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Meet The Coalition Staff
Deputy Data Director
Cristian Sanchez is the Deputy Data Director at the Digital Climate Coalition where he leads the effort to harness data and insights from across the coalition and its partners to benefit the climate movement broadly. Bringing equity and empathy to data, he spends most of his day working towards answering the question: “what is working and why?”
He began his career in energy as a mechanical engineer in Houston in 2015 where he took data from the world’s largest land-based drilling company to make energy production safer and more efficient.
In 2020, he took his analytical skills and blended them into organizing with a pro-climate congressional candidate in Iowa where he built a volunteer base that consisted of over 90 individuals, the largest volunteer network on record for his area.
He co-organized with leaders of BIPOC organizations including NAACP, LULAC, Iowa Democratic Black Caucus, and No Justice No Peace. This effort was largely due to his commitment to amplify and center BIPOC voices in the environmental justice movement.
In 2022, he looks forward to using his data analytics and engineering skillset to accelerate action on climate change with a focus on providing pro-bono data work for small-scale activist organizations.
Interim Executive Director
Kate brings a master’s degree in Conservation Biology, focused on how to communicate to communities about environmental issues. She brings more
than a decade of effective senior leadership experience, having led digital, web, and CRM development at many nonprofit organizations including NRDC, Free Press and consulted at other large national advocacy organizations. Kate’s passion is for climate advocacy, but has been known to take breaks to make cheese and ski with her kids in western Massachusetts.
Chief of Staff
Vanessa Zaehring is the Chief of Staff at the Digital Climate Coalition. Educated at Mount Holyoke College specializing in Anthropology and Economics, Vanessa finds purpose and connection in everything she commits to. From farming to social work, from labor negotiations to scented candle production, she quickly and clearly hears echoes from past generations to envision how our actions of today ripple into the future. She joined the DCC after 7 years building and running operations at RepresentUs & RepresentUs Education Fund, a national, cross-partisan democracy reform organization. Her experience at RepresentUs as a first time COO greatly influenced her concepts of leadership and how culture, people, policy, and procedure can knit together to create coherence and flow or burnout and chaos. She believes decentralized decision making and authority is fundamental to combating burnout culture and knows integrating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into every fabric of work and life is the only way out of the darkness engulfing the world right now. She joined the DCC and Partnership Project because they know it too.
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