Staff

rogersKathleen Rogers – President

Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network, and a tireless advocate for environmental action and social justice. Under her leadership, Earth Day has continued to grow in reach and impact to now include annual participation of over one billion people in 192 countries.

Kathleen has developed Earth Day Network into a dynamic, year-round policy and activist organization. A global leader in environmental and climate literacy, Kathleen has championed campaigns around the world to foster this basic human right, which is an engine for individual behavior change, the clean energy revolution and the jobs that come with it, and the policy reforms needed at all levels of government.

Kathleen has been at the vanguard of supporting the movement for green buildings and schools, including developing innovative financial mechanisms to support these critical changes. Through her work at Earth Day Network, she has helped millions of children have the healthy, green-friendly school buildings they deserve. Kathleen also founded Earth Day Network’s groundbreaking Billion Acts of Green program, which has now recorded close to 3 billion individual actions taken to improve the environment.

She is a frequent commentator on environmental issues in the media and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and NPR, as well as in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Prior to her work at Earth Day Network, Kathleen held senior positions with the National Audubon Society, the Environmental Law Institute, and two U.S. Olympic Organizing Committees. As Chief Wildlife Counsel for the National Audubon Society, she oversaw international trade, migratory species, and biodiversity programs, and was responsible for bringing the first citizen complaint before the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the tri-national agency created to oversee North American environmental issues.

Earlier in her career, Kathleen worked for Garth Associates in New York City and the Beveridge & Diamond law firm, where she developed a white collar environmental crime practice.

She is a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the law review, and clerked for the Honorable John Pratt at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

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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.

bassValeria Merino – Vice President for Global Earth Day

Valeria Merino is an environmental lawyer by training and a social entrepreneur. She has worked in many different areas of social change, developing a multidisciplinary approach to resolving social issues. Early in her career, she spearheaded a successful national justice reform in Ecuador that empowered citizens and social organizations to demand from the government and local authorities the recognition of their civil, economic and environmental rights. Simultaneously, she was part of the core leadership that grew Transparency International into an anti-corruption global force serving on its global board. Later, she was the leader of Ashoka’s largest global program, identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with innovative system change ideas in more than 90 countries. At Ashoka, she also created the Rural Innovation and Farming Program with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, after graduating from the Founder Institute, an incubator of tech companies, she joined the Skoll Foundation, where she worked with some of the best social organizations in the world to accelerate their efforts to change systems. She is particularly motivated to work on designing and implementing solutions to complex social problems, and building and sustaining global networks and collaborations to make it happen.

At Earth Day Network, she is already putting her experience to work. She is developing collaborative strategies and executing actions to further build Earth Day Network and our 50th anniversary into the platform that will unite the voices of citizens and institutions around the globe, into the global environmental and wellbeing movement that is required to save the planet and life on earth. You may reach Valeria at merino@earthday.org and (202) 518-0044 x13.

bassKara Ball – Vice President of Partnerships

Kara is deeply passionate about engaging with others to protect our environment and ensure a healthy, thriving world for future generations. She brings an entrepreneurial approach and 20 years’ experience building successful conservation programs and partnerships, including serving in the Office of the President at National Wildlife Federation where she helped build and grow the President’s Advisory Council, and most recently with ecoAmerica, where she led the development of national faith climate partnerships. Kara holds a Master of Public Policy/Environmental Policy concentration focused on sustainable economic development and an MBA. She is a Virginia Master Naturalist and serves on the Board of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.

Kathryn Stoddard – Marketing & Development

Kathryn Stoddard is an experienced environmental marketing, communications and sponsorship leader who has served as Vice President of Marketing & Development and previously Vice President of Corporate Partnership for Earth Day Network since 2009.

Her passion is helping to build the environmental movement worldwide. Her strengths are creating corporate partnerships, developing cause marketing campaigns around sustainability, producing Earth Day and other large scale global events, and bringing corporate partners into global environmental events and cause campaigns. She has a Bachelors Degree from New York University and a Masters Degree in Media Education from Mass Amherst.

Art Edelstein – Forest Consultant

Art Edelstein, Consultant and Principle, Edelstein Consulting, LLC, has over 30 years professional experience in fund development and project management for environmental organizations. He is the Development and Project Consultant for Earth Day Network, managing global tree planting projects. Art previously served for seven years as Vice President of Development for Earth Day Network. He was a co-founder of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental organization, serving on the organization’s board and later as its first Development Director. At HEC, Art established a diversified array of fundraising programs and managed events with the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. While at HEC, Art served as a member of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Advisory Board and the Indiana Ground Water Taskforce.

As a volunteer, Art was Vice Chair of the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club and Chair of the chapter’s SCCOPE committee, the Sierra Club Committee on Political Education, a federal PAC. Art has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He has been awarded Certificates of Achievement from The Fund Raising School, San Rafael, California and the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jason Gooljar – IT Director

Jason Gooljar is the IT Director at Earth Day Network. He has 9 years of nonprofit technology experience and oversees the information technology and web infrastructure for the organization. In the past he also has had the role of a field organizer on local campaigns.

