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.

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.

Liz Butler

Movement Catalyst

Liz Butler brings nearly 30 years of experience organizing, campaigning, and movement building with a focus on both corporate and legislative campaigns. Liz has extensive experience in convening networks, building alliances, facilitating, running campaigns, organizing, direct action, training, and developing strategy. She is a founding partner at Movement Catalyst a movement support hub. She recently was Friends of the Earth’s Vice President of organizing and strategic alliances and has worked with the Movement Strategy Center as the Network Organizing Project Director where she worked with a range of social justice, economic justice, climate justice, fossil fuel resistance, and environmental justice.

During that time she partnered with many organizations and projects including 99% Spring, Stop the Frack Attack, Global Witness, OUR Walmart, the Gettysburg Project, and Friends of the Earth. Liz was also previously the Campaign Director (Executive Director/CEO equivalent) of 1Sky, a large-scale collaborative climate campaign. Liz managed a successful merger of 1Sky with 350 in 2011 after helping build and execute a successful campaign on climate and clean energy. Prior to 1Sky, Liz was a co-founder of ForestEthics, where she spent 10 years as the Organizing Director.

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.

Dallas Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network

Dallas Goldtooth is Isanti Dakota and Dine from the village of Cansayapi within the territory of the Oceti Sakowin. He is the national Keep It In The Ground campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, focusing his work on uplifting and supporting frontline Indigenous communities fighting fossil fuel extraction on Indigenous lands.

He has traveled extensively across North America as a public speaker and organizer, addressing the needs and issues that affect Indigenous peoples today. He is a film producer, playwright, actor, and a comedian. He co-founded The 1491s, an all-indigenous social media group that uses comedy and satire as a means of critical social dialogue. He is also a Dakota language activist, cultural teacher, dedicated father and loving husband.

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.

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.

Thomas Lopez

Future Coalition

Thomas Lopez Jr. is a graduate of Metro State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Technical Communications and Indigenous Studies. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado Thomas is Otomi, Diné, Apache and Lakota.They are a Grandchild of Chief Leonard Emmanuel Crowdog Sr. and the Child of Water Woman Sharon Dominguez & Sundance Chief Thomas Lopez Sr.

Thomas spent months working with the International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) on the ground at Standing Rock to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and accepted the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2018 on behalf of the IIYC. Thomas continues their work in the Indigenous and Two Spirit / LGBTQ+ communities to inspire young leaders and create sustainable change. Thomas continues their work with the IIYC 5280, IIYC LA and Future Coalition as an adult mentor. They spend their free time thrift shopping, upcycling fashion and creating fire content for the Gram and TikTok.

Doug Norlen

Friends of the Earth

For 18 years, Doug Norlen has conducted successful advocacy to achieve environmental, developmental and accountability policy reform of multilateral trade and finance institutions, export credit agencies and private banks. His work has been instrumental in successful efforts to achieve improvements in U.S. bilateral financing policies, beginning with reforms at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation announced in 1997 by President Clinton.

More recently, his efforts have helped establish and implement climate change and accountability reforms at OPIC and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Doug is also a leader in international NGO coalition efforts to reform export credit agencies. His work has helped lead these agencies to adopt environmental and social policies that, since 2002, have been applied to over $130 billion in financing for environmentally risky projects worldwide. Doug has also worked extensively with local communities to address environmental and developmental impacts of extractive and energy projects funded by public and private finance institutions. Doug received a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon.

Erika Thi Patterson

Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)

Erika Thi Patterson is a Campaign Director for ACRE’s climate and environmental justice work. Erika grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and credits her early radicalization to punk music for exposing her to the imperialist forces that drove her mom to resettle in the U.S. from Vietnam. Prior to joining ACRE, she served as Jobs to Move America’s Deputy Director, where she led a coalition of industrial unions and community groups to winning the first community benefits agreement and union agreement in the U.S. with an electric bus company, which created pathways into good union jobs for communities of color, people returning home from incarceration, and women.

Erika earned her Master of Urban Planning and Community Economic Development degree from University of California, Los Angeles. In her spare time, she loves wandering around cities, summiting mountains, and co-leading a women-of-color centered book club.

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.