Staff

rogers   Kathleen 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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bass   Susan 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.

lewis   Courtney Lewis – Director of Development

Courtney Nicole Lewis started her career at Earth Day Network (EDN) as an Outreach Fellow focusing on EDN’s Global Day of Conversation program connecting with thousands of Mayors and organizations. After her fellowship program ended, she began working on Educational Outreach and Development organizing and funding multiple large EDN programs. Prior to her time at EDN, she worked at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence and afterwards at a consulting firm focusing on Education and Workforce Development. Courtney has her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s in Sustainability.

magid   Yoav Magid – Earth Day Director

Yoav Magid is the Earth Day Campaign Director at Earth Day Network. As such, he is in charge of building strategic partnerships and coalitions to create and achieve ambitious goals for the next 5 years of Earth Day, leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2020. Previously, Yoav headed EDN’s collaboration with Rovio, a climate change version of the globally popular game Angry Birds called Champions for Earth that reached, educated, and activated millions of players worldwide.

Prior to working at EDN, Yoav was a research consultant for the CDC and FEMA, a dive guide in Hawaii, and a debate trainer and moderator in the Netherlands.

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].

karena   Karena 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.

wolfson   Andrea 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.

karuna   Karuna 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.

Kevin Alkinburg   Kevin Alkinburg – Intern

“My name is Kevin Alkinburg and I am a freshman at American University’s School of Public Affairs. I am from Port Deposit, Maryland and attended Rising Sun High School. My academic interests include environmental issues, agriculture, and green engineering. In 2015, I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. For my Eagle Scout project, I built an outdoor classroom, with a green vegetation roof, for a local nature center. This sparked my interest in environmental issues and sustainability. I am very excited to intern at Earth Day Network and help mobilize the worldwide environmental movement.”

morgan   Morgan 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.”

blarr   Harrison Blarr – Intern

“My name is Harrison Blarr and I am a first year undergraduate student at American University, pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Communication. I am from Middletown, New Jersey and attended Middletown High School North where I was involved in many schoolwide activities such as the school Newspaper and National Honor Society. In December of 2013, I also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America organization. This is my first semester interning for Earth Day Network and I am very excited to learn everything I can!”

chansler   Cyrus Chansler

Cyrus Chansler, Intern, is a senior at American University majoring in Political Science. Prior to working at EDN Cyrus interned on Capital Hill with his Congressman, where he first became interested in environmental policy. Cyrus is from Jersey City, NJ.

choden   Tsering Choden – Intern

“My name is Tsering Choden and I am a third year undergraduate student at Skidmore College, pursuing Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies. I am currently enrolled under American University’s Washington Semester Program Spring 2016. My academic interest include global environmental issues and the food movement. And after an opportunity of interning at a grassroots level NGO in Nepal, I’ve gained a deep appreciation for grassroots development.”

guy   Ashley Guy – Intern

“My name is Ashley Guy. I am a junior, Environmental and Sustainability Studies major with a minor in the nonprofit sector at George Mason University. My concentration is in environmental equity and justice. I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, where I fell in love with the nature, vegetarianism, and sustainable agriculture on New Earth Farm. During my collegiate career, I have discovered my passion for Bikram Yoga, Zeta Tau Alpha, and traveling. I was fortunate enough to spend the last two summers in South Eastern Asia immersed in learning about their culture and environment. After college I hope to become a Peace Corps Volunteer. This is my first semester interning for Earth Day Network, and I am excited to learn more about being a part of a successful nonprofit in the environmental field. I am so grateful for this opportunity to share EDNs mission and my love for sustainability with the world.”

kellner   Jake Kellner – Intern

“My name is Jake Kellner, and I am currently a sophomore at the George Washington University double majoring in Environmental Studies and Organizational Sciences, with a minor in Sustainability. I have lived in Long Island, New York my whole life, but was excited about moving to Washington DC for my college career. My academic interests include urban sustainability and sustainability in business. I am also a member of GW’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, Community Service Fraternity where I have been able to continue my passion for community service. Over spring break I will be going to Portland on a sustainability themed service trip to combine both my love for service and the environment. This is my first semester interning with the Earth Day Network, and I look forward to all of the opportunity it will provide me.”

laroche   Carly LaRoche – Intern

Carly LaRoche, an Education Intern, is a sophomore at American University majoring in Environmental Science. She is particularly interested in both environmental health and education. In order to more fully understand how the environment impacts health, Carly is also a pre-medical student. On campus, Carly works in a Marine Ecology research lab, studying the seagrasses and corals of Guam. She is also involved in She’s the First, an organization that raises money for girls’ education in Uganda. Carly is originally from Massachusetts.

luo   Azua (Zizhan) Luo – Intern

“My name is Azua (Zizhan) Luo and I am a freshman at American University, pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and International Studies, with a focus in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health, and a minor in Spanish. I am particularly interested in environmental policy, specifically regarding air and water, both domestically and internationally. I moved to America from China when I was six-years-old and have lived in Oregon, Vermont, and New Jersey. I am involved in Fossil Free, Zero Waste, and Eco-Sense at school and am also a member of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) Leadership Program, where I continue to pursue my passion for community service. This is my first semester interning with Earth Day Network, and I am excited for all the work and learning opportunities this has to offer!”

oates   Rachel Oates – Intern

“My name is Rachel Oates and I am currently a 20 year old sophomore Majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Sustainability and Communications at The George Washington University. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, but have lived in Rye, New York for 17 years. I attended high school at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut where I mostly focused on my competitive golf career and was ranked in the Top 100 in the nation until I was 18. I additionally spent two summers working for environmentally-related internships, which sparked and continued my interest in the subject. In college, I have created my own radio show on WRGW radio, joined clubs Green GW and GW Women in Business, and have become a sister of Sigma Delta Tau. This is my first semester interning with Earth Day Network and I am excited to work and learn!”

quiroz   Carla Quiroz – Intern

“My name is Carla Quiroz, a third year undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Global Governance. I am currently enrolled in the Global Politics Fellow Cohort Spring 2016. I was born and raised in Lima, Peru, but have lived in Virginia since I turned seventeen. I am fluent in Spanish and now learning Portuguese, I love learning other languages and cultures. During Fall 2015 I discovered my interest in green economic policy and sustainability thanks to an Environmental Policy class at GMU. I am excited to acquire valuable experience and knowledge as an intern with Earth Day Network!”

quiroz   Rachel 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! ”

woolf-photo   Helen Woolf – Intern

“My name is Helen Woolf, and I am currently a senior at Trinity Washington University majoring in Political Science, with a minor in International Affairs. At TWU, I am involved with the College Democrats, along with being the goal keeper of the soccer team. I grew up in Northern Virginia, and I have been a registered Girl Scout since 2000. I have always been interested in saving the environment and helping out at a grass roots level, from planting seagrass in the Potomac, to cleaning up trash in parks and roadways around my city. I am very excited to be a part of Earth Day Network because I can expand my knowledge and sphere of influence. I am particularly interested in tackling global climate change, and preserving the Earth for future generations to come.”

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