Alannah Hurley

Alannah Hurley has worked extensively in community development and environmental justice and is dedicated to helping make self-determination a reality for Alaska’s indigenous people.

She is the executive director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a tribally chartered consortium of 15 federally recognized tribes opposed to the Pebble Mine in Alaska, and can provide insight on the environmental and Alaska Native opposition to the project.

The proposed mine has long been controversial due to its location in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. Opponents say the massive gold and copper complex will likely pollute the bay and harm the salmon runs.

The Obama administration agreed, and blocked the project, but the Trump administration reversed course — last month’s environmental review said it would pose no major harm.

But the project still faces bipartisan opposition, including from the President’s son Donald Trump Jr., so it’s unclear if the Army Corps of Engineers will give the final federal go-ahead.

Hurley is Yup’ik, and was born, raised and currently lives in the Bristol Bay Region. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Native American studies and a minor in political science.

Location: Dillingham, AK

Expertise Field: Alaska Native opposition to the Pebble Mine, environmental conservation and activism

Contact information:

Email: ahurley@utbb.org 

Phone: 907-843-1633 or 907-842-1687

Twitter: @UnitedTribes_BB

Listen to Alannah Hurley testifying at the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:

Last updated August 13, 2020

Nicole Hernandez Hammer

Nicole Hernandez Hammer is a sea-level researcher who works for the Union of Concerned Scientists as their Southeast Climate Advocate. Her work focuses on the mobilization of the Latino community to better understand and address climate change. Hammer has studied the effects of climate change in different environments, particularly among Hispanic populations that reside near coastal shore lines and are vulnerable to flooding because of rising sea levels. She has co-authored several papers on the impact of rising sea levels in South Florida and has been featured in The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, and The Washington Post among other media outlets. She can be heard on this Morning Edition story discussing the usage of the term “climate change.”

Hammer

Sea-level researcher, Southeast Climate Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists

Areas of expertise: Climate Change, Climate Change Advocacy Among Latino Populations

Location: Jupiter, FL

Contact Information:

Email: nicole.h.hammer@gmail.com

Phone: 561-324-0163

Heard on NPR: For full list, click here.

Heard on Science Friday: Concern for Climate Change Is Great Among Latinos

Erika Zavaleta

Erika Zavaleta is an expert in Environmental Science. She is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research concentrates on conservation, biodiversity, and climate change. Erika Zavaleta serves on the boards of EcoAdapt, The Tropical Forest Group, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund. She works in Telluride, Colorado from fall to winter, and Santa Cruz, California from spring to summer.

Her research has been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, theCalifornia Energy Commission, The Cedar Tree Foundation, The Christensen Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Kearney Soil Science Foundation,the National Science Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the University of California, and theWildlife Conservation Society.

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Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Location: Telluride, Colorado from fall to winter, and Santa Cruz, California from spring to summer.

Contact Information:

Emailzavaleta@ucsc.edu.

Listen to Erika Zavaleta here:

Ben Chou

Ben Chou analyzes policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program in Santa Monica, CA, where he works on issues relating to climate change and water resources as part of the water and climate team. Chou’s work has focused on how local and state governments and the federal government are preparing for the water-related impacts of climate change.

Prior to joining NRDC in 2011, he spent three years working on drinking water regulatory issues at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. He also has worked previously at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University and with the Climate and Air Program at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Chou graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and received his master’s degree from Columbia University in 2007.

ben chou

Water Policy Analyst of the Water Program at Natural Resources Defense Council

Areas of Expertise: Water Infrastructure and Climate Change Resiliency, Urban Water Efficiency for Drought Management, Importance of Soil Health for Agricultural Climate Resiliency

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Email: bchou@nrdc.org

Press Contact – Jackie Wei
Email: jwei@nrdc.org

Heard on Arizona State University’s Cronkite News: Arizona Ranks in the bottom half of the country for water conservation policies

Added August 2015

Last Verified: August 2015

Majora Carter

Majora (mah-JOR-ah) Carter’s career as an urban revitalization strategist began right at home in the South Bronx. When the City  planned a new and expansive waste facility, she shifted into gear because “no one seemed to care—including many of us who lived here.”

Carter went on to found the non-profit Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx).  With her motto “you shouldn’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one”, she built a new park on the site of an illegal garbage dump and launched urban green-collar job training initiatives. By 2005 she received a MacArthur ‘genius’ Fellowship, and in 2008, Carter formed a for-profit consulting firm, Majora Carter Group LLC (MCG).   Her Clients represent a cross section of leading national organizations in the government, private and academic sectors.

Since 2010 she’s appeared and produced numerous videos for Sundance Channel and Science Channel, as well as videos for corporate brands such as Honda, Cisco, Mazda, Holiday Inn, HSBC.  In 2011 her nationally broadcast special radio series, The Promised Land, won a Peabody Award.

Majora’s current work involves urban on-shoring entry level tech jobs into economically under-performing communities via her new social enterprise, StartUp Box.

Majora Carter

President, Majora Carter Group

Founder: StartUp Box

Areas of Expertise: Urban Revitalization, Environmental Issues and Advocacy, Project Consulting, Leadership

Location: the Bronx, NY

Contact Info:

James Chase, VP Communications

Email: james@majoracartergroup.com
Phone: (718) 874-7313
Twitter: @majoracarter
Carter also hosted an American Public Media radio series called The Promised Land (APM). Check out one of her episodes here.
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Studios near Majora:

Bronx Studio Information Page

WNYC Studio Information Page

Added January 2013
Last Verified September 2015

Lekelia Jenkins

Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.  She was previously an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of International Affairs in Maryland and an environmental consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.

Jenkins is an expert in marine conservation, focusing on how people affect and are affected by the ocean. She specializes in fisheries (U.S. and international) and the use of technology for conservation, especially to prevent unintended catch (bycatch) of sea turtles and other species. She also can speak about marine habitat protection, tidal energy, and the role of users and stakeholders in technical decision-making.

In 2006, Jenkins received a Ph.D. in Marine Conservation from Duke University. She was recently awarded a 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship for Ocean Sciences.

Kiki Jenkins
Assistant Professor at Arizona State University 

Areas of Expertise: Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, Fisheries and Fishing Gear, Tidal Energy, Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Habitat Protection, Science Art

Location: Tempe, AZ (school year) Seattle, WA (summer)

Contact Information:
Email: kiki.jenkins@asu.edu
Phone: (252) 723-2772
Twitter: @Kiki_Jenkins

Speaking at the National Climatic Data Center: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Meyerhoff 20th Oral Presentation