Building Engagement Skills for Environmental NonProfits: Communicating Risks & Impacts – Speaker Bios

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Martin La Monica
is a Boston-based reporter and editor with many years of experience covering energy and environment, technology, science, and business. He is currently Deputy Editor and the Environment & Energy Editor of The Conversation, a news analysis and commentary site written by academics and edited by journalists for a general reader. Before joining The Conversation, he was the national correspondent at Xconomy covering emerging technology and clean technology for entrepreneurs and investors. He was also a contributing editor at MIT Technology Review and wrote for IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe, the Guardian Sustainable Business, Greentech Media, GreenBiz, and Scientific American. Previously, La Monica worked for 10 years at tech news site CNET, where he was the lead reporter and manager of the Green Tech blog. During the dotcom boom and bust, he was the executive editor of a Silicon Valley-based enterprise technology publication and news web site.

Courtney St. John is a policy and communications professional with significant experience working on climate and energy issues. As the co-director of the Energy Transition desk at Climate Nexus, she works with various sectors and the media to tell the story of the transition to a clean energy economy. Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Courtney was the Associate Director of Outreach at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Courtney also worked as the Climate Change Affairs Officer for the United States Navy’s Task Force Climate Change where she oversaw execution of the Navy’s Climate Change Roadmap on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff. She was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. Courtney is the author or co-author of eight publications on topics ranging from climate change and national security to environmental decision making and has extensive public speaking and teaching experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in environmental planning and policy and a certificate in Risk Communication. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Human Impacts Institute and the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Environmental Security. She is an Advisory Member of Superhero Clubhouse, a theater collective focused on environmental issues, and co-directs PositiveFeedback, an initiative that fosters collaboration between climate scientists and artists. In 2015, Courtney was honored as a Climate “sHero,” one of nineteen women working to advance action on climate change in New York City.

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