Alexander is Managing Principal of Forging Alliances consulting firm, and the Executive Director of the Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN), where he leads and manages a network of approximately 150 organizations across 12 Southeastern states.Alexander was most recently Associate Campus Director of Ana G. Mendez University System - South Florida Campus, where he helped manage the entire Campus operation, including academic and student affairs, and community outreach. Previously, he was Foundations Director at the Democracia USA project of National Council of La Raza, where he was charged with managing its institutional donor portfolio, while also supporting major individual donor fundraising.Alexander has worked in Hispanics in Philanthropy, where he was responsible for leading program design, fundraising and project management for capacity building, educational and economic development projects in varied regions such as Florida, North Carolina, Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua. Alexander also worked with the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Secretariat for the negotiations held in Panama and in Mexico, and as a consultant in the Argentine Consulate General in Miami.In his varied roles and as a consultant, Alexander has managed and built multiple stakeholder networks, also raising more than $15 million for multiple initiatives and causes through donor cultivation and grant-writing activities. He is a college professor and seasoned presenter at conferences and training workshops on topics such as leadership, fundraising, organizational development and networks management. Alexander has authored publications on international trade issues and has been featured in television interviews and newspaper articles on a variety of topics that include transnationalism, Latino participation in U.S. politics, educational models and opportunities.
Membership & Operations Coordinator (Coral Springs, FL.)
Sara is an international business professional with experience in business strategy, logistics, and marketing. Sara worked with BMA, a German company specializing in engineering for the sugar industry, her roles included: market intelligence and account management for 10+ Latin American countries. Most recently, she worked with the German American Business Chamber of Miami on Marketing activities and the development of strategies to increase the organization’s public awareness. By the end of 2018, Sara decided to focus her career towards the development of environmental solutions to incentivize a more responsible use of resources. In April 2019, Sara alongside her husband Juan created Ciclica LLC, an ongoing project that seeks to decrease the amount of plastic packaging in the CPG industry. Recently, Sara joined SCEN to collaborate in membership, operations and fundraising, among other fields. Outside of her professional life she is an animal lover and has recently rescued a beautiful puppy named Milano, an Australian Shepherd mix.
Impact Intern (Miami, FL)
Nicole is an Honors Graduate from Florida International University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Political Science as well as a Minor in Marketing. Her certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies as well as Portuguese Certificate has inspired her passion for social justice.
She has participated in leadership and volunteer mission trips in countries, such as Guatemala and Israel. Her experience serving as Vice President of Communications and Director of Communications for the Brazilian Culture Club and GlobeMed at FIU have molded her passion for cultural awareness and global health. Her most recent social project as a United Nations Millennium Fellowship fellow exposed her to the need for community development and fostering social change. Her work experience at the German American Business Chamber gave her the opportunity to participate in networking events, panels, and marketing development. Nicole is a dedicated and hardworking professional with experience in public relations, public speaking, leadership positions, marketing, global affairs, and much more.
Sophia is a sustainability scientist whose passion lies in communications and marketing.
She graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science and a passion for grassroots movements. Over the summer of 2018, Sophia conducted research for her senior thesis in Costa Rica, which focused on the challenges of scaling up grassroots conservation programs and mapping partnerships in the area.
Since graduating in 2019 she interned for Miliken & Company, a diversified industrial manufacturer, her roles included: data visualization, an overhaul of the recycling program at headquarters, and creation of sustainability PowerPoints. Most recently, she worked with a non-profit located in Greenville, SC on marketing and research projects. Recently, Sophia joined SCEN to assist with communications and the new asset mapping project.
Summer Programs Fellow (Birmingham, AL)
Abigail Franks is a recent Honors graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Political Science and Peace, Justice, and Ecology. Next year, she will pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental Justice and Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She is especially passionate about transforming the South into a sustainable and resilient region. Her ultimate goal is to work on a regional scale to craft climate mitigation and adaptation policies that would operate with an approach of decarbonization through nature-based ideas. By doing so, she hopes to expand on these policies and include regulations for fossil fuel companies that mandate environmental cleanup and promote environmental accountability. Abigail’s specialties include topics such as nonviolent social movements, Alabamian environmental policy, community-based leadership, solar energy, and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. She is the founder of the organization WEARE (We Envision Alabamian Renewable Energy). Through this organization, Abigail advocates for solar energy policy reform, educates Alabamians about sustainability, and exposes the environmental injustice that is prevalent in her state. In her free time, Abigail enjoys listening to podcasts, doing yoga, and cuddling with her dog: Ginny.
