Grist makes the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization devoted to eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens readers to act. We go beyond the page to foster an unlikely network of leaders to bring about a sustainable world that works for everyone.
Founded and headquartered in Seattle, we’re now spread across the country, reporting from the frontlines on the threats that face our world and the fixers working to … well, fix them. Here’s how to reach us or pitch our editors.
Brady Piñero Walkinshaw FOLLOW
Former Washington State Lawmaker. Fulbright Scholar in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Previously at the Gates Foundation. Passionate advocate for a better, more just future that works for all of us.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Caroline works on special projects across the CEO’s portfolio. She has a background in environmental studies, creative writing, and project management. She’s also written a best-selling book about sustainable steak, and has baked over 2,000 croissants in her very small, very buttery-smelling home-kitchen.
Over a decade of experience in administrative and coordination roles, with a focus on scheduling, event planning, and project management. Islander at heart with a Californian soul. Avid thrifter and loving plant mom.
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Activist, artist, strategist. Previously sang jazz in dim sum restaurants. Currently making connections to save the world while still singing jazz in dim sum restaurants.
Nikhil Swaminathan STORIES | FOLLOW
Failed chemical engineer-turned-science journalist. Resume includes: Scientific American, Al Jazeera America, GOOD. ATLien who was in Brooklyn, then the Bay. Now, happily, back home.
POLITICS, SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Matt Craft STORIES
Coffee-powered wordplayer and enthusiastic pedestrian. Formerly of New Orleans and brownstone Brooklyn. Now back in native Seattle.
CLIMATE, SOLUTIONS, NEW ECONOMY
Teresa Chin STORIES | FOLLOW
Former science teacher, current podcast addict, lifelong Californian. I have strong opinions about breakfast burritos.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY
Sanguine paranoiac. Past work for The Intercept, Al Jazeera America, The Nation, elsewhere. North Carolina’s other JT. Based in New York City.
Kate Yoder STORIES | FOLLOW
Best described as crossword diva, worst described as professional athlete. I make the news happen, and also lots of artisan sourdough bread.
LANGUAGE, ARTS & CULTURE
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Nathanael Johnson STORIES | FOLLOW
Whitewater guide now chained to an inconveniently sinky desk. Writer of books. Father of daughters. Shanker of frisbees. Based in the Bay Area.
FOOD, ENERGY, CALIFORNIA
Eve Andrews STORIES | FOLLOW
Once fired after one night as a restaurant hostess, now frequent host of Grist’s videos. Write advice on taking control in out-of-control times. Too many opinions about Pittsburgh, pop music, and the patriarchy.
ASK UMBRA, VIDEO
Naveena Sadasivam STORIES | FOLLOW
Born in India, raised in Dubai and, after stints in NYC and Texas, now in the Bay Area covering energy and environmental issues for Grist. Has degrees in chemical engineering and environmental reporting and previously worked at the Texas Observer, InsideClimate News, and ProPublica.
Amelia Bates STORIES | FOLLOW
Artist, Sconnie, and volunteer farmer. Ten tattoos and counting. Would like to someday be the old lady who lives in the middle of nowhere who everyone thinks is a witch. Based in Wisconsin.
SENIOR JUSTICE FELLOW
Rachel Ramirez STORIES | FOLLOW
Island gal roaming the streets of New York City. Probably hiked most of the Columbia River Gorge (both Washington and Oregon side). Alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund and Asian-American Journalists Association VOICES program.
Sierra Garcia STORIES
A little too proud of being from the Monterey Bay in California (“the better bay area”). Studied abroad in the central Pacific, Australia, and South Africa while getting oceanography degree from Stanford but has to stay put for now to get her master’s. Interests include all things ocean-related, salsa dancing, the Ecuadorian Andes, and her fluffy golden retriever nephew, Leo.
Chip Giller STORIES | FOLLOW
Founded Grist in 1999 to lighten up a movement known for taking itself too seriously. Heinz Award for media innovation, TIME magazine “Hero of the Environment,” Brown grad, and obsessive Red Sox fan. When he isn’t pondering the future of environmental journalism, he likes to spend time with his wonderful wife and two kids at home on Vashon Island, near Seattle.
DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMING
Andrew Simon STORIES
Previously: Rolling Stone, VIBE, Complex Media, ESPN, Fast Company. Jersey raised me, Brooklyn made me, somehow in Seattle.
SENIOR EDITOR, FIX
Greg Hanscom FOLLOW
Mountain runner, writer, dad. Spearheads Fix’s storytelling efforts. This isn’t his first rodeo — that was High Country News, then Urbanite magazine in Baltimore, a city that stole his heart.
