Who We Are
Jeni Krencicki Barcelos
FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jeni Krencicki Barcelos served as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, where she focused on the intersection of climate change and human rights law. While in law school, Jeni co-organized the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights in May 2009, and co-founded the Three Degrees Project at the University of Washington School of Law, of which she now shares the role of Executive Director. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she co-developed and taught Yale’s first graduate course on Environmental Security. Jeni helped design and coordinate the founding of the Progressive Ideas Network – a national alliance of multi-issue think tanks and advocacy organizations. Jeni’s more recent work includes advising Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, about legal and policy recommendations for states to use in implementing more just climate policies to low-income families. She has been volunteering her time with The Climate Reality Project since 2006, assisting in the dissemination of Al Gore’s global educational campaign on climate change. Jeni is also an editor of “Climate Change: A Reader,” an academic text published in 2011 by Carolina Academic Press.
FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jen Marlow graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Jen co-organized the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, and co-founded the Three Degrees Project on climate justice at UW Law School in 2009, serving as an inaugural fellow to the project. Jen graduated from Middlebury College in 2002, where she studied environmental studies and literature with John Elder and Bill McKibben. After graduating, Jen worked as an editor at award-winning Orion magazine, and then as the communications associate for the Portland–based think tank Ecotrust (and authored a column in Edible Portland). Jen also co-founded the Next Generation Leadership Retreat at The Center for Whole Communities to provide leadership opportunities for emerging environmental and social justice leaders. During law school, Jen advised the Washington Environmental Council and Sightline Institute on legal barriers to developing fair climate policies for Washington state, interned for the Berman Environmental Law Clinic, and externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour.
Brandon Derman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington (UW), where his NSF-supported dissertation research examines civil society and governmental roles and interactions as aspects of climate change policy and governance at the UNFCCC, in the EU, and in the US. He has taught at UW in the geography department, the Law, Societies and Justice program, and for the Three Degrees Project. Brandon holds a bachelors degree with honors from the University of Michigan, and an MA in geography from Hunter College CUNY, where his thesis, a multi-criteria GIS decision analysis tool for transportation planning, won the College’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis award.
Andrea Rodgers Harris
Andrea Rodgers is In-House Counsel for the Snoqualmie Tribe in Washington, representing the Tribe on a variety of legal issues, including Indian Child Welfare Act cases and the development of the Tribe’s legal infrastructure. Prior to joining the Tribe, Andrea was a staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center where she gained experience in environmental law and assisted tribes in their efforts to protect natural, cultural, and spiritual resources.
Victoria Hykes Steere
Victoria Hykes Steere, Iñupiaq, is from Unalakleet, Alaska. Victoria finds inspiration from life lessons imparted by her family. Her grandfather Peter Nanouk urged her to be alive in each moment. As Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies at Alaska Pacific University, her teaching explores social responsibility using biographies of Alaska Native leaders and a history of ANCSA. In 2001, she participated as an expert in a UN workshop on the effects of resource development on Indigenous Peoples. Recent writing includes essays in “Climate Change: a Reader” and “Indigenous Pathways to Social Research.” She earned an LLM from the Univ. of Washington School of Law; a JD from the Univ. of Iowa College of Law; and a BA in Economics from Colby College.
Michele Storms is the Executive Director and Assistant Dean for Public Service, William H. Gates Public Service Law Program, University of Washington School of Law. Prior to her current position with UW Law, Michele was the statewide advocacy coordinator at both the Northwest Justice Project and Columbia Legal Services where she coordinated civil legal aid advocacy in the areas of family law, youth and education, housing, elder law, Native American and right to counsel issues. Michele was awarded a King County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 1992 and was honored by Washington Women Lawyers with a Special Contribution to the Judiciary Award in 1998. Over the years Ms. Storms has provided training and has written on topics such as leadership and diversity and has served as a facilitator for meetings and retreats for non-profit organizations.
Dahvi Wilson is the Communications Manager for Apex Clean Energy, an independent renewable energy company based in Charlottesville, VA. At Apex, Dahvi is responsible for internal and external communications strategy and implementation. Dahvi has worked with numerous community, government, and non-profit organizations, specializing in strategic development, community relations, and communications. Prior to joining Apex, she served as the Executive Director of the Teton Valley Foundation, Project Coordinator for Envision Victor, Director of Strategic Development for the Three Degrees Project at the University of Washington School of Law, and Campaign Manager for several local political candidates. Dahvi holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and a B.A. from Brown University.
Advisory board members
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington
Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society, University of Washington
Michael (Mickey) Glantz
Director, Consortium for Capacity Building
Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
William H. Rodgers, Jr.
Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
James Gustave Speth
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean Emeritus, Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Art Wolfe, Inc.
Center for Whole Communities
Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado at Boulder
Face the Change, University of California at Berkeley
Facing Climate Change
Gates Public Service Law Program
Island Climate Adaptation Research Center, University of HawaiiRe-Locate Project
Re-Vision LabsSeattle Art MuseumUnited Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Bergen OfficeUniversity of Washington Center on Human RightsUniversity of Washington School of LawWorldchanging.org
- Jennifer Marlow & Jennifer Krencicki Barcelos, Global Warring and the Permanent Dry: How Heat Threatens Human Security in a Warmer World, 1Seattle J. Envtl. L. 19-55 (2011), available at http://www.sjel.org/images/pdf/2011/Marlow-Barcelos-Global-Warring.pdf.
- Jennifer K. Barcelos, Gregory A. Hicks, & Jennifer Marlow, The Three Degrees Conference: One Year Later, 85 Wash. L. Rev. 193 (2010), available at http://threedegreeswarmer.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Introduction1.pdf.
- Lara C. Whitely Binder et. al, Preparing for Climate Change in Washington State, 102 Climatic Change 373 (2010), available at http://cses.washington.edu/db/pdf/wacciach11adapt654.pdf.
- Jennifer Marlow & Dahvi Wilson, