ReThink Energy Florida's Staff

 Executive Director: Kim Ross

Kim Ross is the former president and founder of ReThink Energy Florida, a non-profit dedicated to engaging,  educating, and empowering citizens to take action and achieve energy independence in a healthier, more sustainable environment. As an owner/member of EarthSTEPS, an environmental consulting firm, she also works as the Operations Consultant and Project Manager on energy efficiency and Demand-Side Management projects. Kim is a steering committee member of Floridians Against Fracking, one of the leaders in the recent success derailing Big Oil's move to bring fracking to Florida.



Field Operations Director: Brian Lee

 Brian Lee is a co-founder of ReThink Energy Florida, and currently serves as the Field Operations Director. Brian received his BA Degree in Political Science from FSU in 2008, and has frequently worked in the field of campaign politics at the national and local levels. He is also currently the principal at Tallahassee Progressive Grassroots Consulting. He was elected to the Leon Soil and Water Conservation  District in 2014, and serves as Chair on that Board. During the past three legislative sessions, Brian served as Legislative Director at Floridians Against Fracking.



Campaign Director: V Miller

  V first got involved in environmental organizing during the Tar Sands actions outside the White House in the
  fall of 2011. After graduating and returning home to Tallahassee Florida, V volunteered with a number of
  organizations, including the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, mentoring and coaching student leaders
  in the Southeast. V's passions are for engaging and empowering Florida's residents to be citizen leaders in
  their struggle for energy independence.



Communications Director: Jenn Zipperer

  Jenn is studying Political Science in the TCC-to-FSU program. Her passion for environmental justice has
  inspired her to find new ways to communicate the urgency of environmental action to the public and all
  levels of government. Jenn’s interests in communications and government have motivated her to pursue
  those fields in her education and community involvement. She serves the statewide community as the
  Communications Director of ReThink Energy Florida and as the Communications Manager for ReThink Energy
  Florida's Sea Level Rise Project. Jenn also volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby as a Congressional Liaison.



Meet ReThink Energy Florida's Associate Directors, Interns, and Chapter Leaders!

Our interns share in our desire to educate, engage, and empower citizens to take action toward achieving energy independence and a sustainable environment.

Executive Assistant: Nicole Legere

  Nicole is a Senior at Florida State University studying Economics and Environmental Studies. She hopes to
  pursue a career in Environmental Economics and Sustainability Practices after graduation. Growing up in
  beautiful West Palm Beach inspired Nicole to choose a career path protecting our natural resources so they
  can continue to inspire future generations. Through her internship at ReThink Energy, Nicole hopes to
  encourage the Tallahassee community to adopt sustainable practices to foster a healthier future for Florida. In
  her free time, Nicole is usually outside enjoying nature, volunteering in animal care, or getting coffee with


Executive Assistant: Christine Campbell 

  Christine recently graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a
  minor in Environment & Society. Originally from Philadelphia, Christine found a passion for environmental
  politics when she moved to Florida for college in 2016. In just three years, Christine has seen the worsening
  effects of climate change through three hurricanes, each stronger than the last. Christine hopes to help
  ReThink Energy engage and educate Floridians about pressing environmental issues, while developing
  sustainable solutions for Tallahassee specifically. Christine enjoys traveling, animals, and music.


Senior Program Coordinator: Adriana Silva

  Adriana is a student at Florida State University from Miami, Florida seeking a B.S in Environment & Society.
  She is passionate about transforming the public and corporate perception of environmental sustainability.
  Through ReThink Energy Florida, Adriana will not only assist with bringing awareness on environmental issues
  to the Tallahassee and Florida communities, but she also hopes to further develop the skills necessary to one
  day address environmental issues at the national level.






