Mona Sarfaty, MD MPH FAAFP
Executive Director

Dr. Mona Sarfaty is the Director and Founder of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. She is trained in family medicine and public health and has engaged in teaching, research, and advocacy for 40 years. As an academic faculty member with expertise in primary care, preventive services, and health policy, she has lectured at national & regional venues including hospitals, health plans, professional societies, health departments, and government conferences. In the middle of her career she worked as a Senior Health Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Health and Human Resources Committee (now H.E.L.P.) for 7 years where she planned hearings, wrote legislation, negotiated policy, met with constituents, and founded the Foundation for the NIH. Subsequently, she founded the Community Oriented Primary Care Track at the George Washington School of Public Health (now Milken Institute School), Project Access and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, MD, and the Diabetes Information and Support for Your Health group visit program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is the author of widely circulated guides and publications, including many peer reviewed articles, two book chapters and a public health text on climate change and health (October 2020). She started work toward the Consortium in 2013 by assessing physician experience with the health effects of climate change in cooperation with the George Mason University Center for Climate Communication. She received her MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her MPH from George Washington University, and her BA from Harvard University.


 

Edward Maibach, MPH PhD
Board of Advisors Liaison | Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

Edward Maibach – a Mason distinguished University Professor – is a communication scientist who is expert in the uses of strategic communication and social marketing to address climate change and related public health challenges. His research – funded by NSF, NASA, and private foundations – focuses on public understanding of climate change and clean energy; the psychology underlying public engagement; and cultivating TV weathercasters, health professionals, and climate scientists as effective climate educators. From 2011 to 2014, Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and he currently advises myriad government agencies, museums, science societies, and civic organizations on their climate change public engagement initiatives. Previously, Ed has served as an Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and as Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International. Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University, and his BA in psychology at University of California, San Diego.


Rob Gould, PhD
Strategic Communications Director

After a career in public relations and social marketing, Rob Gould founded an independent consultancy, One Degree Strategies in 2014 to support organizations that promote health and social causes. A primary focus of his work has been on advancing public understanding and support for action to solve climate change. His previous climate work includes projects with AAAS, CDC, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the award-winning “Ostrich” campaign for SciencetoGo with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Since the Consortium’s launch in 2017, Rob has served as strategic counselor and director of strategic communications. Rob is also a Scholar in Residence at GMU, teaching social marketing and advising graduate students. Rob earned a doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Maryland.


Kate Hoppe, MPH MA
Operations Director

Kate Hoppe is a public health practitioner who has contributed to private and public sectors from community-based non-profits, to government, and academics. She founded CivicPoint Consulting to help organizations and people move to action for healthy, equitable, and resilient communities. In her work, Kate supports internal and external stakeholders through the stages of change to promote effective and organized action, and helps them to apply evidence-based policy, system, and environmental change approaches to advance health and equity. Kate serves as Operations Director for the Consortium to expand operational capacity and sustain momentum for advancing climate and health solutions. Kate has previously managed CDC- and NIH-funded initiatives to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimers, spoken at national conferences including APHA and ALR, and advocated for policy change as a former member of the Board of Health Commissioners in Kansas City, Missouri.


Wendy Cook
Digital Communications Director

Wendy oversees the implementation of digital and creative communications for stakeholders through the Consortium website, monthly newsletter, social media, and creative digital and print materials. She is passionate about developing effective and creative visuals to communicate climate science, and building a positive, well-informed community to advocate for solutions to address the health issues of climate change. Wendy has over 2 decades of experience in graphic and web design, as well as data analysis to create purpose-driven visuals. In collaboration with John Cook, Wendy designed the Skeptical Science website, which seeks to debunk denial myths about climate change. Prior to joining the Consortium, Wendy was the Marketing Manager for a large P-12 private school, designing and implementing multi-channel marketing campaigns.


Mark Mitchell, MD MPH FACPM
State Affairs Director

A preventive medicine physician trained in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Mitchell has spent over twenty years working in the public health sector, including as Director of the Hartford, Connecticut Health Department. He spent 15 years working with environmental justice communities to prevent and reduce environmentally related disease as well as to change policies that are detrimental to environmental health. Dr. Mitchell co-chairs the NMA’s Commission on Environmental Health, where he provides environmental health education and advocates on behalf of NMA. He has served on several EPA and FDA advisory committees and has received a number of awards for his community and environmental health leadership. Dr. Mitchell earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Masters of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.


Colin Nackerman
Associate Director of Policy & Operations

Colin is a climate change strategist who works with nonprofits and communities to launch and scale programs that address climate change and the energy transition. In his role as Associate Director of Policy and Operations, he helps lead policy and advocacy activities related to the Consortium’s Policy Action Agenda and other efforts at the federal and state level. He also supports the Operations Director in operations and development. Before rejoining the Consortium, he was the Grantee Manager with the Health and Climate Solutions program, managed a DOE SunShot program at The Solar Foundation, and supported advocacy at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He continues to work part-time in research with Mason’s Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies and volunteers time for climate justice efforts. He received his B.A. in Environmental Policy from George Mason University and will soon earn an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies – Energy & Sustainability.


Beverly Harp
Digital Communications and State Policy Manager

Beverly is the Digital Communications and State Policy Manager at the Consortium. As State Policy Manager she supports state-based Clinicians for Climate Action groups with program development, policy research, communication strategy, and coalition building. As Digital Communications Manager she runs our social media pages and keeps the website and resource library up to date. Beverly also supports the Consortium’s federal policy advocacy and education efforts. Prior to joining the Consortium full-time, she worked as the Communication Manager for the Health and Climate Solutions initiative at the GMU Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), where she supported equitable, community-based health and climate projects across the country. Before joining the team at 4C, Beverly completed a Fulbright research grant in India on the distribution of finance for climate change adaptation. In her free time, she organizes young people to take action for global climate justice with the organization SustainUS. Beverly received her B.A. in Global Affairs and Data Analysis from George Mason University.


Savannah Martincic
Social Media Outreach Intern

Savannah is an Honors College student at George Mason University majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism and minoring in Spanish and social justice. Currently, she is the social media and outreach intern for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. She is passionate about engaging medical professionals in climate change activism through strategic digital communication and is able to do so through her content creation for the program’s Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages. Her work also includes supporting climate advocates and recording their activities in the Consortium’s database, monitoring social media analytics, and tracking potential communication opportunities.


Mohamed Ahmed
Finance Manager

Mohamed “Moe” is the Operations Manager at the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), and is the finance manager for the Consortium. Initially, an undergraduate research assistant at the center, Moe has expanded his duties to take on several roles including budget management and fiscal reporting, research administration, project management, human resource liaising, and events and outreach coordination. Outside of work and school, he enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, sports, and has a deep passion for civic engagement, social justice, and human rights. Moe earned his MS in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.


Ira Dreyfuss
Public Relations Consultant

Ira Dreyfuss, the Medical Society Consortium’s public relations consultant, created the Profiles report, which focuses on clinician advocacy for a healthier climate. He also assists with outreach and strategy development. Before his work with the Consortium, he had been a reporter with The Associated Press and a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He received a master’s degree from George Mason University in 2016 and continues as a student at GMU.


Jerome A. Paulson, MD FAAP
State Affairs Consultant

Dr. Paulson is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Emeritus Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and of Public Health. He created the American Academy of Pediatrics Program on Climate Change and Health. He is a consultant to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health and is a founding member of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action. He is a past chair of the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the AAP and past Medical Director for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units – East. Dr. Paulson served on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US EPA. He co-created, and for a number of years lead, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment. Dr. Paulson received his MD degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and did his pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He also completed a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Sinai Hospital.


Linda Rudolph, MD MPH
Climate, Health, and Equity Consultant

Dr. Linda Rudolph serves as Senior Advisor on Climate, Health, and Equity for the Consortium. She previously worked as Director for the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute, Deputy Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the California Department of Public Health, and Health Officer/Public Health Director for the City of Berkeley, and Chief Medical Officer for Medi-Cal managed care. Linda was the founding chair of the California Health in All Policies Task Force. She serves on the Board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Steering Committee for Climate Plan, and the Advisory Committee for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.