The Time for Environmental Action is NOW!

Sarah Bryner joined OpenSecrets in April 2011 and  is responsible for overseeing OpenSecrets' data analysis and research collaborations. Previously, she was OpenSecrets' lobbying and revolving door researcher. Prior to joining OpenSecrets, Sarah was a doctoral student at the Ohio State University, where she also taught undergraduate political science courses. Her dissertation, "Politicians Behaving Badly: The Determinants and Outcomes of Political Scandal in Post-Watergate America," incorporates both original data collection and political experiments. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State in 2014 and her B.A. in political science and biology in 2006.

Alison Kirsch oversees the research underpinning the Climate and Energy team’s bold campaigns, and represents RAN in policy negotiations. Alison came to RAN after graduating from Brown University with academic and activist experience in climate and energy policy. In her free time, Alison can often be found crocheting, reading, or exploring her Bay Area surroundings

Kellen Dammann began working with the Marin County Community Development Agency's Sustainability Team in 2013. Mr. Dammann works on sustainability programs relating to the County of Marin's involvement with the the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and Energy Watch Partnership. Before moving the the Bay Area, Mr. Dammann worked on sustainability projects for non-profits and other government agencies in Southern California. He attended UC Santa Barbara and earned bachelor degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish Literature and coordinated the student-run recycling program on campus. He is also a Certified Green Building Professional and a Certified Energy Manager in Training.

"Align Your Money with your Values": Part 2

Andrew Behar
is CEO of As You Sow,  the nation’s leading non-profit practitioner of shareholder advocacy and engagement. Since 1992, As You Sow has used shareholder power to align investments with values and compel companies to reduce material risk on issues including climate change; toxins in the food system; ocean plastics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; racial justice; and wage equity.

Previously Andrew was a documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur founding start-ups developing an innovative physiological monitoring medical device and grid-scale fuel cells. He is on the board of The Responsible Sourcing Network is on the XPrize Brain-Trust for Abundant Energy and the advisory boards of Real Impact Tracker and 1-Earth Institute. His book, The Shareholders Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountablewas published in November 2016 by Berrett-Koehler.

Patrick Costello is a Certified Financial Planner™ and founder and  Chartered Life Underwriter at Green River Sustainable Financial Services. He entered the Financial Services industry in 1994.

Green River delivers financial planning services to the community, focusing on low-carbon investing, risk management, asset accumulation and careful planning.

In September of 2018, he published His new book: Low-Carbon Investing, Defending the Climate/Emphasizing Performance  Much of the book is devoted to “unpacking” the new sustainable investing acronym “ESG,” pointing out exactly what it means to investors, and why in some cases it obscures rather than clarifies whether mutual fund and ETF managers are focused on reducing their funds’ carbon footprints.

Bonnie Landles-Dowling’s practice focuses on estate and tax planning and trust and estate administration. She advises her estate and tax planning clients on a wide range of issues, from the most basic – wills, trusts, and powers of attorney – to complex and high net worth estate and tax planning including special needs trusts, family limited partnerships, S-corporations, limited liability companies, irrevocable life insurance trusts, and intentionally defective grantor trusts. She regularly administers and probates estates of all sizes and appears in Probate Court throughout the Bay Area.

Bonnie began her career in 2010 at The Law Offices of Hollander & Hollander in Oakland, California, where she served clients in several Bay Area counties: Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo. She joined Keegin Harrison in 2018.

During law school, Bonnie volunteered her time with the General Assistance Advocacy Project where she assisted homeless and marginally housed San Franciscans by helping them obtain and retain the public benefits to which they are entitled. She also served as a teacher’s assistant for Legal Writing and Research and as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal. A violinist since the age of four, she helped establish “Legal Notes,” a student-run music club that gives a performance at the end of each semester. Before law school she acted as primary caregiver for her elderly grandparents, an experience that gave her heightened insight into the issues facing the elderly.

In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys gardening and spending time with family, especially her two young nephews, Austin and Charlie.

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