Our Staff

Maura Cowley

Maura Cowley
Executive Director

Since college, Maura has been on a mission to build a youth movement for clean, just and sustainable energy. She spent five years at the Sierra Club, where she worked as a Field Organizer, Campaign Director and National Director for the Sierra Student Coalition. She has been with Energy Action Coalition since January of 2011 and has been continually amazed and inspired by young people across the country demanding a clean energy future. Maura grew up in Scranton, PA, home of The Office and Vice President Joe Biden. She loves comedy, democracy, renewable energy and revolution. When not working, Maura can be found trying not to fall off her bike in Washington, DC, writing really funny tweets and attempting to grow food.

Kristina Banks

Kristina Banks
Operations & Development Coordinator

Kristina moved to Washington, DC in July 2012 to join Energy Action Coalition as the Operations Coordinator. After working at several for-profit organizations after graduating college, Kristina realized that she wanted to switch over to the non-profit world for a more rewarding career. Kristina's ultimate goal is to help her mother’s non-profit organization succeed in its mission to provide accessible education to the children of her mom's hometown in Ethiopia. Although Kristina doesn’t have a background in environmental issues, she enjoys learning about clean energy, guessing what the various acronyms mean and being around a youth movement with great energy and passion. In her free time, Kristina is often found reading, taking photos, baking and people watching.

Isabelle Johnson

Isabelle Johnson
Chief Operating Officer

Isabelle joined Energy Action Coalition in September, 2011 as Operations Director. Previously she had been with 350.org as Operations Advisor, and from August 2008 to April 2010 as Operations Director at 1Sky. She oversees EAC’s financial, HR, physical plant, and legal operations. Her past experience includes work at nonprofits in Boston, and Ithaca, New York. During her free time, she can be found building Legos, robots, or Lego robots with her son, or singing with her boyfriend and their hilarious friends. Her superpower is remembering your nephew’s name.

Tina Johnson

Tina Johnson
Senior Director of Environmental Justice and Programs

Tina is a social justice activist who has worked to empower people to develop their individual and community power through education reform, food justice, environmental and economic justice and political justice. Her work with the Tibetan Government in Exile in India provided her with hands on experience that she has been using to fight injustice in the United States. When she is not trying to save the world Tina can be found trekking through mountains, river running, baking homemade goodies, writing and traveling.

Whit Jones

Whit Jones
Campaign Director

Whit caught the bug for organizing with the youth climate movement as a student at Carleton College where he worked to put up the first utility-scale wind turbine on a college campus. He volunteered for Power Shift 2007, then became an intern, and has been with Energy Action Coalition ever since, supporting youth grassroots-led campaigns like the Campus Climate Challenge, Power Vote, and engagement around UN summits in Nairobi, Bali, Poznan, and Copenhagen. He coordinated Power Shift 2011, the largest grassroots organizing training in U.S. history that landed 11 grassroots leaders a meeting with President Obama. Whit writes for WeArePowerShift.org and the HuffingtonPost. When not working you can find Whit on his bike, in downward dog, or visiting his family in Maine.

Pat Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy
Ohio Student Environmental Coalition Coordinator

Patrick Kennedy hails from the land of real pizza, insane hot dogs, and broad-shoulders - Chicago, Illinois. A North Coast-er born and bred, he stayed in the bellwether state of Ohio after college, focusing on organizing for student campaigns, education reform, LGBT communities, and statewide elections. After spending time with a Neighborhood Development organization, and moonlighting on action planning, conferences, and art builds for actions across Ohio, Patrick stepped up to Coordinate the Ohio Student Environmental Coalition. When he's not helping students develop some of the baddest campaigns in the country taking on the fossil fuel industry, you can find him reading, painting, screaming at Fracking Waste trucks, riding his bike, or blasting music.