Children's Outreach Coordinator: Nikki Knutson

  Nikki is in her third year pursuing a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at Florida State University. She is also
  the founder and secretary of Bee Friendly at Florida State University, which serves to protect bee populations in
  Tallahassee. Being from Melbourne, Florida, an area which has been negatively impacted by unsustainable farming
  practices, she became exposed to a number of environmental issues from a young age. Now, through ReThink Energy
  Florida, she is able to teach children about how they can become environmental allies. After she graduates with her
  bachelor's degree, Nikki hopes to receive a master's in Urban and Regional Planning to help implement more
                  sustainable practices in cities.

Political Advocacy Coordinator: Sean Malone

  Sean is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a double major in Biology and Psychology. Being from
  Satellite Beach, Florida and having attended Cocoa Beach High School, he developed a close connection to the
  ocean and to nature. In college, he became politically active and understood the power people hold in creating
  change, so he combined that with his love of nature to become the Political Advocacy Coordinator at ReThink
  Energy Florida. When he's not working or attending school, Sean enjoys playing music, sports, and spending
  time with friends.

Associate Director of Campaigns: Lauren Corey

  Lauren received her B.S. from Florida State University in Political Science and Environment & Society. She is an
  aspiring environmental lawyer who values conservation, climate action, and environmental justice. She found
  her passion in environmental politics when she became the Political Chair of FSU's Environmental Service
  Program, and later the Co-President. As a Tallahassee local, she wants to see the City become a leader in
  sustainability. This led her to work on the Tally35 Campaign, which advocates for Tallahassee to become 100%
  on renewable energy by 2035 or as soon as possible. Lauren is now the Associate Director of Campaigns at
  ReThink Energy Florida and is its Tally35 Coalition Coordinator.


Political Advocacy Coordinator: Kenzie Mullins

  Kenzie will be a sophomore at Florida State University in the summer. She plans to study Environmental
  Science and Policy with a minor in Political Science. A Tallahassee native, Kenzie has seen the importance in
  caring for the environment through the ever-growing threat of destructive hurricanes and the degradation of
  Panhandle lands. She intends to use her passion for the environment to incite a passion in others, and hopes
  to one day work for a government agency and keep the momentum of the environmental movement alive. 




Education Associate Director: Christina Mbuya

  Christina Mbuya is a Tallahassee native who is in her second year at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
  University, working on her Masters in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine and Estuarine
  Ecosystems. She received her B.S. at the University of South Florida in Environmental Science & Policy.
  Christina relishes in community involvement and is a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Young
  Carver STEM Academy. She believes that citizen outreach and engagement are vital components to
  environmental sustainability.


Senior Development Coordinator: Rachel Robinson

  Rachel is a Senior at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in Business Management and Marketing. She
  hopes to pursue a career in business sustainability upon graduation. She is from Orlando, Florida and grew up
  with a love for nature, water and all things outdoors. Combining her passion for business and the
  environment, Rachel works as the Senior Development Coordinator for ReThink Energy Florida. She hopes
  that her work will help ReThink reach a wider audience and accomplish more.



Development Coordinator: Jake Blaut

  Jake is a senior at Florida State University studying Economics and Political Science. He is originally from
  Cincinnati, Ohio and is very passionate towards addressing environmental issues and how they can impact each
  community differently. Jake hopes to continue his career as an advocate for environmental and educational
  issues while staying engaged and involved in the political process. In his spare time, he also enjoys playing
  music and getting together with friends.


Development Coordinator: Camila Doherty 

  Camila Doherty is a Senior at Florida State University studying Environmental Studies. She has moved from
  country to country every 3 years since she was a baby. Some of those countries include Ecuador, the
  Philippines, and Chile. Growing up in these different environments, Camila began noticing several
  environmental issues. She became passionate about environmental studies when she visited smokey mountain
  in the Philippines. Camila joined Rethink Energy Florida because she wants to help with Florida's transition to
  100% renewable energy. 


Senior Communications Grant Coordinator : Jack Norris

  Jack is currently a Senior at Florida State University completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Editing, Writing &
  Media with a minor in Communications. Growing up in the once-small beach town known as Surfside, FL, Jack
  has always been around water. His concern for the environment has been shaped greatly by the many
  interactions he has shared with the ocean and marine creatures throughout his life. He intends to use his skills
  as a writer to help spread ReThink's message and do whatever he can to help the ocean, and in a larger sense,
  the environment as a whole.