Timothy Gregg – Web Developer

Timothy Gregg is the Web Developer, and resident ninja at Earth Day Network. Graduate of General Assembly DC three blocks away, he is passionate about technology and working toward a more harmonious society.

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.

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.

Neela Majumdar – Senior 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.

Navonil Das – Senior Manager, Climate Change Programs – Earth Day Network – India

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 Dutt, Manager Outreach, Earth Day Network – India

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 Dutt, Assistant Manager, Climate Change Programs, Earth Day Network – India

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.

Anil Arora, Director of Partnerships, Earth Day Network – India

Anil Arora has 22 years of work experience with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) where his primary focus was on the monitoring and implementation of climate change projects on the national (Indian), regional and global levels. Post the UNDP assignment, Anil Arora took on the position of Senior Project Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility-UNDP supported Small Grants Program in India. With a pan India charge, Anil Arora was provided opportunities to reach out to communities across the length and breadth of the country, at the grassroots level and others as well, to share his knowledge and many years of experience with them.

Mr Arora has to his credit, success in conducting energy-related projects. These include: energy from different types of wastes, energy efficiency, small hydro projects, and the conversion of methane to energy. He has also worked on linking renewable energy to livelihoods and on projects that aim to make energy use more efficient. Anil Arora is a strong supporter of sustainable environmental practices that result in the reduction of greenhouse gases. His distinguished career has helped him build bridges of friendship with many sections of society: with major donor agencies, high-level Indian bureaucrats, local self-government officials, and representatives of Non Government Organizations as well.

Ritusmita Biswas, Social Media Coordinator, Earth Day Network – India

Ritusmita Biswas joins Earth Day Network India as its Social Media Coordinator. Ritusmita’s expertise in social media, digital communications, and internet journalism has won her numerous awards for the several successful assignments she has completed. Her awards include the one she received from the United States Senate for promoting women’s empowerment in India.

As an independent writer, Ritusmita has contributed to diverse national (Indian) and international publications on varied topics related to gender, lifestyle and human interest. What sets Ritusmita apart is her flair to highlight critical issues of life from daily and mundane happenings. It is this trait that won her the prestigious United Nations Population Fund Laadli Media Award (Regional and National) for her story Urban Indian Woman’s Health: A Case of Neglect in the year 2010-2011.

Ritusmita also lends her talents to media entrepreneurship such as with the specialized writing boutique ‘Wordsmith Writing Services’ and digital communication agency ‘Digital Brandz’, both of which are headquartered in Kolkata. Ritusmita’s educational qualifications include masters in literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and a masters in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She is an alumnus of the East West Centre, where she represented India in the women entrepreneurship conference ‘Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar in 2014′.

Esther Tecle – Intern

Esther Tecle supports Earth Day Network’s global network of grassroots organizations, local authorities, educators, and youth. She coordinates outreach to organizations and new constituents in Italy, Ethiopia, China, and Latin America. Additionally, she works on making our social media content more global.

Before joining Earth Day, Esther gained experience in international trade, immigration policy, refugee services, youth empowerment, and education.

Esther has volunteered with the Lutheran Services of Georgia, Refugee and Immigration Services as a Case Manager Assistant. Further, she assisted Connect4Climate, a World Bank organization, during the G7 Environment week in Bologna, Italy.

Esther is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and proficient in Chinese. She completed her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and will complete her Masters in Communication for International Relations from IULM in Milan, Italy on December 2017.

Abigail Sale – Intern

Abigail Sale is a third year undergraduate student at American University. She is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in environmental sustainability, while also completing a minor in Environmental Science. Some of her interests include sustainable agriculture, urban sustainability, and global environmental policy. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Abigail currently resides in Washington DC.

Xinyuan (Mariah) Shi – Intern

Xinyuan Shi is currently an undergraduate senior studying Environmental and Sustainability Sciences at Cornell University. Having worked in agricultural outreach and invasive species research before, she is particularly interested in biological controls and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. In Washington, D.C. for the fall semester, she is looking forward to learning about environmental policy and nonprofit work. You can most likely find her sitting under a tree with a good book.

Damien Shaner – Intern

Damien Shaner is a graduate student at University of Maryland University College studying Information Technology with a concentration in Database Systems Technology. He has a B.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics and Public Policy with minors in Economics and Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Damien lives in Washington, DC.

JhonnaJhoanna Enriquez – Intern

Jhoanna Enriquez is a third year undergraduate student studying at the University of California, Riverside. She is pursuing a degree in English, as well as Business Administration with a concentration in Communications and Marketing. Some of her hobbies include photography and going to museums. She was born in Daly City, just a couple minutes away from San Francisco, and is staying in Washington DC for the fall quarter.

LibbyLibby Schiller – Intern

Libby Schiller is currently a sophomore at George Washington University studying Political Communications with a minor in journalism. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, she now lives in Washington, DC.

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