STATE CLIMATE POLICY NETWORK FELLOWS

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.

Spring 2021 Fellows

Ania Ty

Ania Ty (she/her) is a Pinay immigrant pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Policy (Environmental Policy) with minors in Ethnic Studies and Public Health at Oregon State University. On campus, she works at the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center and sits on multiple councils, including the Honors College Student Leadership Circle; as a member, she works alongside the Dean in addressing systemic racism and bias within the college. Her identity and professional experiences inform her unique approach to climate change, which is one that prioritizes marginalized communities. After seeing the devastating impacts of climate change and environmental racism in both her homes – the Philippines and Portland, OR – she decided to take action and fight for a more just future. Ania hopes to combine her background working with API’s (Asian and Pacific Islander’s), Filipino’s, and Filipino-American’s with her passion for environmental policy to make sure climate justice is at the forefront of any and all state climate bills.

Elise Gilliam

Elise is a second-year student at the University of Virginia, pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Thought & Practice and Data Analytics. Passionate about all things related to environmental justice, she spent time in Nepal before starting college, working with a Nepali activist to address issues of environmental degradation, climate change, and social inequity in the Everest Region. During this time she was able to combine her love of backpacking with her commitment to fighting climate change and using her voice to amplify those of marginalized communities. Elise currently works on a student-run GIS research team, contributing to projects centered around global development and renewable energy. She is also engaged with the UVA Office of Sustainability and Species Extinction Club. A life-long violinist, Elise also tutors aspiring musicians from schools around her area and performs in a string quartet. In her free time, Elise enjoys growing her plant collection, swimming, and fostering kittens.

Eric Davis

Eric is a senior at Northwestern University pursuing a double major in Environmental Sciences & Economics, along with a certificate in Sustainability & Energy. Much of his prior work has been in data analytics and modeling to better understand our changing planet, having the opportunity to intern at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley & with the New Jersey State Climatologist. He believes in the power of data and effective communication as a means to achieve sustainable and equitable solutions for communities across the globe. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending his time in the outdoors hiking, biking, or even kayaking when he has the chance.

Greg Casto

Greg is excited to be a Spring SCPN Fellow and begin working towards equitable climate policy. Greg graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2015 where he studied Geological Sciences. As part of his coursework, Greg conducted research in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile where he mapped ancient ocean sediments. After college, Greg moved to Texas where he worked as an outdoor educator and taught natural science to 5th and 6th grade classes. For Greg, the SCPN is the intersection of his love for the outdoors, his experience in science, and his passion for taking action on climate change. In addition to studying rocks, Greg enjoys spending his free time climbing them.

Gus Haffner

Gus is a senior at Northwestern University studying Political Science, Environmental Policy, and Civic Engagement. He is currently a civic engagement fellow at NU and is also collaborating on a capstone project with the Death Row Support Project. Originally from Cincinnati, he cares deeply about democratic responsiveness and community organizing, especially as they relate to environmental policy and justice. An outdoors enthusiast, Gus has done several extended hiking trips including the John Muir Trail and Isle Royale, and he hopes to visit the Cascades and Swiss Alps in coming years. He is a devout sports fan who loves traveling to new cities and stadiums, as well as learning about geography and urban planning.

Holly Harpel

Holly Harpel graduated in May 2020 from Wichita State University with degrees in International Studies and Health Management and a minor in Spanish. What energizes Holly is witnessing and taking part in community building in order to achieve healthier and happier ecosystems. She most recently worked with the Kansas Health Foundation connecting with and writing about community organizers throughout the state of Kansas, who are improving the mental health infrastructure of the state, food systems, and more. Now, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with climate change action advocates and capture progress on climate policy, while she is currently based in the south of Spain as a Language and Culture Assistant. In her free time, she loves to cook, listen to podcasts and music, and be outdoors.

Katie Yared

Katie is a third year student at the University of Virginia. She is studying Public Policy and Leadership in the Batten School with a second major in Global Studies in Environments and Sustainability. Katie is passionate about environmental justice and sustainable design. She is a dance minor and spends much of her free time training in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance.

Naomi Shimberg

Naomi is a rising junior at Yale University majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Energy Studies. She is currently working as a researcher at Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy. Naomi believes that bipartisan, market-based policy is central to mitigating the effects of climate change. In the past, Naomi has worked at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in a hut on the Appalachian trail, and at the Yale Carbon Charge, where she is developing a podcast on carbon pricing called Pricing Nature. Naomi is deeply connected to New England mountains, coastlines, and forests.

Olivia Gwilliam

Liv Gwilliam is a fourth year student at the University of Virginia double majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and Global Environments and Sustainability. Since taking a course on climate change her first semester at UVA, Liv has been passionate about tackling environmental issues from a policy perspective. On campus, Liv has worked as a research assistant helping to curate an exhibition on species extinction in UVA’s own Special Collections Library. This past summer, Liv worked as an intern for Conservation International’s Global Policy and Government Affairs team. She was also a 2020 Research Fellow for Strategy for Humanity where she conducted research on the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) and its impacts on Brazilian deforestation. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Sarah Xu

Sarah is a fourth year at University of California, Berkeley studying Environmental Economics and Policy. Sarah is passionate about the intersections of environmental issues, developmental economics, and human rights. Her past experiences include working for an environmental policy nonprofit in San Francisco and coalition building work with the environmental community at UC Berkeley. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking and reading.

William Lemoine

William is a current fourth year student at Northeastern University pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science. He has enjoyed numerous employment and volunteer opportunities all over the Northeast United States. Positions at The Massachusetts Statehouse, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Eco-Quartier McGill, Best Buddies, and The White Plains Youth Bureau Community Garden have all challenged William to be an empathetic and determined individual. He hopes to utilize his interest in research and writing and become a contributing Fellow in 2021.

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.