Staff and Interns
Director of Atlas Zero Waste | University of New Hampshire ’13 | He/Him
Alex is the founder of PLAN. He is also an activist and organizer who has been working to end waste since high school. Alex was a co-founder of UNH Trash 2 Treasure and has received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, the Udall Scholarship, and the Brower Youth Award for his work against waste.
Campus Network Administrative Director | Temple University ‘18 | She/Her Chelsea studied Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Temple University. While in undergrad she worked with the office of sustainability in their Surplus program, organizing unused and underutilized furniture. She also was apart of the leadership team for the Geography and Urban Studies Undergraduate Department Organization. Upon graduation, she has been working for Temple Surplus as the Program coordinator helping them achieve their institutional goals to lower their carbon footprint. Through her education she has spoken at multiple local, and regional conferences. Chelsea is currently completing her Masters in Public Policy at Temple University, and exited to bring her knowledge of policy and the environment into this position.
Co-Executive Director | Swarthmore College ’16 | She/Her Ciara is from Chester, PA, a frontline environmental justice community with a rich history (and present) of organizing. She studied Education and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College. She was the Outreach and Engagement Manager with the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and is a collaborator with Mural Arts’ Trash Academy and Reconstruction Inc. Ciara’s work is centered around civic participation, history, building intergenerational coalitions, and the principles of environmental justice.
Co-Executive Director | Earlham College ’14 | She/Her or They/Them Faye studied Sociology and Anthropology at Earlham College, where she was the founder of the EC Free Store and a leader in her school’s Responsible Energy Investment Campaign. In 2012 Faye did a study abroad program in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, Guatemala and Mexico, where she researched waste management systems.
Atlas Zero Waste Fellowship Coordinator | West Chester University ’21 | She/Her Grace graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2021 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Environmental Health. She interned as a Sustainability Peer Educator and an Atlas Zero Waste Fellow during her senior year. Grace planned student events themed around the pillars of sustainability, with topics such as food insecurity, composting, gardening, and of course, reducing our waste & recycling. She enjoys yoga, painting, reading, and staying active in her community through her house/baby/dog/cat/rat/hamster-sitting business.
Communications Director | University of Kentucky ’20 | She/Her Isabel loves combining her passions for design, media, and movement-building to creatively educate. Her studies and work center around media production, urban forestry, and community food systems. During her undergrad in Kentucky, she wrote and designed for campus environmental publications and worked as a freelance designer / photographer /
Partnerships Director | New College of Florida ’19 | She/Her Iyanu graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in Environmental Studies. She is passionate about sustainable fashion and design, urban planning, and intersectional environmentalism. She was the President of the Council of Green Affairs as part of her school’s student government. She hopes to use her position at PLAN to move other college campuses toward inclusive Environmental reform in accordance with PLAN’s mission. In her free time, Iyanu is a performing artist, fashion stylist, and a dedicated member of her large Caribbean family.
Director of Education and Resource Management | College of Charleston ‘19 | They/Them As an undergraduate student, Jensen studied Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, with an added concentration in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. They have worked with their school’s Office of Sustainability, both as a zero waste volunteer, helping to sort and divert items from the landfill during campus events, and most recently, as an intern working to establish more transparency within the office’s data collection. Jensen has also led an Alternative Break trip to Tennessee that focused on earth literacy and environmental justice. These experiences combine with Jensen’s passion for community care, access to education, and food justice. In their spare time, Jensen can be found writing spoken word or holding a dance party for one.
Director of Events | University of South Carolina ’19 | He/Him Ramiro studied Marketing and Environmental Studies at the University of South Carolina, where he led an on campus organic permaculture farm. He takes the concepts of permaculture not only as a way of farming and growing food but as a way of living our daily lives. In his spare time Ramiro likes to play soccer, learn something new, or try new foods.
