Tiziana Bottino, Northern Virginia Organizer
Tiziana Bottino lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, a community impacted by multiple sources of pollution. Her driving force in the fight for a livable planet are her young daughter and son, whom she is raising to be climate activists. Tiziana earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business in 2009 and worked in many 9-5 positions, but it wasn't until the birth of her daughter in 2015 that she realized there was no time to waste, and began volunteering and working with various environmental organizations. On May 2018, Tiziana earned a Masters of Science in Energy Climate and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and founded the Greater Prince William Climate Action Network, to raise awareness and take climate action in her community. Tiziana is a Christian, and her faith influences her engagement with policy issues. She is originally from Naples, Italy but has also lived in France, England, Belgium and Colombia.
Stephanie Bowman, Climate Justice Organizer
Before joining Mothers Out Front, Stephanie was a battleground state grasshopper for various gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. From age 14, she knew life in activism was inevitable. From delivering freshly picked vegetables to neighbors doors, canvassing with AFSCME, and starting her own organization to help assist high schoolers in working to pay for college.
After receiving her degree in Political Science from Hampton University, she began organizing from Virginia, Wisconsin, to Kansas. Six states later she decided to continue to graduate school at Cornell in Marketing Strategy. Upon completion, she felt disgusted thinking about the transactional treatment by party politics. Her increased knowledge in marketing blatantly showed the intentional exclusion of using proven methodologies to engage people of color. Her passion is in building relationships, managing teams, and moving towards measurable change. Colorado Springs is her paradise; as a Kansas native she always admired the beauty and preservation Colorado fought hard to protect. Now she is prepared to continue the fight.
Lyndsey Cooper, Climate Justice Organizer
Lyndsey is a native New Yorker. She comes to Mothers Out Front with a deep passion for protecting both the environment and the people within it. After completing several internships in marine science and environmental education, she recognized a desperate need for more discussion about race, class, gender, and ability in the environmental world. Since then, she has spent several years studying environmental sociology, interning with non-profit organizations including NYPIRG, and organizing in favor of climate justice. She holds a degree in sociology from SUNY New Paltz. She believes that powerful changes can be made by small groups of mobilized and passionate individuals. In her free time she enjoys gardening, pet-sitting for friends, cooking vegan food, and rollerskating.
Betsy Ericksen, National Expansion Organizer
Secky Fascione, Organizing Director - Washington D.C.
Laura Fronckiewicz, Colorado Organizing Manager
Laura joined Mothers Out Front in January 2019. She became involved in environmental activism when she saw a public notice sign for a hearing regarding oil and gas drilling near her home in Broomfield, Colorado. She then organized a successful ballot initiative campaign for a 5 year moratorium on fracking in Broomfield County in 2013. Laura was named a "MoveOn Fracking Fighter" by MoveOn.org for her work on this campaign in late 2013. Prior to her role with Mothers Out Front, she was an organizing manager for 5 years with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America where she cultivated warrior-mom advocates in Colorado, Kansas and Indiana. Laura is a Connecticut College graduate with an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Her precious and inquisitive boys, Beau and Casey, are her inspiration for all of her organizing work to make a better world for them to inherit.
Michele Gielis, Digital Organizer
Michele graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a dual degree in communications and anthropology, followed by a career supporting audio-visual teams at Lotus Development Corporation, Harvard Law School, and the Museum of Science. Since childhood, Michele has been a part-time activist for the environment and human rights. Recently, she decided that working to grow the movement to address climate change needed full-time attention and changed her trajectory to focus completely on what she sees as the most crucial cause of our time. Known as “Mish” by the Mothers Out Front community, she likes to learn how people make meaning.
Janet Groat, Massachusetts Organizing Manager
Janet Groat joined Mothers Out Front in April 2017 as the Massachusetts Organizing Manager. Janet brings a rich history as an organizer, strategist, and trainer to her new position, with a particular interest in team building and fostering successful structures for shared leadership. As Regional Manager for Moms Demand Gun Sense in America, she coached five state-based chapters, cultivated leaders, worked with teams to activate and track voters and met the challenges head on. Janet has a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. With the knowledge that many of the solutions to climate change, as well as the political will, will come from those most affected, Janet is excited to work on the strategic effort to elevate their voices.
