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. Together, our staff have decades of experience analyzing, researching, coordinating, and campaigning on energy and climate issues, making our team uniquely suited to achieving our mission to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and hasten the transition to clean energy.
Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director & Founder, steve [at] priceofoil.org
Stephen Kretzmann 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. He 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, before founding Oil Change International, 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. Mr. Kretzmann has testified before 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 public finance. She has researched 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 joining Oil Change in 2010, 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. Follow her on Twitter: @esbast.
Alex Doukas, Stop Funding Fossils Program Director, alex [at] priceofoil.org
Alex Doukas is the Stop Funding Fossils Program Director at Oil Change International. His work focuses on ending international subsidies and public finance for fossil fuels, and shifting public resources toward building a clean energy future, including access to clean energy for all. Previously, Alex worked with the World Resources Institute, where he focused on making international climate finance more effective, including through the design of the Green Climate Fund, as well as catalyzing finance for clean energy access. Alex has also worked with the Pembina Institute in Canada on energy and climate policy, in Canada and beyond. His interest in energy access and sustainability has also previously taken him to Bhutan and Lao PDR to work on appropriate technology and energy access. Alex holds an M.Sc. from the University of Oxford in Environmental Change and Management, and a B.A. Hons. from the University of Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @adoukas.
Allison Lee, Senior Analyst, allison [at] priceofoil.org
Allison Lee is a Senior Analyst at Oil Change International. Her work focuses on the role of international public energy finance in accelerating the renewable energy transition and increasing access to energy. Previously, Allison worked at World Resources Institute, where her research spanned energy access in Tanzania and Kenya, and multilateral development bank energy finance in the context of global climate goals. Her prior experience also includes co-founding a solar company in Zimbabwe, and consulting for a range of diverse organizations in East and Southern Africa. Allison holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs–Energy Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Matt Maiorana, Digital Director, Oil Change International, matt [at] priceofoil.org
Matt Maiorana is the Digital Director 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.
Thuli Makama, Senior Advisor, Africa
Thuli Brilliance Makama is Oil Change International’s Senior Advisor for Africa, providing strategic direction and campaign support for the organization’s work in Africa. Thuli works closely with civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the Africa region to shift energy finance towards clean energy access and to expose the impacts of fossil fuel projects. As a public interest environmental lawyer, Thuli has decades of experience advocating for public participation in environmental and economic development decisions. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize also known as the Green Nobel. Prior to founding the Environmental Law Center, Thuli was Executive Director of the environmental justice organization Yonge Nawe/ Friends of the Earth Swaziland. She currently serves on the Boards of Greenpeace International and Environment Technology Concentration (ETC).
Hannah McKinnon, Energy Futures & Transitions Program Director, hannah [at] priceofoil.org
Hannah McKinnon is the Energy Futures & Transitions Program Director working on Oil Change International’s efforts to bring about a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry. She has worked on climate change and energy issues for over a decade, with experience ranging from national and international climate policy and advocacy in Canada with Climate Action Network and Environmental Defence Canada, to climate adaptation and risk management in Central America. She has an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.Sc. Hons. in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University, and studied at Lester B. Pearson United World College. Hannah is currently living in Freiburg, Germany. Follow her on Twitter: @mckinnon_hannah.
Amanda Mourant, Digital Director, ClimateTruth.org & Operations Manager, amanda [at] climatetruth.org
Amanda Mourant is the Digital Director at ClimateTruth.org and the Operations Manager for Oil Change International. At ClimateTruth.org, Amanda runs hard-hitting campaigns, manages digital channels, and is lead on the “Stand Up For Science” initiative. Prior to ClimateTruth.org, Amanda was Associate Director of Digital Fundraising and Supporter Engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, managing the day-to-day operations of a robust national digital advocacy and fundraising program while overseeing digital training and support for a nationwide network of affiliates. Prior experience includes grassroots organizing and digital engagement at the local and state levels in both Florida and Oregon. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys birdwatching, vegan baking, and crafting.
Greg Muttitt, Research Director, greg [at] priceofoil.org
Greg Muttitt has worked on fossil fuels and climate change since 1997. He joined Oil Change International as Senior Campaign Adviser in October 2014, and works mainly in the Energy Futures & Transitions program – aiming to translate climate science into limits to the fossil fuel industry. Prior to OCI, he was climate team leader at Greenpeace International, and climate campaign manager at Greenpeace India. From 2003 to 2009 while at Platform, he exposed the US/UK plans for oil during the occupation of Iraq, and helped Iraqi colleagues successfully block some of those plans. His book Fuel on the Fire – Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq was published by Random House in 2011 and The New Press in 2012. He has also worked in leadership roles at War on Want and Corporate Watch. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter: @FuelOnTheFire.