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Campaign Director | University of Pittsburgh ’19 | They/Them Young started with PLAN right after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. While on campus, they organized the fossil fuel divestment campaign, and worked for the Student Office of Sustainability. Young’s involvement with The People over Petro Co. & the fight to resist the petrochemical expansion of the Ohio River Valley led to their cross over from the climate change movement to the zero waste movement. While they reside in Pittsburgh, their work focuses on eliminating single use plastic in higher education all across the US. They are also the manager of their local farmers market, and love to grow potatoes in the backyard.
Creative Social Media PLANtern | University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ’23 | She/Her Evelyn currently studies Journalism and Environment, Society, and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She enjoys utilizing her skills of writing and social media communication to advocate for social justice movements within the climate crisis. In her community, she serves as the Communications and Social Media Coordinator for her student office of sustainability on-campus. She also writes and designs for local newspaper publications, where she focused on student leadership efforts for restorative justice and divestment from fossil fuels.
Atlas Zero Waste PLANtern | Vassar College ’22 | She/Her Lisa graduated from Vassar College in 2022 with a major in Anthropology and minors in Environmental Studies and French & Francophone Studies. At Vassar, Lisa worked as an intern for the Office of Sustainability and served as president of a student-led environmental organization focused on waste reduction. She also worked closely with administrators on student-life, housing, and dining committees to ensure transparency between student actions and executive decisions. After attending graduate school, Lisa hopes to pursue a career working with environmental justice communities and victims of climate displacement.
Board of Directors
Aldrumesia "Dru" Baker
Dru is a community-engaged researcher, environmental geologist, and empowerer of Women+, that has worked with communities of color in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Africatown, AL on critical issues related to Environmental Justice and community empowerment. While she graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Geology, her transformation began while tackling issues affecting communities of color in Milwaukee. This sparked Dru to go from collaborating with communities of color in Milwaukee to improve food access, to partnering with Africatown to alleviate environmental racism and Big Oil, to organizing PLAN’s own SZW18. The trajectory of Dru’s academic and professional career has prepared her for a lifetime of ensuring the needs of communities. Dru is now eager to utilize her Applied Positive Psychology (University of Pennsylvania) expertise to coach non-profit leaders, environmentally and culturally sustainable organizations, and Women+ to ensure their rights to fearless authenticity.
Audrey is a Circular Economy zealot and PLAN groupie from way back. After founding one of the first move-out programs advised by PLAN, Audrey became the first Student Rep on the Board, then a summer intern, and eventually PLAN’s Director of Partnerships. Now back on the Board, Audrey resides in Seattle and works as a climate and circularity consultant for businesses. She spends her free time cooking vegetarian food and playing lots and lots of board games.
Colby Gamester, Esq.
Colby Gamester is the sole practitioner of Gamester Law Office in Portsmouth, NH, joining the PLAN Board after years of service on local United Way and City Planning Boards. In addition to those, Colby has spent many years developing leaders in the NH Seacoast through Leadership Seacoast. Gamester is an alum of both the University of New Hampshire (Political Science and Economics) and New England School of Law (JD). Colby brings his breadth of board and legal experience to help the team navigate legal affairs as growth leads to new strategic opportunities.
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Forest is a Michigan-based farmer, fundraiser, and foodie. They hold a degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and have a professional background in community organizing, basic needs access policy, and nonprofit development work in Michigan, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Forest brings to PLAN more than 5 years of fundraising experience and his perspectives as a former student organizer, a housing cooperative alumnus, and a beginning young farmer.
Jane Patton is a Senior Campaigner with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and a co-founder of No Waste Louisiana. Since 2011, Jane has been working with communities to address inequality, mitigate harm, and increase justice. Her work focuses primarily on global policy regarding the full life cycle of plastics.
Board Chair | She/Her
Jen Jones brings over 10 years of experience working in sustainability at institutions of higher education to the PLAN board. She is currently the Associate Director for Student Engagement at the College of Charleston. Jen attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL for her BS in Biology and has a MS in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. Jen has a passion for dance and teaches hip hop and yoga in her free time.
