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CLEAN Leadership Board

Frank Niepold - NOAA, (co-Chair)

Frank Niepold is currently the Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office and co-chair of the Climate Education Interagency Working Group at the US Climate Change Science Program. At NOAA, he develops and implements NOAA's Climate goal education and outreach efforts. He is a co-managing author of the 2009 USGCRP released Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a collaborative effort of NOAA, NSF, NASA, AAAS Project 2061, CIRES, the American Meteorological Society, and various members from both the science and education community to define climate literacy in the United States. He received his MSEd in Earth Space Science Education (2006) from John's Hopkins University with areas of concentration in Earth Observing Systems, Scientist/Teacher/Student Collaboration and Earth Systems science education focused on climate.


Anne Gold - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder (co-Chair)

Dr. Anne Gold is the Project Manager for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). She led the development of the CLEAN peer-review process for educational resources. Anne is an Associate Scientist and geoeducation specialist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)'s Education and Outreach group. She has conducted climate science research for 6 years and taught many college-level classes, including field-camps and advised M.S. students. She conducts program evaluation and educational research around climate topics. Her projects translate research into educational resources.

Johanna Bozuwa - (CLEAN Coordinator, ESIP fellow)

Johanna Bozuwa is a Master's Student studying Sustainable Business & Innovation at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. For her research, she is diving into how community renewable power can be a tool for equity and democracy. She is an ESIP Fellow working with the education committee and CLEAN, the newest ESIP cluster. Previously, she was the Education Director at Earth Day Network where she worked in close collaboration with the CLEAN Network on such projects as initiating the #Youth4Climate campaign at the Paris Climate Summit COP 21 and developing a Climate Education Week toolkit for K-12 educators in collaboration with both formal and informal educational partners.


Rebecca Anderson - Alliance for Climate Education

Rebecca Anderson has been a member of the CLEAN Network since its inception in 2008. Rebecca manages ACE's Education Program including the online climate education resource, Our Climate Future, and the ACE Teacher Network. Rebecca holds a BA in Geoscience from Williams College and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder where her research focused on ice caps on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. She has also worked as an interpretive ranger for the National Park Service and as an ice core technician on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Drilling Project.


Minda Berbeco - Sierra Club

Dr. Minda Berbeco is the director of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. She previously worked at the National Center for Science Education where she defended the teaching of climate change science in public schools throughout America. In her role at the Sierra Club, she leads the Bay's 35,000 members in their quest to seek a renewable energy future and educate the community to better understand the impacts of climate change, and what we can do to stop it.


Jim Brey - American Meteorological Society

Dr. Jim Brey is a Senior Science Consultant at the American Meteorological Society Education Program. Prior to that he was Education Program Director at AMS for eight years and Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley for most of his academic career. He delivered AMS K-12 DataStreme courses to teachers in Wisconsin for over 10 years and has been a leader in the development and offering of the AMS Weather Studies, Ocean Studies, and Climate Studies undergraduate courses. He considers himself to be a broad field earth system scientist and geographer. Brey is an expert in progressive educational delivery methods and the latest in pedagogical and technical innovation. He also is committed to further development of the AMS Education Program's workshops for faculty of minority serving institutions. His research interests include new education and training approaches, work force development in STEM fields, effects of climatological hazards on subtropical agricultural production systems, paleoclimatology and the use of Geographical Information Systems in hazard mitigation, telecommunications and agriculture.


Don Duggan-Haas - Paleontological Research Institute

Dr. Don Duggan-Haas is the Director of Teacher Programs at PRI and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY. Don's work in public outreach, teacher education, teacher professional development and curriculum materials development marries deep understandings of how people learn with deep understandings of the Earth system. He is a nationally regarded expert in climate and energy education, place-based and technology-rich Earth and environmental science education. He also is co-author of the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale, and the forthcoming Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change.He served on the Earth & Space Science Design Team for the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideasand currently serves as the First Vice President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Don has taught at Colgate, Cornell, and Michigan State Universities, Kalamazoo College, and Tapestry and Norwich (New York) High Schools.


Jen Kretser - The Wild Center

Jen Kretser is the Director of Programs & the Youth Climate Initiative for The Wild Center – a science center in the Adirondack Park in northern New York State. Jen manages The Wild Center's climate change engagement programs including the Youth Climate Program which was highlighted by the former White House Office of Science and Technology; interpretive programs for visitors; green building education & design; the farmers market and other climate related initiatives/partnerships. In December 2015 Jen represented the Wild Center and the Association of Science Technology Centers at the UN COP 21 climate talks in Paris and is working to help seed youth climate summits around the world. Jen is an active member of the Climate Reality Project and has been involved in CLEAN for 3 years. Jen is graduate from Cornell University in Wildlife Ecology & Antioch University in M.S. Environmental Science & Education. She serves on the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, Adirondack Farm to School, & BluSeed Studios board.


Tamara Shapiro Ledley - TERC, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

Tamara Ledley is a 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow where she is pursing her interests in making climate change efforts scalable and financially sustainable and to leverage these efforts to address the impacts of climate change. She has most recently served as a senior scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC and was chair of the CLEAN Network from 2008-2016. She holds a PhD in meteorology and has published 15 scientific research papers on climate science and Earth system science and 35 papers on educational efforts on those topics. She has led the development of the following Earth system science and climate change educational resources: Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET, http://serc.carleton.edu/eet; EarthLabs (http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs; and the CLEAN Collection (http://cleanet.org). more ...


Kristen Poppleton - Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Kristen Poppleton has been a member of the CLEAN network since 2010. Kristen directs Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy's education program. Climate Generation empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. Kristen holds a BA in Biology and Hispanic Studies from St. Olaf College, a Med in Environmental Education and a MS in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota where she researched climate change education and communication. She currently serves on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment.


Oksana Shcherba - Institute at the Golden Gate

Oksana Sherba is the Climate Education Program Manager at the Institute at the Golden Gate. Oksana has been part of CLEAN since her start with the Institute at the Golden Gate in 2015 and is excited to now be part of the leadership board. Oksana has a background in public administration and policy, with an emphasis in environmental policy. She has worked with local governments, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, as well as environmental advocacy groups such as the Environmental Defense Fund. At the Institute at the Golden Gate, Oksana works with park staff and other informal educators to improve climate literacy and action. In this capacity she also serves in a backbone role for the Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC), convening and facilitating for this consortium of over 30 prominent environmental institutions passionate about regional climate education.


Billy Spitzer - New England Aquarium

Dr. William Spitzer is Vice President for Programs, Exhibits and Planning at the New England Aquarium. He is responsible for oversight of exhibit design, visitor experience, volunteer, and education programs as well as institutional strategic planning. He has served as Principal Investigator for numerous informal science education projects funded by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is currently PI for the 5-year NSF-funded National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, as well as the 3-year NOAA-funded project Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators. Spitzer has more than 20 years experience developing and implementing science education programs and materials. In 2014, he was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders. In 2016, Spitzer received a Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection. Dr. Spitzer has extensive experience in informal science education and curriculum development, as well as a background in physics, chemistry and oceanography. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Susan Sullivan - CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Dr. Susan Sullivan directs the Education Outreach program of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Before beginning her work in K-12 education, she conducted research in atmospheric chemistry analytical methods with CIRES and the NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory and attained a PhD in analytical chemistry. Susan now enjoys learning about a wide variety of science topics through education work, and the working with educators, students, geoscientists and social scientists. Susan's current projects include professional development workshops for science teachers, provision of education related to research projects and oversight of numerous other education projects within the CIRES Outreach group. more ...