Kelsey Wirth, Chair
Kelsey was inspired to start Mothers Out Front after becoming a mother and feeling despair about how climate change will impact her children's lives. Struck by how few opportunities people had to meaningfully engage in addressing the problem, she set out to change this under the guidance of veteran organizer and social movement scholar Marshall Ganz. Kelsey is co-founder and former president of Align Technology, Inc., maker of Invisalign. She has served on the boards of the Environmental Working Group and Grist Magazine, and currently serves on the board of the Winslow Foundation and Convergent Dental. A native of both Colorado and Washington DC, Kelsey graduated from Harvard College and received her M.B.A. from Stanford University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Sam Myers, and their two daughters, Sophie and Lucy. Her favorite place to spend time with her family is in the mountains around Crested Butte, CO.
Bonnie Cockman, Treasurer
Bonnie has spent her career leading the finance and operations of nonprofit organizations whose missions align with her passions. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer at Organization for Tropical Studies, working to sustain tropical ecosystems. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer for the Grameen Foundation, who uses technology to strengthen resilience and food security, increase incomes, enhance health, and build financial security. She helped launch Mothers Out Front, working first as Managing Director and now as Treasurer to build a national movement of mothers calling for action on climate change. From 2007 to 2014, Bonnie served as Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations at Root Capital, an agricultural impact investor that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Prior to Root Capital, she served as Vice President of Finance for Conservation International and Director of Finance for Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development. Currently, she serves on the board of Mothers Out Front, JRS Biodiversity Foundation and Foundations of Success. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a B.A. in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Laura DeBonis works as a consultant to education companies and non-profits. In addition to the Digital Public Library of America (DP.LA), she also serves on the Public Interest Declassification Board at the National Archives. Laura previously worked at Google in a variety of positions, including Director of Library Partnerships for Book Search. Laura started her career in documentary film and multimedia, and in strategy consulting for internet businesses. She is a graduate of Harvard College and has a MBA from Harvard Business School. She and her family live in Washington, DC.
Kristen Grimm is the founder and president of Spitfire Strategies, one of the country’s leading public relations firms dedicated to working exclusively with nonprofits and foundations to create positive social change. She has developed numerous resources for the field including Smart Chart 3.0, Discovering the Activation Point, Just Enough Planning Guide, and Big Ideas to Big Change. Prior to launching Spitfire, Kristen worked as a fellow at the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Fenton Communications where she wrote NOW HEAR THIS: The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications. Kristen has a B.A. from Smith College. She serves on the boards of the National Academy for State Health Policy and Grist.org.
Eliza is a Bay Area native who was drawn to climate change and environmental justice work as a child. Her interest in these topics intensified in college and led to her current work, conducting economic analysis related to climate and energy policy. In 2008 Eliza moved to Somerville, where she was energized by local activists taking a lead in local and state climate justice work. She began volunteering with Somerville Climate Action, which led to her involvement in Mothers Out Front. In addition to her work with Mothers Out Front, Eliza has sat on the Somerville Mayor’s Commission for Energy Use and Climate Change for the past 8 years. Eliza has a B.A in Geography from Middlebury College and M.A. in Urban Economics from U.C. Berkeley. Eliza lives in Somerville with her wife and two children, Izzy and Julian.
Ellen Nelson van Bever
Ellen has held a variety of leadership roles in higher education administration at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. Her most recent position was as Director of Special Programs in the Office of the Provost at Georgetown. She has served on the boards of the Perry School Community Services Center in Washington, DC and the Giving Circle in Alexandria, VA. In addition to her work with Mothers Out Front, Ellen coordinates a food security program for her children’s school. Ellen graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and has an MA from Boston College. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has made her home on the East Coast since 1987. She lives in Cambridge, MA and Brooklin, ME with her husband Derek and their three children, Grace, Owen and Graham.