Joe Van Gombos
Joe graduated from UNH in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. During his undergraduate years, Van Gombos was an inaugural Carsey Social Innovation Intern, a Senior Research & Marketing Intern with the business school’s Green Launching Pad, and worked with numerous student groups motivated by concepts in sustainability through a collective known as the UNH Climate Action Network.
Since graduating, he has held a Business Development role with a local medical device product development firm, and today works as an Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator for a small utility in NH and MA. While working to assist small commercial, industrial, and municipal facilities reduce their energy usage, Joe is also back at the University of New Hampshire in pursuit of an MBA.
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As a dirt road academic, storyteller, and historian, Kamau is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at Duke University. Their research uses historical narratives and oral histories in the U.S. South to explore Black, queer, and trans resistance and resiliency. Kamau is also interested in the history of the environment and unpacking its relationship to capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy. Along with their scholarly pursuits, Kamau holds many political homes and non-profits close to their heart. These organizations are Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Tiger’s Eye Collective, Carolina Youth Action Project, and of course, the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN).
Marla is a full time employee of the College of Charleston, where she has worked primarily in a HR capacity. She has an Master’s of Public Administration degree and is currently working on research focused on inclusionary practices for minority employees. Marla has 5+ years of experience conducting diversity education workshops and believes that intentional meaningful connections are the way by which social justice work can be actualized.
Mia is a Hoosier from Indianapolis, IN on track to finish her double major in Environmental Studies and Economics in December 2021 from the University of Vermont. She has environmental education experience from her on campus jobs as an Eco Rep Change Agent and later as the Eco Rep Outreach Manager and as a Teaching Assistant to Solutions in Environmental Studies. She worked for Christodora’s Manice Education Center as the Excursions Supervisor planning backpacking and canoeing trips for campers from NYC. She also has experience farming in Vermont and France. She tries to make her work fit in with her passions of being outside while connecting with people, food, and the environment. Her favorite food combo are pretzel sticks and green grapes, and she loves to float in the ocean.
Misha is an herbalist, jeweler, and comic book nerd from New Hampshire. She works to redistribute wealth in both mutual aid and in challenging philanthropy’s inability and unwillingness to distribute unrestricted funds to people outside of the nonprofit industrial complex, specifically to Black, Indigenous, POC and Trans and Queer individuals and communities. She has learned from QTBIPOC people targeted by waste, energy and prison infrastructure about how the philanthropic world upholds these genocidal systems through their investments. She works in close community to direct funds and energy into building relationships with people targeted by white supremacy and helping people to survive, thrive, vision and grow beyond the violence they experience.
Board Treasurer | He/Him
Reid is a CPA and has a strategic planning practice in Portsmouth, NH. Prior to focusing on his strategic planning practice, Reid led audit and consulting engagements for major not-for-profits and hospitals. Reid has a passion for the unique world of not-for-profit finance and brings his extensive knowledge as a CPA and finance professional to the board. He holds a bachelor’s and masters degree in accounting from the University of New Hampshire. He also currently serves on the board of Great Bay Kids, an early childhood education not-for-profit.
Salvador Uribe is a current undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. He is majoring in American Studies and minoring in Ethnic Studies.
During his time in Community College, Salvador interned with Algalita Marine Research and Education in Long Beach, California. It was there where he knew that breaking free from plastic was a must and gathered his college friends to start a Break Free From Plastic camping at his community college. They gained traction across campus with the help of many on-campus student-led organizations. Now, Salvador looks forward as he completes his last years of Undergraduate at UC Berkeley and hopes to start his next journey in becoming an environmental attorney.
Yusi Wang Turell
Yusi served as founding co-director of the University of New Hamsphire’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate researching how social entrepreneurs affect public policy in order to grow their impact. Prior to joining UNH in 2011, Yusi led new initiatives and national program growth at Citizen Schools and worked as a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. Yusi holds degrees from Princeton University and from the University of Sussex through a British Marshall Scholarship. When she is not traveling to play Ultimate Frisbee, Yusi enjoys Seacoast living with her husband David and their two sons.