OUR EDITORIAL, DESIGN & PRODUCTION TEAM
PUBLISHER & EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Lena Tabori co-founded ClimateChangeResources.org as she began thinking about climate change and its impact on the lives of her two daughters, her step-son, and their children. Although she is not an expert on climate science, she understands the power of information, having spent her professional life as a publisher, curating and delivering powerful information.
Lena is an award-winning media executive. She is the co-founder and CEO of the book packaging firm Welcome Enterprises, and former head of the publishing imprint Welcome Books. Previously, she cofounded the publishing firm Stewart, Tabori & Chang. She was the first female Vice President at Harry N. Abrams Inc., the venerable publishing company. She also served as President and Publisher of Collins Publishers San Francisco.
In 1983 Lena won an Emmy for executive producing Ziggy’s Gift, an animated television special adapted from Tom Wilson’s comic strip. Many of her books, like Judith Levy’s Grandmother Remembers, have become bestsellers; many others award winners (Glorious American Food by Christopher Idone; The Oxford Project by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein; American Farmer, The Heart of Our Country with photographs by Paul Mobley and text by her daughter Katrina Fried; Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature (STC), which she co-edited with Jane Lahr., and more. She created the Little Big Book series, twenty-seven titles that include The Little Big Book of Christmas and The Little Big Book of Love, selling many millions of copies.
Lena’s vision for Climate Change Resources is simple: inspire everyone to do something towards a solution. She is proof that with information and a desire to contribute every person can help find solutions that benefit our planet and our longevity as a species. With this site, she brings her own expertise in publishing to the cause, curating information from experts and great communicators who can explain the science and impact of climate change. Her motto is “learn more in order to do more.”
Mary Tiegreen is a designer/art director and photographer who has worked in the fields of publishing, package design and product development. A partner at Tiegreen Ltd, she has designed numerous books for Welcome Books since 1990. Her love of nature and deep concern for the well-being of the earth led her to work with the CCR team in hopes of helping to make a difference.
WEB DESIGNER & DEVELOPER
Arjun Malakar is the creative director and partner at Transnational Business Solutions, and he holds over a decade of experience in a variety of design disciplines. From digital and print to architecture and animation, he has worked internationally at multiple design firms and companies, including Forbes in New York. Arjun is currently based in India, and his extensive knowledge of the backend, first-rate communication skills, design aesthetic, and enthusiasm have proven to be integral assets. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning Architecture, New Delhi, and a post-graduate degree in 3D Animation & Special Effects from the Vancouver Film School, British Columbia.
Kristen Sasamoto graduated with a B.A. in Women’s Studies in 2004 from UCLA before earning a degree in Graphic Design from Parsons in New York. She has worked as an e-commerce manager (Kitson LA in 2005-2006 and LF Stores in 2006-2007), a book designer (Welcome Books in 2008-2018), and as a web designer (Tablet Hotels in 2012-2016), as well as freelancing as an illustrator. She began working for CCR in early 2018.
Katrina Fried is an editor, writer and visual book producer with 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. As Associate Publisher and Senior Editor of Welcome Books for 13 years, she produced numerous award-winning and best-selling titles, including Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, The Oxford Project, Artists in Love, and On the Street. As the US Editor-in-Chief of the illustrated travel series 111 Places, she oversaw the successful launch and expansion of the series into the English-language market for the European publisher, Emons. Additionally, she has authored several award-winning books, including Everyday Heroes, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, and American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country. Based in Northern California, she currently works as an independent visual book producer and editor, working with authors and publishers to create books of exceptional quality and beauty.
Margot Rosenblatt has interned for CCR since March of 2020 and now runs CCR’s social media. She currently attends Scripps College pursuing a degree in Environment, Economics, and Politics. In Claremont, California, where she lives while at college, she writes a popular opinion column on student activism for The Student Life, Claremont’s primary newspaper. She also edits for The Claremont Independent, Claremont’s conservative publication. A board member of the Democrats of the Claremont Colleges, she serves as a student senator. After college, she plans to attend law school.
