Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.
Under Tidwell’s leadership, CCAN has helped pass landmark clean-energy legislation in Maryland and the District of Columbia; blocked coal and oil development plans in Virginia; and worked with groups nationwide to push for a fair and effective carbon cap policy on Capitol Hill.
Tidwell is also an author and filmmaker whose books include The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s documentary film – “We Are All Smith Islanders” – vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Tidwell has received numerous awards for his advocacy work, including the Audubon Naturalist Society’s prestigious “Conservation Award.”
A long-time resident of Maryland, he lives in Takoma Park with his wife Beth and son Sasha. Read more about Mike here.
Kirsten Collings joined the CCAN team in 2008, first as Campaign Director and later moving into her current position of Deputy Director. With expertise in campaign, staff and organizational management, Kirsten oversees CCAN’s senior campaign team, manages the organization’s finances, and guides the strategic direction of CCAN’s campaigns throughout the region. In her time at CCAN, Kirsten has directed dozens of campaigns including CCAN’s work to expand Maryland’s clean electricity standard, to stop the nation’s biggest proposed coal plant in Surry County, Virginia, and to expose our region’s biggest climate foes, including Dominion Resources.
Kirsten has been fighting for environmental and climate victories for over 15 years, starting as a student at North Carolina State University and continuing with her tenure in Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. Kirsten served as a Green Corps trainee and subsequently as a trainer and supervisor for dozens of the program’s recent college graduates wanting to launch their careers in environmental grassroots organizing.
Anne Havemann is CCAN’s General Counsel and Foundation Grants Manager. She has a decade of experience working on environmental issues at the regional and national scale. At CCAN, she works to fight climate change and promote clean energy through litigation and policy development, while also providing general legal support and foundation grants management. Prior to CCAN, she worked at a think tank, the Center for Progressive Reform, on its Chesapeake Bay program area. She focused on enforcing the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to clean up the Bay, with a particular emphasis on industrial chicken farms. Anne has clerked for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the American Wind Energy Association. She served as CCAN’s first communication director before leaving in 2010 to further her education in environmental law. Anne received her law degree with a certificate in environmental law from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She was editor in chief of the Maryland Law Review. Anne received a B.A. in environmental science from Colorado College.
Brooke is CCAN’s Maryland Director, advocating for progressive climate policies in and around the state. She also serves on CCAN’s Executive Campaign Committee, helping to plan the future of CCAN’s campaigns region-wide. Most recently, from 2014-2017, Brooke led the fight to ban fracking and push for more clean energy as CCAN’s Maryland Field Director. She also chairs the Environmental Justice Committee of the MD State Chapter of the NAACP.
Brooke graduated from York College of Pennsylvania and began organizing the summer of 2007 with Moveon.org’s campaign “Americans Against the Escalation in Iraq.” From there she received a position on President Obama’s 2008 staff, and traveled through eleven states on the presidential campaign. She then moved onto battling globalization issues with Jubilee USA Network and Global Trade Watch. She worked on Unite HERE’s BWI Airport campaign to improve working conditions and unionize eight hundred food and retail workers. At CCAN, she spearheaded our field efforts to expand the Renewable Portfolio Standard and to ban fracking.
In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors and can be found hiking, tubing, and camping in Western MD, where she was born. She is also a member of the Mason Dixon Roller Vixens roller derby team where she skates under the nick name “Dirty Paula Tics”.
Harrison is CCAN’s Virginia Director, advocating for strong climate policy and managing CCAN’s grassroots campaigns around the Commonwealth. He also serves on CCAN’s Executive Campaign Committee, helping to plan the future of CCAN’s campaigns region-wide. Most recently, he was CCAN’s Policy Coordinator & Coastal Campaigns Manager, where he led CCAN’s policy team and coastal grassroots campaigns. Harrison has previously served as the co-chair for the Virginia contingent of the 2017 People’s climate march. He also serves on the boards of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table and the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project.
Harrison is a lifelong Virginian, born in the Shenandoah Valley and then spending the rest of his childhood in Richmond. After graduating from James Madison University in 2013, he immediately began a career of organizing as a campus organizer for the Terry McAuliffe for Governor Campaign. He worked on two other political campaigns before feeling a moral call to action that led him to dedicate his career to holding our elected leaders accountable on the most consequential issue of our time: climate change. That decision led him to move to Norfolk and start his career with CCAN as the Hampton Roads Organizer at the end of 2014. He has continued to pursue that mission ever since. During his free time, Harrison loves to stay active by playing basketball and going to the gym. He also enjoys relaxing by the James River in Richmond or on the beach in Hampton Roads.
