bridge, New Jersey until my family eventually settled in Durham North Carolina – where I was dually enrolled in a private academy and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I studied mathematics and economics. While I’ve always felt a strong connection with mathematics and economics, I’ve always enjoyed exploring my interests in education, service, programming, and art, and I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to get more involved with environmental issues with the Earth Day Network.”

mayMay Evjen – Intern

May Evjen is a rising junior at American University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Communications. She began interning with Earth Day Network in May of 2016. May was born in Hingham, MA but currently lives on Long Island, NY where she lives with her parents, two brothers and her dog. Her interest for environmental protection and her reason for majoring in Environmental Studies stemmed from her I.B. Environmental Systems and Societies class she took in her senior year in high school. She is particularly interested in climate change, water and environmental degradation. She looks forward to working with Earth Day Network’s team and expanding her knowledge about the environment even more!

inderInder Gunnala – Intern

My name is Inder and I am a rising junior at the University of Richmond studying Political Science and P.P.E.L. (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law) with a concentration in economics. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona before I moved to Virginia to attend UR. I have one older sister and a very large extended family, both of which I give credit for my outgoing personality and positive attitude. Professionally, I have an interest in law and community engagement and I hope to combine these interests by pursuing a career in public service law. I am excited to serve the EDN team during the summer for 2016 and hope to make as large of an impact as I can these next few months!

WanWan (Michelle) Lu – Intern

“My name is Michelle Lu, and I am currently a Junior at American University majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Business Administration. I was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. I moved to D.C. from China in 2013. I am fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, English and now learning Italian. I took Communication, Culture and Environmental Reporting, and Energy Resource at school, and I found myself really interested in knowledge of environmental issues. I believe in the mission of Earth Day Network, and I am very excited to be a part of EDN. I am looking forward to expanding my background, and I will be studying abroad in Rome next semester.”

sarahSarah Noe

“My name is Sarah Noe and I am first year master’s student at the University of Maryland in the Anthropology Department, with a focus in Environmental Anthropology. In my research, I focus on the interactions between the political, environmental, and biological dimensions of societies to understand how societies adapt and respond to environmental risks and changes. I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2013 with a degree in Anthropology with a concentration on Environmental Archaeology. From 2013-2015, I worked across North and Central America as an Environmental Anthropologist/Archaeologist. I am very interested in how cultural knowledge and institutions shape adaptation, vulnerability and resilience, and look forward to working for and learning from the Earth Day Network concerning environmental education, policy making and activism.”

AllegraAllegra Pescini – Intern

“My name is Allegra and I am a Business Studies student at John Cass Business School London. I am half-Italian and half-Argentinian, born in Siena, Italy, where I lived until I started university. I have pursued my second year of university at the National University of Singapore, where I lived for the whole academic year. Travelling around the area, I started being concerned about the environmental impact of businesses, especially in a fast-growing environment such as South East Asia. I have been sailing prior to university and, through that, I got awareness of marine pollution since young age.”

EmilyEmily Phillips – Intern

“My name is Emily Phillips and I am a rising senior at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia majoring in both Environmental Studies and Economics. Growing up in Southern California, I encountered many environmental issues -primarily involving land use and water resources. It sparked my interests in the study of the environment towards a focus on freshwater resources policy and conservation practices. I have actively sought out opportunities to further my understanding of environmental issues including an internship with a local Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, research in rainwater downspout filtration systems, and an environmental impact seminar in Costa Rica. I look forward to working with the Earth Day Network team and learning more about the environment from yet another perspective.”

rachelRachel Shen – Intern

“My name is Rachel Shen and I am a junior at University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Economics. I am particularly interested in environmental policy and public health issues. Currently, I am participating in a research program about environmental justice and pollution in the U.S prison system with a professor from my home university. I moved to California from China about three years ago and I am fluent in Chinese. This will be my first quarter interning with Earth Day Network and I look forward to working and learning with our team!”

rainaRaina Song – Intern

“My name is Raina Song and I am a rising senior at The George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in security policy. I was born and raised in China before high school. After that, I came to the United States and got my secondary education in Miami and Boston. I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. Intermediate level in Japanese and continuing learning Japanese right now. Growing up in China has made me notice the environmental pollution issues. However, my interest in environmental issues began two years ago when I studied abroad in France and Japan. Those experiences allowed me to realize the how various environmental issues can impact different people’s life, especially how the environmental issues can affect different business on an international level. I look forward to working with the Earth Day Network and exploring more about the environmental issues that I may not know yet.”

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