Staff

 

rogersKathleen Rogers – President

Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network. Kathleen has developed Earth Day Network into a year-round policy and activist organization. Now more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day in 192 countries. 

Kathleen has been at the vanguard of developing innovative financial mechanisms to support green buildings and schools. Kathleen also founded Earth Day Network’s groundbreaking Billion Acts of Green program, which has now recorded close to 3 billion individual actions 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, the New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and many other international and national newspapers and journals.

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.

Kathleen serves on various boards and as Regional Focal point for North America Region of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Network of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), now known as the GEF-CSO Network to serve a four-year term from June 30, 2018 to June 29, 2022. She was also appointed to serve as a member of the Grand Jury for the Mohammed VI Prize for the Climate and Sustainable Development. 

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 in 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.

LindaLinda Moore – Director of Operations

Linda joined the Earth Day Network organization as the Director of Operations in March 2018. She has a demonstrated history in operational management in a variety of industries.  Linda has been the project management leader in developing many training and operational systems connecting team members through efficient use of software and technology. A Strong operations professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with a focus in Human resources from Kaplan University.

Growing up in rural Western New York and experiencing life in close proximity to nature, Linda has developed a strong sense of environmental issues and leaving the earth as undamaged as possible. A personal health story lead to extensive research for a better way of life. Removing as many chemicals and other materials unnecessary in a long healthy life style. Linda is very passionate about learning and growing knowledge through sharing experiences and stories with others.

TraceyTracey Ritchie – Director of Education

Tracey joined the Earth Day Network as the Director of Education in January 2018. Most recently she was adjunct faculty at the University of Florida and has held positions from Florida to North Carolina managing and facilitating Environmental Education programs ranging from sea turtle walks to birding adventures, and local green book clubs to statewide water education programs.

Tracey completed her PhD at the University of Florida in 2017. Her research focused on developing systems thinking skills in students and teachers to more effectively communicate about complex environmental issues such as climate change. Tracey has an extensive background in program development and evaluation, facilitating professional development for educators, social science research methodologies, and Environmental Education best practices.

She also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s degree from UF in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Tracey has been active in the field of Environmental Education for over 12 years and looks forward to working with the global network of educators through EDN to advance environmental and climate literacy worldwide. When Tracey is not in the office she can be found exploring DC with her dog, Dakota.

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 10 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.

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.

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.

Ariel Levin-Antila – Intern

Ariel is originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland and have lived in the Washington, D.C. area her entire life. She is a rising sophomore at Dickinson College, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology. At school, she sings in choir, writes for the newspaper, is involved in mental health advocacy organizations, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. When she’s not pursuing her interests in population ecology and environmental activism, she enjoys listening to music, cooking, sketching, and exploring the great outdoors.

Shannon Redifer – Intern

Shannon is a junior at William & Mary, 3 hours south of DC in Williamsburg, Virginia. A lifelong DC local, Shannon is back home to intern at Earth Day Network for the summer and to enjoy the history, art, culture, and activism that the city has to offer. At W&M, she is studying psychology and environmental studies. Shannon has a particular interest in public engagement with environmental issues, including different forms of interactive/visual media. Her favorite class at W&M has been “Art & Ecology”, giving her insight on how various forms of expression can mold societal perspectives on the environment.

On campus, she is a part of the Student Environmental Action Coalition and a Science & Sustainability committee member on W&M’s campus event-programming board, executing free science and sustainability related events on campus for other students. You can also find her at the Rec, rock climbing or camping with the outdoor recreation program.

Boya Cui – Intern

Boya Cui is a junior at Dickinson College, double majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. Being a science enthusiast, Boya wants to use the scientific knowledge and methodology she has acquired to support environmental advocacy. She is interested in aquatic environment and is particularly concerned about climate change, coral bleaching, and human-induced eutrophication. At Dickinson, Boya is part of the Arts Collective club, Japanese Aesthetic Club, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is also the Eco-Rep, a peer-educator for sustainability, of her residential building.

Aili Maruyama – Intern

Aili joins us from Belgium, the center of Europe. She graduated in February from Ghent University where she majored in Gender and Diversity. She also has a Bachelor in Political Sciences. She wants to change the world by building bridges. By understanding others, she believes we can create a world where empathy plays a key role in modern society.

She joined Earth Day Network to immerse herself in the center of the environmental movement. In her spare time she likes to make music, explore the city, go on hikes and weekend adventures. She also volunteers at urban gardens and works on projects with her friends.

What I love the most about our earth: Whatever we do, whatever we invent or how much our technology evolves, nature will always be stronger.

Evan Greenberg – Intern

Hi! My name is Evan Greenberg. I study International Relations with a focus on Environmental Sustainability at American University. After just spending a semester in Jordan learning Arabic, I am excited to be a part of the EDN team back in DC. When I am not in DC, I live in Brooklyn, NY with my family and my cat named Mouse.