Denise is Communications Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Before joining CCAN, Denise was Deputy Director of Media Matters’ climate and energy program, where she worked to improve media coverage of climate change and hold journalists and outlets accountable for covering the most important stories of our day fairly and accurately.
Denise is the co-author of the book Rising Tides: Climate Change Refugees in the 21st Century, which sounds an urgent wake-up call to the growing crisis of climate refugees. And she is a former board member of DC EcoWomen, a nonprofit focused on empowerment and professional development for women in the environmental field. Denise is a graduate of Cornell University and a native of Madison, Wisconsin, which she still visits regularly for the world’s best beer and cheese.
Born and raised in Virginia, Jamshid Bakhtiari joined CCAN in July 2016 and is CCAN’s Virginia Field Coordinator for Central and Northern Virginia. Previously, Jam served as CCAN’s Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator in Baltimore.
Prior to joining CCAN, Jamshid spent the previous six years working with a number of grassroots organizations such as the National Lawyers Guild, the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice, and Equality, the VCU Living Wage Campaign, and the Richmond Peace Education Center.
Jamshid is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University and received his MA in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace located in El Rodeo, Costa Rica. When not at work Jamshid can be found discovering new music and learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Kiquanda Baker, known to all as Quan, is the Hampton Roads Organizer for CCAN. She started as a very active volunteer for numerous organizations in Hampton Roads including CCAN and the Chesapeake Bay Sierra Club.
Courtney Dyson, Executive Assistant
Courtney is a Maryland native and is CCAN’s Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator. Courtney became fascinated with nature in the 1st grade when completing a science project on squirrel nesting habits. This led her to a B.S. in Conservation and Wildlife Management from Delaware Valley University and a Master’s in International Cooperation and Development from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, where she focused on climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities.
Prior to joining the team Courtney was a Communications Fellow with CCAN and interned with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat and The Nature Conservancy.In her spare time Courtney enjoys almost any outdoor activity, reading, travel and exploring, spending time on her family’s farm, and the occasional Netflix binge, weather permitting.
Emily Frias, Maryland Grassroots Coordinator
Emily Frias joined CCAN in 2018 as the Maryland Grassroots Coordinator. A Baltimore native, Emily became focused on climate issues after learning how it would affect a port city like her hometown. She was especially interested in environmental justice issues, and studied Economics and Geography at UMBC to further understand how climate change would interact with different communities.
Stacy is CCAN’s Digital Campaign Coordinator, and joined the team in Summer 2017. Stacy works on CCAN’s digital communications and social media.
A New York native, Stacy moved to DC in 2015 to attend graduate school. She holds a Master of Public Administration from American University, and a BA from the University of Rochester. Her academic work included study of environmental justice, water policy, food systems, and renewable energy.
When she’s not working she enjoys hiking Rock Creek Park, rowing on the Potomac River, playing in a recreational kickball league, and going to games at Nationals Park.
Taylor Smith-Hams is CCAN’s Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator, building power for a just transition from fossil fuels and incineration to clean energy and zero waste in Baltimore.
Taylor got started with organizing as an LGBTQ+ rights advocate when she was in high school in California. She holds a deep commitment to human rights that grounds her organizing around climate change and the unjust causes and consequences of our environmental crisis. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and views art as a critical component of social change and movement building. Taylor has studied the effects of climate change in Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia and was a New Economy Maryland Fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. At CCAN, she spearheaded our work to ban crude oil terminals in Baltimore.
Camila directs CCAN’s campaign in Washington, D.C., uniting over 80 organizations and businesses to pass fair and effective local climate policy.
After graduating from Whitman College, Camila worked for the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, led outreach for an Arizonan urban planning campaign, and spearheaded engagement for COAL, a musical theater project on fossil fuels. In 2009 she worked with DC youth on energy efficiency in low-income households with the Mayor’s Green Summer Jobs Program. She later co-founded Our Climate, a grassroots national nonprofit that empowers the next generation of climate leaders to pass strong, fair carbon pricing laws.
Camila is a Fellow of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Sitka Fellow, Udall Scholar, Mic50 awardee, member of the Young Climate Leaders Network, a Grist 50 “Fixer,” and recipient of the 2018 DC Environmental Network award.