Kendall Mackey

Kendall Mackey
National Tar Sands Organizer

Kendall moved to Washington D.C. from her home state of Kansas in 2011. After studying Cultural Anthropology at the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!), she worked as a field organizer for the 2010 midterm elections. She joins Energy Action Coalition as the National Tar Sands Organizer after 2 years at the National Wildlife Federation working on climate and energy issues ranging from dirty fuels, like tar sands and coal, to renewable energy solutions. Kendall found her passion for environmental policy and organizing at 13 years old after spending a semester in the Amazon rainforest learning about indigenous communities fighting to protect their land from oil extraction. Kendall is dedicated to stopping tar sands infrastructure and expansion, like Keystone XL, across the country and to further mobilize youth across universities and communities to solve the climate crisis. When not working, Kendall can be found camping, biking around D.C., drinking coffee, eating Ethiopian food, playing backgammon, or spending time with friends. Her motto is, "if it can't be done, it interests me."

Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann
Online Director

Jeff has been fascinated by technology since the second grade when be decided that learning to type was more fun than writing in cursive. He got hooked on politics soon after, and ever since has been captivated by the potential to use technology to impact the political process and effect social change. Before joining Energy Action Coalition, Jeff ran the online campaign for C02nsequence09, working to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, and was the online organizer for the Sierra Club’s ReEnergize the Vote campaign, registering and turning out young voters for the 2010 elections. When not starting at glowing rectangles, Jeff enjoys music, cooking, and playing rugby.

Andrew Nazdin

Andrew Nazdin
Field Director

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Andrew joined up with Energy Action and the New Organizing Institute to run the largest grassroots organizing training in American history at Power Shift 2011. Since then, Andrew’s worked with the New Organizing Institute, where he helped train a swath of engagement organizers taking on issues from Immigrant Rights to Reproductive Justice. After a stint with Avaaz.org, Andrew headed to the key battleground state of Virginia to reelect President Obama. With four more years secured for the President, Andrew is fully dedicated to holding him accountable to do the right thing on climate. When not working, Andrew can usually be found making pancakes for friends while blasting Daft Punk, biking through DC recklessly fast, or rereading the Hunger Games.

Mary Schellentrager

Mary Schellentrager
Divestment Campaign Coordinator

Mary Schellentrager grew up in a small town east of Cleveland, Ohio exploring the state park that bordered her backyard. She is National Coal Divestment Organizer at Energy Action Coalition, mobilizing student organizers to hold universities accountable to their values and end their investments in the coal industry. She graduated from American University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2010. While on campus she was involved in unionizing campus shuttle bus drivers and campaigned for community investment at AU as Mid-Atlantic Student Organizer with the Responsible Endowments Coalition, where she now sits on the Board of Directors. She spent a semester in Ghana and now cannot help but dance whenever she hears a drum beat. In her spare time, Mary enjoys seeing live music, camping in the summer, skiing in the winter, sewing although she often makes mistakes, and spending time with friends and family.

Joe Solomon

Joe Solomon
Social Media Coordinator & Trainer

When not making Twitter buzz and Facebook pop, Joe can be found drinking iced coffee in a small town in West Virginia, where he occasionally catches frogs, folds origami, reads graphic novels, writes letters, and leans into the epic fight against mountaintop removal.

Prior to joining EAC, Joe led social media efforts at 350.org for its inceptional first couple years—through to January 2012. At 350.org, Joe helped coordinate multiple days of record-setting global action. Between his 350 days and EAC days, Joe worked with community groups fighting extraction around the country on collaborative efforts such as "Summer of Solidarity" & "Fearless Summer."

Joe is currently working on co-editing "the most amazing online organizing guide ever". Yes, that's the title!

Zakee Thomas

Zakee Thomas
Creative Director

Since grade school, Zakee has been intrigued by art, music and culture. He spent four years as Senior FARM Manager at Fader Magazine along with juggling being a high school math teacher and producer.

He got hooked on environmental issues after producing for Ben Bronfman’s Green Owl Records and 2009’s Power Shift music concert series. Shortly after he’s been mesmerized by the opportunity to catapult visuals to impact society for a greener change. He graduated from Howard University with dual degrees in Computer Engineering & Mathematics before concentrating in Art Design/Photography in postgraduate work.

He has been with Energy Action Coalition since March of 2012 and has been striving to bridge the gaps between education and culture using mixed forms of media. Zakee grew up in West Philadelphia, PA, home of Will Smith, Water Ices and mouth watering Cheesesteaks. He loves smiling like a little kid, sociology, sustainability and traveling to remote countries. When not working, Zakee can be found in the studio producing for some of the hottest musicians and movie directors in the game.