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Meet our Core Team members –dedicated to climate action across the state of Maine.


Cassie Cain

Cassie is 350 Maine's Youth Engagement Coordinator, where she has worked in partnership with Maine Youth Action Network and multiple Maine youth-led organizations to develop Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ), a coalition of over 100 Maine youth activists fighting for climate justice. Cain 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 the recent climate strikes in Portland. 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. 

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Gary Friedmann

Gary is a founding director of A Climate to Thrive, the grassroots initiative to make Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030.  As a member of the Bar Harbor Town Council, Gary has led local efforts to power Town operations with solar energy and to make solar electrical power available to Bar Harbor residents through the region's first Community Solar Farm.  A partner in Bar Harbor Community Farm and past President of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Gary consults on nonprofit development throughout the state. 


Jonathan Fulford

Jonathan Fulford is a carpenter living in Belfast. He is on the Sierra Club Executive Committee and the Belfast Energy Committee. Hanging out with his five grandchildren, sailing, and climate activism are favorite activities.


Anna Shapley-Quinn

Anna is a farmer and mother; she is also a lifelong environmental and social justice activist.  She was born and raised in central North Carolina and has been farming since the age of 16.  In 2009, Anna, her sweetheart Seth, and Seth's brother Tyler co-founded North Branch Farm, a MOFGA-certified organic farm in Monroe, ME (Waldo County), which produces a wide variety of goods--primarily fruit, nursery stock, and grass-fed beef at the moment.  Her deep love for the outdoors, food, manual labor and communal work brought her to farming.  Anna and Seth homeschool their children, a daughter (age 9) and a son (age 5). Anna recently joined the MOFGA board. She believes all humans and other life forms deserve to be fought for fiercely, and she works to help the planet re-stabilize so that humans, plants and animals can live good, full lives.  Her favorite thing to eat is: any vegetable, with butter and salt.


Scott Vlaun

Scott is the founding Executive Director of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) in Norway, Maine, a climate action organization founded in 2013. CEBE is dedicated to developing resilient local food systems, community-based renewable energy, public, electric, and human-powered transport, and affordable, efficient housing. Scott practices and teaches permaculture design, writes and photographs for publication, and worked for years as market grower.


Ania Wright

Ania is a youth climate activist living in Bar Harbor, Maine. She is a part of Maine Youth for Climate Justice, a coalition of youth fighting for climate action across the state of Maine, and is currently serving a term as the Youth Representative to Governor Mill’s Climate Council. At College of the Atlantic, she is studying environmental law and climate justice, and is a part of the organization Earth in Brackets, which sends COA students to the yearly UN global climate conferences all over the world. Ania is passionate about bringing youth and other marginalized voices to the table in order to create climate solutions that ensure a just, equitable, and livable future for all. 

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Amy Eshoo

Amy is the Program Manager for 350 Maine, a grassroots climate justice organization. Her climate actions encourage energy sustain-ability in her community. At Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, where she is a parent, she was the project manager for the building of a net zero (Passive House certified) high school. Prior to this she was a practicing artist and art educator in London and New York. She loves to go above tree line on granite.

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Amara Ifeji

Amara is a freshman at Northeastern University and the Grassroots Development Coordinator with the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA). At MEEA, Amara advocates for intersectional climate justice solutions and equitable access to the outdoors. She also serves on the Nature Based Education Consortium Climate Education and Municipal Advocacy Task Forces, TeachME Outside collaborative project, and co-chairs the NBEC Communications Task Force. For her work in promoting environmental education, she was awarded the Global North American Environmental Education 30 Under 30 International Award—one of only six people under 30 in the USA recognized for their leadership in environmental education 2020.

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Madison Sheppard

Madison is a climate activist and endangered species portrait artist from Cape Cod, MA. Living in Waterford, ME, she is the co-lead and youth organizer for the Norway Youth Climate Action Team. She is also a core member and works with the communications team for the Maine Youth For Climate Justice Coalition. Between MYCJ and NYCAT she is a youth activist for The Center For an Ecology Based Economy, 350 Maine, and The Endangered Species Coalition. She is a recent graduate from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and has spent multiple summers and her senior project volunteering at The Alan Day Community Garden. She is an active part of the community in downtown Norway and is determined to lower its carbon footprint.  


Riley Stevenson

Riley is a climate activist from Waldoboro, ME. She is the founding Executive Director of the Coastal Youth Climate Coalition, a Sierra Club Executive Committee member, a MEEA Changemakers Fellow, and a coalition member of MYCJ and MCAN. In her free time, Riley can be found exploring Midcoast Maine by land and water. 


Karle Woods

Karle is a mixed-media artist and freelance graphic designer, specializing in illustration, identity development, and promotional material. She currently works as the Communications Coordinator at Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE). Raised in the Western foothills of Maine, she is passionate about working within small grassroots communities. Woods is a recent graduate of College of the Atlantic (COA), with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology. She is dedicated to connecting with people and the surrounding ecology to create positive, sustainable change. 

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