We’re here to make sure that the batteries are charged and the volume is turned up on our movement’s megaphone. The We Are Power Shift Leadership Team supports the development of this grassroots community and ensures that the site provides the space, structure, tools, and climate (no pun intended) for the growth of our movement. We work with the community to keep the site as dynamic, agile, and engaging as this movement’s leaders. By responding to the community’s needs and providing resources, references, and training, we hope to catalyze activism and solidify an online foundation for future victories.
If you have any suggestions or want to be more involved, please contact one of the Leadership Team members. We’d love to hear from you—share your ideas for discussion topics, on and offline projects you’d like community feedback on, additional resources to include on the site, or anything else that’s on your mind. Get in touch!
Leadership Team Members
I was raised by two relatively progressive parents from Northern California with Southern roots; that's me in a nutshell. I've seen and experienced many different parts of the country but my heart belongs to the south and the west. My love of nature was fostered in my early Girl Scout experience, my love of humanity is just something I was born with, and these two loves were brought together when I learned about environmental justice my sophomore year of college. I'm a graduate of Howard University and the AmeriCorps program Public Allies. I'm a blogger, an activist, and a nerd and proud of it.
Gabe Elsner is a public interest advocate based in Washington, D.C. For the past five years, he has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations to elevate the voice of ordinary people in Washington, DC. Gabe understands that citizens need to stand up for true American values - to overcome the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest groups and restore a democracy of, by and for the people. Gabe is the Co-Director of the Checks & Balances Project, an energy industry watchdog group, in June 2011 to help increase transparency, expose the fossil fuel echo chamber and inform the public on critical issues related to the energy debate.
Caleb-Michael Files currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he attends the University of Missouri - Kansas City pursuing a Double Bachelors degree in Political Science and Economics, minoring in Sustainability. Caleb manages social media for numerous organizations in Kansas City and enjoys teaching others its (social media's) use.
Growing up in the mountains of Virginia, Jessica was instilled with an early love of the natural world. She spent time post university as a band director/music teacher and digital designer, and in 2009 found her passion for world-changing as a local organizer in Charlottesville. In a nutshell: Writer/blogger, seeker, musician, non-conforming, ruckus-raising, tree-hugging hippie.
Lael has been forcing her friends to recycle ever since she was young and her enthusiasm for all things sustainable has translated into a full-blown career path. While she currently bikes to her nonprofit job in DC, she is a Michigander at heart. Views expressed are her own.
Rick is from Dresden, Tennessee and is currently a junior at Yale University, where he is proud to work with and learn from amazing people in the Yale Student Environmental Coalition and 350 Connecticut. Rick is a proud Tennessean (Go Vols!) and the son of Methodist ministers. He enjoys playing basketball, environmental humor (he is currently soliciting lyrics that rhyme with "positive feedback mechanism" for a climate rap), and thinking about what roles communities of faith should play in responding to the call to stewardship of the environment.
Erin Hutton is a freelance writer in Pittsburgh, PA (EAHCreative.com). Growing up in the Adirondack Mountains gave Erin a respect and love for the natural world that inspires her work. She writes about local food and cooking at CommunityCucina.com.
Sasha currently hails from Berkeley, CA but was born and raised in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Her experiences with organizing range from organic farming to email blasting, and she currently is working with high school students to fight climate change with the Alliance for Climate Education. She likes nonviolent direct action, chickens, indigenous rights, environmental education, Thai Chi, Chai Tea, and, of course, her fellow rambunctious change-makers. Follow Sasha @sasha_m.
David Rickless is a student, writer, photographer, and aspiring dirtbag currently based Alabama, where he excels at finding unpaid "jobs" with cool titles. He likes mountain towns, flannel shirts, green tea, vintage cameras, and organic farms. He serves as an organizer and social media guy at the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment.
Caroline Selle is an environmental and social justice writer. She is currently working on a book about the activism around the Keystone XL pipeline.
Cindy was born and raised in Texas and is a senior at the University of North Texas. She is an environmental activist currently involved in local struggles against fracking and coal.
Lizzy Stephan is from Warwick, New York and now lives in Denver, Colorado working as an organizer with New Era Colorado. She majored in Sociology at Colorado College, where she worked on a variety of sustainability, endowment, and ballot-related issues. When she’s not working or trying to beat her Google Reader’s unread count, she likes to hang out with her friends, cook, run, and snowboard.