Rachel is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Environmental Progress, and founder and president of the Pritzker Innovation Fund, which supports the development and advancement of paradigm-shifting ideas to address the world's most wicked problems. The Fund is currently focused on a range of climate, energy, and conservation issues.
Steve Kirsch founded Mouse Systems Corporation is 1982. Then he went on to co-found Frame Technology Corporation in 1986 to market publishing software called FrameMaker. In 1994, he founded a web portal company called Infoseek Corporation. Steve then founded Propel Software Corporation in 1999 and then led Abaca Technology Corp in 2007. More recently, Steve started OneID which allows for an Internet-scale digital identity system that uses key cryptography to replace usernames and passwords with a single digital identity which is being utilized by a number of non-profits.
Frank Jablonski, Director
Frank Jablonski, founder of Progressive Law Group LLC, acts as EP’s lawyer. He has, since the 1980’s, been involved in many environmental and energy lawsuits, as well as legislative, and other advocacy efforts. Along the way he had some success, collected some compliments from clients and organizations, and got his name in some law books. Following a couple of years of intensive study in the early ‘00’s he changed his mind on nuclear energy, and, after giving a speech about it, lost his institutional environmental and renewable energy clients. Eight years later, after hard work with bi-partisan allies ended Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium and resulted in advanced nuclear energy being added to the State’s energy priority list ahead of fossil fuels, he joined with Environmental Progress.
His driving aspiration is to be some percentage of the person his father was.
Michael Shellenberger, President, Treasurer of Board of Directors
Jenny Woo is the Office Manager for Environmental Progress. She oversees all of Environmental Progress' office, store, and membership operations and logistics. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of California San Diego. Jenny is originally from Orange County, California. In her free time she hangs out with her black lab Kasper.
Norris McDonald, Senior Advisor
Norris McDonald is president of the Center for Environmental Hope and Justice. An award-winning researcher and writer, McDonald co-founded the environmental justice movement in the 1980s when he helped lead the fight to create the EPA Office of Environmental Justice, advocated for green jobs programs in poor and minority communities, and oversaw the first comprehensive study of pollution in Washington, D.C.
Robert Stone, Senior Advisor
Robert Stone is New York Coordinator of Environmental Progress and the documentary filmmaker behind “PANDORA’S PROMISE,” which premiered at Sundance in 2013 broadcast on CNN. He is co-founder of Energy for Humanity based in London, and is a co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto. Stone has twice been nominated for Academy Awards, once for Best Feature Documentary, and twice for PrimeTime Emmys. His best known work includes “GUERRILLA: The Taking of Patty Hearst” (2004) OSWALD’S GHOST” (2007) EARTH DAYS” (2009) He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, and the Television Academy.
John Lavine, Senior Advisor
John Lavine is Senior Advisor to EP on Digital & Data Journalism. Lavine is former Dean of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a professor of media management and strategy at Medill and the Kellogg School of Management. He focuses on the emerging role and trends of media ranging from traditional and digital journalism and marketing communications to social networking, participatory media, the impact of new technologies, and how to increase audience engagement with the media. Read more >>
Alan Medsker, Coordinator, Environmental Progress - Illinois
Alan Medsker is Coordinator of Environmental Progress - Illinois. He works as a technical solutions engineer, designing networks and solutions that allow people to communicate. His professional background includes electrical engineering, software development, network consulting, project management, sales engineering and management. He resides in Arlington Heights, IL.
Cesar Penafiel, Senior Advisor
Cesar Penafiel is EP's Director of Analytics and Operations. Cesar served as CEO of Engineerica Systems, Inc, a software development company. He recently received his Master's in Policy from Columbia University where he concentrated in energy and the environment and was research assistant to Former IEA Executive Director, Nobuo Tanaka. Cesar's publications include a report on the New York electricity capacity markets for Bloomberg New Energy Finance and co-chaired the Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development student organization.
Mark Nelson, Energy and Environmental Analyst
Mark Nelson is Environmental Progress' Energy and Environmental Analyst. He studied aerospace and mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University and completed his graduate work in nuclear engineering at the University of Cambridge. Mark is a runner and musician and likes to take photos of concrete buildings.
Minshu Deng, Senior Writer
Minshu Deng is a senior writer at Environmental Progress. She studied environmental science and policy at Duke University and was a government consultant for various environmental agencies before joining EP. A North Carolina native and a lover of New England ice climbing, Minshu is looking forward to new experiences on the West Coast and exploring California’s legendary outdoors.
Kylie Feger, EP Intern
For Environmental Progress, Kylie Feger will be doing research at the intersection of natural and social sciences. Kylie is a third-year chemical engineering student at the University of Kentucky. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky with her two older sisters. She has a strong dual-interest in both science and policy and plans to attend law school after graduation. She spends her spare time reading and cheering on the University of Kentucky basketball team.
John Lindberg, EP Fellow
In his work for Environmental Progress, John Lindberg will be researching the social and political construction of fears of radiation from nuclear energy in the 1960s and 70s. John is currently enrolled in the Climate Change: History, Culture, Society MA Programme at King's College London. He is the Technology Officer for Weinberg Next Nuclear and an Associate Member of Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information. John spent three years as a policy adviser in the Scottish Parliament, as well as having spent time in Westminster and in the European Parliament. He represented the UK in the Young European Council’s Energy & Climate Action Committee, serving as Secretary-General. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016 with a degree in political sciences.
Grace Pratt, EP Fellow
For Environmental Progress, Grace Pratt will be researching the effects of anti-nuclear advocacy. Originally from Southern California, Grace is studying Society and Environment and minoring in Spanish at the University of California, Berkeley. She will graduate with her B.S. in 2020. She is also an Associate Consultant in the Bay-Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN) and enjoys hands-on problem-solving to improve environmentally aware businesses. In addition to her experience in the private sector, Grace is also very interested in policy and is planning on attending law school. She hopes to be able to change our legislation surrounding climate issues in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure that the people who will be most harmed by global warming are protected. In her free time, Grace enjoys going outside to hike and camp, and dancing for Berkeley’s competitive ballroom dance team.
Arun Ramamurthy, EP Fellow
Arun Ramamurthy will be overseeing Environmental Progress’ quantitative research on the health, environmental, and social impacts of nuclear power plant closures. Arun is a student studying statistics and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as the Projects Director for the Undergraduate Statistics Association. Arun will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in 2019. Originally from Maryland, he enjoys film and guitar in his free time.
Daphne Wilson, EP Intern
For Environmental Progress, Daphne Wilson will be doing research at the intersection of natural and social sciences. Daphne is a San Jose native currently studying at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will graduate in 2019 with a double major in political science and psychology, and a minor in political philosophy. Eventually she wants to pursue a career in environmental law to combine her love of the environment with her interest in law. When she's not studying, she spends her time at the beach or watching cooking shows.
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