Mike Tidwell, Executive Director

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-CollingsKirsten Collings, Deputy Director

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. She currently serves on the Green Corps Board of Directors.


Anne_Havemann_HeadShotANNE HAVEMANN, Senior General Counsel and Foundation Grants Manager

Anne Havemann is CCAN’s Senior 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. She has clerked for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the American Wind Energy Association. Anne 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.


Jam_UpdateJAMSHID BAKHTIARI, Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator

Born and raised in Virginia, Jamshid Bakhtiari joined CCAN in July 2016 as the Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator for Baltimore, Maryland where he focuses on fighting against dangerous crude oil trains in South Baltimore and collaborating with community partners to develop access to affordable solar power.

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.


kristin-cookKRISTIN COOK, Executive Assistant

Kristin ​is the Executive Assistant to Mike Tidwell. She grew up in the planned community of Columbia Maryland and went on to earn a political science degree at the University of MD – College Park. While working in the brokerage industry both on the sales and regulatory sides, she went back to graduate school at the American University, earning an MBA. It was at AU where she met her husband and started a family.

After spending almost a decade as a stay home Mom, Kristin began spending copious amounts of time volunteering with various environmental​ groups after being inspired by Bill McKibben’s “Do The Math Tour. ” Realizing that the climate crisis was her true passion and wanting to follow in the activist footsteps of her father, Kristin decided to re-enter the workforce and started ​working ​at CCAN in August of 2016.

When Kristin is not attending a rally or some other environmental event, she can be found on the soccer fields of Montgomery County watching her 3 kids play.


IMG_0214KRISTEN FRIEDEL, Communications Associate

Kristen Friedel is CCAN’s Communications Associate. Kristen focuses on designing graphics for CCAN’s many campaigns while also assisting in sending out campaign emails, maintaining our social media pages and managing our IT services.

Kristen came to CCAN in the fall of 2014, bringing with her expertise in project management, problem-solving and research. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she found her roots in climate and sustainability advocacy while attending Green Mountain College in Vermont. While obtaining her B.A. in Environmental Science in Public Policy, Kristen headed her school’s Student Campus Greening Fund, served on her school’s Campus Sustainability Council, and traveled to Thailand to conduct research on the nation’s environmental development.

In her free time, Kristen can be found crafting jewelry, playing guitar and geeking out on data organization and analysis.


10351889_10203119486561589_8993545688121833184_n-184x300DREW GALLAGHER, VIRGINIA FIELD ORGANIZER

Drew is CCAN’s Virginia Field Organizer. He is leading our efforts to fight an unprecedented expansion of natural gas infrastructure in Virginia. Drew works with communities on the front lines of proposed pipelines and compressor stations across Virginia, and alongside students on campuses across Virginia, to fight dirty fossil fuel projects and build support for clean energy.

Drew is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned degrees in Environmental Policy and Economics. While at Virginia Tech, he was the President of their Environmental Coalition, helping lead the organization in a successful fight to preserve acres of old growth forest against development, and bringing the second largest contingent of university students in the nation to National Power Shift 2013.

After graduating, Drew rode his bicycle from Bar Harbor, Maine to Seattle, Washington to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis. Outside of work he can be found biking, hiking, and struggling to teach himself the ukulele.



Brooke is the Maryland Outreach Coordinator, working with communities around the state to take action on climate and fight with us for clean energy solutions.

Brooke graduated from York College of Pennsylvania and first 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. The last two years she has been with Unite HERE as a political and community organizer working on their BWI Airport campaign to improve working conditions and unionize eight hundred food and retail workers.

In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors and can be found hiking, tubing, and camping in Western MD, where she lives. She is also a member of the Mason Dixon Roller Vixens roller derby team where she skates under the nick name “Dirty Paula Tics”.




A native of Pelham Manor, New York in Westchester County, James has lived in Maryland for the last six years where he has studied, written about, and advocated for an array of environmental issues in and around the state. He has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Maryland-College Park and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Prior to joining CCAN, James was a freelance writer with his news coverage and opinion pieces appearing in such in-print and online publications as The Baltimore Sun, Offshore Wind Wire, and Sierra Club’s The Chesapeake.

He has also worked in the electronics recycling industry and has presented his clean energy policy analysis in front of the prestigious National Academies of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In addition to his passion for environmental advocacy, James is also, to the chagrin of his fellow CCAN staff, a New York Yankees fan.



Monique is CCAN’s Field Director, managing CCAN’s grassroots campaigns and organizers throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia, and ensuring those campaigns are strategic, novel and inspiring. Monique comes to CCAN with over ten years of experience building grassroots organizations and leading grassroots campaigns – including helping to pass the first statewide cap on global warming pollution in California with Environment California, keeping Minnesota’s nuclear moratorium in place with Environment Minnesota, and helping to pass the first cap-and-trade bill through the U.S. House of Representatives with Environment America.

Monique has been a full-time environmental organizer since graduating from the University of New Orleans in 2002 – inspired to commit her life to environmental activism by her experience growing up in the shadow of the oil industry in South Louisiana. She got her start with the Fund for the Public Interest, running a grassroots campaign to cut mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.


Camila-Thorndike-photo_by-Logan-Gilles-(May-2015)CAMILA THORNDIKE, CARBON PRICING COORDINATOR

Camila coordinates CCAN’s campaign to pass “carbon fee and dividend” policy in DC that is fair, simple, and built to last. Experts agree that putting a price on pollution is the #1 climate cure – and Camila has been working for years across the country to make it happen on the ground, including everyone as a stakeholder in the solution.

On her native coast in 2013, Camila co-founded Oregon Climate, a grassroots nonprofit that led the charge for carbon pricing in the state legislature. She continues to help lead the group as expands nationwide, growing a new generation of focused climate leaders.

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.

Camila is a Fellow of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Sitka Fellow, Udall Scholar, former board member of the Geos Institute and Watershed Management Group, Mic50 awardee, and member of the Young Climate Leaders Network. She’s also a bilingual dual citizen of Chile, with a budding dharma practice and love of good food.



Kelly is communications director at CCAN, focusing on helping our campaigns win victories by engaging the media and mobilizing CCAN supporters and allies. Before joining CCAN, Kelly worked on communications for Friends of the Earth, where she helped drive the group’s media and grassroots strategy to stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, resulting in critical coverage in top national and state news outlets that dialed up the pressure on President Obama to reject the pipeline. Kelly also worked previously for fairer trade policies and healthcare for all with NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. A native of the Harrisburg area of PA, Kelly earned a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University and studied abroad for a year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors for hikes, softball and tennis, reading, laughing at her two cats and playing the violin in the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra.



Harrison works as the Hampton Roads Lead Organizer. He utilizes his background as a field organizer for multiple statewide and local campaigns to expand CCAN’s grassroots network across coastal Virginia.

Before joining the CCAN team, he worked as a Field Organizer in Virginia for Governor Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign as well as State Senator Jennifer Wexton’s special election campaign. He also spent time in North Carolina as the Lead Organizer for a pro public education campaign called Aim Higher Now.

Harrison is a Virginia native and a proud alumnus of James Madison University.