Leigh is fairly new to the staff at Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), but she’s been volunteering with them since 2018, both as an organizer for their annual Climate Interfaith Summit and member of a local CREW chapter in Somerville, MA. She’s had the honor of serving her community in many capacities – public education, songwriting and performance, community organizing, grants management, and even ecological landscaping. She feels most joyful and in flow when she gets to be creative, curious, and connected to nature, and when she can support others in accessing these as well. With her stellar teams at CREW, Leigh will be coordinating community engagement work for a Charles River Flood Model project, as well as a community participatory research study in downtown Boston, always with her eye and heart on ways to engage people authentically, equitably, and through mutual learning.
Samantha Paladini, Climate Resilience Hubs Coordinator; [email protected]
Paladini was born in sunny California and moved to Virginia at the age of eight. She grew up attending Virginia Beach Friends School where she received a Quaker education focused on implementing the SPICES (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship) in all aspects of her life. Her sense of giving back to the community was enriched during the eleven years she helped feed the homeless at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. Samantha returned to the West Coast where she graduated summa cum laude from Whittier College with a BA in English and Theatre. Graduating in her living room during the pandemic was not an easy feat, but Samantha found her light while aiding students with developmental disabilities. This led her to a job as an Artist's Assistant where she conducted research on collaboration in the workforce. Recently, she stage managed a production for The 24 Hour Plays Company and explored the health benefits of hot yoga, and is now a fellow under the Quaker Voluntary Service program. Samantha is looking forward to building climate justice and resilience against extreme weather conditions with CREW.
Mia Ramírez Corten, Tisch Summer Fellow; [email protected]
Board of Directors
Brad Johnson is the Executive Director of Climate Hawks Vote Civic Action. In recent years, he was the campaign manager of Forecast the Facts, where he launched the Don’t Fund Evil and Climate Silence campaigns, which convinced dozens of companies to stop funding the Heartland Institute and compelled the 2012 presidential candidates to engage on climate, respectively. Mr. Johnson previously served as the editor of ThinkProgress Green. He has a master’s degree in geosciences from MIT and majored in physics and mathematics at Amherst College
Chester Osborne works in the field of Transportation Operations & Emergency Management, where he works to reduce environmental impacts through improved planning and operations. He is also a U.S. Army Veteran; he first became involved in the field of emergency management while on deployment to Central America, where he found that lack of recovery and resiliency capacity from natural disasters in many cases posed greater threats to nations than terrorism. Mr. Osborne holds a Masters of Public Administration, a certificate of Enterprise Management from the Joint Special Operations University and has studied at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. He is also an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
Joyce Gallagher Sullivan
Joyce Gallagher Sullivan is Assistant Vice President for Development Communications at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her team handles marketing communications for the Division of Development and the Jimmy Fund, supporting all of the fundraising initiatives of the Institute. She has more than three decades of experience in communications and public affairs, including a ten-year stint at the American Cancer Society, where she served as Vice President for Communications for the New England region. Additional experience includes work at the American Red Cross - Disaster Services, where she served as Director of Institutional Giving, and Colette Phillips Communications, where she was Executive VP. She also operated her own consultancy, Gallagher Sullivan Communications, for five years. She started her career at WBZ-TV in Boston, where she won two New England EMMY Awards for public service advertising. She is a graduate of Boston College, and resides in Milton, MA.
Johnny V. Boykins
Johnny V. Boykins is a Project Development Manager and Protocol Officer with a private security consulting and staffing corporation based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Mr. Boykins received his master's degree in Diplomacy and Security Studies & Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning from Norwich University and his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Communications from Eckerd College. He is also a United States Coast Guard veteran, husband, bow tie aficionado, contributing writer, and amateur chef.
Rachel Jacobson is a cross-sector collaborator with ten years of experience in the climate adaptation, resilience, and environmental fields. As Senior Program Manager at the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), she leads the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s projects and partnerships including the Resilience Dialogues, the ASAP Mentorship Program, ASAP’s education initiatives, and ASAP’s activities with regional adaptation fora across the country. Previously, Rachel was a contractor and a Fellow at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she implemented two strategic initiatives: Resilience AmeriCorps and The Department of Commerce Natural Capital Business Roundtables. Rachel received her B.A., M.P.P, and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and holds a Certificate in Environmental Law and Regulation from the University of Washington. Rachel lives in Cambridge, MA but is a Michigander by birth and believes the Fresh Coast is the best coast.
Dr. Lacee Satcher
Dr. Lacee Satcher is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Boston College. Her primary research interests include race/ethnicity, health & place, and environmental justice. Other interests include place & inequality, social psychology of health, and urban sociology. Her most recent work focuses on the race-environment-health connection, specifically how various individual social identities/social locations structure our relations with and within space and place to shape health outcomes, health experiences, and place attachment.
Dr. James Recht
Climate change harms not just our physical but our mental health; and the most vulnerable
among us are harmed first and worst. As a physician/psychiatrist, I work in poor and underserved Boston-area communities, specializing in the treatment of co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders, and in the evaluation and treatment of trauma-related illness in refugees and other members of our immigrant communities. My understanding of our health justice and social justice struggle grows out of this work. As a Harvard Medical School faculty member, I advocate for political engagement and physician leadership in addressing the growing climate crisis. As an activist, I have served as a climate action coordinator for Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, as a core organizer for Harvard Faculty for Fossil Fuel Divestment, and as a member of the physician-led Climate Code Blue (climatecodeblue.org), in addition to being an avid supporter of Climate CREW!
Julia Kress is Senior Electronics Resources Assistant at Rice University’s Fondren Library in Houston, Texas. She is Fondren Library's Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) Climate Resilience Hub Liaison and serves as a Hub Advisor. Julia helps the library educate and inform the Houston community about extreme weather events, including how to be prepared. She served as the Grant Director for the American Library Association’s project grant Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change for 2020-2021. Julia practiced law for thirteen years, including environmental law, and uses those skills to advocate for climate justice. She is also an adjunct history professor at Houston Community College where she tries to inspire the next generation to take action.
Dr. Reigna LaRocque
Regina LaRocque is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a faculty member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her clinical and research interests are in infectious diseases, environmental health and travel medicine. Dr. LaRocque received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency training and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She works to support communities affected by climate change through her affiliations with Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and Climate Code Blue.
CREW is currently being incubated by the Better Future Project, a federally recognized 501(c)(3).