MEET THE BOARD

Georgia Conservation Voters Board of Directors

Krista Brewer

PRESIDENT

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Krista Brewer is a life-long resident of Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up as the daughter of an Emory University professor, and part of the progressive South. After getting a Masters in urban planning and working briefly in that field, she turned to a career in journalism and editing before “retiring” to raise her three children.

Krista has served on PTA boards, and the boards of trustees of her children’s schools. Her other philanthropic and volunteer involvement includes women’s empowerment, civic engagement, and voter mobilization. Krista was instrumental in founding ProGeorgia, the civic engagement state table in Georgia, the first in the Deep South and reviving Georgia Conservation Voters, where she serves as President of the Board.

Laura Turner Seydel

TREASURER

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Laura is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the chair of the board; in 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Hero Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission for Service Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievement Award, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence, the Andrew Young Foundation Pass on Blessings Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy of Leadership Honoree.

Marjorie Hall

SECRETARY

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Marjorie Hall specializes in scientific research, historical environmental investigations, information retrieval, strategic knowledge management, and technical writing. She retrieves and compiles data, locates rare and hard-to-find maps and documents with relevant environmental information, conducts literature searches, locates public records and reviews and assembles regulatory information. She also designs and administers web-based document management and collaboration tools for NewFields and their clients. She has extensive experience as a technical writer and has written professionally for over ten years. Ms. Hall has an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois and a B.A. from Guilford College.

Chelsey Hall

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Oprah and Gayle. Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett. Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin. Beside every strong woman is an equally strong woman supporting her, and building with her. For former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and founder of Fair Fight Action, Stacey Abrams, Chelsey Hall is that woman.

Chelsey’s social media accounts are the visual representation of her motto, “Get it done.” You’ll find flicks of President Obama, Oprah, Former Secretary Hilary Clinton, Sen. Kamala Harris and a hilarious pic of Sen. Corey Booker photobombing. However, Chelsey’s work is about much more than rubbing shoulders with our country’s most recognizable leaders. This budding political powerhouse writes words that have impacted our nation, leads hundreds of volunteer organizers and does pro-bono consulting to help other women of color kick off campaigns around the country.

Chandra Brown

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Chandra is a seasoned advocate, activist, and communications strategist. With over two decades of working in the trenches on conservation and environmental policy, she knows what makes decision-makers and activists tick. As a Riverkeeper in rural Georgia for nearly 10 years, she connected people and policy. In 2011, she began consulting for an array of conservationists, public interest law firms, and foundations. She helps her clients develop strategies to influence policy and shape public discourse. Chandra uses a mix of technological savvy, research skills, and good old-fashioned ground-truthing to develop and implement winning advocacy campaigns. 

Megan Desrosiers

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Megan and Alice Keyes founded One Hundred Miles in 2013. In an effort to elevate the Georgia coast as a recognized place of historical, cultural, and biological significance, Megan spends her time working in local  Megan Desrosierscommunities and on regional collaboration projects. She serves on the leadership team of the Georgia Water Coalition. She is currently the chair of the Savannah River Clean Water Fund Advisory Board, and she serves on the Steering Committee for the Dogwood Alliance’s Wetland Forests initiative. Locally, she serves on the Spaceport Camden Environmental Subcommittee.

Before becoming the founding executive director of One Hundred Miles, Megan spent 10 years at the Coastal Conservation League (CCL) in South Carolina. She was instrumental in efforts to conserve land in the Ashley River Historic Corridor and on Johns Island. She also worked to establish the organization’s first climate and energy and agriculture program agendas.

Megan has worked through the years to help start-up organizations form and become sustainable coastal advocacy partners in Georgia and South Carolina. In addition to forming One Hundred Miles, she worked with a team to start South Carolina’s first local food hub and collaborated with a group of diverse leaders to initiate Charleston County’s Greenbelt Program. Megan has also served on the founding boards of the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program (SCOEP) and Charleston Moves, a bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization.

Megan is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Since finishing her degrees, Megan has attended multiple training programs in business development, non-profit leadership, and public speaking. Specifically, she has completed professional development programs at the Harvard Business School, Institute for Conservation Leadership, and the Buckley School for Public Speaking, as well as many other esteemed programs. Megan lives in Old Town Brunswick with her husband, Michael, and two sons, Luca and Kellen.

Jillian Murphy

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Jillian Murphy is the Senior Program Officer at the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund. She also serves as an advisor to the Democracy Alliance, where she manages the Climate Equity Action Fund.

Since joining the fund in 2016, she has led the Fund’s work with its state partners across the country, grown resources and expanded its state strategies. Prior to joining the Fund, she served as the Associate Director of Climate Communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where she directed CAP Action’s political and electoral engagement on climate change and environmental issues in the 2016 election.

She has also worked in communications and campaign roles with national environmental campaigns like the Climate Action Campaign.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with degrees in botany, environmental science, and Latin American studies.

A native of Atlanta, GA, she lives in Maryland with her husband, two rescue dogs, and cat.

 

Bummi Anderson

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Bummi Niyonu Anderson is a writer and author. She has written six books, including I Like it When: A Collection of Love Poems, You are a Masterpiece: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You, and Gumbo Soul: Book of Poetry.” 

She co-founded Renaissance Connection, Inc. with her twin sister, Femi. Renaissance Connection is committed to educating others on the connection between art and life by sponsoring other artists/authors, art exhibitions, and teaching on fine art and writing. Femi passed away in March of 2020. 

For more than thirty years, she has shared her poetry on college campuses, at churches, at cultural centers, and in poetry magazines and anthologies. An avid sports fan, Bummi has also written for Laker Nation, a fan blog for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bummi has a Master’s degree in English & Creative Writing. A graduate of Albany State University, she currently teaches English at her alma mater.  She resides in Albany, Georgia.

