Brower Youth Awards

Winners in 2018

Jade Sweeney

Jacksonville, NC

Supporting our key pollinators

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Mishka Banuri

Salt Lake City, UT

Intersectional organizing for climate justice

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Rose Whipple

St. Paul, MN

Speaking up against oil pipelines on Indigenous lands

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Stephen O’Hanlon

Downingtown, PA

Communicating the need for political action

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Tina Oh

Sackville, New Brunswick

Amplifying narratives of frontline communities

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Valeree Catangay

Long Beach, CA

Advocating for a more inclusive environmental movement

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Selection Committee

Anisha Desai

Anisha is a core trainer with AORTA, the Anti-Oppression, Resource and Training Alliance, a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. She served as the Director of the New Leaders Initiative for seven years and has worked in the non-profit and educational sector for over two decades. She’s also a Life-Cycle Celebrant and is the Founder of Radical Ceremony, where she writes and creates ceremonies for all kinds of rites of passage.

Barbara Brower

Dr. Barbara Brower received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. The daughter of Anne and David Brower, she serves on Earth Island Institute’s Board of Directors. She is a Professor of Geography for Portland State University, where she has been a part of the Department of Geography for 23 years. Her research interests include cultural ecology, mountain geography, and wildland resource conservation and policy in Nepal and the western United States. Dr. Brower’s current work, The Urban Coyote Project, seeks to encourage young learners while making sense of the urban coyotes in Portland, Oregon.

Doorae Shin

Doorae is the Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Program Manager for Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and Co-Founder of the Good Food Movement. She graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a B.A. in Sustainability Studies. As a student, Doorae led an effort that successfully banned EPS foam (“Styrofoam”) from her campus, for which she was a Brower Youth Award winner in 2014. She then went on to serve as the University of Hawaiʻi System’s first ever Student Sustainability Coordinator. She is passionate about empowering youth and the local community to live in alignment and in harmony with nature.

Kristin Schafer

Before joining Pesticide Action Network (PAN) more than 20 years ago, Kristin worked for the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Agriculture program, as a communications specialist for EPA, and as an agro-forestry extension officer with the Peace Corps in Kenya. Kristin has held many roles at PAN over the years, focusing particularly on how pesticides are harming children’s health–she is currently the Executive Director. She holds a Masters in Social Change and Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Ramin Pejan

Ramin is a staff attorney for Earthjustice’s International Program in San Francisco, CA. He has previously worked for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Environment Programme on the links between human rights and environmental issues. He has been a part of New York City Law Department’s Environmental Law Division as an Assistant Corporation Counsel and then as Senior Counsel, where he was engaged in a wide variety of environmental litigation, advocacy, counseling and compliance work in areas of federal and state law. Ramin worked in Bushbuckridge, South Africa as legal counsel for the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), a non-profit focusing on water resource management issues in rural South Africa.

Shaniece Alexander

Currently as the Executive Director of the Oakland Food Policy Council, Shaniece focuses on creating and implementing equitable food policy as well as addressing the systemic impacts of racism, poverty, and incarceration on people of color. She maintains a commitment to a combination of community centered program design, legislative advocacy and policy reform as the approach for systemic change for individuals, families and communities.