LaTisha Harris, Climate Justice Organizer
LaTisha Harris a Fresno native, knows firsthand the effects that the environment can has on our health. As a mother to three beautiful, intelligent and gifted and children, two of which are plagued with asthma. Living in a community that has been rated with some of the worst air quality and highest poverty rates in the nation, LaTisha has been very active in her community, trying to facilitate positive change.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, LaTisha was employed by Service Employees International Union, Local 521, where she gained valuable tools, partnerships and resources to fight for working-class families. After that, she began working for the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Climate Protection- advocating for change for the residents in the City of Fresno. LaTisha is committed to "finding the need and meeting it; finding the hurt and healing it.”
Etel Haxhiaj, Massachusetts Community Organizer
Etel was born and raised in Albania until the age of 17. She left Albania due to civil unrest and immigrated to Athens, Greece where she lived with her parents and 85-year-old grandmother for two years. In 1999, Etel immigrated to the United States with her parents through the Green Card lottery and became an American citizen in 2005. She has a B.A. in International Development and Social Change and M.A in Community Development and Planning from Clark University. She lives in Worcester with her parents and the two loves of her life, her sons Luke and Danny.
She has been a community activist and organizer in Worcester in areas of gender and racial justice and has served on three City of Worcester Boards and Commissions, as well as on the Board of the YWCA. She is passionate about racial justice, community building, seeing others grow as leaders, and organizing. Her work has spanned from working for the Attorney General’s Office as a mediator, running peer mediation programs in urban schools, mentoring and coaching first-generation college-bound youth, and working with families in public housing and homeless shelters. Her inspiration for the community work she does comes from growing up hearing stories of her grandfather who was a war hero and a humble man who fought for freedom and justice. Besides her beautiful sons being her biggest joy, she enjoys spending alone time in the woods, reading, journaling, meditating, taking salsa lessons, learning new languages, and cooking Albanian food for her friends.
Randall Huerta, Operations Associate (California)
Randall joins Mothers out Front with a background in Operations and a passion for social and environmental justice work. Previously, she has been very involved with organizations tackling human rights and extreme poverty, but after the birth of her daughter in 2014 she became increasingly concerned with the urgency surrounding climate change.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Randall was brought up with an appreciation for nature and the notion that it is our responsibility to care for the planet we all share. Now living in the greater San Diego area, she is raising her daughter with these same values. At the age of four, her daughter Camila turned to her from the television screen displaying news surrounding the many California wildfires and asked what is happening to our planet. It was at this moment she knew it was time to switch her career focus to support the work being done to leave our next generation with a livable climate.
Linda Hutchins-Knowles, California Senior Organizer
Linda is passionate about engaging mothers in the climate movement, asking "Who has a greater stake in ensuring a livable climate than parents?” Linda first got involved with Mothers Out Front as a member leader co-founding the San Jose team, then guiding their successful campaign to pass Community Choice Energy in the nation’s tenth largest city. Since 2013, she's volunteered with several climate action groups, including Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.org, Moms Clean Air Force, and Friends Committee on National Legislation. Linda brings with her an extensive background in Nonviolent Communication and educational therapy, coaching students with learning differences to achieve their full potential. Fluent in Spanish, she and her husband have traveled extensively in Latin America and also Kenya. Besides being the mother of a spirited teen and preteen, one of her proudest accomplishments is having completed a 110-mile “century” bike ride with Team in Training in the Yosemite foothills.
Marnese Jackson, Frontline Organizing Manager (Michigan)
Marnese Jackson joined Mothers Out Front in December 2018 as the Frontline Fellowship Manager. She is an advocate, organizer and mother from Pontiac, Michigan where she lives with her two children London and Dawson. Marnese has been organizing since high school and brings a breadth of experience in the Environmental and Climate Justice movement. She is the former Midwest and Great Plain States Regional Organizer for the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program where she built capacity within the NAACP members to engage in energy-related projects across 17 states and created the ECJ Live Podcast talk show. She was the Weatherization Coordinator for Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency and Energy Outreach Specialist for Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office.
