350 Colorado is a grassroots organization that thrives thanks to our wonderful, dedicated members, team leaders, board of directors, staff and our executive director. We are always looking to grow, so please email micah(at)350colorado.org if you would like to join our team of volunteers!
Our Board of Directors:
Sunni Benoit, Board of Directors President, Denver, Denver County, CO
Sunshine S. Benoit, better known as Sunni, was born and raised in the Denver area and is a graduate of the University of Denver. As an attorney, her practice focused on complex toxic tort litigation, employment law, and green energy.
After the 2016 elections and an amazing trip to Indonesia, Sunni decided it was time to take a break from her legal work and move back to Denver, from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an advocate for the environment. Since that time, she has been involved with 350 Colorado, focusing on legislation, renewable energy, and climate justice issues. She has organized many events and worked on many issues, including lobby days, petitions, rallies, ballot initiatives, and marches. Sunni’s love of the mountains, the beach, and everything in between keeps her motivated to continue to fight for environmental justice, a transition to a sustainable future, and for the preservation of our beautiful planet.
Judy Wagner, Co-Vice-President, Salida, CO
A Midwest transplant, Judy has lived in Colorado for 24 years. Currently, she resides in Salida where she’s been a member of the 350 Central Leadership Team for 3 years. Before she retired in 2015, Judy was employed in a variety of positions as a Registered Nurse and as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her prior Board experience was with the Valley Food Coop. She spearheaded the campaign in Chaffee County to label GMOs and served on the committee that worked to pass Amendment 69 for universal health care in Colorado. She meditates daily, likes to walk/hike, is an avid reader, (with utopian/dystopian novels a favorite genre), and is particularly interested in healthy food. Committed to social and economic justice, Judy is most hopeful about the Green New Deal as it addresses important issues that intersect with the climate crisis to create system-wide change. And, although she deeply cherishes her many life-changing foreign travel experiences, she has become aware of the carbon impact of air travel and is on a mission to modify this life-long passion.
Emma Bray, Fort Collins, CO
Emma Bray, age 19, has been interested in environmental issues since she was a child. She was born in Queensland, Australia and has spent 10 summers living on a home-built boat on the Great Barrier
Reef. She is particularly interested in social justice issues, animal rights, and environmental issues. In 2013, Emma started the organization Kids Against Fracking and since that time, she has been involved in dozens of challenges, rally’s, protests and speeches connected to the protection of the environment. Emma is one of the 6 youth plaintiffs who challenged the Colorado state government in the Martinez vs COGCC in 2013, the case that was heard by the Colorado Supreme Court in October 2018. Seeing and understanding the grave danger that confronts communities all over the planet, Emma is eager to continue the work that helps those that have been most adversely affected by climate disasters. She is currently a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Front Range Community College, Fort Collins.
Gina Hardin, Denver, Colorado
Gina is a long-time activist; a non-practicing attorney; new grandmother of Ayla; and an Airbnb host. She loves alpine and nordic skiing, backpacking, biking, water, and mountains. She is inspired by her never-ending awe of nature. As a founder of and lawyer for Ratepayers United of Colorado, she represented Xcel ratepayers’ interest in clean renewable energy at the lowest possible long term cost. As Chair of Colorado Common Cause, she was a leader in the effort to limit big money in politics through the passage of Amendment 65 and for open and accountable government, so critical to her current effort to limit the severity of climate change.
Barbara Donachy, email, 720.989.4185, Denver, Co
Secretary, 350 Colorado Board of Directors; Semi-Retired Studio Artist and Arts Activist; Climate Activist
Barbara has been a resident of Colorado for 44 years. She lives in Denver as do her three children and one grandchild. Like her, they all love our beautiful rivers, mountains, forests, plains, and climate. Barbara spent 25 years as a studio artist and arts activist, another seven as a nonprofit coordinator, and five as a residential counselor with the Coalition for the Homeless while studying for a master’s degree in public health. She is a Quaker and practicing Buddhist, and is semi-retired. About four years ago she was awakened to climate change as an extreme crisis after watching Chasing Ice. Since then she has devoted her time to trying to put the brakes on climate change through working on ballot initiatives, lobbying, doing research, distributing flyers, and showing up.
“I admire the on-the-ground methods and philosophy of 350 and feel nourished by working alongside committed and like-minded people to bring about change. That’s why I serve on the 350 Colorado board.” – Barbara Donachy
Elizabeth Fuhr, email, 720.448.4818, Denver, Denver County, CO
Board Member, 350 Colorado Board of Directors; Sister, Order of St. Francis, Sisters of St. Francis Catholic Church; Environmental and Naturalist Guide
Elizabeth (Liz) is a Franciscan Sister who bring groups to the Rocky Mountains to encounter the beauty and live relationally to the Earth. Professionally she brings advanced studies in Chemistry, Spirituality, and Psychology.
