STATE CARBON PRICING NETWORK FELLOWS

The State Carbon Pricing Network (SCPN) is a rapidly-growing project within the organization that includes more than 6,000 advocates and policymakers across the country who are pushing for carbon pricing in their states. We help provide these individuals with the tools they need to advance their campaigns to price pollution, and advocate for strong and equitable climate policies. 

Each semester, our State Carbon Pricing Network fellows conduct state-specific research, provide media coverage, and bring new stakeholders into the conversation. The fellows help spearhead our research and media coverage in each of the following regions: the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, and Northwest.

Summer 2020 Fellows

Joshua Burns

Josh conducts research on state and regional carbon pricing policies for the State Carbon Pricing Network as a fellow. He is pursuing his B.S. in Political Science, with a minor in Design and Innovation in Engineering. His past experience includes work as a staffer for the Connecticut Senate Democratic Caucus, campaigning for state senator Will Haskell, and advocating for greater awareness surrounding gun violence with the National School Walkout. In his free time, he enjoys swimming for Northeastern University’s club team and working on his photography.

Jayla Cornelius

Jayla is a rising sophomore at Princeton University studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since she was younger, she has been passionate about the environment and the ways that we can leave a positive impact on Earth. In the past, she interned for an environmental risk management company where she helped build oil spill mitigation plans for companies in the Southeast region of the U.S. She hopes to use her engineering degree to work as a structural engineer specializing in sustainable infrastructure. She has been published in two books for her poetry and hopes to receive a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she loves to play golf, draw surrealistic art, and go on walks/hikes.

Kaylee Cornelius

Kaylee Cornelius is a rising sophomore currently pursuing a S.B degree in Electrical Engineering and a secondary in Energy and the Environment. On campus, Kaylee is involved in many organizations like Engineers Without Borders, the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, the Club Golf Team, and the Association of Black Harvard Women. In the past, Kaylee has interned at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in the Electronic Systems Laboratory. Currently, she is on a team working to sustainably and efficiently supply water to a community in the Dominican Republic through Engineers Without Borders. During her free time, Kaylee enjoys playing golf, knitting, and learning about advances in the renewable energy field.

Angelique Kokal

Angelique is a first-year student from the Big Island of Hawaii studying Economics and Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. Her past experiences include coordinating watershed restoration and coastal erosion mitigation projects partnered with the National Park Service, coordinating environmental conservation projects with the Hawaii State Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry, conducting paleoclimate research in Brazil, conducting ethnographic research on the impacts of COVID-19 on essential workers, working with Hawaii State Legislators to advocate for equitable education policy, and conducting economic research on upward mobility in her hometown of Hawi, Hawaii. Currently, she’s very involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics as well as various finance and environmental organizations on campus. In her free time, she loves to surf, run competitively, and write music.

Kirian Mischke-Reeds

Kirian is a Summer State Carbon Pricing Network Fellow. He is pursuing his B.A. in International Relations and the Global Economy at the University of Southern California, with a minor in Environmental Studies. He is passionate about the intersection of climate change and public policy. His past experiences include doing research with a professor and being a fellow in a student-run think tank on campus. In his free time, Kirian enjoys poetry and any form of exercise.

Alyssa Pascoe

Alyssa Pascoe is excited to be joining Climate XChange as a State Carbon Pricing Fellow. Alyssa is a rising senior at Northeastern University pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, with a concentration in Public and Economic Policy. Her studies have primarily focused on international human rights law, mental healthcare, and environmental sustainability. Her past experiences include conducting independent research at the United Nations in Geneva, supporting investigative efforts at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and working as a paralegal at Warburg Pincus LLC.

Benny Smith

Benny is a longtime carbon pricing advocate, having worked since high school to promote key pieces of legislation that will incentivize a transition away from fossil fuels. He has worked at the national level with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and at the state level while serving as a Fellow for Our Climate. He also helped start the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders in upstate New York. Benny is currently pursuing an Sc.B. in Geophysics at Brown University, and is particularly interested in climate modelling and data analysis. Outside of the climate world, Benny enjoys long-distance running and playing the violin, and has four younger siblings.

Samantha Tracy

Samantha is a current Masters of Science student at the Harvard School of Public Health, focusing on Environmental Health and Environmental Exposure Assessment. Samantha is  specifically interested in the cycling, fate and transport of atmospheric and aquatic pollutants and how these cycles will be disrupted along with climate change. She also works as a student intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency working on industrial NPDES permitting regulations and assisting with ecological and human health risk assessments related to water toxicants. She’s originally from coastal North Carolina and received my B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After college, she travelled around the U.S. working as a science writer in Washington DC and as a researcher associated with the National Park Service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area outside of Las Vegas, NV. In her free time she loves to read, be outside and enjoy a variety of podcasts.