Don’t miss these speakers at Congressional Education Day!

Congressional Education Day lobbying climate conference Washington D.C. 10th anniversary

Don’t miss these speakers at Congressional Education Day!

By Flannery Winchester

Congressional Education Day is a great chance to meet and mingle with CCL members and staff from across the country—but it’s also a great chance to share the love! At this year’s event, we’ll have several guest speakers and panelists from outside organizations who will share their expertise with us.

Meet some of them here, and make sure you register for Congressional Education Day to hear from them live and in person.

Julia Roberson, VP of Communications for Ocean ConservancyJulia will moderate a panel discussion after our Sunday night screening of the Netflix original documentary “Chasing Coral.” She’s passionate about taking complex issues that affect our ocean and making them real and relevant to people.

Dr. Mark Eakin, Coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program. NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch provides the only source of satellite-based monitoring, alerts, and warnings of upcoming coral mass bleaching events. Dr. Eakin, who will be on Sunday night’s panel, has worked for NOAA since 1991. He recently testified before the US House of Representatives at a hearing entitled “Wildlife and Oceans in a Changing Climate.”

Max Steinman, Campaigns Director at Exposure Labs. Exposure Labs is the company behind “Chasing Coral.” In addition to his work there, Max recently launched BreatheLife, a campaign led by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of the health and climate impacts of air pollution and to advance clean air solutions. He will also join Sunday’s panel after the film.

Monday night’s lobbying training will include a panel discussion led by Stephanie Doyle, CCL’s Senior Outreach Liaison, and featuring these speakers:

Carol Andress, Legislative Operations Director for Climate & Air at the Environmental Defense Fund. Carol, who holds a BA in Economics from Duke University, directs EDF’s federal legislative efforts to protect clean air and public health. Her areas of expertise are climate change, air quality, U.S. Congress and U.S. climate policy.

Justin Stokes, Director of Legislative Affairs at the National Audubon Society. Justin leads Audubon’s legislative efforts, working for policy outcomes that protect birds and their habitats. Before coming to Audubon, Justin served in key leadership and communications roles on Capitol Hill, most recently as Chief of Staff to Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY). Last month, Justin also spoke at a meeting of the Climate Solutions Caucus focused on climate change’s economic impacts on tourism and outdoor recreational activity.

Shannon Heyck-Williams, Climate and Energy Policy Advisor for the National Wildlife Federation. Shannon directs and represents NWF’s priorities at the federal level as they relate to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable energy. She joined NWF in November of 2015, with prior experience at The Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Environmental Trust, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. She also served as a professional staff member focusing on climate change and air quality issues for former Chairman Jim Jeffords (I-VT) on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Melissa Carey, Senior Climate Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy works in 72 countries worldwide to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With more than 1 million members, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide.

“The discussion will focus on how environmental groups work together on lots of issues, how we can work with the Climate Solutions Caucus, and how to build partnerships,” said Stephanie. “We’re really looking forward to having these folks join us so we can learn from them!”

To register and find all the details about Congressional Education Day, visit the event page here. We’ll see you in D.C.!

Flannery Winchester
Flannery Winchester has put her words to work for magazines, for marketing agencies, and now for our earth as CCL's Communications Director. She is grateful to spend every day working to preserve this beautiful planet.