Chapter Leadership Committee

Our chapter was one of the first in the country, established on Oct. 1, 2017. The Climate Reality Project officially launched Chapters to the public in the summer of 2018.

The Leadership Committee and other roles are evolving. Elections are currently held in March each year. Terms last one year from April 1 to March 31 and there’s a two-year term limit for contested positions. The schedule may change over time.

If interested in playing a leadership role, let us know—especially for helping us build diversity and youth involvement.

ELECTED CHAIRS

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CHAPTER CHAIR  |  Cynthia Linton

Cynthia helped start the Chicago chapter and is now its chair. A retired journalist and j-school professor, she was trained in 2017. ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in 2006 inspired her to take action on climate. When there’s no pandemic, she enjoys traveling the world and Chicago theater.

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CAMPAIGNS CO-CHAIR  |  Pam Tate

Pam is currently co-chair of the chapter’s Campaigns Committee, co-chair of the Task Force on Electrifying Public Transit, and Chair of the Our Climate Moment Federal Advocacy team. After serving as the CEO of a national non-profit in the education and workforce development field, she left that role in 2018 to devote her life to the climate crisis and was trained in 2019. She has a large Golden Doodle named Paddy and loves to go for walks in nature. She is a lifelong lover of giraffes and spends considerable time on saving them from extinction.

EMAIL PAM

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CAMPAIGNS CO-CHAIR  |  Josh Boggioni

Josh was trained in 2013 and is the Chapter’s Campaigns co-chair. He is an attorney with a background in theater and has been a longtime volunteer in the civics-education arena. Josh enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

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PRESENTERS CHAIR  |  Tom Coleman

A native of Boston, Tom has worked at many organizational levels in manufacturing, information technology, and in process improvement disciplines. In 2018, he retired as chief information officer and now works in the field of environmental, social, and governmental education and activism. He is a Climate Reality Leader, the chair of the chapter’s Presentations Group, Electric Vehicle Campaign, and is actively engaged with the work of the chapter. Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, is a Certified Business Process Master, and is Certified as a Change Management Professional.

EMAIL TOM

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COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR  |  Jane Goldenberg

Jane has worked as a journalist, teacher, communications consultant and has served as a trustee of the Village of Northfield. Trained in 2019, she is currently the chapter’s Communications Chair. She continues to write plays and stories and, for peace and tranquility, practices yoga.

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MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR  |  Jennifer Linton

Jennifer co-founded the chapter and served as the Chapter Chair for the first years. She was part of the team that wrote and secured Chicago’s resolution to renewable energy in 2019, the same year she received the Green Ring award for outstanding contributions as a Climate Reality Leader. She’s a graphic and web designer with experience in art direction. When not championing climate causes, she loves time with family, live music, weaving, all flora and fauna, and photography.

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MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR  |  Sue Patel

Sue Patel was trained in Minneapolis in 2019 and has been with the Chicago Chapter since February 2019 and now serves as Membership co-chair. She is currently an Immigration Paralegal and since the age of 10 as been trying to spread the word on why saving our planet is important.

EMAIL SUE

APPOINTED At-Large Chairs

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Linc Cohen

Linc is a longtime union activist, journalist and steelworker, who shifted to the climate movement when he retired. He trained in Cedar Rapids in 2017. He’s been working on the campaign to pass CEJA, a state law that sets 100% renewables goals for the power sector, while promoting an equitable transition.

EMAIL LINC

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Jelena Collins

Jelena (she/her) is a high schooler from Oak Park, currently spending the year in Brazil. She was trained in July 2020 and has since co-founded the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition, taken leadership roles in the Green Schools Campaign and the chapter, and has hosted events, presentations, and podcast episodes! She loves spending time outside with her friends, playing piano, and traveling with her mom and sister.

EMAIL JELENA

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Natalie Lichtenbert

Natalie Lynn was trained in Miami in 2015 and has been with the Chicago chapter since its inception. In 2019, she became the lead for the West Suburban regional group and then in 2020, she became an At-Large Chair on the Lead Team. A lab scientist by day, she spends the rest of her free time with environmental and wildlife groups, and creating films for her production company Environmentally Fashionable/Globally Healthy.

EMAIL NATALIE

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Peter Marinelli

Peter currently leads the Climate Justice committee. His background is manufacturing, logistics, and organizational behavior. Other interest include guitar, fitness, nature hikes and reading.

EMAIL PETER

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Emily Murphy

Emily was trained in July 2020. Since then, she has been very involved with the Zero Waste Warrior committee helping to raise awareness on the importance of plastic reduction and low waste/sustainable solutions. She’s also very passionate about stopping pipelines and new fossil fuel infrastructure from being built.

EMAIL EMILY

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Ray Ostrowski

Ray is an environmental professional with 25+ years of environmental compliance work in the manufacturing sector. With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a masters in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Ray has a sound background in science and technology. He is currently the Chairman of the Environmental, Health, & Safety Division of the American Foundry Society, a national trade association, and an At-Large Chair of the chapter. Along with being a past vice president and director of the Big Sag Wetland Conservancy, he has broad experience in the environmental field.

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