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Anthony Leiserowitz

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.

@ecotone2

Tony is Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is an expert on public environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence them.

He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many studies of the American public. He also conducted the first global study of public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sustainable development and has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and reports.

He has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum. He is a recipient of the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education and a Mitofsky Innovator Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He is also the host of Climate Connections.

Bud Ward

Bud Ward

@bud_ward

Bud is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality, before founding The Environmental Forum magazine in 1982. In 1988 he established Environment Writer for journalists covering natural resources and environmental issues.

A co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in 1989, he has served as a frequent environmental analyst for NPR’s "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," and he founded and managed the foundation-funded Central European Environmental Journalism Program.

An Advisory Editor for the Oxford University Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2007), and an adviser in 2007/2008 to the United Nations Development Program, he administered the jury for the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment throughout the six-year history of that prize. George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications in 2009 named him its "Climate Change Communicator of the Year."

An elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he is a member of SEJ and of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Penn State University.

Sara Peach

Sara Peach

@sarapeach

Sara is the Senior Editor of Yale Climate Connections. She is an environmental journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Environmental Health News, Grist, and Chemical & Engineering News. For her reporting on environmental issues, she has earned awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Previously, Sara taught for more than five years at the School of Media and Journalism at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she led courses in environmental journalism and served as the Associate Director of the Reese News Lab, a media entrepreneurship program at the school. In 2015, she was a member of a faculty team that won the Knight News Challenge for a project tracking election speeches.

Sara holds a Masters degree in journalism and a Bachelors degree in environmental studies, both from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Lisa Fernandez

Lisa Fernandez

Lisa is the Associate Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, YCEC, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Lisa supervises outreach and communications related to YCEC research findings and oversees program strategy and operations.

Previously, she worked in urban environmental conservation and sustainable development in the U.S. and Latin America. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. She was a Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund-USA and a City Planner implementing solid waste prevention policy for the City of New York.

Her publications include Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities and Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education.

She serves on the boards of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association. She received her B.A. from Princeton and an MBA and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale.

Jan O'Brien

Jan O'Brien

Jan is Assistant Editor and Website Manager at Yale Climate Connections. She brings more than three decades of experience in environmental publishing and policy research, and more than 20 years of experience in website management.

She started her environmental career in 1979 as Special Assistant to the Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress’s National Commission on Air Quality, under the Clean Air Act, and later served as Assistant Editor of the Environmental Law Institute’s monthly policy magazine, The Environmental Forum.

After two years as Assistant Editor with the Government Finance Research Association in Washington, D.C., she joined the nonprofit Environmental Health Center, a component of the National Safety Council. Jan was promoted to the newly formed position of Manager of Website Communications in 1997 and relocated to the Council’s Chicago-area headquarters office, where she guided all web activities associated with Council divisions, members, chapters, board, and partnerships.

She established her own web management and communications business in 2004, and in 2007 began work with The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, the forerunner to Yale Climate Connections. Her fields of expertise include website development and management; environmental communications, writing and editing; web analytics, design strategy and implementation, and project oversight.

Jon Ozaksut

Jon Ozaksut

Jon is Digital Director with the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, YCEC, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies . He joined YCEC in 2017 with 9 years of experience in the fields of digital marketing and advocacy through organizations such as Organizing for Action and Reverb.com.

In his work, Jon has developed communications strategies and marketing campaigns built around a user-centered experience and a desire to share stories in ways that resonate with audiences. Jon is inspired by the challenges inherent in communicating climate change, and eager to help Climate Connections reach a broad, diverse audience.

Jon has a BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and in his free time he has a passion for writing and performing music.

Bridgett Ennis

Bridgett Ennis

Bridgett is co-founder of ChavoBart Digital Media (CBDM), a production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. She has been involved in the editorial production of short-form scientific and environmental radio programs and podcasts for more than 14 years.

Prior to founding CBDM, Bridgett was a Vice President at Finger Lakes Productions International - a company which produced and distributed media to more than 600 radio stations during its 25 year history.

Bridgett worked directly with representatives from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, The Ocean Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the American Society for Microbiology and others to meet their outreach needs. She also managed the planning and launch of the Everglades Radio Network, which highlights the restoration efforts taking place in the Florida Everglades. As project manager for Our Ocean World and MicrobeWorld, Bridgett oversaw the writing, production, and distribution of these nationally-syndicated daily radio series.

Bridgett holds a B.S from Ithaca College, and a M.A. from SUNY Empire State College.

Erika Street Hopman

Erika Street Hopman

Erika is co-founder of ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc., a production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. A writer and independent producer, she has diverse experience that includes work in video, radio, and print.

Before founding CBDM, Erika served as a project manager at Finger Lakes Productions International, where she oversaw the writing, production, and distribution of the nationally-syndicated radio series The EnvironMinute and Animal Instincts. She also managed the ongoing production of the Everglades Radio Network, which highlights the restoration efforts taking place in the Florida Everglades.

An independent documentary filmmaker, Erika's work has been shown internationally at film festivals and broadcast on outlets such as LinkTV and AlJazeera English.

She is passionate about environmental issues and has volunteered for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, served on the board of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, and is a member of the steering committee for her local community garden.

Erika holds a BA in Biology from Cornell University and an MFA in film production from Boston University.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah is an Ithaca, NY-based writer. She has degrees from Harvard University and Rutgers University-Camden and has worked as a lexicographer, waitress, bartender, medical writer, teacher, and amusement park ride operator. She is driven by a deep curiosity about people, their personal stories, and their singular voices.

As an editor and content producer with ChavoBart Digital Media (CBDM), Sarah writes and edits scripts and conducts interviews for Climate Connections as well as CurrentCast, a syndicated radio program about water issues in the Great Lakes.

Previously, she worked as managing editor of Wordsmyth, a dictionary company developing language-learning resources for K-12 education and ESL learners. There, she managed projects for clients including McGraw Hill, Scholastic, and Leapfrog.

In 2012, she left Wordsmyth to pursue her own writing more intensively. She earned an MFA in nonfiction from Rutgers University-Camden, where she subsequently taught undergraduate composition and creative writing courses.

Sarah's essays and articles have been published in Post Road, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Under the Sun, Hidden City Philadelphia, Fodor's Oregon, and elsewhere.