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Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and, since 2002, GreenFaith’s Executive Director. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he has led multi-faith organizing for the 2014 and 2017 Peoples Climate Marches, played a lead role in the faith-based fossil fuel divestment movement, and coordinated the development of GreenFaith’s international work. He is author of GreenFaith – Mobilizing God’s People to Save the Earth.
The Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, a Venezuelan-American, is an eco-theologian and Presbyterian pastor who coordinates GreenFaith’s outreach to Latin American faith communities and to the US Latino faith community. Neddy earned her Doctor of Ministry in “Greening the Church” from Drew University and co- founded, with her husband, the Angelic Organics Learning Center, a farm-based nonprofit in Northern Illinois, where people connect with food, farming and caring for the earth. She has taught eco-theology courses at seminaries in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and the US, served as editor of the Presbyterians for Earth Care newsletter, been published in Working Preacher and Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, and is co-author of God’s Earth is Sacred: Essays on Eco-Justice. In 2017, she coordinated GreenFaith’s Convergence in Rio de Janeiro with Latin American multi-faith partners, where 60 emerging faith leaders from 18 Latin American countries and 7 different religious and spiritual traditions participated in a 5-day religious- environmental training program.
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Deb comes to GreenFaith after 20 years as an administrator at Rutgers University and a sabbatical that led to work in the non-profit world. She manages event planning for convergences and retreats, as well as day-to-day operations. Outside of GreenFaith, Deb is involved in environmental justice initiatives through her church, The Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ. Deb’s other part-time job is logistical coordinator of re-building efforts for communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. In her off-time, Deb is a lover of music (listening and making her own), words (reading and writing her own), spending time outdoors, and traveling to new places to experience new cultures.
Nana Firman is GreenFaith’s Muslim Coordinator. An Indonesian, Nana directed WWF - Indonesia’s “Green Reconstruction” efforts during a post-tsunami period and worked for an urban climate change adaptation/mitigation initiative. She co-directs the Islamic Society of North America’s Green Mosque Initiative.
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Karyn is GreenFaith’s office manager, overseeing and administering the finances, database, and administrative support related to GreenFaith’s office and programs. Prior to working for GreenFaith, Karyn did drafting and desktop publishing for various non-profits, including Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and Chinese Acupuncture Healthcare. For 13 years she has volunteered for the Folk Project, a not-for-profit folk music, storytelling, and dance organization which sponsors and organizes a wide variety of folk activities in the Northern New Jersey area. She also assisted with desktop publishing for a local town newsletter, and did data entry and other office work for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Trenton. Karyn grew up in Millburn, New Jersey and moved to Florida after high school, where she majored in voice at University of Miami, Florida.
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Paul has been active in faith-based environmentalism for more than 40 years. In 1981, he founded and chaired the Environment Committee at Temple Emeth, in Teaneck, NJ, where he has been a member for 50 years. For eleven years he was the Assistant Regional Director of the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the synagogue coalition of the Reform Jewish Movement. During that time, he introduced the subject of Jewish Environmentalism to regional and national conventions of the Reform Movement. For six years, he was a member of the Commission on Social Action of the Religious Action Center, the social action arm of Reform Judaism. He has taught at Bergen Community College on the religious foundations of environmentalism. An ardent hiker and bicyclist, he believes that each person can make a real difference in preserving this planet, and that we have a duty to raise our voices to elected and appointed leaders to support environmental conservation.
Caroline is based in Germany and coordinates GreenFaiths global mulit-faith initiative on sustainable living. The initiative promotes and amplifies commitments in the areas of energy use, diet and transportation, creates a global community of conscience and promotes practices to drive lifestyle-related reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to her responsibility with GreenFaith she served as Youth Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation. Since 2012, she was an observer the Conferences of the Parties, the annual meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and has gained expertise and experience on climate change and sustainable development in faith communities at all levels. Caroline holds a Diploma in Religious Education and Community Development and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Organizations Management with the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
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Estrella Sainburg is the Circle Organizer for GreenFaith. As Circle Organizer, Estrella is working to support interfaith local community organizing for the environment in New Jersey and around the world. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Estrella graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in International Development and Global Poverty. As a native Spanish speaker, she hopes to empower Latino communities in the United States to advocate and ensure a healthy living environment and harmonious relationship with the natural environment, as well as see more Latinos speaking about environmental injustices. She is motivated by her belief that we are God’s tools for creating spaces for the voices of the marginalized to be heard and for the environment to be treated with care.
Imam Saffet Abid Catovic is an American Muslim of Bosnian-Anglo descent who
left work as a corporate budget director in 1992 to help the people of Bosnia
and Herzegovina survive the genocidal campaign wrought against them. He was a
founding leader of Bosnia-Task Force – USA which worked at the community,
regional and national level to end the genocide, and served at senior levels
in ministries in the Bosnian government during the war and post-Dayton period
including as Minister Counselor at the Bosnian Mission to the UN.
Saffet has spoken to international audiences about Islamic environmental teachings, and his articles have been published in various Islamic publications. He is Co-chair and founder of the Green Muslims of New Jersey, which served as a model for the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Task Force on Green Mosques, of which he is a member. He represented ISNA at COP 22 in Marrakech in November 2016 where he announced ISNA’s fossil fuel divestment commitment, making it the first Muslim organization to divest. He was a consulting member of the Drafting Committee of the International Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change (2015) and is a founding board member of the Global Muslim Climate Network.
Gopal Patel directs the Bhumi Project, an international Hindu environmental network based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies that is a joint program of the Centre and GreenFaith. He works with a range of Hindu leaders and communities globally, helping them to lead environmentally friendly lives that are based on Hindu teachings and traditions.
Brett Nadrich is GreenFaith's Communications Director, overseeing public affairs for the organization and its network of initiatives, campaigns, and local affiliates around the world. Prior to this role, Brett served as Director of MB Squared Solutions public policy firm in Washington, D.C. Brett also previously served as Director of Business Operations for ForeverView Farms, supporting healthy food production and ecosystem services restoration on a group of small, sustainable farms in Virginia. Brett earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. Brett is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the international Jewish fraternity, as well as Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology.
Pinaki Dasgupta serves as the Director of GreenFaith India, as well as Coordinator with the Bhumi Project. Pinaki is a certified environmental, safety, and risk management expert who has experience with process engineering, environmental, and sustainability projects across India. His experience spans 15 years in scientific research, policy interventions, capacity building, and project implementation. Pinaki is based in Delhi, India, where he fosters dialogue and collaboration between environmental, scientific, and faith leaders throughout the country.
abby mohaupt began as a Co-Director of Green Seminary Initiative in the fall of 2016. She is currently a PhD student in Religion, Culture, and Ecology at Drew Theological School. She previously earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, with emphases in environmental ministry and eco-feminist theology. Before returning to the academy, abby served farm workers and families in Northern California for four years, where she led cultural competency, volunteer, environmental education, and children's programs. She continues to serve the church on the board of the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Fossil Free PCUSA. She divides her time between Northern California and New Jersey. abby is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).