Stop the Money Pipeline is a network of over 130 organizations and tens of thousands of everyday people who are working to hold the financial sector accountable for its role in the climate crisis. Our steering committee manages the overall direction of the coalition.

The organizations represented on the steering committee invest significant time into the coalition, either through strategic leadership or by facilitating a working group.

Moira Birss

Amazon Watch

Moira brings over fifteen years of human rights and social justice advocacy, campaigning, and field experience to her work at Amazon Watch. She has worked on researching community-based models of alternative economies, advocating for affordable housing, and promoting environmental protection, and spent several years as a human rights observer in Colombia. Moira has a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Michigan and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University.

Nina Berglund

Nina Berglund (Northern Cheyenne and Oglala Lakota Nations) at 21 years old is a member of the Earth Guardians youth council, one of the Youth Climate Intervenors in the Line 3 case, and just a simple water protector fighting on behalf of her people, the lands, and water. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, she has spent a majority of her teenage years standing up against the injustices her community faces including; racist representation of native people in the media, the doctrine of discovery, pipelines, and MMIW movement.

Ruth Breech

Rainforest Action Network

Ruth is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network’s Climate and Energy team. She is responsible for organizing corporate accountability campaigns on financial institutions, supporting front line communities impacted by fossil fuels and climate change, grassrootsnetworks across the country and coordinating work to Defund Climate Change through the Chase Bank Accountability Campaign.

Ruth brings nearly 20 years of on the ground work with environmental justice frontline communities. She specializes in project management, direct action coordinating & training, fundraising, leadership development, air monitoring, organizing, organizational capacity building, and media training. Ruth has conducted trainings and supported campaigns with frontline leaders in four First Nations, 39 US States and 10 countries. She is the recipient of the 2009 Healthy School Heroes Award for her leadership in relocating an elementary school in Ohio away from a plastics plant’s cancer causing emissions. Ruth serves on the board of Crude Accountability International & co-leads her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

Gracie Brett

Divest Ed

Gracie is a Campus Organizer at Divest Ed: the national training and strategy hub for the college fossil fuel divestment movement. There, she supports student leaders in the College Climate Coalition. She first got involved in the movement as student organizer at Fossil Free American University. She views the climate crisis as an opportunity to reshape the global political economy to serve people over profits—seeking prosperity for the people, not the polluters. She enjoys ecosocialist theory, free jazz, and laughing.

Jasilyn Charger

Jasilyn is an environmental protector from the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in Eagle Butte South Dakota advocate for Native rights and LGBTQ+rights, Youth monitor, Co- founder of IIYC and founder of 7th defenders local grass roots group currently fighting the KXL pipeline

Alec Connon

350 Seattle

Alec is the Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition Co-Coordinator. He has spent the last six years organizing, movement building, and running campaigns with 350 Seattle, where he also works at the Campaigns co-Director. He’s been involved in a number of fossil finance campaigns over the years, including the efforts to get the City of Seattle to break ties with Wells Fargo, fights to get the Gates Foundation and the City of Seattle to divest from fossil fuels, and the ongoing campaign to push JPMorgan Chase to align its business model with the Paris Agreement and respect human rights. Alec’s first novel, The Activist, was published in 2016 and was named BBC Wildlife’s Book of the Month. He serves on the board of 350 Seattle Action, and lives with his family on Duwamish land in north Seattle.

Ben Cushing

Sierra Club

Ben Cushing is Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Financial Institution Advocacy campaign. In this role, Ben leads the strategic planning and implementation of the Sierra Club’s advocacy work with Stop the Money Pipeline and other coalitions and partners to challenge Wall Street’s roles in the climate crisis. He serves as the campaign’s point person to engage with financial institutions, policymakers, regulators, activists, investors, and the media regarding relevant climate and energy issues.

Before joining the Sierra Club, Ben worked at Climate Advisers on global policy and corporate campaigns to protect tropical forests. He got his start as an environmental organizer through the Green Corps fellowship program. Ben grew up in Oakland, CA, graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and now lives in Washington, D.C.

Amy Gray

350 Colorado

Co-Coordinator at Stop the Money Pipeline and Volunteer and JEDI Director at 350 Colorado and former organizer at 350.org Amy is an expert in organizing mass mobilizations and forming diverse coalitions. She co-leads the mobilization and webinar team at STMP & oversees the Justice Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work as a trainer in anti-oppression and intersectional climate justice organizing. She also sits on the board of 350 Colorado Action and The Chinook Center. She was recently awarded the 2020 Climate Warrior award from the El Paso County Democratic Party for her work on decommissioning two coal plants in Colorado.

