Our local organizers are integral to the TCM team. They've spread the message of mobilization far and wide through their tireless advocacy!
TCM Bay Area is headed by Dr. Jan Kirsch. Jan is a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. She also holds a master’s degree in public health. She completed a residency in occupational and environmental medicine, which included research into the environmental causes of childhood leukemia. She is a long-time environmental activist, working with, among other groups, Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War. She is a past president of New York City Physicians for Social Responsibility. Jan believes that climate change is the greatest public health challenge that humankind has ever faced and that climate activism is a vital part of medical practice.
TCM Sacramento is headed by Vince Valdez.
TCM Santa Barbara County is headed by Grace Feldmann.
The San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition is headed by Derek and Nancy Casady. Nancy and Derek have led the entire TCM organization in terms of organizing public actions. Nancy is the General Manager of the Ocean Beach Organic Food Co-op, while Derek is a retired copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, retired associate editor of Psychology Today magazine, and retired administrative assistant to the President pro tempore of the California Senate. He is the president of the La Jolla Democratic Club, which endorsed a resolution calling for a climate mobilization. Nancy and Derek have five children and four grandchildren.
TCM Denver is headed by Amber Bray. Amber's climate wake-up came a year ago. She was working as a consultant for an agricultural bank, hit hard as a result of California's water crisis. As a mother of two children, both under 10 years old, she worried how she would feed her family when their food supply relied so heavily on Californian produce. While inspiring leaders within the bank to explore innovative methods, Amber began exploring aquaponics and vertical grow systems. She has also worked to educate local communities about sustainable food practices. She is actively seeking ways to shift her career from working with corporations to transforming our country for climate, economic, and social justice. Her work with The Climate Mobilization is part of that transformation. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCM Kansas City is headed by Joshua King. Josh is a sociologist, activist, and musician. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past decade and serves as both the Chair of the Kansas City Climate Coalition and the Operations Administrator for The Climate Mobilization. His research focuses on how economic ideologies and belief systems impact environmental action, and his current work is geared toward understanding what motivates individuals to engage the climate crisis.
TCM NYC is headed by Greg Schwedock. Greg has led the development of the TCM’s websites and tech projects. He’s managed and recruited developers for TCM’s tech team, in addition to recruiting elected officials, candidates, and others to sign the Pledge to Mobilize. Greg was CTO and cofounder of iChampSports a sports networking startup that focuses on tracking physiological data. He previously founded Meatlessly, a project to encourage the eating public to eat less meat via a pledge. He’s also an active participant in the NYC Meteor development community.
TCM DC is headed by Jim Newell. Jim was born and raised in Boston, MA, and currently resides in Washington, DC. He earned a PhD in international relations at the University of Virginia. Jim spent many years as a government relations expert and lobbyist for both corporations and non-profit organizations. A frequent Chesapeake Bay sailor, he was alarmed by the deteriorating condition of the bay and the disappearance of land mass in the bay caused in large measure by the rise in sea level. This led to his current broadened concern about climate change and his decision to volunteer with TCM.
TCM Tampa Bay is headed by David Sinclair. David grew up in Latin America and moved to the US at age 13. He discovered early on that being bicultural entailed a set of unique challenges, which by college graduation had him on a life-changing path to work in Europe. There he helped organize the first Alternative Conference on the Human Environment, challenging the UN's parallel conference to consider the interrelatedness of global issues. With a new vision rooted in "deep ecology," David returned to North America and completed a master's degree in international relations. He also started with a small group of friends what became the global Nestles Boycott. Currently a retired social worker in the Tampa Bay area, David is actively volunteering as a local coordinator for the Pachamama Alliance and for the Network of Spiritual Progressives. "Working with a holistic approach to conscious activism has given me great joy. Now, our challenge is to overcome fear, and show we CAN bring about environmental justice."
TCM Boston is headed by Amy Tai and Bruce Nappi. You can get in touch at amyhtai[at]gmail[.]com.
TCM Hoboken is in the works! Contact Michael Watson at mdwatson5[at]gmail[.]com.
TCM Twin Tiers (NY/PA) is in the works! Contact Susan Hinton at motormice[at]hotmail[.]com.
TCM PDX is in the works! Contact Nicole[at]theclimatemobilization[.]org for more information!
TCM Canada is in the works! Hannah Mills is heading up efforts there.
Don't see your city here? If you would like to form a chapter in your area, please leave a post on The Climate Mobilization Forum. Then publish your emerging chapter post on The Climate Mobilization Facebook Group to reach even more Mobilizers!