Marnese has presented at the 2016 Michigan Human Rights Coalition-Environmental Justice is a Human Right, 2017 Webster University Human Rights Conference, 2017 National Environmental and Climate Justice training and at the 2018 Race Forward’s Facing Race Conference. Marnese was a part of the 2015 Climate Justice Alliance - East Michigan Environmental Action Council delegation for the Hurricane Katrina commemoration. Marnese helped organize the 2018 Michigan Environmental Justice Summit, the 2017 Detroit Climate Justice March and is a Member of 2017 Al Gore's Climate Leadership Corps, Soulardarity, MEJC's Clean Air Council, Pontiac City Policy Council, Roosevelt PTO Member and Mothering Justice. Marnese holds a Master’s Degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College and a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University. Marnese is passionate about Environmental, Energy, Climate, Utility, Racial, Economic, Education and Gender Justice. Her passion for Environmental Justice comes from her extended family members being exposed to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and her children having asthma due to poor air quality. Marnese enjoys kayaking, dancing, going to the movies, creating science experiments and crafts with the kids, baking and facilitating workshops.
Kalin Jordan, Senior Regional Campaign Organizer
Kalin Jordan is an experienced communications and organizing manager. She is a graduate of Suffolk University with a B.A in Political Science. Kalin was an original co-founder and media strategist for UnKoch My Campus, a campaign focused on corporate money in higher education. Kalin has spent a great deal of her life in electoral politics, serving as an organizer, communications consultant, pollster, and campaign manager. Kalin also ran for state representative in New Hampshire at the age of 20. Kalin currently is a co-partner of a political consulting firm, Vertive Campaigns. As a lifelong feminist Kalin served on the board and the PAC of Massachusetts National Organization of Women (NOW). Kalin is thrilled to bring her experience in the environmental and feminist movements to Mothers Out Front and work toward greater equity within our climate movement.
Terry Kush, Director of Operations - Washington, D.C.
Terry Kush joined the Mothers Out Front team in September 2018 and has served as a director or a consultant to both domestic and international organizations including small NGOs and firms in the U.K., the Caribbean, West Africa, the Middle East and the United States. She spent a year living in Kenya after undergrad where she did independent research on elephants, camping out in the Maasai Mara. Kush joined Mothers Out Front because she feels urgency around climate change. Kush believes mothers have the ability to create real, impactful change that transcends generations beginning with our children, in our homes and the communities where we live.
Terry holds a Bachelor’s in business administration from Howard University and a Master’s in international service from American University with a focus on development & education policy. She lives in Washington, D.C., has three young adult children and is most happy on a beach in some distant land.
Amber Cano-Martin, Massachusetts Senior Organizer
Amber Cano-Martin comes to Mothers Out Front after nearly 10 years of working as a labor organizer and educator with personal care attendants and other health care workers across Massachusetts. Her activism began in the late 90s global justice and student anti-sweatshop movements. After college, she moved to Guatemala to work with a popular education organization for nearly 4 years, and also lived and worked briefly in El Salvador before returning to the U.S. to get her Masters in International Education from UMass Amherst. She is passionate about using popular education as a tool to strengthen organizations and movements working for social change, making them more democratic by developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills of grassroots leaders. She is also the mother of two energetic, creative, loving little boys, Carlos and Javier, who are her guiding light and motivation in fighting for a livable climate. In her (infrequent) spare time she can be found getting involved in local politics, running, dancing, playing her guitar, or amateur DJ-ing.
Kim Miller, Virginia Community Organizer
Born and raised in Hampton Roads, Kim has a strong connection to the beauty, culture and heartbeat of Southern Virginia. She is passionate about empowering people and bringing them together in purpose through organizing volunteer opportunities and hosting special events. Kim was the Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at First Landing State Park and oversaw the commemorative production of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of America’s first English colony as well as many special events and volunteer projects that helped encourage stewardship and enjoyment at Virginia State Parks. She has four beautiful daughters, a grandpuppy and is an active member of her church. Kim is an unapologetic lover of family, fun and hats. Kim currently lives in Virginia Beach.
