STAFF & NETWORKS

DSN NATIONAL STAFF AND REGIONAL ORGANIZERS

Greta Neubauer is the Director of the Divestment Student Network. She grew up in Wisconsin and began her political work knocking on doors with her deeply democratic family. She organized for divestment at Middlebury College and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. These days she’s thinking the sacredness of Prospect Park and how great it is to live in the age of Teen Vogue getting political.

Varshini Prakash is the Senior Campaign Coach for the Divestment Student Network. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she led a successful campaign to divest from coal. She manages campaign coaches and coordinates our regional networks through convening a table of representatives from each region.

Victoria Fernandez is a Campaign Coach for the Divestment Student Network. A native Californian, she began organizing at UC Berkeley in the campus’ fossil fuel divestment campaign. She is committed to organizing because she believes that young people can make change together and push each other to be the leaders they always dreamed they would be. Victoria enjoys rock climbing, tearing up reading books, and spending time with loved ones.

Erin Bridges is a Campaign Coach and supports students primarily in the southeastern United States. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY, and a passion for agriculture and social justice sent Erin to the Blue Ridge Mountains for college where she received a B.S. in Ecology from UNC-Asheville. Erin’s work has focused mostly on food and climate justice and she fiercely believes in the power of organizing in the south. She enjoys making pancakes, beating old men in golf, identifying tree species, and drinking fine wine that she can’t afford.

Jong Lee is the Divestment Student Network’s Campaign Coach and Racial Justice Coordinator, and coordinates our People of Color Caucus. He is a graduate of James Madison University, where he helped lead the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition.

Morissa Zuckerman is the Development Director for the Divestment Student Network. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA, and has focused on religious-based activism and building a powerful student movement for climate justice. Morissa began organizing for divestment as a student at Pitzer College, where she helped lead a successful campaign in 2014. She coordinates grant and grassroots funding and supports the DSN’s communications and media development. She is passionate about photography, fried eggs, and Harry Potter.

Allyson Gross is the Communications Director for the Divestment Student Network. She was born and raised in Deer Park, TX, just outside of Houston, where she first became interested in climate issues after witnessing firsthand the effects of the fossil fuel industry in her hometown. Allyson began organizing for divestment at Bowdoin College in Maine, where she helped lead Bowdoin Climate Action from 2014-2016. You can find Allyson on Twitter at @AllysonGross, mostly tweeting about One Direction.

Stephen O’Hanlon is the Operations Manager for the Divestment Student Network. He attends Swarthmore College, where he helps lead a divestment campaign.

P.D. Gantert is the Southwest Regional Organizer, and a recent graduate from the University of Colorado. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, he was first inspired by the Keystone KL pipeline fight, and joined the youth climate movement through the divestment campaign at his university. P.D. dreams of a simple life in rural parts of the southwest, and is learning the banjo in preparation to for such a move, but he #Can’tStopWon’tStop and is putting off an early retirement for a life in movement building.

Cassidy Quillen is the Regional Organizer in North Carolina. She was born in Tallahassee, FL, and moved to the mountains of western NC when she was 11. As a child, she attended low-key anti-war protests in front of the Tallahassee capitol building after church. In Sylva, she focused her high school career on leading the marching band and being president of the ECO Club. Cassidy once believed that things like recycling would save the planet, but became much more radicalized as she began organizing for the fossil fuel divestment movement at Appalachian State University in 2014. People power! She enjoys playing old-time music on the fiddle, eating southern food, and skipping across the windy Boone mountains.

Silver Hannon is the California Regional Organizer for the Divestment Student Network. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and helped lead the divestment campaign as a student. She works with organizers on campuses across the University of California system to strategically escalate and build support for divestment.