Summer Programs Fellow (Durham, NC)
Harmony Chavis is a 20 something motivated by radical kindness and love and committed to figuring life out one day at a time. She is currently a fellow for the Southeast Climate and Energy Network, where her work primarily focuses on environmental justice. Harmony has spent the last 6 years working and volunteering at a number of nonprofits such as, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and day centers, and a mental health research lab. She is a published columnist, an avid outdoor adventurer, and a lover of all things travel. Harmony hopes to promote the voices of black folks, and in particular young black women, non-binary folx."
Bookkeeper (Boca Raton, FL)
Gloria Cully is a professional with experience in business management; she holds an international business degree and has served in different industries such as: technology, government, nonprofit, hospitality and construction.
Gloria has managed internal payroll of 300 employees, has directed all aspects of E-Verify and managed departments of accounts payable / accounts receivable: vendor set up, cash flow, staff reimbursements, bank reconciliation and invoicing. She has also worked directly with controllers and accountants completing annual external audits and generating quarterly financial budgets.
Our working group co-chairs and collaborators
Co-chair FRESH Working Group
Colette is a generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana. As founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, she develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Energy Democracy. Colette works with local communities, national funders and elected officials in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster recovery. Please find full bio here
Interim Co-chair Southeast Faith Leaders Network Working Group
Susannah is the director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches, addressing the environmental issues and justice impacts of climate change as a moral imperative. She is a life-long UU and received a Master’s of Divinity degree with an emphasis on ecological ethics from Starr King School for the Ministry. Susannah currently serves on Interfaith Power & Light’s national Board of Directors, Duke Energy’s NC Eastern Advisory Council, and UNC School of Law’s Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3) Advisory Board.
REV. MICHAEL MALCOM
Co-chair Environmental Justice Working Group
The Reverend Michael Malcom is the Executive Director of Alabama Interfaith Power and Light and a licensed and ordained United Church of Christ Minister. Rev Malcom is the Senior Pastor of Rush Memorial Congregational UCC in Atlanta, GA. He is also the Founder of Martha’s Corner, Inc. and The People’s Justice Council which are 501(c)3 non-profits and the Environmental Justice Representative for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is currently the co-chair of the Building Power from the Grassroots Task Force with Climate Action Network International, and the co-chair of the Environmental Justice working group for the Southeast Climate and Energy Network. Please find full bio here
Co-chair FRESH Working Group
Sasha Forbes provides capacity-building and technical assistance to communities focused on equity, inclusion, and sustainable community-building strategies. She collaborates with local and national partners on initiatives that aim to provide people and communities with quality multimodal transportation, affordable housing, healthy foods, jobs, and overall climate-smart solutions. Please find full bio here
Co-chair Southeast Faith Leaders Network Working Group
Rev. Dallas Conyers works as a Body Restoration Specialist: teaching yoga, foods for healing, and spiritual reestablishment to help people become ABLE to live out their creation purpose.
She is a certified Sustainable Agriculturalist, Beekeeper, and Greenhouse Husbandman. She uses her micro-farm to practice, and educate others on: eco-system restoration, soil regeneration, no-till square foot farming, and pollinator cultivation; for our world and for our survival. Dallas delightedly sits under the leadership of Rev. Dr. M. Keith McDaniel as an associate at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
Co-chair Environmental Justice Working Group
Kaleia Martin is a community advocate who firmly believes in the power of individuals and communities to make extraordinary change. She is an institutional organizer who understands that in order to create sustainable change, root causes need to be identified and addressed at the policy, system and environmental level. Kaleia is the Southeastern Climate Justice Organizer for Climate Reality Project, the co-chair of the environmental justice working group for the Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN), a youth organizer and the former program manager of environmental justice and community organizing at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!). She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree at UNC- Greensboro and went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree the following year.