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.

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.

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."

 
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!