Get to know the people working to boldly build Maine's climate movement.
Amy Eshoo (she/her/hers) is the Program Manager for MCAN. She is also Program Manager for 350 Maine where she has been an active Core volunteer since 2015. Her climate actions encourage energy sustainability in her community. As a parent at Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport she was the project manager for the building of a net zero (Passive House certified) high school. Prior to living in Maine she was a practicing artist and art educator in London and New York. Her favorite things about her home in Maine are the quiet and the dark night sky.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Cassie Cain (she/her/hers) is Maine Climate Action Now's and 350 Maine’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, where she has worked in partnership with Maine Youth Action Network and multiple Maine youth-led groups to form Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ), a coalition of over 300 Maine youth activists fighting for bold climate action, climate justice, and a just transition in Maine. Cassie provides administrative and outreach support to MYCJ, helps youth build their organizing and leadership skills, connects youth to resources and support from intergenerational and adult ally organizations, and was one of the organizers for September 2019 climate strikes in Portland. She also serves as the MYCJ representative to Maine Youth Climate Strikes' Executive Board. Cassie graduated from Brandeis University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At Brandeis, she was also an organizer for Brandeis Climate Justice’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. Having been raised in Maine, Cassie is grateful for the opportunity to organize with the climate justice movement here.
Youth Communications Fellow
Nina Leiman (she/her/hers) is the MCAN Youth Communications Fellow. Prior to this role, she served as a Climate Justice Intern at Maine Youth for Climate Justice. She is passionate about participating in environmental justice that includes and uplifts the voices of those who have historically been excluded from conversations about climate change. Nina graduated from Colby College in May 2021 where she studied global studies and studio art. Nina is interested in pursuing a career in landscape architecture and designing sustainable spaces that bring people and communities together. In her free time you’ll probably find her hiking, running, baking, or hanging out with her dog.
Northeast Youth Engagement Coordinator
Zak Kendall (he/him/his) is the Northeast Youth Engagement Coordinator for MCAN, where he creates opportunities for rural Maine youth to get involved in state-wide climate initiatives. He approaches climate activism mostly through music as the co-leader of the Maine-based, indie/folk band, GoldenOak. The band travels throughout the United States and Canada, sharing songs about the emotional and physical impacts of the climate crisis. When he’s not on the road touring with his band, or encouraging Maine youth to fight for their future, you will most likely find him paddling on one of Maine's beautiful rivers near his home in the western foothills.
to MCAN’s Climate Justice Crash Course
Basra Abadir (she/her/hers) is a Youth Representative for MCAN’s Climate Justice Crash Course. She has lived in Lewiston, Maine for the past 16 years and just graduated from Lewiston High School. She is a member of the Color of Climate, a youth group formed to raise awareness and promote climate action, with a focus on youth in marginalized communities. Her favorite hobbies include traveling and meeting new people. One of the things she loves about Maine is the clean and healthy environment and the beautiful beaches.
Claire Holman (she/her/hers) is excited to be a Youth Representative to the Climate Justice Crash Course project and hails from Mt.Vernon, Maine. Before starting this position she had been involved in the fight for climate justice through work on political campaigns and running her school's gardens/sustainability committee. Currently a student at Maranacook High School, she spends her free time skiing, biking, practicing her Maine accent, and napping on the beach with friends.