We are a group of innovative, passionate young people who believe in the power of youth organizing. We are a largely volunteer team committed to using our talents towards impactful and critically-minded work. We know that there is always room for improvement so when we are constructively critiqued, we grow and do better next time.


Our team

ALETTA BRADY | FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Aletta is a queer writer, organizer, and strategist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO's Youth Working Group, and a former Fulbright Research Fellow in Jordan. She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Levantine Arabic. She previously worked as a Program Analyst at the EPA and a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute. She is passionate about the power of storytelling, climate justice, and youth organizing. She received her B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University in 2015. In her free time, she loves rowing, boxing, and biking along the Mississippi.

ALETTA BRADY | FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Aletta is a queer writer, organizer, and strategist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO's Youth Working Group, and a former Fulbright Research Fellow in Jordan. She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Levantine Arabic. She previously worked as a Program Analyst at the EPA and a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute. She is passionate about the power of storytelling, climate justice, and youth organizing. She received her B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University in 2015. In her free time, she loves rowing, boxing, and biking along the Mississippi.

ALEX COHEN | EDITOR IN CHIEF   Alex is a human geographer and environmental justice activist. She is a PhD candidate at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She previously worked as a Social Scientist at the National Science Foundation. Alex is passionate about climate change communication, environmental decision-making, and pro-environmental behavior. While getting her B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA, she worked on social justice initiatives centered around female youth empowerment. In her free time, Alex loves backpacking, rock climbing, doing yoga, and playing with puppies.

ALEX COHEN | EDITOR IN CHIEF

Alex is a human geographer and environmental justice activist. She is a PhD candidate at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She previously worked as a Social Scientist at the National Science Foundation. Alex is passionate about climate change communication, environmental decision-making, and pro-environmental behavior. While getting her B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA, she worked on social justice initiatives centered around female youth empowerment. In her free time, Alex loves backpacking, rock climbing, doing yoga, and playing with puppies.

KIA JOHNSON | OUTREACH DIRECTOR   Kia is a researcher, powerful social justice advocate, and youth worker from St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an organizer with low-income and homeless communities in the Twin Cities, and works as a personal trainer encouraging women to embrace their thickness while staying fit. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2013 with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish. After graduation, she completed an English Teaching Fulbright in Lima, Peru. In her free time, you can find her in the gym, gaming, or dancing with friends.

KIA JOHNSON | OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Kia is a researcher, powerful social justice advocate, and youth worker from St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an organizer with low-income and homeless communities in the Twin Cities, and works as a personal trainer encouraging women to embrace their thickness while staying fit. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2013 with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish. After graduation, she completed an English Teaching Fulbright in Lima, Peru. In her free time, you can find her in the gym, gaming, or dancing with friends.

PHILLIP BROWN | LISTENING SERIES COORDINATOR   Phillip (them/them) is a queer immigrant originally hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, where they spent 18 years of life in deep relationship with the earth for survival, protection, and resilience. Over the past 3 years, they’ve pursued full-time organizing and have worked on the local, national, and international scale with organizations including the Better Future Project, SustainUS, Sunrise, and the Sierra Student Coalition. Nowadays, you can find them in Miami working with Spring Up, a multimedia artivist.

PHILLIP BROWN | LISTENING SERIES COORDINATOR

Phillip (them/them) is a queer immigrant originally hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, where they spent 18 years of life in deep relationship with the earth for survival, protection, and resilience. Over the past 3 years, they’ve pursued full-time organizing and have worked on the local, national, and international scale with organizations including the Better Future Project, SustainUS, Sunrise, and the Sierra Student Coalition. Nowadays, you can find them in Miami working with Spring Up, a multimedia artivist.

KHARI SLAUGHTER | DIRECTOR OF DESIGN   Khari is a User Experience Designer skilled inSketch, Analytical Skills, Communication, and Front end Development. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from Wesleyan University with his B.A. in Sociology in 2013. In his free time, he enjoys working on his music, and cooking.

KHARI SLAUGHTER | DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Khari is a User Experience Designer skilled inSketch, Analytical Skills, Communication, and Front end Development. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from Wesleyan University with his B.A. in Sociology in 2013. In his free time, he enjoys working on his music, and cooking.

TALIA FOX | MANAGING EDITOR   Talia is a city planner, linguist, and performing artist interested in the intersection of climate change and maintenance—of infrastructure, public services, environment, community, livelihood, home, and identity. She supports city and state governments in thinking about equitable climate change adaptation and infrastructure planning. She holds a master’s in city planning from MIT and a B.A. in linguistics from Harvard.