Sandy Naranjo, California Organizing Manager
Sandy Naranjo was born and raised in San Ysidro and resides in National City with her husband Andrew McKercher and their children, Frida Ruth and Julius Joseph. Her passion for social justice grew when she came to the realization that her environment was designed to continuously oppress, exploit, and endanger her community. In high school, she made history by organizing a mock same-sex wedding in support of same-sex marriage that gained support from LGBTQIA groups across the country. With a drive for understanding systemic injustices, Sandy pursued three bachelors’ degrees in honors with major concentrations on Political Science, Political Economy and Economics along with a minor certificate in Women’s studies from CSU San Bernardino. Immediately after college she worked for organized labor where she was responsible for improving the lives of workers by organizing them into a union and securing a collective bargaining agreement. Sandy started her career in the environmental justice movement when she became the National City Policy Advocate for the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC). At EHC, she worked with community members, allied organizations and elected officials to create healthy land use policies in order to transition their community from one that is overburdened with toxic pollution to a healthy and thriving one. Sandy is the California Organizing Manager at Mothers Out Front, and is currently focused on mobilizing moms, grandmothers, and caregivers to create policies to end climate change. She owes her dedication to the social justice movement to her parents Socorro “Coco” and Jose Naranjo, who both longed for a society free of discrimination and injustice.
Max Parish, Database Administrator
Max has had the opportunity to manage data for campaigns large and small in Greater Boston. Having previously worn the hats of organizer and data entry manager, he believes strongly in supporting the work of volunteers by making their experiences collecting and storing their data as easy as possible. Now living in North Carolina, Max was a volunteer with Mothers Out Front in Waltham, MA, and has seen firsthand how the message of local mothers who are passionate for climate justice has deeply resonated with the city and its elected officials. He graduated from Brandeis University with B.A.’s in Economics and Politics. In his free time, Max asks women (often mothers!) to run for local political office and supports them on their campaigns.
Bimina Ranjit, Multimedia Producer, New York
Bimina comes to Mothers out front with a background in storytelling. In the past six years, Bimina has produced documentary films, original stories and short videos on the immigrant population in New York covering education, immigration, culture and social issues. She graduated from Columbia Graduate school for journalism in May 2017 with focus on video and audio production. She is inspired by Mothers Out front's mission to empower individuals and their community to educate and take actions against climate change. Bimina grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved to the United States in 2006 as a teenager to pursue higher education. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and loves to travel, cook and watch international crime thrillers, in her free time.
Anne Roach, Communications Manager
Anne has spent over ten years in communications in political campaigns and governmental organizations such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Through her work, she has seen first hand how even the smallest action can have enormous impact on a community. Anne was drawn to Mothers Out Front’s emphasis on empowering individuals to create change within their own communities to address the crisis of climate change. Anne graduated Boston College with a B.A. in Communications. A Boston resident, she enjoys walks along the Harbor, public libraries and movies with wisecracking sidekicks.
Vanessa Rule, Co-Founder and Director of Expansion and Learning
Vanessa began working to address the climate crisis in the fall of 2006 as the lead organizer for Somerville Climate Action and as a board member of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. She focused on helping residents, businesses, and municipalities reduce their carbon emissions through conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewables. Witnessing the relative lack of climate action at the state and federal levels, she co-founded Better Future Project, where she established 350 Massachusetts, then co-founded Mothers Out Front. Vanessa seeks to empower people—to give them the tools they need to build a movement powerful enough to re-align our political and economic decisions with the scientific and moral imperative to act on climate. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.S. from Antioch University New England. She splits her time between Somerville, Massachusetts and Strafford, Vermont where she lives with her two children, Isabelle and Cedric.
Adelita Serena, Climate Action Organizer, Capital Region, CA
Adelita Serena is our Climate Action Organizer in the Capitol Region of California. She has lived in Woodland for nearly two decades, but grew up in Salinas as part of a farm-working family. Following in the footsteps of her father, who worked with Cesar Chavez, Adelita started organizing when she was in high school, rallying her peers to put on street performances about local issues. This experience was so powerful that it lead her to work with at-risk youth as well as Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence for many years. Adelita is passionate about using her ability to communicate with underserved communities to improve their conditions by providing resources and services. As the mother of two teenage boys, she has become increasingly concerned about the climate change impacts they are already experiencing, from extreme heat to wildfires. She is passionate about developing and centering the leadership of women from marginalized communities to achieve energy democracy and preserve a livable climate.
Adelita has a Bachelor of Science in Digital Film, and has held leadership positions in various agencies before joining Mothers Out Front in July of 2018.
