Our Organizer: John Humphries
John has more than two decades of experience in nonprofit management, community organizing, and advocacy, and he has served as organizer for the Roundtable since its establishment in 2012. His organizing experience encompasses local, state, regional and national campaigns, working with: people in rural Appalachian communities affected by coal mining; a coalition of labor, religious and community organizations in the Naugatuck Valley in CT; diverse youth opposing military recruitment in schools; diverse people of faith opposing war in Iraq and the use of torture by the U.S. government; and a coalition of parents, educators and community activists working to expand access to quality, integrated education in the Hartford region. With training in water resources engineering and economics, his early professional career was in international irrigation management. John represents the Roundtable on the Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3). He lives in Hartford and is active in the Hartford Friends Meeting (Quakers).
Our Communications Coordinator: Taylor Mayes
Taylor Mayes became the Roundtable’s Communications Coordinator in August 2018 to develop and implement strategies that more effectively coordinate with the Roundtable’s Affiliates and other allies in an effort to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut’s labor, environmental, and religious groups. She brings experience working as a communications intern for the City of Hartford’s Climate Stewardship Initiative and the CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). A Connecticut native, Taylor graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2018 with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. During her time at UConn, she was very involved with organizing student groups and events, and from that experience highlights the importance of aesthetic and design in spreading a message as well as the power of social networking in advancing a movement. Through her studies, Taylor has found that her passions lie in issues of environmental injustice and lack of representation of marginalized groups in the mainstream environmental movement. She is greatly inspired by work which empowers communities to take a stand against exploitative systems and institutions. She is excited to be working with the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs to strengthen the engagement and collaboration among its diverse constituencies.
Our Board of Directors (March 2018)
(Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.)
- Jeremy Brecher—Labor Network for Sustainability
- Jefferson Davis—1000 Friends of CT
- Renee Hamel—labor organizer
- John Harrity (Chair)—CT State Council of Machinists & Grow Jobs CT
- John Humphries (Secretary)—Roundtable Organizer
- Diane Lauricella—Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
- Jameelah Muhammad (Treasurer)—Interreligious Eco-Justice Network & Sierra Club
- Renae Reese (Vice Chair)—CT Center for a New Economy
- Steve Schrag—SEIU Local 511 & Naugatuck Valley Project
- Maisa Tisdale—The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community
- Guy West—Clean Water Action
View the list of affiliated groups and a description of how your group can join us here.