TEAMS AND REGIONAL NETWORKS

Communications Team
Marli Diestel, San Francisco State University
Vignesh Ramachandran, Middlebury College
Kate Aronoff, Swarthmore College
William Lawrence, Swarthmore College
Michaela Steiner, Northern Arizona University
Sonny Lawrence Alea, SF State University
De’Andre Richardson, CU-Denver
Evans Schmedtje, Davidson College
Ben Wiley, Davidson College

Reinvestment Team
Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Swarthmore College

Alexandra Barlowe, Yale University
Greta Neubauer, Middlebury College
Audrey Irvine-Broque, American University
Long Term Strategy Team

Sara Blazevic
Allyson Gross
Jess Grady Benson
Nicole Ektnitphong
Evans Schmedtje
Michaela Steiner

People of Color Caucus Core Team
Alexandra Barlowe, Yale University
Varshini Prakash, UMass-Amherst
Nicole Ektnitphong, Gustavus Adolphus College

Sonny Lawrence Alea, San Francisco State
Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Swarthmore College
Zein Nakhoda, Swarthmore College
Southeast Regional Network
Ben Wiley, Davidson College
Natalie Sassine, University of North Florida
Doug Miller, Florida State University
Nikola Yager, University of North Carolina
Emma Collin, Tulane University
Helen Baillargeon, Florida Gulf Coast

Southwest Regional Network
PD Gantert, CU-Boulder
Michaela Steiner, Northern Arizona University
Coby Wiksellar, CU-Denver

Northwest Regional Network
Ben Ishibashi, Whitman College
Caitlin Piserchia, University of Montana
Jesse Pettibone, Oregon State University
Kaylynn Walls, Oregon State University
Salish Davis, Reed College
Elyse Cogburn, Portland State University
Bryce Bartl-Gellar, University of Washington
Morgan Sinclaire, University of Washington

Midwest Regional Network
Mikala Sebastian, UW-Oshkosh
Natalie Lirette, UW-Stevens Point
Leland Wright, Knox College

Lower New England Regional Network

Varshini Prakash, UMass-Amherst
Erin Sutton, Boston College
Phoebe Chatfield, Yale University
Jillian Brelsford, UMass-Boston
Simon Metcalf, Tufts University
Shana Gallagher, Tufts University
Abby Cunniff, Wesleyan University
Cameron Johnson, Brown University
Naima Drecker-Waxman, Harvard University
Saren McAllister, Brandeis University
 
Upper New England Regional Network
Caroline DeCunzo, University of Vermont
Melissa Moldovan, University of Vermont
Vignesh Ramachandran, Middlebury College
California Regional Network
Silver Hannon, UC-Berkeley
Yin Htin,  San Francisco State University
Morissa Zuckerman, Pitzer College
Jake Soiffer, UC-Berkeley
Emili Abdel-Ghany, UC-Davis
Alyssa Lee, UCLA

ABOUT

OUR MISSION:

The Divestment Student Network is building a powerful student movement for a just transition in the face of the climate crisis. We train, mentor, and coordinate students running nonviolent direct action campaigns for fossil fuel divestment and community reinvestment. Our organization is committed to racial and economic justice and supporting students to become lifelong organizers.


DIVESTMENT STUDENT NETWORK PRINCIPLES:

What we believe
1) Climate change is a real and serious threat to current and future generations. Impacts are already being felt in the U.S. and worldwide, and those who have contributed the least to this change are often the most affected by it.

2) The path to ecological sustainability requires a moral and material transformation in our relationships to land, labor and one another. Transitioning away from fossil fuels means transitioning towards justice.

3) The business model of the fossil fuel industry is inherently flawed. It is a pillar holding up a broken economy that extracts life rather than supporting it.

4) Serving the interests of the 1% is not in the mission of our universities, yet they are increasingly coming under corporate control and refusing to act in the interest of students.

Why we unite
5) We have a common stake in this fight. As young people, we will inherit the consequences of a poorly managed environment and economy.

6) Through deep personal relationships, we can challenge and support each other to grow personally and as leaders.

7) Unity increases our local, regional and global impact. Positive social change comes from people standing together, speaking up and taking action.

8) A united national organization provides support for us to continue our social change work beyond divestment. Our engagement will not end with graduation; we are in it for the long haul.

How we make change
9) We build relationships with fellow students, provide opportunities for leadership development, and collectively increase our power and commitment to social change.

10) We take nonviolent direct action to identify the fossil fuel industry as a bad actor and pressure our universities to divest.

11) We support student struggles including those targeting student debt, racial injustice and sexual assault. All of our struggles are bound together and often have the same root cause.

12) We are committed to building alliances with frontline communities, those most impacted by fossil fuel extraction and climate change, as they are the experts in resisting fossil fuels and building a better world.  Strong alliances help us win on divestment and build a broader and more powerful climate justice movement.