NEW ENGLAND NETWORK WEAVER
Family guy and resource generator for social justice issues, people, and movements. Perpetual networker and community-builder. Owned a kick-butt streetwear company in another life. Cambridge native who believes tacos heal the soul.
FIX NETWORK SYSTEMS MANAGER
Maker of spreadsheets and lists, devotee of crossing things off of lists. Grower of vegetables, writer of vegetable puns. Streamer of KEXP all the way from Boston — where it snows some, but not as much as she’d like.
Claire Thompson FOLLOW
Sourdough baker, occasional hiker, overzealous about spreadsheets. Currently being pulled like a sled all around Baltimore, by her active, adorable husky, Loki.
Full-time, habitual book binger; part-time, amateur activist, with a healthy obsession for creative writing.
Innovation and Growth
DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION AND GROWTH
GROWTH AND ENGAGEMENT EDITOR
Annelise McGough FOLLOW
My cat, Iggy, and I are avid Paul Simon fans. Should I go on?
Mignon Khargie FOLLOW
Maker of things, mostly useful, sometimes not. Former newspaper artist, co-founder of Salon.com. Teaching myself to write speculative fiction for middle-graders. Black cake enthusiast. Based in Southern California.
AUDIENCE GROWTH ANALYST
Fascinated by the full moon, curious about the numbers, and overthinking what to include in this bio.
SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT FELLOW
Texan who hates the heat but can’t stand the cold. Spends too much time on Twitter and takes astrology very seriously.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Natasha has spent the last 20 years working to ensure a more sustainable planet for all, and also hoping that wearing yoga pants will magically transform her into an actual yogi. Prior to joining the team at Grist, Natasha oversaw annual and planned giving at Conservation International, generating significant resources for the organization and bringing her love for the Chicago Bears to exotic locales the world over.
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Recovering archaeologist who left his trowel for the livelier world of nonprofit fundraising. Wisconsin native, now based in the Twin Cities.
SENIOR MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Bay Area transplant turned Seattleite after tracking Sasquatch into the North Cascades. Career-ending injury crushed her dreams of being America’s Next Top Hand Model. Spends free time on the trails or snowboarding with her husband, son, and dog.
FOUNDATION RELATIONS MANAGER AND DATA STRATEGIST
Clayton Aldern FOLLOW
Writer of essays, R scripts, and unremarkable Chrome extensions. Formerly, homelessness policy evaluation in the public sector. Before that, computational neuroscience in the ivory tower. Thanks to this magazine, appears in the Podesta Emails.
I’m a transplanted New Yorker who loves news (used to work at KUOW). I’ve got two outstanding jaywalking tickets, and I was once prevented from boarding a plane — I’ve got some stories …
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Brian Troyer FOLLOW
Proud Ohioan and Ohio State alum. Former Seattleite. Avid Buckeye fan, golfer, and chicken wing connoisseur.
SALESFORCE AND ESP ADMINISTRATOR
Tech whiz, EDM fan, and beer lover who will do everything Grist needs from him except write his own bio.
Finance and Administration
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Numbers speak louder than words. Graduate of Evergreen State College, a.k.a. “Greener.” Like a Geoduck, you’ll find me in the Pacific Northwest.
Visited Seattle many years ago and never left. Worked in retail for far too long before coming to her senses and deciding to use “skills” for good, not evil, landing in nonprofit world.
Board of Directors
John Alderman is the COO of SocialCode, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings (formerly the Washington Post Company), that provides digital marketing technology and services for leading consumer brands. Previously, he was publisher of Slate. Prior to that, he was vice president of business development for the Washington Post Company’s digital properties Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com. John had previously served in a variety of editorial and business roles at Outside magazine. He has a bachelor’s degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Meyer Memorial Trust
Michelle DePass is the president and CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon. Previously, Michelle has served as dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City, and as assistant administrator for International and Tribal Affairs at the EPA. She also served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation, founding executive director of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, senior policy advisor to the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental manager for the City of San Jose.
Kristen Grimm is the founder and president of Spitfire Strategies, a woman-owned firm dedicated to advancing racial, economic and social justice, protecting the environment, and pursuing opportunity for all. She has developed numerous resources for the field including Smart Chart 3.0, Discovering the Activation Point, Planning to Win, and Big Ideas to Big Change. Prior to launching Spitfire, Kristen wrote NOW HEAR THIS: The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications. She serves on the boards of Potomac Conservancy, Windward Fund, and Alaska Wilderness League.