Ross Hammond

Sunrise Project

Ross is a Senior Strategist with the Sunrise Project’s International Finance Program. The mission of the Sunrise Project is to scale social movements to drive the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as fast as possible. Over the course of his career Ross has worked on campaigns to open up the UN to civil society, create a global treaty to regulate the tobacco industry, and challenge the political and economic power of Big Oil. At the Sunrise Project he directs a campaign targeting U.S. insurance companies’ support for the coal, oil, and gas industry. Ross is a native of Buffalo and an avid disc golfer.

Tara Houska

Giniw Collective

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a group committed to positive representation of Native peoples.

She is a TED speaker, the 2017 Harvard “Public Interested” keynote, received an “Awesome Women Award” from Melinda Gates and a 2019 Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, is featured in “Women: A Century of Change” by National Geographic, and was named an “Icon” on the cover of Outside Magazine’s 40th Anniversary edition. Tara has contributed to the women-led climate anthology “All We Can Save”, the New York Times, the Guardian, Vogue, Indian Country Today and been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Democracy Now, and BBC. She lives in a pipeline resistance camp in Northern Minnesota.

Simone Johnson

Future Coalition

Simone is a community organizer from Denver, Colorado. She is the Project Manager for the Climate Strikes; organized by the US Climate Strike Coalition, which is shuttling society into a new era of climate action across the world. Simone supports grassroots organizers at organizations including International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC), IIYC Denver Chapter and Future Coalition as well as Coalitions including, the US Climate Strike Coalition and Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition (STMP)

Simone’s mission is to build a lifetime of work that recognizes the rights of nature, while serving the most disenfranchised communities. Her ultimate goal is to redistribute resources as a means to create a world where balance of equity is foundational to society.

Alex Piechowski-Begay

Alex Piechowski-Begay is a multimedia artist including being a second generation Diné (Navajo) silversmith, Alex’s personal brand merges art & activism, as a water protector & land defender, his brand Rezistance Art is the culmination of the two. Born and raised in the heart of the Navajo Nation Reservation (the Rez).

He lives and travels throughout the Southwest supporting the indigenous community by raising awareness to the realities Indigneous people face as a direct result of colonization. Alex also serves his community through ceremony and cultural exchange with others. Driven to ensure the sustainability and sovereignty of indigenous people everywhere, he has dedicated his life to the preservation and proliferation of Indigenous culture & traditions.

Alex is a Co-founder of the Sovereign Sounds project that teaches professional audio recording to indigenous people. Alex works as a motivational speaker and teacher in indigenous spaces such as Earth Guardians. Alex also is on the steering committee of Stop The Money Pipeline coalition & is a Climate Power 2020 fellow creating digital art.

Alex also works with many of the frontline communities doing actions & his passion for social justice & climate justice he enjoys the continued work towards a better future for all.

Matt Remle

Mazaska Talks

Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota) lives in Duwamish Territory – Seattle, WA with his family.He is the editor and writer for Last Real Indians and works for the Office of Native Education for the Marysville School District. He is the co-founder of the group Mazaska Talks which focuses on global divestment from banks and corporations that negatively impact social welfare and the environment. Matt is the author of Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution, Seattle’s resolution calling on Congress to engage in reconciliation with Tribes over the Boarding School Era policies, Seattle’s resolution to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and Seattle’s ordinance to divest from Wells Fargo.

He’s currently serving on the City of Seattle’s stakeholders committee to establish a public bank and served on Seattle’s Green New Deal Steering Committee. In 2014, Remle was awarded Seattle’s Individual Human Rights Leader award.In 2017, he was awarded the National Indian Education Association’s Educator of the Year, the Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resource Protection Award and was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People. In 2020, he was named by the Seattle Times as one of the top ten most influential people to watch for in the next decade.”

Emily Southard

350.org

Emily Southard is a ’08 Obama alum, former MoveOn’er, and was the Campaigns Director at ClimateTruth.org for 5 years before joining 350.org as a US Campaign Manager. She’s spent the last two and a half years at 350.org organizing the US Climate Strikes and Stop the Money Pipeline efforts as coalition coordinators. Her background is in field organizing, digital campaigning, and the intersection of those two worlds. Her passion is in managing powerful teams to achieve the change we want to see in the world while also achieving our own professional/leadership development goals.

Learn more about the rest of the coalition here.