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Anthony Leiserowitz

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.

Tony is Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication and a research scientist at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is an expert on public opinion and engagement with the issues of climate change and the environment.

His research investigates the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including studies in the United States, China, and India. He also conducted the first study of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sustainability, including environmental protection, economic prosperity, and human development.

He has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum. He is a board member of the KR Foundation and serves as an advisor to the UN Foundation, the Ad Council, and the China Center for Climate Change Communication at Renmin University. He is also the host of Climate Connections.

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.

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.

Sara Peach

Sara Peach


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.

Jan O'Brien

Jan O'Brien

Jan is Assistant Editor and Website Manager at Yale Climate Connections. She brings more than three decades of progressively more responsible experience in environmental publishing and policy research. 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.