Elise Hu is a West Coast-based correspondent and host at NPR, the audio-digital network serving some 1,000 stations around the country. Previously, she was the founding Seoul bureau chief and Asia correspondent for the network, responsible for covering the Koreas and Japan. Prior to joining NPR, she helped launch the nonprofit news organization the Texas Tribune in 2009. Elise has a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Susan L. Kaufman
Susan L. Kaufman Consulting
Susan L. Kaufman is a healthcare executive working on healthcare system transformation in Massachusetts. She has held senior and executive level positions in government, healthcare delivery organizations, and business. Kaufman founded and was a principal of Benova, Inc., a company that provided business process outsourcing services to health and human services agencies. She is also on the board of Primary Care Progress. She has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Gino Borland is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the software industry. His mission is to accelerate abundant clean energy. To that end, he’s enabling renewable energy via energy storage solutions.
Bill McKibben writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, Outside, and many other publications. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 after being excerpted in The New Yorker; it was a national bestseller and appeared in 20 foreign editions. His other books include Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Enough, The Age of Missing Information, and The Bill McKibben Reader. Bill is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and led the organizing for StepItUp, which coordinated 2,000 climate change demonstrations in all 50 states. He’s now at work on 350.org, the first attempt at a global grassroots climate change movement.
Writer and Comedian
Eugene Mirman is a comedian who voices “Gene” on Fox’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers. He has been a regular on Flight of the Conchords and Adult Swim’s Delocated and has two Comedy Central Specials to his name. Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. He’s released three comedy albums and an incredibly funny parody-ish self-help book, The Will to Whatevs. Named by Rolling Stone as a “Hot Twitterer,” Eugene keeps his 400k+ followers entertained daily. He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy, doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis — for which he was made fun of, don’t worry.
University of California, Berkeley
Rachel Morello-Frosch is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Rachel’s research examines race and class determinants of environmental health among diverse communities in the United States. Previously, she held a joint appointment between the Department of Community Health at Brown Medical School and the Center for Environmental Studies. Rachel completed her bachelor’s degree in development studies, a master of public health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics, and her Ph.D. in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Rachel is a co-founder and former board chair of the Environmental Leadership Program and sits on the scientific advisory board of Breast Cancer Action.
WordPress and Automattic
Matt Mullenweg is the founding developer of WordPress, the blogging software he guided from a handful of users to the most widely used open-source blog tool. WordPress is now used by more than 200 million websites worldwide. After moving from his native Houston to San Francisco to work at CNET Networks, Matt left in late 2005 to found Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, as well as Akismet.com, Gravatar, and other enterprises. He has been named one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, and BusinessWeek’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
Pluto VR and Popcap Games
John Vechey is the co-founder of Pluto VR, which aims to help humanity transcend physical location using virtual and augmented reality. (OK, in layman’s terms: Imagine being able to feel as though you’re physically present with people, regardless of where each of you are in the world!) Previously, John co-founded PopCap Games, makers of games such as Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle. It’s worth noting that John is a cooler board member than Kristen.
Open Society Foundations
Kavita Nandini Ramdas is a visionary leader and globally recognized advocate for gender equity and justice. She currently serves as the director of the Women’s Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Prior to joining OSF, she was a strategy advisor for MADRE and founded KNR Sisters, an independent consulting venture. At the Global Fund for Women, she served as the president and CEO. Kavita previously led the Ford Foundation’s operations in South Asia and was senior advisor to the president, Darren Walker. She founded the Program on Social Entrepreneurship at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
Formerly of Goldman Sachs
Jeff Resnick is a former partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs where he ran the bank’s Commodities Trading and Short Term Interest Rate businesses. He serves on the national board the of Trust for Public Land, is the vice chair of the board of the dZi Foundation, and previously served as the treasurer of Riverkeeper. Jeff loves to ski, cycle, and kiteboard. When indoors he can usually be found in his shop building contemporary furniture for friends and family. Jeff and his spouse, Debbie, live between Denver and Telluride, Colorado, have two Denver-based sons and a recently born grandson.
Chip founded Grist in 1999 to lighten up a movement known for taking itself too seriously. He’s received a Heinz Award for media innovation, TIME magazine has called him a “Hero of the Environment;” he’s a Brown grad, and an obsessive Red Sox fan. When he isn’t pondering the future of environmental journalism, Chip likes to spend time with his wonderful wife and two kids at home on Vashon Island, near Seattle.
Brady is the CEO of Grist, the leading national environmental media organization. Brady is a former State Legislator, and served two terms representing central Seattle, championing housing, mental health, environmental, and criminal justice reforms. Before joining the Legislature, Brady spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on food and agriculture in developing countries. Brady is a Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Princeton University, where he served on the Board of Trustees. Today, Brady is a passionate advocate for a better, more just future that works for all of us.