The State Climate Policy 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 Climate Policy 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.

Fall 2020 Fellows

Abby Neal

Abby is a senior at the University of Kansas pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science, and is passionate about the potential for environmental policy to create healthier, more just societies. Abby has worked to promote clean energy and environmental policy at the state and national level, and has done research on the interactions of prairie plants and soil microbes. In her free time, Abby is an amateur beekeeper, and enjoys reading, baking, and hiking.

Amelia Murray-Cooper

Amelia is excited to join Climate XChange as a State Climate Policy Network fellow. She is a junior at Boston University studying Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Media Science. She is interested in the intersections between policy, clean energy, and environmental sustainability. Her past experiences include tracking energy policy with the Solar Energy Business Association of New England and promoting environmental education with WGBH Boston. On campus, she is involved with several student-run publications and community service organizations. In her free time, she loves running, crafting, and enjoying nature.

Anna Beatrice

Anna is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Environments and Sustainability. In the past, she interned at the City of Charlottesville Environmental Sustainability office where she promoted zero waste practices as well as analyzed city-wide greenhouse gas emissions data. She is passionate about the impact of policy on changing behaviors to promote enduring environmental conservation and restoration. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and fly-fishing.

Davis Coffey

Davis is a Fall SCPN Fellow who is pursuing his bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and English at the University of Virginia. His past experiences include conducting research on seagrass restoration on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, designing GIS for sustainable development in Portugal, and chaining himself to a coal digger in Germany. In his free time, he enjoys writing poetry, painting, diving, and ultra running. He is currently based out of Hawai’i.

Emmalea Mulder

Emmalea is finishing up her degree in Urban Studies, emphasizing Political Economy, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. In her free time, she is currently working towards her LEED GA accreditation and is always trying to find new ways to be active outdoors with her dog Macy, reading something new, and doing yoga. Emmalea is a Minneapolis native who believes that Minnesota has immense potential towards its goal of becoming the first state with zero carbon emissions in the US and that the SPCN can help make that possible. Throughout her career, she has worked with a myriad of Minneapolis purpose-driven companies and organizations. Emmalea’s previous projects have focused on environmental sustainability and creating positive social change, including contributing via data analysis to ensure long-term affordable housing for low-income income families, how to make environmental review processes more efficient, and finding creative and cost-effective ways of improving current infrastructure in a local arts district. Emmalea has also started a non-profit promoting all forms of equality within her community and the hospitality industry, where she has worked for the last 11 years.

Eric Jjemba

Eric is a Harvard senior studying Environmental Science & Engineering along with Government. In the past, he’s engaged with legislative and regulatory internet policy as part of Mozilla’s global public policy team. He’s also worked with 350 Silicon Valley as a grassroots climate activism organizer in communities of faith. His interest in the intersection between technology and policy was confirmed by his time at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he studied the financing mechanisms of renewable energy projects across the public and private sectors. Eric comes to Climate XChange committed to helping secure a greener future for all – one powered by effective policy-focused solutions that keep the most vulnerable among us in mind.

Kersten Parrella

Kersten is a rising third year student at the University of Virginia in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. In addition to public policy, Kersten is pursuing a double major in Politics and minoring in Entrepreneurship. Kersten is passionate about climate change and advocacy, currently holding an executive position as Vice-President of Sustainability at UVA’s Net Impact. This fall, she plans to head projects on sustainability and connect with environmental non-profits and groups in the Charlottesville area. Before joining the team, Kersten worked as an intern under Larry Sabato at the UVA Center for Politics, where she was selected to work with the Youth Leadership Initiative by designing outreach projects to improve civic engagement among youth on the state and national level.

Natalie Reeder

Natalie is a Fall SCPN Fellow, currently pursuing her B.A. in International Affairs and Spanish. Her past experiences include supporting the Museum of Fine Arts programming and conducting ethnographic-based research in Spain. In her free time, she loves to hike and climb in Northern New Hampshire and appreciate outdoor environments she is working to protect.

Ysabelle Kempe

Ysabelle is entering her senior year at Northeastern University, where she is pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in data science. She has worked for The Boston Globe in the Local, Metro, Travel, and Living/Arts sections. Ysabelle has also written for Boston-based social justice magazine The Scope, Guidepost magazine in Spain, and Northeastern’s Khoury News. Ysabelle loves to travel and has spent a month reporting abroad in Cuba, as well as a month taking trains across the United States and reporting on local climate change impacts. In her free time, Ysabelle can often be found working out, scouring Spotify for new music, reading, or studying Spanish.

Zac Pinard

Zac grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to the Pacific Northwest to start his career. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy. He has two minors: one in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and another in Spanish. In 2020, he worked as a legislative assistant for the chair of the Oregon House Committee on Energy and the Environment. During that short session, he gained significant exposure to the political battle surrounding an economy-wide carbon pricing bill. He hopes he can take that experience forward to help implement robust carbon pricing mechanisms throughout the nation.