TALIA FOX | MANAGING EDITOR

Talia is a city planner, linguist, and performing artist interested in the intersection of climate change and maintenance—of infrastructure, public services, environment, community, livelihood, home, and identity. She supports city and state governments in thinking about equitable climate change adaptation and infrastructure planning. She holds a master’s in city planning from MIT and a B.A. in linguistics from Harvard.

MARIA ALEJANDRA ESCALANTE | SENIOR FELLOW   Maria Alejandra is a queer feminist and environmental justice activist and researcher from Colombia. She works as the climate justice focal point for FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and co-founded TierrActiva Colombia, a youth-led collective supporting community empowerment and resilience against climate change. She studied at College of the Atlantic, Maine and is currently pursuing a research masters on Rural Territorial Development at FLACSO Ecuador. She loves dancing salsa, specially in queer and liberating spaces and is getting ready to become a DJ sometime soon.   At OCV, she’s producing a bilingual (Spanish/English) storytelling series focused on the impacts of climate change in Latin America.

MARIA ALEJANDRA ESCALANTE | SENIOR FELLOW

Maria Alejandra is a queer feminist and environmental justice activist and researcher from Colombia. She works as the climate justice focal point for FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and co-founded TierrActiva Colombia, a youth-led collective supporting community empowerment and resilience against climate change. She studied at College of the Atlantic, Maine and is currently pursuing a research masters on Rural Territorial Development at FLACSO Ecuador. She loves dancing salsa, specially in queer and liberating spaces and is getting ready to become a DJ sometime soon. At OCV, she’s producing a bilingual (Spanish/English) storytelling series focused on the impacts of climate change in Latin America.

JESSICA SALAS | DESIGN & COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW   Jessica Salas (they/she) is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Management with minors in Public Policy and Studio Art. Birthed in the San Fernando Valley of California and raised in Tolleson, Arizona, their family’s history of horticulture and Mexican roots have informed their childhood and adolescence. Jessica volunteers with Chispa AZ, a Latinx-based environmental justice organization. They went on to found Chispa ASU, a student organization within their respective university. Through art, academia, and community work, Jessica is committed to advocating for environmental justice.

JESSICA SALAS | DESIGN & COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW

Jessica Salas (they/she) is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Management with minors in Public Policy and Studio Art. Birthed in the San Fernando Valley of California and raised in Tolleson, Arizona, their family’s history of horticulture and Mexican roots have informed their childhood and adolescence. Jessica volunteers with Chispa AZ, a Latinx-based environmental justice organization. They went on to found Chispa ASU, a student organization within their respective university. Through art, academia, and community work, Jessica is committed to advocating for environmental justice.

MARISA GRANADOS | STORYTELLING FELLOW   Marisa is a Hispanic, Jewish, youth climate activist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently in school at Colorado State University studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. In 2018 she was named NatureBridge student of the year for her work creating a curriculum to teach middle school students about environmental stewardship. Marisa is passionate about the outdoors and protecting the beauty of nature for the future. She is the founder of The Planet Justice Project, a climate activism blog centering on uniting people through a love of the outdoors which she writes for weekly. In her free time she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and jamming to music.

MARISA GRANADOS | STORYTELLING FELLOW

Marisa is a Hispanic, Jewish, youth climate activist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently in school at Colorado State University studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. In 2018 she was named NatureBridge student of the year for her work creating a curriculum to teach middle school students about environmental stewardship. Marisa is passionate about the outdoors and protecting the beauty of nature for the future. She is the founder of The Planet Justice Project, a climate activism blog centering on uniting people through a love of the outdoors which she writes for weekly. In her free time she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and jamming to music.

RACHEL PORTER | STORYTELLING FELLOW   Rachel is a feminist writer, researcher and indigenous rights advocate. She is the founder of Two Row Solutions, a blog project dedicated to increasing awareness of indigenous rights issues among humanitarian and international development practitioners. She earned her Master’s at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 2017 where she focused on indigenous coalition building and gender analysis. After earning her B.A. at Middlebury College in 2013, she served as a Yongfeng Teaching Fellow in Xi’an. In her free time, Rachel enjoys meeting friends at coffee shops and training for triathlons.

RACHEL PORTER | STORYTELLING FELLOW

Rachel is a feminist writer, researcher and indigenous rights advocate. She is the founder of Two Row Solutions, a blog project dedicated to increasing awareness of indigenous rights issues among humanitarian and international development practitioners. She earned her Master’s at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 2017 where she focused on indigenous coalition building and gender analysis. After earning her B.A. at Middlebury College in 2013, she served as a Yongfeng Teaching Fellow in Xi’an. In her free time, Rachel enjoys meeting friends at coffee shops and training for triathlons.