“Since my passion is the care of the earth, I feel it is a perfect fit to lend my efforts to the 350 Colorado Board.” – Liz Fuhr
Elisabeth Gick, email, Boulder, Boulder County, CO
Board Member, 350 Colorado, and 350 Boulder County co-team leader
“I grew up a city girl, but good fortune brought me to Telluride, CO in 1979 where I lived until 2013 when a newborn granddaughter lured me to Boulder. Colorado has taught me a deep love and appreciation for the natural world along with the strong desire to protect it for many generations to come. I can bear the present threat to our environment only if I stay engaged and active. 350 is the perfect venue for me.
Devon is a graduate student in the CU Boulder environmental studies program. She focuses on environmental justice and fossil fuel divestment, putting her research skills to work for climate activism. She’s committed to societal transformation to create justice, equity, and sustainability. Climate change already affects people of color, low-income communities, and women, especially in the global south. Devon considers it her responsibility to do everything in her power to reduce these harms.
Devon’s past work has included environmental education, nonprofit management, fundraising, and social-emotional training.
Robert Parker, email, 719.942.4389, Coaldale, Fremont County, CO
Vice-President, 350 Colorado Board of Directors; 350 Central Colorado Team Leader; Professional Artist, Owner Art Gallery; Climate Activist
Bob is a professional sculptor, painter, and photographer. Bob and his wife Kay own Itty Bitty Lakes in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Coaldale, Colorado. Itty Bitty Lakes houses an art gallery, studios, several indoor and outdoor animal friends, a small campground on the wild Arkansas River, the community Post Office, and the couple themselves.
“This beautiful location represents to me what we stand to lose forever if the climate continues to spiral out towards creating an Earth that is not habitable to life as we know it. For 16 years I was a volunteer firefighter. Sometimes we were sent to one of several states to fight federal wildfires. I watched the immediate results of dramatic heating and drying in the American West. Upon retiring from firefighting and learning of the efforts of Bill McKibben fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground I decided to join him and fight the Earth’s greatest wildfire of all time – Climate Change.” – Bob Parker
Kay Parker, email, 719.942.4389, Coaldale, Fremont County, CO
Board Member, 350 Colorado Board of Directors; 350 Central Colorado Team Leader; Co-Owner Itty Bitty Lakes Art Gallery; Climate Activist. Kay is co-owner of Gallery Artpost at Itty Bitty Lakes in Coaldale, Colorado. She is a mother and grandmother. Kay is also active in her church and works to help people of faith become aware of Climate Change.
“I want my children and grandchildren and all of the young people on Earth to have a beautiful and livable home to be healthy, happy, have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat. My vision for our future has no chance of happening unless we keep all fossil fuels in the ground. This is what motivates me to be an Activist in the streets and out of my comfort zone – and boy is it ever out of my comfort zone.”
Irina Sedova, email, Longmont, Boulder County, CO
Board Member and Co-Treasurer, 350 Colorado Board of Directors; Director, Principium Investments
Irina serves as Director at Principium Investments, an asset management firm specializing in environmentally and socially responsible investing. Prior to moving to Colorado, Irina managed poverty alleviation, economic development, and human rights programs in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. In 2013, she experienced first-hand the devastating effects of intensifying storms as her residence, along with many others, was ravaged by floods in Lyons, CO. As a Colorado Master Gardener with a keen interest in permaculture, Irina is working with our Boulder chapter to promote local organic food and regenerative agriculture practices as climate change solutions.
“I am active in the 350 Colorado campaign to encourage individuals and institutions to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in climate change solutions. I focus my efforts on climate change because it is one of the most pressing and cross-cutting issues of our time.” – Irina Sedova
Leslie Weise, email, Monument, El Paso County, CO
Board Secretary, 350 Colorado; 350 Colorado Springs Team Leader
Leslie is an intellectual property lawyer who focuses her work with companies solving the climate crisis and technologies that replace fossil fuels as our energy source. Leslie has been involved as a climate activist since George W. Bush withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol as one of the first acts of his presidency. She has been very active in bringing awareness of the health, safety and economic costs of fossil fuels in Colorado Springs that is still over 70% dependent on coal for energy production, and is working for the decommission of the Martin Drake Power Plant, located central to downtown. Leslie was among the over 1,000 protesters who were arrested at the White House with Bill McKibben to shut down the Keystone Pipeline. Leslie has a ten-year-old son, and they take every opportunity they can to enjoy the natural beauty that Colorado has to offer.
