Staff and Interns
Director of Atlas Zero Waste | University of New Hampshire ’13 | He/Him Alex is determined that zero waste is possible, and loves working with students and staff on college campuses to envision what it will take to get them there. He has been involved in zero waste programs since 2010, when he and his friends started the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program. At PLAN, Alex enjoys training and inspiring students to use systems thinking and anti-oppressive facilitation strategies to move their campuses beyond the roadblocks that prevent them from achieving zero waste. At home Alex enjoys woodworking and hiking, and is also an organizer, activist and street medic in his local community.
Campus Network Administrative Director | Temple University ‘18 ‘21 | She/Her Chelsea is a graduate from Temple University with a bachelors in Environmental Studies, a Masters in Public Policy, and certificates in Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership. Her passion in work lies in how public policy affects daily life. At PLAN Chelsea focuses on creating seamless systems for membership, research for projects, and management support. When Chelsea is not in work mode she spends her time as a bookworm and aspiring author who loves to read and write.
Co-Executive Director | Swarthmore College ’16 | She/Her Ciara is a researcher, facilitator, and organizer from Chester, PA. Her work centers on environmental justice, history, civic participation, and building intergenerational coalitions. As the former Communications & Engagement Manager at the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Ciara integrated environmental justice principles into the functions of city government; she also has experience in public arts programming, education, and project management. Ciara currently serves as the Board Chair of Reconstruction Inc, a North Philly based community-capacity building organization focused on the ideals of abolition-democracy and self-determination.
Co-Executive Director | Earlham College ’14 | They/She Faye has been a trash nerd since 2011 when they became a campus facilities student worker tasked with emptying the recycling bins across campus. This launched them on a journey to try to figure out how to address the systemic oppression of the linear consumption economy. They graduated from Earlham College with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology and an honors thesis on the Phenomenology of Trash in 2014 and have been working at PLAN since. During her time with PLAN Faye has supported a rapidly growing organization as well as spoken and facilitated at over 100 campuses and conferences.
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 combines 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, where she studied Natural Resources & Environmental Science, she wrote and designed for campus environmental publications and worked as a freelance designer / photographer /
Director of Education and Resource Management | College of Charleston ‘19 | They/Them Jensen is a graduate from the College of Charleston, where they focused on Gender Studies and Environmental Sociology. Their campus experience includes working with the Office of Sustainability, developing Environmental Justice curriculum for an Alternative Break trip, and campaigning for increased gender neutral restrooms on campus. These experiences combine with Jensen’s passions for community care, access to resources and education, and food distribution. In their spare time, Jensen can be found writing spoken word or holding a dance party for one.
Advising Director | Oberlin College ’20 West Virginia University ’22 | She/They Rachael is a scholar-activist and organizer from Richmond, VA. They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Masters in Geography from West Virginia University. During her time as a student, Rachael focused on student organizing against fossil fuel and petrochemical expansion as well as implementing zero waste systems through Oberlin’s Resource Conservation Team. Rachael’s passion lies in visioning climate justice campaigns with a strong commitment to transformative movements. When not at work, Rachael can be found gardening, playing guitar, and running around with various sports leagues in Richmond.
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.
Campaign Director | University of Pittsburgh ‘19 | They/Them
Young is a graduate from University with a BA in Environmental Studies and BS in Ecology & Evolution, while organizing on campus in various efforts and working for the Student Office of Sustainability. At PLAN Young mentors students in their own organizing efforts on campus with a special focus in plastic because of their proximity to petrochemical build out happening in the Ohio River Valley. In addition to their work at PLAN, they enjoy organizing in their local community, tending to their garden, and putzing around, usually with second hand materials.
Creative Social Media Intern | 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.
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.