We grew up in the San Juans, or on the reservations; in Las Vegas, Portland, or Salt Lake City. Our families hail from within a stone’s throw of Four Corners, New York City, and back East. We were born as far away as Trinidad, Florida, and Santiago, Chile. Find out more about the passionate team of young conservationists behind Uplift.
Join the 2017 organizing team.
Are you passionate about climate justice and youth advocacy? Apply to join our organizing team!
In addition to filling out the application form, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Applications are due April 7th, 2017 at 5 pm.
THE 2016 ORGANIZING TEAM
24, Salt Lake City, UT
Brooke grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and romped around the Wasatch Mountains and deserts of Southern Utah throughout her childhood. As a current student in the University of Utah's Environmental Humanities Graduate Program, Brooke is exploring the role of storytelling in building climate justice movements across the Colorado Plateau. She is the publicist for Torrey House Press, a nonprofit dedicated to elevating voices for the land. Brooke graduated from Colorado College with a degree in environmental policy and spent two years researching conservation and water issues in the American West with the State of the Rockies Project. With a deep love for Colorado Plateau, Brooke finds hope in the community of young agitators, visionaries, storytellers, and artists who call the red rock region home.
25, Flagstaff, AZ
Claire grew up in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California with an abiding love of stories, pretty rocks, and good-smelling trees. Her 2012 introduction to the Trust as a volunteer on Whitman College’s Semester in the West opened her eyes to conservation as a career, and she began working for the Trust in 2014 as a Citizen Science Coordinator (AmeriCorps). From 2014-2015, she helped grow a movement of young conservation activists called Uplift, and worked with the Trust’s dedicated and fun-loving volunteers learning botany, restoring springs, and studying habitat connectivity. Claire loves finding new ways for young people to shape conservation and is now the Uplift and Youth Engagement Coordinator. She holds a bachelor's degree in Geology.
24, Flagstaff, AZ
Growing up in Las Vegas, Frankie spent the majority of her teens thinking that she would one day go to college to become a music journalist. Instead, she is an unlikely climate justice activist raised in the suburbs. Upon arrival in Flagstaff, she joined a learning community that focused on sustainability, democracy, and civic engagement. She quickly got involved in local community organizing efforts, changed her major to environmental studies, and decided that she would spend her life organizing around social and environmental injustices on a grassroots scale. She was the Trust’s Citizen Advocacy Coordinator as an AmeriCorps service member in 2014-2015 and helped organize Uplift 2015. Frankie dreams that the environmental movement can become a more intersectional movement that puts the voices of marginalized communities at the forefront. In 2015, she started a master’s program in Sustainable Communities at NAU and continues to incorporate her community organizing background into the conservation and social justice movements.
23, Flagstaff, AZ
Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, Kelsey spent much of her adolescence exploring and growing in the infamous Rocky Mountains. Her fondest memories consist of snowshoeing with her uncle, hiking fourteeners with her mother, and many weekend ski trips indulging in the powdery backcountry. Kelsey was instilled with ecocentric values at a young age (thanks to her mother). These values, combined with her love for the natural world, led her to pursue a degree in environmental science and policy at Northern Arizona University. Kelsey has lived in Flagstaff, Arizona since 2009, where she works to educate community members about alternative energy sources and energy efficiency practices. She strives to continue her higher education and hopes to create and implement environmental legislation to address the climate crisis.
28, Albuquerque, NM
Ya’at’eeh! Leiloni Begaye is a Diné (Navajo) woman who identifies herself with four clans: Má’dééshgiizhnii (Coyote Pass), To’ aheedlííníí (Water Flow Together), Táchíí’níí (Red Running Into Water), and Tl’ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People). Leiloni is from the Navajo Reservation in Greasewood Springs, Arizona, and her traditional upbringing instilled a great appreciation for her culture and language. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture and an emphasis in Rangeland Management. Currently, Leiloni is a FoodCorps Fellow in Albuquerque, New Mexico working with non-profit organizations to improve food access to benefit communities and children's health in neighborhoods where social inequity can result in major health disparities. Leiloni also engages with Tribal communities to better understand desert farming, school gardening, traditional foods, and community organizing. She loves giving back to her community, traveling, hiking, and visiting national parks and monuments with her two children. She believes that sustaining our environment and land starts in our own communities.
23, Salt Lake City, UT
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Marcel developed an early appreciation for all things wild. Having spent much of his childhood adventuring outdoors with his family and friends, his love for the Colorado Plateau is rooted in experiences backpacking in the sprawling wildernesses of the Southwest. His concern for the longevity of these landscapes stems from an understanding of Earth science, human history, and a deep affection for the fragile beauty of the natural world. Having recently graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's in geology, Marcel splits his time between working for the Journal of the American Chemical Society as an editorial assistant and working at his family’s ranch near Afton, Wyoming. He hopes that Uplift will act as a platform for youth-dominated, solutions-based discussion on climate change, giving voice to the often marginalized diverse communities of the Colorado Plateau.
24, Flagstaff, AZ
Montana Johnson was born and raised under the California sun but made her move to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2011 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. After delving into the depths of South American environmental issues by studying abroad in Chile, conducting research in Argentina, and helping run a local non-profit focused on Chilean Patagonia, she wanted to take the lessons she learned and apply them to her home. She is dedicated to bridging the communication gap between science and the public and utilizing experiential learning to create change. She has a passion for all things wild and loves spending time outside playing in the dirt, identifying aquatic invertebrates, climbing up rocks, and practicing yoga.
23, Philadelphia, PA
Maia grew up in Philadelphia, where the impacts of pollution and development were directly tangible. From a young age, Maia cherished moments in the outdoors and developed a special appreciation for conserving the beauty of precious ecosystems. Her love for the outdoors inspired a move to Colorado, where she graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology. She focused on indigenous and human rights, cultural preservation, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. She is an active advocate for the connection of cultural and environmental preservation. Maia plans to continue to advocate for multiculturalism and community engagement in the movement to protect the environment.
24, Flagstaff, AZ
Rhea grew up in Prescott, Arizona and spent her formative years running down forested trails and sleeping under the stars where her love for the Colorado Plateau – the deserts, mountains, forests, and rivers – grew to immense proportions. Rhea holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University and is interested in learning from the ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau and advocating for the conservation, protection, and health of the plateau and its changing landscapes. She currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona and enjoys exploring wild, open places – in sun or snow – with her dog, Nova.