Our Staff

Lydia Avila

Lydia Avila
Executive Director

Lydia grew up in a working class home in Los Angeles, where she was taught that using your resources responsibly was an obligation to your family, to your community, and to the generations who would come after you. In college Lydia discovered the power of her voice and actions as a student activist fighting extreme student fee hikes. She then spent three years winning coal fights in Texas with the Sierra Club and a few more years in graduate school learning how to help organizations do their work as effectively as possible. Lydia now works to ensure that all youth discover the power of their words and actions and use them to fight for a just transition to the clean energy future we all deserve. When she’s not planning EAC’s next big endeavor, Lydia can be found attempting to master a sport she hasn’t played since she was nine, reading a book from her enormous “to read” list, or watching back-to-back episodes of her new favorite show.

Sean Estelle

Sean Estelle
National Network Organizer

Sean is a Midwest transplant, originally from San Diego, where they went to school at UC San Diego and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Theatre. Since being politicized through the Occupy Movement in 2011, Sean has been organizing on a regional and statewide level - with the California Student Union, Students For Justice in Palestine, and since moving to Chicago, with the Iowa Student Power Network. Sean believes wholeheartedly in the possibility of divestment to leverage the power of students and build a greater movement that can fight back against the systems of oppression that have created the climate crisis. When not plotting for the revolution, Sean enjoys spending every possible moment in the sun in Chicago and taking in as much theatre and queer performance art as possible. They can be found on Twitter @sancho108.

Aiyi'nah Ford

Aiyi'nah Ford
Power Shift Coordinator

Aiyi’nah has dedicated over ten years to progressive causes and politics. As Associate Director of Earth Day 2015, she directed the world's largest civic observance of the environmental crisis. Aiyi'nah is regarded as an expert in community organizing and strategic alliances. She also trains movement leaders in planning and executing tactics for sustainable change. Aiyi'nah has drafted legislation necessary to secure progressive policies across social justice issues. Her work demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between issue based action and political action. As Campaign Director with Grassroots Voter Outreach, she successfully demonstrated support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emission regulations with over 1 million public comments officially submitted to Congress. She has also served as a Fellow with President Obama’s Organizing for Action working to secure further environmental protections for our planet. Aiyi'nah is excited to bring her wealth of experience to Energy Action Coalition as she oversees the regional expansion of Power Shift 2016.

Devyn Powell

Devyn Powell
Digital Organizer

Devyn grew up in Portland, Oregon, but has lived on the East Coast since attending Tufts University, where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies in 2014. She plugged in to the climate movement in college, where she organized with other young people across New England to shut down coal plants, fight pipelines, and agitate for fossil fuel divestment on campus and at the state level. Drawing on her experience with both online organizing and offline actions, she is excited about harnessing digital tools to tell stories and build power within the climate justice movement. When she's not sending email blasts, Devyn can often be found running long distances, doodling in notebooks, cooking complicated vegetarian recipes, tweeting too much, or petting other people's dogs. She is on Twitter @DevynFromOregon.

Akilah Sanders-Reed

Akilah Sanders-Reed
Oil Free Organizer

Akilah grew up in New Mexico, where she stumbled into climate organizing as a high school student in 2009 and never looked back. Driven by a sense of solidarity with our generation as the global front line of the climate crisis, she organized with 350.org, 1 Sky, iMatter, and the Sierra Club before moving to the Twin Cities, MN, to attend Macalester College. During undergrad, she became a committed pipeline resistance fighter, working to bridge the gap between campus and community activism and expose Enbridge for the scoundrels they are. When she's not disassembling the oil empire, she can be found rowing crew on the Mississippi or coaxing her rusty bike to the far corners of the Twin Cities' trails.

Dany Sigwalt

Dany Sigwalt
Operations Director

Dany is really into organizing—both people and files—to build movements and grow capacity for people fighting for justice. She comes to Energy Action Coalition with more than a decade's experience working with nonprofits and grassroots campaigns. A native Washingtonian, she is committed to building the skills needed to promote progressive social change among District residents—and by extension throughout the country. Dany serves on the board of Empower DC, a grassroots organization that works to support self-advocacy of low to moderate income DC residents. In her free time, Dany can often be found busy concocting baked creations in the kitchen, exploring the area's bike trails, and enjoying weekly family dinner with her extended family.