2:15PM-3:15PM: Earth Day + Pride Week: A Conversation with Commissioner Matthew Sampson
Eric Maye Quades
After legislation to prevent gun violence was stopped by Republican lawmakers, Rep. Maye Quades held a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest Republican inaction to prevent gun violence and shared stories of victims and survivors of gun violence. In June 2018, Rep. Erin Maye Quades was endorsed as the DFL candidate for Lt. Governor.
11:15AM-12:15PM - Local Environmental Activism & Transportation
1:00PM-2:00PM - Local Government, Business, and Stewardship
2:15PM-3:15PM - Environmental Advocacy and Power Building
Brianne Eby is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Eno Center for Transportation, where she manages and conducts research on a variety of transportation policies. Recently, her research has addressed the regulatory aspects of integrating new mobility options into existing transportation services in cities, transportation’s influence on climate and the environment, best practices in congestion pricing, and transit agency governance. Brianne earned her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and her M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.
Under Tidwell’s leadership, CCAN has helped pass landmark clean-energy legislation in Maryland and the District of Columbia; blocked coal and oil development plans in Virginia; and worked with groups nationwide to push for a fair and effective carbon cap policy on Capitol Hill.
Tidwell is also an author and filmmaker whose books include The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s documentary film – “We Are All Smith Islanders” – vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Tidwell has received numerous awards for his advocacy work, including the Audubon Naturalist Society’s prestigious “Conservation Award.”
A long-time resident of Maryland, he lives in Takoma Park with his wife Beth and son Sasha.
Jeanne Braha & Colleague
Jeanne comes to the Conservancy from the Student Conservation Association where she served as the Director of Foundation Relations. She has more than a decade of experience in high-level environmental fundraising and a deep knowledge of the D.C. area non-profit arena.
Before her position with the Student Conservation Association, she worked as the Project Director of Public Engagement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was also the Bridging the Watershed Program Director at the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
Jeanne holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University.
Ron Thompson is the Transportation Equity Organizer at GGWash. He’s a lifelong resident of Ward 8 and lives in Anacostia. He is currently pursuing an associate degree in political science, but in his spare time he enjoys spending time playing grand strategy games and finishing half-read books.
Katherine Kortum is a Senior Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board within National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics. As an expert in autonomous vehicles and shared mobility, she also serves on the Riders' Advisory Council for WMATA and sits on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Citizens' Advisory Council.
Christina is a conservation project manager for The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC. In this role she works on conservation projects supporting healthy forest management in Western Maryland, coastal and climate resilience in Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and clean water and youth development in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. A major focus of her work is training and developing the skills of young environmental leaders to address environmental issues in their communities. Christina has a master’s degree in Biology from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from Duke University
Ariel Trahan has been at the Anacostia Watershed Society since 2009 working to engage the community in the restoration of the Anacostia River. In her current role she is responsible for Anacostia Watershed Society’s education, restoration and recreation programming, which covers a wide range of activities including educational boat tours of the Anacostia River, wetland and mussel restoration efforts, and workshops for students and adults on how they can have a positive impact on the watershed. She also serves on the Prince George’s County Public Schools Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, the Mid Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup, and on the board of the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium. Ariel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and History from Macalester College.
Barbara manages the goDCgo Transportation Demand Management (TDM) for schools program. She works with DC public, charter, and private school students and staff to shift travel behavior from driving alone. Her goal is to develop a long-lasting culture of walking, biking, taking transit, and sharing a ride to get to and from DC schools.
Mark Sussman is the co-founder and CEO of OurStreets. OurStreets is a mobile application that uses crowdsourcing to report and analyze dangerous driving behavior and shared micromobility issues. They work directly with advocacy organizations, municipal stakeholders and transportation departments, and shared micromobility operators--providing a dynamic framework to amplify people power for safer streets.
Claire Douglass oversees public engagement for Audubon’s policy campaigns that advance its conservation priorities across the country to build the most effective conservation network in America.
Before she joined Audubon, Douglass most recently served as the U.S. Campaign Director for Climate and Energy at Oceana. In that role, Douglass led a bipartisan campaign that helped reverse offshore drilling plans in the Atlantic Ocean. The campaign included 120 East Coast municipalities, more than 200 members of Congress, 1,000 state and local elected officials, and 35,000 businesses -- all of which publicly opposed offshore drilling and exploration. Prior to Oceana, Douglass worked in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations that supported sustainability and clean energy. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.
Alberto Salamando is an internationally acknowledged expert on human and Indigenous rights representing Indigenous Peoples, organizations and communities from various countries from many regions of the world, before UN and other international human rights bodies including: International Labor Organization; Interamerican Commission on Human Rights; and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Alberto began his climate change work with IEN in 2009 at the UNFCCC COP15 and currently serves as IEN’s head of delegation to UNFCCC Conferences of Parties and related fora. Alberto served as General Counsel of International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) for 18 years, and is very proud of his very active participation in the negotiations leading to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the establishment of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and the initial mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Alberto was accredited as an Expert by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (2014) and elected by UN accredited Non-governmental Organizations as their representative to the International Steering Committee of the World Conference Against Racism (1998-2001). Alberto is a member of the California Bar Association, a retired member of the Arizona Bar Association, serves on the Board of the Rainforest Action Network and is bilingual in Spanish and English.2:15
Kurt Moser is an independent researcher/ecologist and co-founder of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation. His past professional experience includes nearly seven years as a program manager for Earth Force, a nonprofit fostering youth-driven civic action to solve environmental problems. Kurt also served six years as an environmental science member on Alexandria’s Environmental Policy Commission, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.
Susan Nerlinger & Tina Slater - Transportation Team
Susan was born in Madison, Wisconsin so long ago as to remember when the climate really was different. She is now retired from a career as an English teacher for MCPS and devotes as much of her time as possible to advocacy on environmental issues with the Sierra Club and working to protect the environment. She believes that this is the most significant issue of our time. Susan serves on the Transportation Committee for the Montgomery County Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Tina Slater is an art teacher and transit advocate who currently serves as Transportation Chair for the Montgomery County chapter of the Sierra Club. Tina wants to see more Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) and mixed-income housing around Activity Centers throughout Montgomery County and in the DC region. Tina cannot wait for the Purple Line light-rail to open in 2023 (go from Silver Spring to Bethesda in under 9 minutes!)