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.

Kristina Banks

Kristina Banks
Operations Director

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.

Sean Estelle

Sean Estelle
National Divestment Campaigner

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.

Kendall Mackey

Kendall Mackey
National Tar Sands Campaign Manager

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."

Devyn Powell

Devyn Powell
Digital Organizer

Devyn grew up in rainy, beautiful 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 became engaged with the climate movement in college, where she organized with other young people across New England to shut down coal plants, stop pipelines, and try to convince institutions to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Although Devyn spent much of her time as a student organizer speaking at rallies and chaining herself to friends in pipeline company offices, she is currently most excited about using her skills with digital tools to amplify the stories and struggles of people on the many frontlines of climate injustice. 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.