tristan, Fairbanks (he/they): Tristan focuses on climate justice, economic transition, Indigenous rights, and progressive coalition-building like the Fireweed Collective! His strengths lie in community organizing, social movement strategy, policy, and political economy. They are interested in learning how to produce more media such as podcasts or film.
Olivia, Fairbanks/Anchorage (she/her): Olivia is first from Fairbanks, but now lives in Anchorage. While Olivia can’t roll her r’s, wink, or whistle she does have years of experience in electoral campaign work, brief stint in the legislature, non-profit and fundraising work. Her work focuses on voting rights, accessibility, corrections and criminal justice, labor and LGBTQ rights, and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault prevention. Olivia is hoping to gain experience in non-electoral organizing and different form of communication.
Leila Kodiak/Fairbanks (she/her): Leila focuses on youth education and community action through art. She has experience teaching science and outdoor education, organizing around issues of salmon protection and environmental justice, and using art to communicate important community visions and concerns. She’d like to learn more about Alaska’s real history, food justice, storytelling, and political systems.
Louise is a field ecologist who works mainly in the Alaskan Arctic. Her work focuses on monitoring long term ecological change and, more recently, Arctic lynx populations. She is working on developing political and civic engagement skills alongside her field ecologist skills– two things she believes should never be mutually exclusive. Her favorite hobbies include getting to know the local plants, taking her dog on long adventures, and having conversations with new friends in new places.
Alexander found feminism and intersectionality while trying to figure out how they fit into their passions for environmental action, psychology, and anthropology at UAF, and has since found vital sustenance and inspiration in mixing them all together. They want to get better at personally and collectively understanding how to co-create life peaceably as humans, alongside our non-human relatives, and meanwhile loves accountability, life (with ALS), being sassy, and sharing music and food.
I’m passionate about access to health care including abortion, especially for people in communities where health care is limited by geography on top of all the other existing barriers. I’m also really passionate about the intersections of climate change, community resilience, energy, decolonization, Traditional Knowledge, science, and all that is unique to the Arctic. I have some experience in community organizing, but would like to get better at it. A fun fact about me is that I am creating an Interdisciplinary degree at UAF, which I’m calling a B.S. in Climate Resilience & Adaptation.