Brant Olson, United States Program Director, brant [at] climatetruth.org
As United States Program Director for Oil Change International, Brant oversees program and development activities for Oil Change’s work in the United States to fight the fossil fuel industry. Previously, he was a campaign manager at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a senior campaigner at AVAAZ, and a campaign director at Rainforest Action Network. Follow him on Twitter: @branto.
Alex Ortiz, Office Manager / Campaigner
Alex Ortiz is an Office Manager and a Campaigner at Oil Change International, where he manages administrative activities and is working to accelerate the youth climate movement in its just transition to a world free of fossil fuels. Prior to joining Oil Change, Alex organized students on his university’s fossil fuel divestment campaign as well as with Maryland PIRG on their successful campaign to ban fracking. He has also worked with 350Vermont, developing a four-day climate curriculum program, elevating local residents’ voices and enabling communication with key stakeholders to create collaborative change in their communities. Alex holds a B.A. in Government and Politics with additional studies in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Maryland. Follow him on Twitter: @ClimateOfAlex.
Collin Rees is a Campaigner at Oil Change International, working to build an international movement to end fossil fuel subsidies and public finance for fossil fuels, and to transition from an exploitive economy based on extraction. He has campaigned on climate and racial justice, labor issues, and new economic models for nearly a decade, spanning local to international levels. Prior to joining OCI, Collin worked to build the power of the student fossil fuel divestment movement at 350.org and trained and empowered youth to harness electoral campaigns with the Energy Action Coalition. He also campaigned at the international climate negotiations process with youth advocacy group SustainUS and helped lead environmental stakeholder outreach at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Collin holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical & Materials Science Engineering from Harvard University, and lives in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter: @collinrees.
When not blogging for Oil Change, Andy is a freelance writer and part-time Research Fellow specializing in environmental and health 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 the U.K.. Andy is also a director of the non-profit company Public Interest Investigations, which runs SpinWatch. Follow him on Twitter: @andy_rowell.
Susan Rubinstein is the Grants Manager at Oil Change International, where she coordinates activities related to foundation funding. In her work with health and human services nonprofits, she has written grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies; managed HIV programs; and conducted organizational planning activities. Susan has contributed to the fight against HIV through research, needs assessments, strategic and program planning, evaluation, and quality improvement, including facilitating consumer and colleague input into all of these processes. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Adam Scott is a Senior Campaigner at Oil Change International. His commitment to finding solutions to the issue of climate change has motivated his involvement in a range of research and advocacy positions. After completing a degree in environmental geography at the University of Guelph, Adam worked both as an academic and non-profit environmental researcher. He gained international advocacy experience through engaging in United Nations climate change negotiations over the span of a decade. Adam worked for six years at Environmental Defence Canada, moving from managing renewable energy programs to leading campaigns to stop oil pipelines and tar sands expansion. He is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow him on Twitter: @AdamScottEnv.
Lorne Stockman is a Senior Research Analyst at Oil Change International, where he researches and analyzes developments in the North American oil industry. He has worked on oil campaigns as campaigner, campaign coordinator, researcher, and author for over fifteen years. Prior to joining Oil Change International on staff, he worked as a consultant with Greenpeace UK, Platform, and Oil Change 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. Follow him on Twitter: @LorneStockman.
Kelly Trout, Senior Research Analyst, kelly [at] priceofoil.org
Kelly Trout is a Senior Research Analyst at Oil Change International, adding capacity across issue areas from North American pipelines to fossil fuel subsidies to energy transitions. Prior to joining the Oil Change team, Kelly served as communications director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network for four years, leading media and digital outreach strategies for regional campaigns to ban fracking in Maryland, challenge new fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia, and pass state-level clean energy and climate policies across Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. She was also a communications manager at Friends of the Earth U.S., where she played a key role in the group’s media and investigative work to block the Keystone XL pipeline. Kelly lives in Takoma Park, MD, and plays the violin in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Follow her on Twitter: @kellyatrout
David Turnbull is the Strategic Communications 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 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 USCAN, 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.
The OCI staff on retreat, September 2016:
Oil Change International Board of Directors
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Thomas Cavanagh, Executive Director, Bandaloop
Renato Redentor Constantino , Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
John Durkalski, Partner, Butsavage & Durkalski, P.C.
D. Cole Frates, Co-Founder, Renewable Resources Group & EndOil
Leslie Harroun, Director, Partners for a New Economy
Jonathan G. Kaufman, Executive Director, Advocates for Community Alternatives
Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director, Oil Change International
Jennifer Krill, Executive Director, Earthworks
Melissa B. Mills, Genetic Counselor, Stanford Children’s Hospital
Jason Scott, Co-Managing Partner, Encourage Capital
Rebecca Solnit, Writer