Our Coordinating Council sets the overall strategy for 350 Madison, and ensures that the work of the campaigns and teams adds up to organized movement towards our goals. It is composed of a coordinator, the leaders of our teams and campaigns, our secretary, and our treasurer.

Coordinator/Finance & Fundraising | Gail Nordheim | Gail.Nordheim@350madison.org

Tired of just worrying about climate change, in January 2017 Gail decided to do something about it by joining 350 Madison. In her career, she’s a consultant who helps nonprofits improve their management, so helping 350 Madison develop its operating procedures was a natural fit. Gail also helped develop “Tar Sands, Why Should I Care?,” an introductory Q&A guide to tar sands.

Tar Sands | Anne Reynolds Anne.Reynolds@350madison.org

Anne Reynolds retired in early 2018 from her position as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, where she led the Center’s outreach, education and development program. She has worked with organizations on organizing, planning and organizational development in many economic sectors, including food systems, housing, agriculture, grocery, energy and worker-owned businesses.  Anne serves on several boards, including the Ralph Morris Foundation, the Shared Capital Cooperative and the Madison Public Market Foundation. Before joining the Center for Cooperatives, she worked at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Divest & Defund | Seth JensenSeth.Jensen@350madison.org

Seth has participated in a number of campaigns for climate justice, including the White House sit-ins to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, the follow-up Pledge of Resistance, and other subsequent actions against deforestation, fossil fuel extraction, and violation of indigenous people’s connection with their lands. Seth is a practicing massage therapist specializing in bodywork at the workplace. He’s inspired to dance by disco music or the throat singing of Tanya Tagac. He’s inspired to action by the examples of feminists like Alice Paul, Angela Davis, and Flo Kennedy.

Community Energy | Don Ferber | Don.Ferber@350madison.org

Don was a founding member of 350 Madison, joining because of his concern over stopping the Keystone XL pipeline and generating more local activism. Don has always appreciated the great energy 350 Madison has, and the diverse range of talent the chapter attracts. He is also very involved with the Sierra Club and the Beyond Coal Campaign. Seeing an opportunity to help coordinate activities around energy issues in Madison and beyond, he launched 350 Madison’s Community Energy campaign.

Monthly Meetings | Julia Isaacs | Julia.Isaacs@350madison.org

Julia joined 350 Madison at its first meeting in January 2012, motivated by her Quaker faith and her sense that we are called to stand up for the web of life on Earth. By day she works as a child and family policy analyst, and her concern for the wellbeing of children contributes to her concern for the Earth. Long a member of the Divest & Defund campaign, her current role (since October 2016) is to facilitate the monthly meetings. She is a birdwatcher, a gardener, and an admirer of Bill McKibben and Joanna Macy.

Communication Action Team | Sara Adams | Sara.Adams@350madison.org

Sara grew up on a dairy farm in Delavan, Wisconsin. She joined 350 Madison in the fall of 2016. A lifelong activist and writer, she helps 350 Madison spread the word through monthly newsletters, Twitter, and other communication-related tasks.

Secretary | Phyllis Hasbrouck | Phyllis.Hasbrouck@350madison.org

Phyllis joined 350 Madison in 2013, served two years as a co-coordinator, and is now the secretary.  She has been organizing for the environment, peace, and justice for 43 years and doesn’t plan to stop. She is the past director of Fitchburg Fields and the West Waubesa Preservation Coalition, and feels that there is no cause more important than preserving a livable climate.  She enjoys gardening, sewing, and dancing.

Treasurer | Bill Backes | Bill.Backes@350madison.org

Bill has been interested in weather and climatology for 50 years.  He is relatively new to 350 Madison, but very passionate about climate change and its impacts on people and the earth.  He worked at UW Hospital for more than 40 years and has been involved with the union for more than 40 years. He is currently financial manager for AFSCME Local 1942, a delegate to the South Central Federation of Labor, and active with AFSCME retirees.  He is on two church committees, including the Care of Creation Team (which emphasizes Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical). Bill’s faith is a driving force for his environmental activism. He enjoys walking, biking, traveling, and gardening.  He volunteers at two community gardens as well as working on his own gardens. He enjoys playing cards, especially sheepshead and bridge, and of course family.

Tar Sands

The Tar Sands Campaign is fighting Enbridge tar sands pipelines in Wisconsin. Our aims are to block expansion of Line 61 and to halt plans for an adjacent Line 66. We support efforts led by those most impacted, including tribes, landowners, and affected community members.

Divest & Defund

The Divest & Defund Team works to convince institutions that investments in fossil fuels are not only ethically and fiscally irresponsible, but are literally wrecking the planet we call home—all for profit. We are currently focusing on banks that fund pipeline projects.

Community Energy

The Community Energy Campaign focuses on taking responsibility for our own fossil fuel use. We work to create and change policies that impact our energy use and nurture a culture of reducing energy use and using clean, renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.

Support Us!

Please help us fight to protect a livable world for you and your family! We appreciate your financial contribution of any size. Your support helps us to carry on our work. Thank you for giving!