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 | Mary Beth Elliott | MaryBeth.Elliott@350madison.org
Mary Beth is a longtime member of 350 Madison and a tireless leader of the Tar Sands campaign. With a background in pharmacology, she especially worries about the health effects of tar sands and climate change. Mary Beth enjoys birdwatching, reading Trollope and Jane Smiley, the Barbara Pym Society, and visiting her daughter Claire and fiance Reggie, a fifth-generation Navajo silversmith, both CCL fanatics in Arizona.
Divestment | Seth Jensen | Seth.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 Divestment 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.
Outreach | Maya Holtzman | Maya.Holtzman@350madison.org
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.
Data & Information | Rachel Feil | email@example.com
Rachel joined 350 Madison in the fall of 2016. She spearheads the recently-founded Data & Information team, which aims to improve data processes throughout the organization. She sees her team as a resource that can be used to achieve a higher level of organizational understanding, and most importantly, to help others achieve their full potential. In her personal life, Rachel is a practicing civil engineer who enjoys conversing in Spanish and snapping photos with her DSLR camera.
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 39 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.