Oil Change International Staff
Oil Change International was founded in 2005 on the belief that in order to facilitate the necessary transition towards a clean energy future and combat global warming, we must expose and counter the influence of fossil fuel money in politics, work toward a separation of oil and state, and follow the money flows to and from the industry. Our mission is to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and identify and overcome barriers to the coming transition towards clean energy.
The Staff on retreat, October 2013:
Stephen Kretzmann has worked on environmental and social issues around the global fossil fuel industry for the last twenty-five years. After eight years in Greenpeace where he was an early leader in climate campaigns, he became the environmental adviser to the late Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People in Nigeria. For the next ten years he worked with communities, public and private financial institutions, corporations, and organizations around the world concerned with the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the fossil fuel industry. He has always connected support for these community-based efforts with systemic critiques of the industry for climate reasons. He founded Oil Change International in 2005 in order to educate about the true impacts of fossil fuels to conduct research, education, and organizing to hasten the transition to clean energy, and to strive for a Separation of Oil and State. Mr. Kretzmann has testified in U.S. Congress, authored numerous articles and reports and is a regular media commentator on issues of corporate accountability, climate change, the global fossil fuel industry, and environmental and human rights. Follow him on Twitter: @Kretzmann
Elizabeth Bast, Managing Director, ebast [at] priceofoil.org
Elizabeth Bast is the Managing Director at Oil Change International, where she is responsible for organizational development and administration and coordinates the organization’s work on international energy finance. She has fifteen years of experience in the environmental field, with ten years of international environmental campaigning and program management. She has written and advocated on a variety of international climate and energy policy issues, including phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, the need for access to clean energy and funding for adaptation to climate change, and energy policy and practices at international financial institutions. Prior to working at Oil Change, Elizabeth served as International Program Director at Friends of the Earth U.S., where she led the organization’s international climate campaign. Elizabeth has also worked at Worldwatch Institute and the Environmental Policy Center, and holds a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Heike Mainhardt, Senior Subsidies Analyst, heike [at] priceofoil.org
Heike Mainhardt is the Senior Subsidies Analyst with Oil Change International where she coordinates the International Campaign to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies. For twenty years, she has strived to provide empirical evidence and analysis to support initiatives in the field of environment, poverty, and development, including inter alia: chemical industry water pollution impacts on the Ojibwa of Walpole Island First Nation, Canada; economic policies driving deforestation in Indonesia; and World Bank support for the expansion of coal production in Kosovo. Heike has consulted to a wide range of organizations, including civil society organizations, the US government, the United Nations, and the World Bank. In the last decade, she has focused on the International Financial Institutions and the energy and mining sectors. Before joining OCI, Heike held positions at the Bank Information Center, World Wildlife Fund, and ICF Consulting. She has been an expert contributor to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change and the US Government’s greenhouse gas inventory. Heike has lived in Russia and Indonesia and received her M.A. in Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science.
Shakuntala Makhijani, Researcher, shakuntala [at] priceofoil.org
Shakuntala Makhijani is a Researcher at Oil Change International, where she supports the organization’s domestic and international work on fossil fuel industry subsidies and campaign finance. She has five years of experience in energy and environmental policy research. Prior to joining Oil Change International, Shakuntala worked as a Research Associate at the Worldwatch Institute, where she authored numerous articles and publications on sustainable energy policy with a focus on the United States, India and the Caribbean. She has supported activities around the international climate negotiations at Worldwatch and previously at the Center for Clean Air Policy. Shakuntala received her M.S. from the University of Michigan, where she wrote her thesis on energy industry campaign finance and lobbying activities, and holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Matt Maiorana, Campaigner, matt [at] priceofoil.org
Matt Maiorana is a Campaigner at Oil Change International where he works to expose the corrupting influence the fossil fuel industry has on our democracy; eliminate fossil fuel subsidies; and end the devastation caused by fracking, tar sands, and other extreme fossil fuels. Prior to working with Oil Change, Matt worked for the Climate Action Network – International, Avaaz.org, and Greenpeace USA on a wide range of climate and energy issues. Matt has also been a strong advocate in the youth climate movement, working with the Energy Action Coalition, Sierra Student Coalition, and SustainUS over the years. During this time he helped organize the first Power Shift in 2007 and was one of the founding members of YOUNGO, the official youth constituency at the UNFCCC. Follow him on Twitter: @mattmaiorana
Lorne Stockman has worked on oil campaigns as campaigner, campaign coordinator, researcher and author for over twelve years. Prior to joining Oil Change International, he worked as a consultant with Greenpeace UK, Platform and Oil Change International as researcher and author of numerous reports and briefings studying investor risk in tar sands and other marginal oil sources. He has extensive research and campaign experience, including analysis and publications on climate change and energy, political economy of oil, transitions in energy markets, energy security, and financial risk; human rights, social justice and environment & development; and political economy of development and trade issues. Lorne is the author of The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria with Andrew Rowell and James Marriott. Lorne holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London.
Farhiya Tifow is the Office Manager for Oil Change International and is responsible for managing the organization’s financial and administrative functions. Prior to Oil Change International, she worked as a Fundraising Associate for Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI), a workforce development non-profit in NYC. She also has international field experience working in the nonprofit sector in Kenya and is fluent in Swahili and Somali. She holds a BA in Political Science and Certificate in Political Economy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Farhiya is currently pursuing her MPA at George Mason University.
David Turnbull is the Campaigns Director of Oil Change International, working on both domestic and international campaigns to end fossil fuel subsidies, and to slow the spread of dirty energy money and fossil fuel infrastructure from tar sands and fracking. Prior to his current position with Oil Change, David was Executive Director of Climate Action Network – International from 2008 to early 2012. At CAN-International, he worked to coordinate the Network of 700 hundred NGOs in dozens of countries to develop and advocate for global solutions to the climate crisis. Earlier, David was Communications Director of the US Climate Action Network, where he coordinated joint communications efforts for US NGOs focused on climate change. Before joining CAN, David worked at the World Resources Institute as a Coordinator for a pair of international networks working to promote inclusive and accountable environmental governance. In a previous incarnation, David spent time on a mountaintop observing the “world’s worst weather” and conducting climate research at the Mount Washington Weather Observatory in New Hampshire. Follow him on Twitter: @david_turnbull
When not blogging for Oil Change, Andy is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in environmental issues. He has written about the oil industry and climate change for twenty years and his books include: The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria, 2005, and Green Backlash – Global Subversion of the Environment Movement, 1996. He is based in southwestern England.
Andy is also a director of the non-profit company Public Interest Investigations that runs SpinWatch.
Board of Directors
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Alvin Carlos, Development Director, Bank Information Center
Thomas Cavanagh, Executive Director, Bandaloop
D. Cole Frates, Co-Founder, Renewable Resources Group & EndOil
Jonathan G. Kaufman, Legal Advocacy Coordinator, EarthRights International
Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director, Oil Change International
Jason Scott, EKO Asset Management Partners
John Sellers, Founder, Agit-Pop & Other 98%
Katherine Silverthorne, Environmental Consultant