As the Executive Director of ClimatePlan, Chanell oversees network partners and staff efforts’ on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Chanell has over 10 years of experience working on policy issues related to climate change, land use, and transportation. Chanell sits on the boards of the Planning and Conservation League and California Walks. Previously, as the organization’s Associate Director, Chanell led ClimatePlan’s policy campaigns. Prior to that, as Senior California Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Chanell worked with state agencies and the state legislature to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in lower-income communities throughout California. Chanell began her career as an intern in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, analyzing the federal transportation bill, MAP-21, connecting it to states’ performance and funding needs. Chanell received her Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Nailah Pope Harden
State Policy Manager
Nailah manages ClimatePlan's state policy campaigns to achieve ClimatePlan's vision for a healthier, more equitable California. Nailah mobilizes partner organizations, provides analysis on policy, state investments, and legislation, and builds strong relationships with state agencies and key decision-makers. She comes to the position with years of community organizing experience that spans regional, state and national environmental justice campaigns. She advocates for equity, inclusion, and authenticity in all spaces. Of all the campaigns Nailah has been a part of the neighborhood ones are always the ones that bring the most fulfillment. In her free time, Nailah is an avid traveler but also enjoys quiet time with her son in South Sacramento.
Network Engagement Manager
Amy manages ClimatePlan's communications and partnerships to shape the way the state of California grows, while working with partner organizations to build a movement that brings about a more equitable, sustainable, and just California. Amy has worked in land use planning and conservation policy for the last five years. Previously, she oversaw a variety of land use campaigns in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area as a Regional Representative with Greenbelt Alliance. Before that, Amy served as Regional Field Director for the Nevada chapter of the League of Conservation Voters in Reno, Nevada. Originally from the East Coast, Amy earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and her Bachelors in Government/Politics and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, learning to raise chickens, teaching yoga and leading hikes around the Bay Area, and spends as much time as she can with her beloved Maine Coon cat, Stella.
Americorps CivicSpark Climate Fellow
As a CivicSpark Fellow, Nicole will continue with ClimatePlan for another 11 months. She will lead ClimatePlan's work with regional agencies and community allies to create a broader understanding of key water/land use integration issues within the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, she worked on community engagement projects surrounding food insecurity in Colorado. Nicole is passionate about having conversations, listening, and collaborating on solutions to the complex issues that intersect equity, environment, and public health.