Leadership

Staff

  • Nathaniel Stinnett

    Founder & Executive Director

    Nathaniel Stinnett founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Stinnett is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and the behavioral science behind getting people to vote. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper LLP, Stinnett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two children.

  • Peter Polga-Hecimovich

    Field & Data Director

    Peter Polga-Hecimovich has extensive campaign and public policy experience at the highest levels. Over the course of ten years, he has served as Field Director for local, congressional, and statewide campaigns both for candidates and ballot measures. While Political Organizer with the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation he advocated and organized on behalf of numerous environmental, infrastructure, and worker rights issues. Most recently, while attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, he worked with Dr. Lawrence Jacobs and Vice President Walter Mondale as a Teaching and Research Assistant. He recently received his Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Politics and Governance from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minnesota in addition to a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration. Peter lives in Boston, MA with his wife.

  • Shannon Seigal

    Organizing Director

    Shannon Seigal is a former Environmental Voter Project intern and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish. Shannon has years of experience organizing intersectional coalitions for climate justice and fossil fuel divestment, and she led the multi-stakeholder effort to create and adopt Mount Holyoke’s first Sustainability Plan and ambitious carbon neutrality goal. Shannon has researched and implemented a number of community-based projects in Costa Rica, and she has experience in sustainability planning, environmental education, and grassroots coalition-building. Shannon grew up in the Boston area and now lives in Medford, MA.

  • Renaissance “Ren” Ceniza

    Organizing Associate

    Ren Ceniza is an experienced field and digital organizer, most recently having served as Digital Organizer for the Biden/Harris Florida Coordinated Campaign in Escambia County, FL. Upon becoming a naturalized citizen in 2016, Ren immediately became politically engaged - registering voters in Tallahassee, using her graphic design experience to manage social media accounts for county Democratic committees, and eventually undergoing the rigorous Organizing Corps 2020 training before joining the Biden/Harris campaign. Fluent in Tagalog, Ren earned her Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University and is currently basking in the Miami sunshine.

  • Damon Drew

    Campaign Associate

    Damon Drew is an experienced field organizer and advocate, most recently serving as Field Organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party on the state’s coordinated campaign throughout the 2020 general election cycle. Prior to working in politics, he worked as a Mental Health Counselor for youth and adults with mental health and substance use issues. Damon received his Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Toledo and earned a Masters in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Louisville. He has been interested in politics throughout his career from serving on the Government Relations Committee for the Ohio Counseling Association to the Steering Committee of his local DSA chapter. Damon grew up in the Detroit area and now lives in Northwest Ohio.

Board Members

  • Sam Arons

    Board of Advisors

    Sam Arons is the Director of Sustainability at Lyft, where he led the company to become the first carbon-neutral ridesharing provider. Prior to Lyft, Arons served as Senior Lead for Energy & Infrastructure at Google, co-leading the achievement of 100% renewable energy and making Google the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy on the planet. Arons is active in the environmental community, serving as a Northern California Chapter Director for Environmental Entrepreneurs, a Steering Committee member of the Cleantech Party, and a member of the Board of Directors of Veloz. Arons earned a BA in Physics from Williams College and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

  • Kiran Bhatraju

    Board of Advisors

    Kiran Bhatraju is the Founder and CEO of Arcadia Power, a venture-backed clean energy utility platform serving customers in all 50 states with renewable energy from wind and solar farms. Previously, Bhatraju was the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of American Efficient, an energy efficiency software and analytics company. He is a published author and he began his career working on environmental and energy issues for Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Kiran lives with his wife in Washington, DC.

  • Bevin Butler

    Board of Advisors

    Bevin Butler is the Founder and CEO of CADE, Nyc, a fashion label based in New York City. Butler is an accomplished entrepreneur, attorney, and marketing specialist with experience working at both startups and international corporations. Prior to founding CADE, Butler was an attorney at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she specialized in corporate, private equity, and tax law. From 2003 – 2006, she handled marketing and public relations efforts for Lancome –L’Oreal USA, LAB21, and Emanuel Ungaro. A graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law, Butler is a long-time environmentalist and lives in New York, NY.

  • Reid Capalino

    Board of Advisors

    Reid Capalino is a Principal with Aligned Intermediary, an investment advisory group created to help long-term investors channel institutional capital into clean energy, water infrastructure, and waste-to-value projects. Capalino began his career as an Analyst at Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors, assisting fund managers in evaluating invesments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and agriculture. Capalino has also served as a Senior Energy Analyst at the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a financial think tank focused on energy and climate issues. He has authored numerous reports related to clean energy investment opportunities, including the January 2014 Clean Trillion report, and his publications have been covered by, among others, the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Bloomberg. Capalino has a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Reed College. He lives with his wife in New York City.

  • Megan Reilly Cayten

    Board of Advisors

    Megan Reilly Cayten has lived and worked in sustainable infrastructure development on four continents, predominantly in emerging markets. She has worked for companies including AES Corporation, Citibank, and Alinda Capital Partners, and she is currently an independent consultant in sustainable asset development and management, with institutional clients in Beijing, Mexico City, and Yangon. Megan also founded and serves as Chief Impact Officer for Catrinka, an ethical fashion accessory brand dedicated to the financial empowerment of women and girls in emerging markets. Megan holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA from Yale, and speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French and Mandarin Chinese. She is a member of the board of the National Environmental Education Foundation, the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, Educate 2 Envision, and Together and Free, and she is a National Council member of World Wildlife Fund. Megan lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three children.