Senior Communications Coordinator : Alex Pividal

  Alexandra Pividal is a senior at Florida State University from Tampa Florida, seeking a degree in media
  communication studies and business. Growing up in Tampa Bay, her love for the ocean and beaches started at a
  young age, eventually sparking her passion for the environment as a whole. With this passion, she hopes to
  one-day start her own non-profit and bring awareness and change to the environmental issues this world faces    today.



Senior Webmaster: Chris Stephens

  Chris, the youngest member of the team, is a senior at Chiles High School. He plans to attend FSU in the fall
  of 2019 to earn degrees in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy. Chris got involved at ReThink
  Energy Florida because he believes in making a 100% transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
  After graduating from FSU, he plans to move to California, to further his career in renewable energy.



South Florida Chapter Leader (Miami): Susie Garcia

  Susie Garcia originally from Miami, FL, graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's
  degree in Anthropology and Spanish. Between 2008 and 2015, she worked her way up the ranks at the
  Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ultimately becoming Executive Staff Director for Regulatory
  Programs. It was during this time that her passion for environmental policy and advocacy grew. Currently,
  she is the Marketing Coordinator for Florida A&M University's School of the Environment, primarily planning
  the 2017 International Summit on EnergyWaterFoodNexus. Susie joined ReThink Energy Florida in order to
  help spread awareness about renewable energy and environmental policies affecting those at the local, state,


Meet Our Tidal Town Hall Organizers!

Tampa Bay Organizer: Alexis Howard

  Alexis Howard is a recent FSU graduate obtaining their Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Policy.
  Formally a Political Advocacy Coordinator for Rethink, they now work as the Tampa Bay Area Field Organizer.
  They are passionate about environmentalism, conservation, and sustainability and plans to continue to
  advocate for environmental justice throughout their career.



Northeast Florida Organizer: Chloe Osborne

  Chloe currently serves as the Northeast Florida organizer for the Sea Level Rise Candidate Forum campaign.
  She has also been working as Legislative Lobbying Coordinator for the ReThink Energy Action Fund since
  January. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Environmental Science and Policy
  and will be pursuing her Masters of Law in Environmental Land Use beginning in the Fall of 2018. Chloe’s
  passion as a rescue scuba diver has solidified her love for the environment and continue to shape her career
  path today. Her environmental work centers around political advocacy and legislation.


Southeast Florida Organizer: Laura Aguirre

  Laura is the Tidal Town Halls’ Southeast Florida Organizer, organizing forums in Palm Beach, Broward, and
  her native Miami-Dade. She is an educator with 10+ years designing curricula, materials, and programs for
  diverse audiences. In 2016, she attended a Miami Climate Alliance meeting that energized her to get
  involved and get connected. Two years later, she has earned her M.A. with a concentration in Environmental
  Humanities, is on the executive board of 350 South Florida, and is a member of the Miami Climate Alliance.
  She is happiest outdoors and never leaves the house without a book.


West Florida Organizer: Ally Duffy

  Ally received her B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2011 and is currently finishing
  her master’s degree in Biology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She worked at the Gulf Ecology
  Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency for 6 years as a Student Services Contractor, assisting
  with projects ranging from satellite remote sensing, to micro-plastic ingestion in corals. Her research
  experience has led to a passion for advocacy, and she hopes to use her background to help bridge the gap
  between science and politics.



Meet The Action Fund Interns!

Electoral Advocacy Coordinator (Action Fund): Elizabeth Butscher

  Elizabeth is a senior at the Florida State University majoring in History. She is originally from South
  Florida and that landscape shaped her love for nature and the environment. Hoping to pursue law
  and politics in the future, she knows that working with the ReThink Energy Action Fund is a great
  learning experience and a truly meaningful position.