Electa Sevier, Executive Director
Electa Sevier comes to Mothers Out Front with deep experience in non-profit management and a passion for community organizing. She is the co-founder of Case Associates, a consulting group that provides management assistance to nonprofit organizations, and has worked with numerous non-profits across many issues to develop strategic plans, manage critical projects and provide interim leadership. As a community organizer, she worked to create the City’s first official dog park, founded Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School, and participated in numerous political campaigns and on community boards. Her concern about climate has always run deep, but has become more intense as her children have grown aware of the issue. Electa graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Management. She lives in Boston with her husband Jos Nicholas, their children Price and Nanneke, and too many pets.
Keshia Sexton, Deputy Director of Organizing
Keshia Sexton is currently the Deputy Director of Organizing at Mothers Out Front, an Adjunct Lecturer at California State Dominguez Hills, and is a Governor Appointee to the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Governing Board. She has over 14 years of organizing experience on social, economic and environmental justice issues. Prior to joining the Mothers Out Front team in July 2019, she served as the Director of Organizing at the Los Angeles Neighbourhood Land Trust. She worked with a team of staff and Angelinos to build parks and gardens in low-income communities of color, and to organize residents for park-equity! She is formerly the Senior Deputy at Congress Member Karen Bass’ District office. In this capacity, Keshia worked closely on issues concerning the African and African-American community, such as foster care, criminal justice, health care, and economic development. In 2007, she served as the Lead Organizer at Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, where she led organizing strategies to fundamentally transform public schools and improve the quality of life for residents in South Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Keshia has a passionate, strategic, and grounded commitment to improving the social and environmental conditions of low to moderate income families and children through organizing for climate solutions that will improve the lived conditions of all Americans.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and B.A. in Africana Studies from CSU, Dominguez Hills. Keshia loves to travel, play, and exercise. She finds peace in spending time with her parents and siblings. Keshia has a two-year old niece, Leyah who inspires her to work harder to make this world a better and just place for all to live their best lives! The struggle continues.
Desiree Shelley, Climate Justice Organizer
Desiree, originally from Baltimore, MD, spent time visiting Central and Southwest Virginia over the years and fell in love with the natural beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Appalachia. Eventually she and her family moved to the Roanoke area in 2017.
Desiree graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Natural Resources Management and Minor in Spanish Language. After, college she worked in the fields of environmental education, natural resource management and environmental restoration in Baltimore City. Through her work in the non-profit sector and city government, she helped design and implement conservation education and service learning programs for city schools as well as trained and supported community volunteers with their restoration projects in local city parks.
After moving to Roanoke, Desiree became concerned with the devastating social and environmental impacts of fossil fuel development in her community. As a result, Desiree has shifted her focus toward advocacy and community organizing around climate justice and action initiatives in her region.
In her free time, Desiree enjoys hiking with her husband and two daughters and various other outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing/kayaking, landscaping and gardening. She also loves pursuing creative interests such as sewing, beading, drawing, painting and practicing various forms of yoga and dance including dancing at powwows.
Lacey Slay, Development Associate (Michigan)
Lacey Slay is a Detroit native and returned to the city after completing a B.A. in English from Spelman College. She is also a graduate of Wayne State University with an M.A. in English. Lacey is a dedicated non-profiteer who served at organizations across Detroit in a variety of capacities prior to joining Mothers Out Front. She enjoys development work, in particular, because it allows her to connect people and resources to worthy missions through narrative storytelling.
Lacey loves podcasts, reading, and pretending that she will work out in the near future. She currently shares her time, space, food, and life with her partner Eric and daughter Isabella. She is passionate about her hometown and plans to continue working alongside Detroiters to help make the city a place where communities spanning east to west are able to flourish environmentally, economically, civically, and spiritually.
Haley Wilson, Virginia Organizing Manager
Haley Wilson joined Mothers Out Front in December of 2018 as the Virginia Organizing Manager. After earning her Master’s degree in Policy Advocacy and Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, Haley organized on grassroots and electoral campaigns across North Carolina and Virginia. After working for years on racial and LGBTQ justice issues, Haley realized the time to work to address climate change is now. Haley is excited to continue building community while lifting the voices of more directly affected people to create lasting, systemic change.