“I am part of 350 Colorado because I believe it is among the most impactful organizations dealing with our climate crisis.” – Leslie Weise
Jacob Foreman, email, Colorado Springs, CO
Board Member, 350 Colorado; 350 Colorado Springs Team Member
Being a lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, a city with one of the largest urban-wildland interfaces in the nation, Jacob has had an immense love and appreciation for Colorado’s majestic, irreplaceable natural beauty for as long as he can remember, although 6th grade was when he initially became aware of and concerned about the issue of climate change. In the Summer of 2014, he worked as a petitioner for fracking setbacks and again in 2018 for Colorado Rising. He serves on the fundraising, moving beyond coal and fracking on public lands committee.
At 24 years old, Jacob is more passionate about the issue of climate change than any other single issue as it is his generation and those that come after him who will live to face the worst aspects of the crisis unless drastic action is taken. He is extremely honored to be working with 350 Colorado in the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground and for a swift, just transition to 100% renewables.
Executive Director and co-Founder – Micah Parkin, email, 504.258.1247, Boulder, Boulder County, CO
Micah Parkin is a founder and Executive Director of 350 Colorado. She has 20+ years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community leader and organizer, and nonprofit director – first in New Orleans, Louisiana, and since 2007 in Colorado. Micah serves on the City of Boulder’s Clean Energy Technical Team, as well as the RenewablesYES and Empower Our Future teams, which are citizen-led efforts to municipalize Boulder’s electric power in order to transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable power. She serves on the steering committee for the Coloradans Against Fracking coalition and the board of Colorado Rising, which is working to pass ballot initiatives to restrict fracking near communities. Micah also serves on “The Shed” – Making Local Food Work coalition and created the Boulder Edible Landscapes Coalition to promote local food growing and access for all community members. She received a 2014 “FearLess Women Leading GREEN” award, Sierra Club’s 2007 Delta Chapter Black Bear Award, and 2014 BVSD Superintendent’s Honor Roll for creation of a model Greenhouse & Garden to Table Program at Columbine Elementary. Micah is the mother of two daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement, create resilient communities and transition to a sustainable future.
“I do this work because I believe we have a responsibility to ensure that future generations inherit an Earth as beautiful and capable of sustaining life as we were born into, and that our decisions today will determine their fate.” – Micah Parkin
Communications Coordinator – Julia Williams, email, 970-948-1439, Golden, CO
An active environmentalist, outdoor enthusiast, and taco aficionado, Julia was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. After years of witnessing changing landscapes, severe drought, and shorter winters, she decided to pursue a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy to protect the places she loves most for future generations. With her minor in public relations, she seeks to utilize communications and sociological concepts to motivate environmentally friendly behavior.
While living in California, Julia became frustrated by the endless amounts of trash littering the beaches and began organizing environmental stewardship programs for Orange County Coastkeeper. As the director of Cleanup OC and a public relations consultant, she engaged over 10,000 volunteers in beach cleanups, removing over 62,000 pounds of trash from Orange County’s coastline. A recently trained Climate Reality Leader, Julia hopes to unite individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities in the movement towards a climate-secure future.
“There is nothing I enjoy more than connecting people with the planet and each other, I am excited for the opportunity to engage and inspire individuals alongside 350 Colorado. Join me for a cup of coffee so I can get to know you!” – Julia Williams
Campaign Coordinator – Deborah (Deb) McNamara, email, Boulder, CO
Our Advisory Board Members
Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org
James Balog, photographer and filmmaker of “Chasing Ice”
Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Principium LLC
Michael White & Robin Eden
Local Team Leaders
350 Denver Team Co-Leaders: Barbara Donachy, Amalthea Alewyn, Sunni Benoit, Miranda Glasbergen, Liz Fuhr
350 Boulder County Team Co-Leaders: Irina Sedova, Micah Parkin, Amy Allen, Mike McFerrin, Derek Arckis
350 Central Colorado Team Co-Leaders: Bob and Kay Parker (featured above in Board list)
350 Fort Collins Team Co-Leaders: Doug Henderson, Liz Kekahbah, Gayla Martinez, Tim Gosar, Rachel Becker
350 Colorado Springs Team Leaders: Leslie Weise, Amy Gray (both featured above), and Jessica Lawyer