Corrine Van Hook Turner (she/her) leads the overall vision and strategy for the organization and its programs, bringing a lens of racial equity and transformative movement building. Corrine convenes and cultivates creative leadership within climate justice and deep democracy ecosystems toward a shared vision for a Just Transition to a world of interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.Corrine’s 20+ years of experience are deeply immersed in movements advancing social, economic, environmental and racial justice. As a former IDEAL Scholar (Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership), she witnessed and continues to nurture the compelling impact of investing in youth and disenfranchised communities of color so that leadership reflects the diversity it seeks to serve. Since then she has continued to develop her leadership working with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, Greater New Beginnings Youth Services, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, and contracting with various organizations. Corrine was the former Co-Director of Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize), a grassroots organization working to catalyze a movement for more equitable, resilient communities. More recently over the last three years, she served as the Program Manager and Director of Climate Innovation initially as a program, now grown to be a fiscally sponsored network partner of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). She currently serves on the steering committee of the California Trade Justice Coalition and board of New Buildings Institute (NBI). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Programs
Jaime Love (she/her) provides leadership, strategy and support to People's Climate Innovation Center programs that advance approaches to community-driven planning and movement building, while centering racial equity and whole-systems solutions. Jaime has over 20 years of experience in a variety of spaces including public health, philanthropy, and climate resilience, with a deep focus on racial justice and health equity. Her work in the public health sector cultivated opportunities for direct community organizing and advocacy work in communities with disproportionate health impacts and enhanced her leadership in philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors around racial equity and climate justice. Her expertise ranges from program development and leadership, equity, policy advocacy, to communications and outreach. Jaime is a 2016 PLACES Fellow (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Smart Growth), and has participated in multiple leadership programs including Rockwood Leadership Institute and Interaction Institute for Social Change. Jaime is currently on the board of the Blue Ash YMCA, Co-op Cincy, and Green Umbrella locally. Nationally, she sits on the PLACES Advisory Committee and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) Policy Committee. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Health Promotion and a BS from Central Michigan University. Love for family and community is what drives Jaime's ongoing work for racial justice.
Director of Operations
Tamira Jones Machado (she/her) operationalizes program strategy and overseas internal systems for People's Climate Innovation Center. Tamira also coordinates the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP) and new partnerships as needed. For the last 20 years, Tamira has been working within the environmental nonprofit sector, both in the U.S. and abroad. She most recently led the fiscal sponsorship program at Earth Island Institute for 7 years, supporting the amazing project advisory team and its 80 projects. As the Program Manager, Tamira designed and implemented administrative systems in support of frontline activists and initiatives working to protect people and the planet. Tamira spent the past three years developing capacity-building training and collaborative learning tools in order to seed a community of practice within a national network.Tamira draws on her experience working with nonprofits of all sizes and missions in order to improve, evolve, and experiment with systems and structures that are solution-focused. Much of the last decade of her professional life has been coaching grassroots activists through the founding, scaling, and stabilizing phases of organizational development. She loves putting wings on visionary ideas to see them take flight. She holds a Masters of Arts in Community and Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Director of Communications
Radiah Shabazz (she/her) is the Director of Communications at People’s Climate Innovation Center. She brings nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit strategic
communications, anti-oppressive practice, racial justice, and organizational change. Radiah has uniquely bridged her strategic communications expertise and anti-oppressive social work training to implement and advise on communications strategies that broaden the generation and dissemination of content that elevates the intersection of racial justice with climate change, education, health, and affordable housing. She is passionate about using radical and transformative communications strategies to advance racial equity and justice, and cultivate Black liberation. Her previous experience includes work at Grounded Solutions Network, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Start Early, On Earth Peace and the National Housing Conference. Radiah has also supported Social Justice Fund NW as a communications consultant, providing strategic oversight, infrastructure and messaging support.
Radiah holds a BA in journalism from Howard University and an MA in social work (MSW equivalent) from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. When she isn’t working, Radiah enjoys living out the liberation she is trying to create through quality time with her family, rest, watching psychological thrillers and crime television, reading and writing.
Latriece Love-Goodlett- (she/her) is located on the land of the Ohlone people in Oakland, CA, and comes to People’s Climate Innovation Center with over 20 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer and nine years as an equity and justice consultant, and several years as a certified conflict mediator. She is a pro-Black heart-centered leader, storyteller, anti-racism practitioner, certified conflict resolution mediator, and award-winning musician and speaker. Latriece has several years of work experience in the private sector and for the local and federal government and non-profits, including Grounded Solutions Network as the Training Program Manager, Expecting Justice as the Associate Director, SEEDS Conflict Resolution Center as the Program Manager, and GRID Alternatives as the Program Associate. Latriece holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University from the Hutchins Program. And enjoys being of service and encouraging people to be their authentic and whole selves and speak their truth.