 

 

Michelle Sanchez

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Michelle Sanchez currently serves as the Latinx Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia. She began her career as a paralegal, worked in public relations, before moving into roles focused on organizing for progressive issues. Prior to her role with the Democratic Party, she served as the District Operations Director for the Progressive Turnout Project. She also served in two roles with the New Georgia Project, first as the Latinx and Faith Organizer, and then as the Quality Control Manager. Michelle is well versed in voting rights and democracy issues having served as a Board Member on the Hall County Board of Elections.

She received a Certificate of Leadership Mastery from the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, and early on in her career was certified as a Supervisor of Asbestos Removal by Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. 

Michelle is active within the Democratic Party, and previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Young Democrats of Georgia. In 2016 she ran for the Georgia House of Representatives to represent Hall County.

Ontario Smith

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Ontario Smith is a political and external affairs specialist with more than than 15 years of experience navigating the challenging political and regulatory environments that face projects across the United States.

Ontario has worked for Fortune 200 companies in a variety of capacities within analytical, policy and political organizations. Ontario’s career began at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he led regulatory efforts related to ratemaking. Ontario transitioned into a role as principal local representative to the City and County of San Francisco where he led outreach and lobbying strategies with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and other City agencies. Ontario also worked at AT&T, in Atlanta, where he led external affairs in the Metro Atlanta region. 

In his current capacity as Managing Principal and Co-Founder at S2 Partners, Ontario works with clients across the country to enhance their relationships with local and state government officials, local stakeholders and organized labor. The S2 Partners team works to facilitate an environment where collaborative zoning, land use and workforce strategies are implemented, ensuring that important projects are designed, approved and constructed in diverse communities. 

Ontario is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Tamara Jones

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Tamara is the Managing Director of Clean Energy Works. She brings more than fifteen years of managerial experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. She has served as Director of programs and policy for mayoral administrations in Atlanta and Houston, as Chief of Staff to a Houston City Councilmember, as the Executive Director of the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), as the founder of the Social Justice Impact Project / Inquiring Systems Inc., and as a consultant guide to dozens of organizations over ten years of independent practice.

In the energy sector, Ms. Jones held positions of Director of Program Development & Government Relations at Southface Energy Institute and Director of Programs and Services for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). At SEEA, she administered regional energy efficiency building retrofit programs for which she was designated a White House Champion of Change in 2011. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Yale University.

GCV Education Fund Board of Directors

Jason Rooks

PRESIDENT

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Jason Rooks is a Georgia native with more than a decade of experience lobbying the Georgia General Assembly and consulting on political campaigns in Georgia. He served as Director of Government Affairs for GaSEIA from 2012-2018. Mr. Rooks also directed Taxpayers for Energy Efficiency, a successful statewide ballot initiative campaign in 2010. As a well-respected voice on renewable energy and energy efficiency, he has helped create numerous clean energy incentives through legislation and regulatory actions at the Georgia PSC. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Executive Director of Georgia Conservation Voters. Prior to that, founded a start-up company in Silicon Valley, and he started his professional career as a practicing attorney in Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Rooks received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Rooks and his wife, Amy, have two children and live in an Earthcraft house with a 4 kW solar system on the roof.

James Reilly

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James is a renewable energy investor and advocate based in Atlanta. He has 7+ years of experience in the clean energy / clean tech investment space. Recently he worked as a policy analyst with CleanCapital, a leading investment platform for distributed solar and storage with more than 200 MW across the US.

James is particularly interested in expanding access to solar for schools and non-profits. In partnership with Southface Institute and Creative Solar USA, James helped finance and develop a 126 kW solar + storage project for a K-12 school in Atlanta, helping it become the first school in the state to go 100% solar.

James serves on the boards of Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund, Georgia Solar Energy Association, and the Altamaha Riverkeeper. He has a BA and MA degree from Emory University and a MSc in Carbon Finance from University of Edinburgh. He and his wife live in Atlanta with their cat and dog. 

Jen Hilburn

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Jen was born and raised in Oregon and spent much of her childhood outdoors skiing, hiking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting the Pacific Northwest. She studied at Portland State University (OR), University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and recently completed her Master’s degree through a National Science Foundation-funded program at Miami University.

She has worked as an ornithologist in Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Italy, and San Clemente Island (San Diego). Before becoming Altamaha Riverkeeper, her last decade was spent on St. Catherines Island working primarily with shorebirds.

Jen says, “For many years, even working on the front-lines of conservation, I felt I wasn’t working at a big-picture level and I wanted to accomplish more. Now, protecting the largest watershed in Georgia, working in advocacy from Atlanta and Athens, through middle Georgia and to our unique Golden Isles, I go home satisfied and exhausted.”

Policy and Legislation changes often have the most reaching impact, and Jen believes it is an honor to serve on the GCVEF and support the Executive Director, Brionté, in her execution of our mission.

Ontario Smith

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Ontario Smith is a political and external affairs specialist with more than than 15 years of experience navigating the challenging political and regulatory environments that face projects across the United States.

Ontario has worked for Fortune 200 companies in a variety of capacities within analytical, policy and political organizations. Ontario’s career began at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he led regulatory efforts related to ratemaking. Ontario transitioned into a role as principal local representative to the City and County of San Francisco where he led outreach and lobbying strategies with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and other City agencies. Ontario also worked at AT&T, in Atlanta, where he led external affairs in the Metro Atlanta region. 

In his current capacity as Managing Principal and Co-Founder at S2 Partners, Ontario works with clients across the country to enhance their relationships with local and state government officials, local stakeholders and organized labor. The S2 Partners team works to facilitate an environment where collaborative zoning, land use and workforce strategies are implemented, ensuring that important projects are designed, approved and constructed in diverse communities. 

Ontario is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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