Mark Nelson, Senior Analyst, oversees EP's ground-breaking Energy Progress Tracker, the most comprehensive review of nuclear power plants planned, under construction, and at-risk of premature closure.
Mark's research into the environmental impacts of nuclear closures in Germany and California has been cited in the New York Times and other publications.
Mark completed his graduate work in nuclear engineering at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Tony Roulstone, and studied aerospace and mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University. Mark is a competitive runner, musician and photographer.
Mark's Twitter handle is @energybants
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.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Francisco is Environmental Progress' Office Manager & Executive Assistant. A student of philosophy, he earned his B.A. at UC Berkeley and M.A. at SF State. Active in organized labor, he is the Vice President for District 1 of UAW 4123, the union for student employees in the CSU system. He manages the day to day operations of EP and is a jazz drummer for hire.
Madison Czerwinski, Researcher-Writer
In her work for Environmental Progress, Madison Czerwinski is researching the impacts of anti-nuclear advocacy on construction delays and the increasing costs of nuclear plants in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Madison is a student in the class of 2017 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying environmental science and political science. Madison aspires to attend law school in hopes of working at the intersection of international human rights law and environmental law, as she believes climate change is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she has a strong appreciation for cheese, craft beers, and Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badgers football. She taught English in Thailand during her senior year of high school and hopes to work in various other countries and continents.
Dave Hervol, Ohio Coordinator
Dave Hervol is a mechanical engineering contractor working in support of NASA’s Glenn Research Center. A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Akron and was initially fascinated by the possibility of a solar- and wind-powered economy. However, after touring the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 with a group of engineers from school, Dave’s opinions began to slowly change, culminating in research and training on the effects of radiation. He believes that nuclear power will allow a cleaner future without decimating the Ohio landscape with tens of thousands of windmills and countless millions of solar panels.
Steve Kirsch, Director
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.
Rachel Pritzker, Chairperson, Board of Directors
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.
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.
Akiksha Chatterji, EP Fellow
Akiksha Chatterji, born and raised in Pune, India, is a student at The College of Wooster. She will graduate this summer with a B.A in Philosophy and a minor in Religious Studies. She is standing editor-in-chief of Sapere Aude, the philosophy journal on campus, and is the recipient of the D. Ivan Dystrka Philosophy book prize. Furthermore, she has been published in a school journal called, Black and Gold, and has presented this publication at the Washington and Jefferson University annual philosophy conference. She is highly interested in gaining work experience that combines her love for writing with her commitment to the environment. Akiksha intends on attending graduate school in the future, potentially in the field of Environmental studies. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and spending time with friends.
Jemin Desai, EP Fellow
Jemin Desai is a student studying electrical engineering and computer sciences, and nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he is a staff member for the introductory computer science course. He will receive both B.S. degrees in 2020. He was born in Mumbai, India, and raised in Singapore, Vancouver, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In his spare time, he likes to watch hockey, and program small games and projects.
Kylie Feger, EP Fellow
Kylie Feger 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.
Michael Light, EP Fellow
Michael Light is a writer and researcher originally from Dayton, Ohio. He’s worked in the past for a number of news organizations and magazines including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Food and Environment Reporting Network, Vice, Lucky Peach, the Believer, and Climbing Magazine.
John Lindberg, EP Fellow
John Lindberg 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
Originally from Southern California, Grace Pratt 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 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 Fellow
Daphne Wilson 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.
Karen Yu, EP Fellow
Karen Yu, originally from Minnesota, is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, where she will graduate in 2019 with a double major in physics and economics and a minor in energy resources. She is currently conducting research in membrane signaling biophysics and serves on the executive committee of the Associated Students of the University of California’s Helios Program. In her free time, Karen enjoys collecting stationary and exploring the food and music scene in the Bay.
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