Latriece cherishes community and values that we each have an opportunity daily to honor our ancestors and practice Kuumba (creativity). Her work is informed by the practice of Ubuntu (I am because we are), Mother Wit, deep empathy, and a focus on racial justice, social justice, environmental justice, and our collective liberation. Latriece aspires each day to be the best version of herself to make her ancestors, family, and herself proud. She believes doing so acknowledges and ensures that her ancestors' collective sacrifices, good work, trials, and triumphs are not in vain. Latriece is a bibliophile and can often be found loving up on her family, singing, writing songs or poetry, performing, traveling, eating good food, listening to music, or spending time with friends and being in community.
Learning and Data Manager
Sarah Quiroga (she/her) supports a culture of learning; connecting data and insights with decision-making; and supports the strategic learning and evaluation needs for the People’s Climate Innovation Center through developmental evaluation for social innovation. Sarah practices shifting away from extractive ways of traditional evaluation toward learning that embodies and supports community driven solutions.
Prior to working at PCIC, Sarah spent many years in Movement Strategy Center’s Youth Organizing Team and Transitions Initiative Team where she led in event production and management, database management, administrative management, and impact evaluation. Supporting the ecosystem in this way, she experienced joy in knowing that her work is part of a greater purpose and vision.
In 2012, Sarah became the first in her family to graduate college. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political, Legal, & Economic Analysis with an emphasis in Economic Analysis and a minor in Environmental Studies from Mills College.In recent years, Sarah’s (dis)connection with her heritage has been given strength and love by the Seven Generations and Forward Stance work. As a 4th generation Mexican-American, her people are forgotten in memory but remembered in her body. Her ancestors come from León, Guanajuato; Arizona; Texas; & California. Sarah lives in her breath; which lives in her body; which lives in California – with her partner Efren.
Collaborative Partnerships Coordinator
Esmeralda Hic (She/Her/Ella) works as the Collaborative Partnerships Program Coordinator at the People's Climate Innovation Center. She strives to center the vision and goals of frontline communities in the co-development of climate solutions with national partners and community based organizations. She was raised in the ancestral homelands of the Cahuilla (Qawishpa Cahuillangnah) people, located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California. Her experiences growing up in her hometown shaped her passion and care for the planet and people and continue to drive her fight for climate and economic justice.
Esme graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Earth System Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chicanx/Latinx Studies from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2020. At UCI, Esme worked as a Community Resilience Projects Fellow alongside community leaders in Santa Ana, CA. She worked on a variety of environmental justice projects including a youth-led investigation on lead soil levels in the community, a food justice cooperative, and engagement between the university and the surrounding communities. Following her undergraduate career, she was a RAY Clean Energy Fellow based at the Institute for Market Transformation where she worked to shift traditional practices for energy efficiency policy development into community centered and led processes.
Youth Program Coordinator
Kalina Browne (she/her) is the Youth Program Coordinator at People’s Climate Innovation Center. She is focused on Climate Innovation's Young Climate Leaders of Color (YCLC) program and National Association of Climate Resilience Planners program. Her upbringing as an islander from the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines drives her passion to create equitable climate change solutions that are inclusive of historically underserved communities.
Earning her Masters in Coastal Science and Policy in 2022, Kalina blends her academic training with community driven work. Her graduate research focused on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion withing the conservation field. Prior to her studies she worked with Ocean Conservancy’s Climate team as a RAY Conservation Fellow and subsequently returned to work with Ocean Conservancy while completing her Masters this time with their Ocean Justice team focusing on equitable access to ocean resources. Kalina also worked within Green 2.0 as a fellow to create their report Coastal Considerations: Improving NGO Engagement with Coastal Communities of Color.
Outside of work Kalina enjoys mentoring young folx interested in the environmental field, watching romantic comedies and spending time with family and friends.
Youth Program Coordinator
Dominique Pearson (they/them) is a lover, a fighter, a daughter, and a sister. At People's Climate Innovation Center, Dominique is the Youth Progrm Coordinator, supporting Climate Innovation's flagship program, Young Black Climate Leaders (YBCL). In addition, Dominique is a rootworker, herbalist, food and economic justice educator, and born and raised on Tongva lands in Compton and Inglewood, CA. They are in love with the land, and the land is in love with them. They believe deeply in the building of alternative realities, and have been busy as a Co-op Developer with the Philadelphia Area Coop Alliance. They are also the founder of Black Roots Herbals LLC, a force committed to the practice of culture-keeping, and the dreaming of freedom dreams. A Black Mississippi Chahta woman, Dominique continues to help community build systems for a liberatory future.
Digital Communications Assistant
Nyasha Sprow (she/her) is the Digital Communications Assistant at People’s Climate Innovation Center. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Information Sciences from the University of Alabama with a minor in Women Studies, she focuses her work on developing inclusive communications to serve communities impacted by structural discrimination. Prior to joining Climate Innovation, Nyasha's nonprofit experience includes Grounded Solutions Network, Human Rights Campaign during the 2017 Alabama legislative session and the World Environment Center where she led communications to engage global corporations in advancing sustainable business practices.