Leadership

Executive Team

  • Nathaniel Stinnett

    Founder & CEO

    Nathaniel Stinnett founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Dubbed “The Voting Guru” by Grist magazine, Stinnett was named one of America’s 50 environmental visionaries, and he is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques at top universities and campaign management trainings. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper LLP, Stinnett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters.

  • Peter Polga-Hecimovich

    Field Director

    Peter Polga-Hecimovich has extensive campaign and public policy experience at the highest levels. Over the course of ten years, he has served as Field Director for local, congressional, and statewide campaigns both for candidates and ballot measures. While Political Organizer with the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation he advocated and organized on behalf of numerous environmental, infrastructure, and worker rights issues. Most recently, while attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, he worked with Dr. Lawrence Jacobs and Vice President Walter Mondale as a Teaching and Research Assistant. He recently received his Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Politics and Governance from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minnesota in addition to a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration. Peter lives in Boston, MA with his wife.

  • Kate Heffernan

    Field & Digital Outreach Coordinator

    Kate Heffernan is an accomplished field organizer, science educator, and environmental advocate. As a Campus Organizer for Hillary for America in 2016, Heffernan recruited, trained, and managed a large team of voter registration, voter contact, and Get-Out-The-Vote fellows across South Florida. Prior to the campaign, Heffernan was the Outreach Program Assistant for the National Center for Science Education, where she developed and launched NCSE’s Scientists in the Classroom program, promoting climate change education across the country. Heffernan holds a B.S. from the University of Florida in Natural Resource Conservation and a B.A. in Political Science. Originally from Boca Raton, FL, she now lives in Boston, MA.

Board Members

  • Kiran Bhatraju

    Board of Advisors

    Kiran Bhatraju is the Founder and CEO of Arcadia Power, a venture-backed clean energy utility platform serving customers in all 50 states with renewable energy from wind and solar farms. Previously, Bhatraju was the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of American Efficient, an energy efficiency software and analytics company. He is a published author and he began his career working on environmental and energy issues for Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Kiran lives with his wife in Washington, DC.

  • Bevin Butler

    Board of Advisors

    Bevin Butler is the Founder and CEO of CADE, Nyc, a fashion label based in New York City. Butler is an accomplished entrepreneur, attorney, and marketing specialist with experience working at both startups and international corporations. Prior to founding CADE, Butler was an attorney at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she specialized in corporate, private equity, and tax law. From 2003 – 2006, she handled marketing and public relations efforts for Lancome –L’Oreal USA, LAB21, and Emanuel Ungaro. A graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law, Butler is a long-time environmentalist and lives in New York, NY.

  • Reid Capalino

    Board of Advisors

    Reid Capalino is a Principal with Aligned Intermediary, an investment advisory group created to help long-term investors channel institutional capital into clean energy, water infrastructure, and waste-to-value projects. Capalino began his career as an Analyst at Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors, assisting fund managers in evaluating invesments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and agriculture. Capalino has also served as a Senior Energy Analyst at the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a financial think tank focused on energy and climate issues. He has authored numerous reports related to clean energy investment opportunities, including the January 2014 Clean Trillion report, and his publications have been covered by, among others, the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Bloomberg. Capalino has a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Reed College. He lives with his wife in New York City.

  • James S. Hoyte

    Board of Advisors

    Jamie Hoyte is Of Counsel to ADS Ventures and recently retired from Harvard University where he was an Associate Vice President and Co-Program Director of the Working Group on Environmental Justice, a Lecturer on Environmental Sciences and Public Policy at Harvard College, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. From 1983-1988, Hoyte served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for oversight of the planning and management of all environmental and natural resource conservation policies and programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He also was founding Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority from 1985-1988. Hoyte serves on the Boards of Directors of numerous environmental and civic organizations including the Museum of African American History, the Trust for Public Land, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Trustees of Reservations, the Posse Foundation, and Wheaton College. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

  • Philip Jordan

    Board of Directors

    Philip Jordan is Executive Director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute and also Vice President of BW Research Partnership. He is also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and he has authored numerous internationally recognized reports, including national solar labor market studies, regional renewable energy and green construction analyses, and comprehensive reports on industry clusters from healthcare to technology. Previously, Jordan served as the Director of the San Diego and Imperial Region Center of Excellence, as a consultant at Mass Insight, and as an environmental and land use attorney at Bingham McCutchen. Jordan holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. and certificate in Environment and Land Law from Boston College Law School. He lives in Wrentham, MA with his wife and two daughters.

  • Timothy Kistner

    Board of Advisors

    Timothy Kistner is an attorney at Goodwin Procter LLP with extensive voter mobilization and government experience. In 2008, he served as a Field Organizer for Obama for America in numerous primary states across the country and, in the general election, he was the campaign’s Regional Field Director for the battleground of Western New Hampshire. In 2012, he again assisted Obama for America with Get-Out-The-Vote operations in New Hampshire and, in 2013, he was GOTV Director for the John Connolly for Mayor Campaign (Boston, MA). From 2009-2011, Kistner served in the Obama Administration as Confidential Assistant to the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. A graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, Kistner lives with his wife in Boston, MA.

  • Robert LaRocca

    Board of Directors

    Bob LaRocca has over a decade of experience as a policy advisor and campaign manager for progressive political campaigns and nonprofits. Currently, LaRocca serves as the Director of Policy and Communications at Transforming Education, a cutting-edge nonprofit that equips students with the social-emotional skills necessary for long-term success. Previously, he was Director of Strategic Collaborations at another education nonprofit, and he also helped run the Community Business Clinic at the Northeastern School of Law. LaRocca holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Quincy, MA with his wife and daughter.

  • Frederick A. O. (“Fritz”) Schwarz

    Board of Advisors

    Fritz Schwarz has had an unparalleled career in public service, environmental philanthropy, and the law. Schwarz is currently Chief Counsel of the Brennan Center for Justice as well as Senior Counsel at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel for almost 20 years, and he has also served as New York City’s Corporation Counsel, as Chief Counsel to the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Activities with respect to Intelligence Activities (the “Church Committee”), and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Philanthropies. He is the author of multiple books, and in 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Ridenhour Courage Prize in recognition of his life-long commitment to strengthening democracy and the rule of law. Schwarz lives with his wife in New York, NY.

  • Ron Turiello

    Board of Advisors

    Ron Turiello has been active in progressive politics for over 25 years, with experience as a field organizer, campaign manager, fundraiser, and data analytics expert at the highest levels. As Co-Founder of the Voter Genome Project, Turiello started one of the nation’s earliest political data analytics firms, and he also has been a prominent fundraiser for multiple Presidential, US Senate, and Congressional campaigns. Ron is Of Counsel at Woodside Counsel in Silicon Valley, he serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of ScholarMatch, and he is a member of the Full Circle Fund philanthropic network where he has significant experience advising and investing in nonprofit startups. Turiello lives with his wife and two children in Redwood City, CA.

  • Melanie Wachtell Stinnett

    Board of Directors

    Melanie Wachtell Stinnett is a Boston-based writer and editor. Most recently, she co-authored Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and co-edited Rules for Resistance: Advice from Around the Globe for the Age of Trump with David Cole. From 2009-2014, she served as a director of the Tobin Project, a public policy research nonprofit in Cambridge, MA, where she managed communications and development, and connected the research of leading social scientists with policymakers in Washington D.C.  Previously, Wachtell Stinnett managed research and writing for the Special Report on Regulatory Reform issued by the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel, chaired at the time by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and practiced law as an appellate attorney with Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart and Sullivan LLP. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy at Princeton University. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband and two daughters.