Anna Smith Clark
FOOD & AGRICULTURE EDITOR
Anna Smith Clark has worked in the food and agriculture industry most of her career life in many facets from restaurants and event production to marketing and consulting. In Northern California, she worked in support of small scale local farmers in their utilization of organic practices while educating consumers about the value of organic and sustainable-produced products. In 2016 she founded and launched Get Gone Traveler an international food/travel experience marketplace. Most recently she has acted as a consultant on a variety of projects for food-related businesses and non-profit organizations both locally in the Bay Area and Internationally. Anna joined Climate Change Resources in May 2019 as the Food and Agriculture Editor.
While a student at Colorado College, Montana contributed to the development of CCR by researching and organizing content as well as creating newsletters. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Comparative Literature and recently completed a two-year Health Education Fellowship. She is currently providing copy to CCR in her free time.
EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTOR, YOUTH SECTION
Michele Bigley is a mom, a climate activist, an educator and an award-winning writer with bylines in the New York Times, AFAR, Outside and YES magazine. She’s currently writing a book about taking her sons to meet the change-makers working to protect the planet from our climate crisis. She writes the newsletter Our Feet on the Ground. You can follow her on Twitter.
Martha Moran has worked in book publishing for 40 years as an editor of heavily illustrated how-to books—sewing, knitting, crafts, drawing, painting, photography, video game art, jewelry making.
Rob Atkins is a commercial photographer based in Vancouver, Canada, specializing in architectural, landscape and fine art photography. Clients using his work include Microsoft, Google, Starbucks Coffee and Harvard University.
Rob’s first book, Neon Mesa, was published in 2009. It is a photo-essay on the vernacular landscape of the American Southwest and includes a foreword by Santa Fe film maker Godfrey Reggio, director of Koyaanisqatsi. The book was called “a moody and poetic elegy” by Patricia Leigh Brown of the New York Times, and praised as “beautifully done” by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Dividing his efforts equally between commercial projects and personal work, Rob is currently traveling extensively in support of his second book, which will be focused entirely in New Mexico.
Richard Berenholtz received his master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University in 1974. By 1984 he had begun his full time career as a photographer, specializing in architecture, landscapes, and cityscapes. Numerous books resulted: Manhattan Architecture, Inside New York, Panoramic New York, New York New York (perhaps both the largest photography book ever done on the city and the smallest, selling more than 150,000 copies to date), New York Architecture, and New York Deco. He was the official photographer for The Statue of Liberty centennial celebration in 1986; he created the photographs for the NYC 2012 Olympic Games bid book in 2006; his photographs were chosen to represent New York City in the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, also in 2006, and in 2009, he had a major retrospective of his work exhibited at the Castle Callenberg Museum in Coburg, Germany.
Justin Black (b. 1973) is a photographer, writer, and explorer from Washington, DC. A leader in his field, his photographs of the world’s high and wild places have been published widely and featured in numerous exhibitions around the U.S. and abroad. A Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW), and formerly executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Black has contributed photography and writing in support of conservation campaigns to protect threatened landscapes and ecosystems in collaboration with conservation organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and The Sierra Club. Black’s limited-edition prints are available directly from the artist. His company, Visionary Wild, has achieved a superlative reputation for delivering world-class photography travel and education experiences for passionate photographers.
Gary Crabbe currently resides in Pleasant Hill, California, just outside San Francisco. Gary began taking pictures while attending Humboldt State University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Social and Adolescent Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Directing, Acting, Writing, and Production for the Theater. His interest in photography began to grow after taking an elective class in Black & White, but he soon found his passion was the pursuit of color and form in nature.
After graduation, a twist of fate led Gary to the studio of World-Famous photographer Galen Rowell, where he managed the Stock Department of Mountain Light Photography for nine years. Known for his industry expertise and unwavering professionalism, Gary has worked with many of the world’s best-known advertising agencies, magazines, and publishers. He has been happy to offer his knowledge and opinions consulting with other photographers, and has been quoted several times in Photo District News, Wired Magazine, Mother Jones, and numerous other trade publications.
Eric Meola (born 1946 in Syracuse, New York) is an American photographer. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 and is self-taught in the art of photography. In New York he apprenticed under photographer Pete Turner, who influenced Meola’s use of saturated color and graphic design. In 1971, Meola opened a studio and began working for popular magazines such as Life, Esquire, and Time, shooting editorial photos. His work has since appeared in museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and in Munich’s Museum of Modern Art. Meola’s official website can be found below.
Meola has traveled throughout the world, and is recognized for the brilliant use of color in his photography. One of his most famous photos, Coca(Cola) Kid, was taken in Haiti. This photo appeared in the 1997 issue of Life magazine as one of the “100 Magnificent Moments of the Past 1,000 Years”. Meola is also known for his photos of Bruce Springsteen, including the cover of Springsteen’s album Born to Run. Several of Meola’s Springsteen photographs appear in the thirtieth anniversary box-set edition of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Meola’s clients include American Express, Jeep, AT&T, Porsche and BMW.
Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.
Rick’s latest books are Creative Visualization for Photographers and Evolution of an Image and Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip, Rick’s 39th book which he co-authored with his wife Susan.
While Rick describes himself as “evolving,” he hesitates to categorize his work. “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”
With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead. As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”
Michael Zide is a full time fine art and commercial photographer who teaches the art of making photographs through workshops and in customized programs to individuals and small groups. A member of Moab fine art printing paper’s Master Photographer’s Program and an Ambassador for Manfrotto International Distribution, he speaks about the art of landscape photography at the PhotoPlus International Exhibition in New York, and at venues throughout New England. His photographs are included in museum and corporate collections within and outside the United States.
Biddle Duke is a journalist, writer and editor who has worked for newspapers across four states and Argentina, where he was the editor of the English-language daily, The Buenos Aires Herald. For the past two decades he was the publisher of a weekly newspaper, magazine and digital media group in northern Vermont. In 2016, Duke launched EAST magazine, whose four issues a year celebrate the soul — history, environment, food, culture, art, politics — of Eastern Long Island. His work has appeared in The New Yorker online, The New York Times, Purist, The Surfers Journal, among other publications. Although basically a lifelong nomad, he lives in Springs, N.Y. with his wife, an artist, Idoline.
John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background, coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica, allows him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts. He brings the diverse points of view of an industry scientist, entrepreneur and CEO. For over thirty years, he has been a leader in the private and non-profit sectors, serving as CEO for The International SeaKeepers and The Cousteau Society.
Richard Heede is the co-founder and co-director of the Climate Accountability Institute. Richard has pursued a deep interest in climate for 30 years. He completed a cooperative thesis at National Center for Atmospheric Research (A World Geography of Recoverable Carbon Resources, 1983). He worked with Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute for 18 years, quantifying federal subsidies to the energy sector (Congressional testimony, 1985), energy-efficient office equipment, home energy (Homemade Money, 1995), and climate change (Oberlin College: Climate Neutral by 2020).
Richard is the principal of Climate Mitigation Services, founded in 2002 to conduct state-of the-art emission inventories and develop mitigation strategies for local governments, agencies (EPA Climate Leaders), corporations, consulting groups, and NGOs. He is Senior Advisor to Renewable Choice Energy in Boulder, CO, and to EcoMotion in Irvine, CA. Richard completed a carbon inventory of U.S. Ex-Im Bank’s energy portfolios for plaintiffs seeking change in the agency’s carbon-intensive investment priorities. He inventoried ExxonMobil’s carbon emissions from oil, gas, and coal production from 1882 (Standard Oil) to 2002 for Friends of the Earth UK. He expanded this work to the 89 largest multinational & state-owned fossil fuel producers under the aegis of Climate Justice Programme, Sydney.
His passive-solar rammed-earth home cuts carbon emissions by two-thirds. To offset these savings he flies a 1958 Cessna 182.
Website: Climate Accountability Institute
Abby Luby graduated Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts/Communications and Music degree. She went to work as a news reporter in New York at The Daily News in 2006, leaving to report first for The Westchester Guardian becoming a freelancer in 2003. She has been a Writing and Literature Professor at Marist College since 2011 and a Writer/Editor at ClimateYou.org since 2015—a climate change blog established in 2008.