Jesse Shaich – Intern

Jesse is originally from San Diego and Seattle and now lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is a rising junior at Colorado College and is pursuing a major in Education as she is aspiring to eventually teach elementary students. Growing up on the West Coast, Jesse gained a passion for sustainability and has ever since been looking for a place to learn more and continue finding new ways to remain knowledgeable of environmental acts. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, and dancing. At Colorado College, Jesse is an intern for the school’s community service organization helping to bring her college community together with foundations in Colorado, neighboring states, and even helps to organize trips regionally.

Suzanne Singer – Intern

Suzanne is a rising junior at Colby College, a small liberal arts college in the heart of Maine. There, she studies Environmental Policy and French while serving as a Sexual Violence Prevention Peer Educator, Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip (COOT) leader and member of an all-female acapella group, the Colby Sirens. Her passion for environmental justice, namely as it relates to women in the developing world and how they are affected by climate change and its associated issues, is what brought her to Earth Day Network as a summer intern. She intends to later pursue a career in Public Health Policy through an environmental justice lense.

Madeleine Sagebiel – Intern

Madeleine is a junior at Dickinson College, originally from the Bay Area in California. Growing up she spent majority of her time outdoors and felt she wanted to do something to help. At Dickinson she studies Sociology with a focus in inequalities and education. During this time, she would advocate for the environment by going to marches and becoming and Eco-Rep at her school (a representative of a group on-campus in which they educate to help their peers be more environmentally conscious). However, she felt she wasn’t doing enough and sought out the Earth Day Network in order to find a way to make more of an impact to help the environment.

On campus, Madeleine is an active worker of the Center for Sustainable Education, but also is part of clubs such as the outing club, the women’s club lacrosse team, and a member of the sorority Delta Nu.

Jacob Rubenstein – Intern

Jake is from Sykesville, Maryland. He is also rising senior at Dickinson College where he studies environmental studies and economics. At school Jake is the president of the club lacrosse team and is highly active in campus sustainability. In his free time Jake enjoys hiking, skiing and fishing.

Jakes main interests include habitat conservation and renewable energies. Jake wishes to use the global outreach of EDN in order to better understand the variances in environmental awareness around the world. Using his education in environmental studies and economics Jake hopes to work a future that allows for economic progress that is good for both society and the environment.

Jonathan Yoo – Intern

Jonathan Yoo is a Master’s student in the International Education program at George Washington University (GWU). His specialization is in environmental and sustainability education. Jonathan is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior joining GWU, Jonathan worked as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Alternative and Renewable Energy at Everglades University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in International Studies, specializing in Environmental Science, with a minor in Chinese Culture Studies. Jonathan has traveled to Japan for research tours on environmental practices in compulsory schools. His passion is to promote environmental education in developing countries for primary and secondary schools. During free time, Jonathan enjoys cooking, visiting museums, and hiking.

Precious Ogor – Intern

My name is Precious Ogor. I am originally from Nigeria. During my undergraduate program, I studied biology at Covenant University, Nigeria. Afterwards, I worked as an Environmental scientist at National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Nigeria, where I was involved in regulating and monitoring the oil exploration activities in terms of onshore and offshore oil spill and clean up events of International Oil Companies (IOCs) across Nigeria.

As an Environmental sciences and policy graduate at Johns Hopkins University, I was launched into environmental leadership.

I am passionate about environmental issues and analyzing the solution matrix, moving forward.

I enjoy community service (volunteerism), travelling, cooking, swimming and singing. I intend to pursue a career in environmental activism.

Emily McGuire – Intern

Emily is a rising senior studying Economics at Catholic University. Emily is incredibly excited to be interning at the Earth Day Network. She hopes to use this internship to pursue her interests in sustainable energies and global education. Emily is looking forward to learning from her peers and working to motivate people to participate in the EDN’s global campaigns. On campus, Emily is the captain of her club ultimate Frisbee team and is an active participant in her school’s sustainability initiatives.

Joy Jia – Intern

I am a senior at UC Davis, majoring in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, minoring in Japanese. I am interested in the impacts that a policy can bring to the environment and sustainability. I am looking forward to working to encourage the public to get involved in the Earth Day campaign globally. At UC Davis, I am working on fracking research under the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

Charlie Ann Kerr – Intern

Charlie is a senior at George Mason University pursuing her bachelor’s in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance and minor in Social Justice. She has a passion for human rights with a specific interest in the protection of environmental “refugees” under international law. After her graduation in Fall 2018, she plans to pursue a master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management. She aspires to one day run her own organization.

During her downtime, Charlie enjoys reading and traveling. She also uses makeup as a creative outlet and enjoys researching social issues within the beauty industry. She hopes that a future career can combine her two passions: holistic beauty and social justice.

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