Micah has 25 years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community organizer, and nonprofit director. She serves on the national 350 Network Council and was a founding board member of 350 Colorado Action, Community Fruit Rescue, as well as Colorado Rising and Safe & Healthy Colorado, which organized ballot initiatives to protect communities from fracking in 2018 and 2020. She serves on the City of Boulder’s Clean Energy Technical Team and as a Climate Mobilization Action Plan Finance Working Group Lead. She is a spokesperson for Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate, with 33 member groups in CO. Micah was recognized as a 2017 “City of Boulder Hometown Hero” and received a 2014 “FearLess Women Leading GREEN” award, Sierra Club’s 2007 Delta Chapter Black Bear Award. She is the mother of two teenage daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement, create resilient communities and transition to a sustainable future.Micah(at)350colorado.org
Julia Williams, Communications and Development Director
In addition to a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy and a minor in public relations, Julia has over five years of communications, community organizing and fundraising experience. From leading campaigns that removed 62,000 pounds of trash from Orange County’s coastline to helping organize 10,000 climate strikers in Colorado last fall, Julia is an expert in mobilizing thousands of volunteers for social movements. outreach(at)350colorado.org
Deborah McNamara, Campaigns Director
Deb comes to 350 Colorado with over 15 years of non-profit experience with a focus on sustainability education and action, empowering grassroots leadership, climate change, and sustainable food. She studied Environmental Policy at Boston University and received a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Campaigns(at)350colorado.org
Amy Gray, Volunteer and JEDI Director
A former organizer at 350.org and current Co-Coordinator at Stop the Money Pipeline, Amy is an expert in organizing mass mobilizations and forming diverse coalitions. Amy has been a long time supporter of 350 campaigns and began her journey into activism fighting the KXL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline. As Volunteer & JEDI Director Amy has helped to start new teams, train and empower our volunteers and engage new members statewide. She also oversees the Justice Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work as a trainer in anti-oppression and intersectional climate justice organizing. Amy also sits on the Board of Directors for 350 Colorado Action and The Chinook Center. She was the recipient of the 2020 Climate Warrior Award from the El Paso County Democratic Party for her work on decommissioning the coal plants in El Paso County. Volunteer(at)350colorado.org
As a long-time youth advocate for progressive politics, Giselle became increasingly alarmed by the “business as usual” way of thinking and acting in the shadow of the climate crisis. Growing up in Boulder County, she witnessed vibrant communities and ecosystems being drained by the oil and gas industry, and decided she had to step up. Her passion for environmental activism inspired her to work with 350 Colorado to mobilize local activists, engage with Colorado legislators, and take an active role in promoting fossil fuel divestment. Knowing that our health is directly dependent on the health of the ecosystems we inhabit, she intends to continue to stand as a voice of hope for current and future generations in the fight for a just, equitable, and sustainable future. Giselle(at)350colorado.org
Michaela Muijica- Steiner, Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Coordinator
Michaela Mujica-Steiner is an artist and activist living on the Front Range in Colorado. Michaela first became involved in the climate movement in 2013, doing a combination of work on campus-based fossil fuel divestment and several local campaigns and efforts to halt fracking in Colorado. Since then, she’s worked on various political campaigns and issues from being a Mentor in 350.org’s Training Corp Program to co-founding the Southwest Divestment Network to working on Get Out the Vote efforts during the 2016 election cycle. She was a youth delegate with SustainUS at COP23, and was a returning youth delegate at COP24. She has a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Michaela feels passionate about creating healthy group cultures through deep relationship building, art, and somatic embodiment and enjoys these activities in her free time. Michaela(at)350colorado.org
Will Hodges, 350 Roaring Fork Coordinator
Born and raised in the the Roaring Fork Valley, Will was an instructor for Outward Bound in Utah and then taught high school history in Arizona and Mexico City. Recently, he has also taught English as a Second Language at CMC and several other organizations. He is active with Sanctuary Unidos, advocating for immigrant rights, and Mountain Voices Project, a broad-based community organization working for economic justice and civic engagement. Besides social justice and environmental activism, he loves biking, running, skiing and strumming a guitar. Will(at)350colorado.org
Moriah Mozingo, Administrative Assistant
Having volunteered for 350 Colorado since September 2011, Moriah brought all the passion and support with her to serve on staff as administrative point person/budgetary support in December 2019. Moriah brings to this position 10 years of financial advising, fiscal preparations and trades for foreign and domestic entities, portfolio and fund of funds management as well as small business start-up experience. She has worked in event planning/organizing and administrative roles throughout her career and is delighted to support as such in what she considers a far more noble and global cause in her position with 350 Colorado. Info(at)350colorado.org
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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.
Barbara Donachy, Board of Directors,Secretary, Denver, Co
email, 720.989.4185, 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
Irina Sedova, Board of Directors, Treasurer, Longmont, CO
Email;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
Dr. Maria D Michael, Boulder, Colorado
With five advanced degrees including a PhD in psychology*, and recognition as an esteemed Indigenous Spiritual leader and Healer for over 40 years, Dr. Maria is unique. Distance is not a barrier to her work, thus, her clientele are from all over the globe. She is now located in the Boulder area. As a Medical and Psychological Intuitive, she is able to ‘see’ patterning which then offers her clients a deeper understanding of their physical illnesses, and obstacles on emotional, mental and spiritual levels. True healing flows when all levels are in sync. Dr. Maria frequently collaborates with her client’s other team members, such as physicians, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and massage therapists. She has been a consultant at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Harvard’s Mass General, MD Anderson and the Keith Block Center in Chicago. In this age of the COVID19 pandemic, her powerful Medicine Energies and healing abilities and willingness to cross collaborate, are a precious resource. We welcome you to look at our website:www.drmariamichael.com
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.
Patricia Nelson,Greeley, CO
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.
Emmett Hobley, Montbello, Colorado
Emmett is the president and founder of the Montbello Neighborhood Improvement Association. His focus is on Community Stabilization, Generational Wealth Building and Increasing the Affordable Housing Stock, and he is committed to keeping all communities Safe and Inhabitable. He is passionate about the community and how the oil industry and Gentrification affect our communities.
Devon Reynolds,Boulder, Boulder County, CO
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
Amy Allen, Boulder, Colorado
“Amy works as an engineer in the energy efficiency field, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in architectural engineering. As part of 350 Colorado, Amy has focused her efforts on fighting fracking, and she is also interested in regulatory policy, and advancing renewable energy. She lives in Boulder.”
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
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.