Thanks to the tireless efforts of grassroots leaders, including Jewish climate activists, Congress is on the verge of passing the first-ever federal climate legislation. What comes next? Join this panel of experts to hear about what Build Back Better means for the country and our communities, and learn about key upcoming opportunities to push bold climate policies rooted in justice, at the federal, state, and local levels.
Toward a Clean Energy Future That Leaves No One Behind
Wes Gobar is coalitions lead for Evergreen. He is also a part-time program coordinator at Governing for Impact with a portfolio focused on criminal justice reform and a co-founder of the BlackOak Collective. He previously served as a confidential assistant and executive aide to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Wes is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied History and Government. His interest in advocacy began in Charlottesville as a racial justice student organizer at UVA. Wes’s writing has been published in Vox and the Washington Post.
Dana Johnson serves as Senior Director of Strategy and Federal Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice and leads an advocacy, regulatory and policy-setting team. She has successfully helped shape the environmental industry narrative in the areas of clean air, healthy homes, water quality, energy democracy, and transportation standards. A sought after thought leader, Dana has moderated conversations about equitable policy-making on behalf of the New York Bar Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Water Club. She also conceptualized and co-hosted an environmental justice education series on Clubhouse titled All Heat, No Shade. This series built awareness of President Biden's Climate Executive Orders and his "whole of government" approach to addressing environmental justice and the climate crisis. Dana is a Board Member of Green 2.0 - a non-profit organization that believes that the voices and leadership of a powerful environmental movement must be as diverse as the causes it champions. She also is on the Advisory Council of the State Energy & Impact Center of NYU School of Law.
Shantha Ready Alonso is the Director for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She served as Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, Community Mobilization Manager for NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and Director of the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative. Shantha is listed among the 2018 “Grist 50 Fixers” and is the recipient of the 2020 National Council of Churches USA J. Irwin Miller Excellence in Ecumenical Leadership award. Shantha holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Eden Theological Seminary. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame.