Session XVI: Advocacy in Action: ACLA Celebration

These 10 organizations rose to the top of 200 of their peers and shared in $155,000 in awards at the America’s Climate Leadership Awards 2020 for helping build the public support and political will we need for climate solutions. We can all learn from them and from how they are adjusting to climate advocacy in the era of social distancing. Join us as we honor their work to help accelerate and expand the transition to a just, thriving and sustainable world.

Meighen Speiser
Executive Director
ecoAmerica

About Meighen:

Meighen is ecoAmerica’s Executive Director, and has helped the organization achieve its mission since 2008. Before joining ecoAmerica, Meighen was the Brand Director for (RED). She was integral to the conception, launch and continued growth of the (RED) brand, and led collaboration with partners (Gap, Hallmark, Windows and more) on all consumer-facing expressions of their (PRODUCT) RED partnership. Meighen also worked at Mattel, Inc. where she held roles in brand and marketing for their consumer products division with over 1,000 worldwide licensees of the Barbie other Mattel brands. Her early career was in financial services, working in strategic and online marketing for American Express and as VP Marketing for Robertson Stephens Investment Bank. Meighen lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Nancy Faulstich
Executive Director
Regeneración - Pajaro Valley Climate Action

About Nancy:

Nancy Faulstich founded Regeneración in 2016 together with a small group of Pajaro Valley residents. Now Regeneración’s first Director, Nancy was motivated to work for climate action and resilience upon realizing the plight that younger generations, including her twelve year old daughter, will face. Her goal was for everyone in the Pajaro Valley to become fully aware of the reality of climate change and to move together to address the causes and strive for justice. Prior to her work with Regeneración, Nancy served as a bilingual preschool and kindergarten teacher and literacy specialist with the Pajaro Valley School District for 25 years. She has a BA in Women’s Studies and Masters in Education with a bilingual (Spanish) certification. In conjunction to her work as an early childhood educator, Nancy has led parent and women’s support groups, and organized to address and eliminate racism and anti-semitism. Nancy approaches her work with...
Kat Lockwood
Organizing Director
CALPIRG Students

About Kat:

Kat Lockwood is the Director for CALPIRG Students. In this role, she trains and manages organizing staff, develops environmental campaigns at the University of California campuses, and works with the student Board of Directors. Kat has been organizing for over a decade to mobilize thousands of young activists to win real results for the environment. She has run successful campaigns to ban plastics to protect the Pacific Ocean, to defend global warming legislation at the ballot box from oil company attacks, and to pass the landmark commitment to 100% clean electricity. Kat graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science, Public Policy, and Society and Environment, and lives in Los Angeles, CA.