  • James S. Hoyte

    Board of Advisors

    Jamie Hoyte is Of Counsel to ADS Ventures and recently retired from Harvard University where he was an Associate Vice President and Co-Program Director of the Working Group on Environmental Justice, a Lecturer on Environmental Sciences and Public Policy at Harvard College, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. From 1983-1988, Hoyte served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for oversight of the planning and management of all environmental and natural resource conservation policies and programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He also was founding Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority from 1985-1988. Hoyte serves on the Boards of Directors of numerous environmental and civic organizations including the Museum of African American History, the Trust for Public Land, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Trustees of Reservations, the Posse Foundation, and Wheaton College. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

  • Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

    Board of Advisors

    Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist. Called "the most influential marine biologist of our time" by Outside Magazine, Johnson is the Founder and President of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Nature. Previously, Johnson was part of the founding leadership team of the March for Science, she was the Executive Director of the Waitt Institute, and she held policy positions in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Brooklyn native, Johnson is an adjunct professor at New York University, and holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

  • Philip Jordan

    Board of Directors

    Philip Jordan is Executive Director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute and also Vice President of BW Research Partnership. He is also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and he has authored numerous internationally recognized reports, including national solar labor market studies, regional renewable energy and green construction analyses, and comprehensive reports on industry clusters from healthcare to technology. Previously, Jordan served as the Director of the San Diego and Imperial Region Center of Excellence, as a consultant at Mass Insight, and as an environmental and land use attorney at Bingham McCutchen. Jordan holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. and certificate in Environment and Land Law from Boston College Law School. He lives in Wrentham, MA with his wife and two daughters.

  • Johanna Chao Kreilick

    Board of Advisors

    Johanna Chao Kreilick is an Executive Officer at the Open Society Foundations where she has led the development of collaborative strategies and systems, including the Foundation’s major new global Climate Action Initiative. Johanna sets institution-wide direction and policy as a member of OSF’s executive Management Committee and as Senior Special Advisor to the President. Johanna also directs the Foundations’ Strategy Unit, leading Open Society’s planning, research, and assessment practice and overseeing the team supporting over 50 global programs, national foundations, and advocacy offices in these areas. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Kreilick built and ran a justice and human rights program at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University strengthening civil society’s role in advancing international and domestic justice institutions. Prior to that, she launched and led a new economic justice program at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee that supported informal workers’ movements globally. All of Johanna’s work is informed by her years as a community organizer advancing racial and economic justice alongside Black, brown and immigrant communities in the US and globally. Kreilick is a trained mediator and facilitator, and serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She earned a BA with distinction in anthropology from Stanford University and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow.

  • Jack Kutner

    Board of Advisors

    Jack Kutner is passionate about all things environmental and focuses on sustainability-based businesses.  He has owned, invested in, and served on the boards of numerous impact-oriented companies ranging from alternative energy, energy efficiency, organic foods, non-toxic cleaning products, and reusables. Jack consults for numerous companies with a particular focus on start-up and early-stage initiatives, and he advises multiple environmental organizations. With over 35 years of executive experience, Jack was Executive Chairman and CEO of BigBelly, a pioneering green-tech firm in the smart waste industry, and previously held officer positions with First Data, American Express, and Merrill Lynch.  He and his wife Cindy live in Cambridge, MA and Newbury, NH.

  • Robert LaRocca

    Board of Directors

    Bob LaRocca has spent over 15 years as a policy advisor and campaign manager for progressive political campaigns and nonprofits. Currently, LaRocca is the Executive Director of Voter Protection Corps, a national organization that leverages a network of voting and data experts to protect the right to vote. Previously, he served as Director of Policy and Communications at Transforming Education, a nonprofit that equips students with the social-emotional skills necessary for long-term success, and he also helped run the Community Business Clinic at the Northeastern School of Law. LaRocca holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Quincy, MA with his wife and daughter.

  • Frederick A. O. (“Fritz”) Schwarz

    Board of Advisors

    Fritz Schwarz has had an unparalleled career in public service, environmental philanthropy, and the law. Schwarz is currently Chief Counsel of the Brennan Center for Justice as well as Senior Counsel at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel for almost 20 years, and he has also served as New York City’s Corporation Counsel, as Chief Counsel to the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Activities with respect to Intelligence Activities (the “Church Committee”), and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Philanthropies. He is the author of multiple books, and in 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Ridenhour Courage Prize in recognition of his life-long commitment to strengthening democracy and the rule of law. Schwarz lives with his wife in New York, NY.

  • Susan Su

    Board of Advisors

    Susan Su is head of portfolio and growth at Sound Ventures, where she enables investment activity and accelerates portfolio growth. Her responsibilities at Sound include operational and relationship-based portfolio management, strategic advising for portfolio companies, sourcing new deals, and identifying follow-on opportunities. Formerly a startup operator in product, growth and marketing, Susan has spent time building and leading teams at Stripe, Reforge, AppSumo and 500 Startups. She is also an angel investor and startup advisor to early stage companies focused on materials innovation, commerce infrastructure, and sustainable fintech. Susan’s climate change journey started with personal interest driven by a love for nature and concern for our environment. She now believes climate change is the biggest opportunity area of our time, and is devoted to surfacing and enabling world-changing climate innovation. Susan is an alumna of Stanford University, and splits time between Seattle and Los Angeles.

  • Melanie Wachtell Stinnett

    Board of Directors

    Melanie Wachtell Stinnett is a Boston-based writer and editor. Most recently, she co-authored Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and co-edited Rules for Resistance: Advice from Around the Globe for the Age of Trump with David Cole. From 2009-2014, she served as a director of the Tobin Project, a public policy research nonprofit in Cambridge, MA, where she managed communications and development, and connected the research of leading social scientists with policymakers in Washington D.C.  Previously, Wachtell Stinnett managed research and writing for the Special Report on Regulatory Reform issued by the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel, chaired at the time by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and practiced law as an appellate attorney with Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart and Sullivan LLP. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy at Princeton University. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband and two children.