Born in France to the acclaimed artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Cyril Christo is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and animal rights activist. Since 1996, he and his wife, Mary Wilkinson, have been engaged in creating documentary films centered around wildlife, and he has published several books of photography raising awareness on the plight of endangered animals such as leopards, lions, giraffes and elephants. His documentary films, “Lysander’s Song” and “Walking Thunder: Ode to the African Elephant” are about the interactions between humans and elephants. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
MARY FOSTER MORGAN
Mary Foster Morgan spent many summers in East Hampton, visiting her grandparents on their farm on Springs-Fireplace Road. Currently she is co-founder of Drawdown East End, a grass-roots, non-partisan effort focused on local solutions to reverse global warming. Inspired by the science of Project Drawdown, the group is developing replicable pilot projects and, in partnership with the community, bringing them to scale to achieve drawdown with all its many economic, health and security benefits. A former co-leader of the East End Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, Mary and her husband Tom helped launch the East End Chapter of Slow Food in 2004. They live in Orient.
Paige Peterson is a photojournalist (and has reported extensively about the Middle East), an illustrator (A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jesse Kornbluth and Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, which she co-authored with Christopher Cerf), a painter (represented by Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City and honored by The Guild Hall Academy of the Arts in East Hampton with a lifetime membership), an author (contributing to Marin Magazine, New York Social Diary and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations), a consultant at the Attitudinal Healing International organization and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, a board member of the National Council on US-Arab Relations, and an International Conservation Communication Specialist at Safari West. Ms. Peterson lives in New York City. For more information visit: www.paigempeterson.com
JOEL STRONBERG, MA, JD
MEMBER OF THE BOARD AND BLOGGER
Joel Stronberg, MA, JD, is a senior executive and attorney with over 35 years of experience in federal and state energy, environmental and sustainability issues. He is the founder and principal of The JBS Group a Washington, DC consulting firm advising and representing public and private sectors clients since 1981. Services provided by the Group include policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, draft legislation, written and oral communications, and management and business services to small trade and non-profit organizations in the clean energy and climate fields.
Stronberg is recognized as a thought leader in the fields of climate and clean energy. He has served as a Special Counsel at the US Department of Energy at the Under and Assistant Secretarial levels. Stronberg has lived in Nicaragua and Costa Rica working with business and educational organizations on sustainable agricultural practices, the use of on-site renewable energy sources, e.g., digesters, and policy development.
Stronberg is a featured voice on Resilience.org; a Top Climate Change Writer on Medium.com, and, a highlighted contributor on Energy Central. His writings are linked to Stanford University’s Millennial Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) project.
Joel is also a regular contributor to other energy and environment publications like the Environmental Law Institute’s journal The Environmental Forum. His book, Earth v. Trump: A Failure to Protect, was released in November 2017. The second edition of the work was released in 2020.
Stronberg is currently working with clients in the development and implementation of strategic advocacy, and communications strategies focused on federal appropriations and proposed regulatory actions by the USEPA, e.g., rolling back Obama era climate-related regulations. He regularly reports and analyzes climate-related lawsuits for clients.
Linda Sunshine was born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey. She lived in NYC and worked in publishing for many years, most recently as Editorial Director at Stewart, Tabori & Chang. She is the author of more than 50 books, including the NY Times bestseller, Plain Jane Works Out. She has published many books about the making of such movies as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Angels & Demons, Monsters vs. Aliens, Memoirs of a Geisha, Ray, Vanity Fair, and Sideways. She lives in Los Angeles, a block from Paramount Studio.
Dr. Steven Cohen is the Senior Vice Dean of Columbia’s School of Professional Studies and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, and the Director of the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University. In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.
Dr. Cohen is the former Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and now serves as a senior advisor for the Institute. He is a former policy analyst and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Cohen has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless, Board of Directors of the Willdan Group, Inc., Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Steering Committee for the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Cohen also serves on the Judging Committee for the Yidan Prize Foundation and is the Chair of the Lotos Club’s Science and Technology Committee.
Dr. Cohen is the author of The Sustainable City (2017, 2020), Understanding Environmental Policy (2006, 2014), Sustainability Management (2011), The Effective Public Manager (1988, now co-authored in its fifth edition), and the co-author of Management Fundamentals (2020), Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy (2015), The Responsible Contact Manager (2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), and Total Quality Management in Government (1993). He has written numerous articles on public management, sustainability management, and environmental policy. Dr. Cohen also writes a weekly blog for the Earth Institute’s State of the Planet website.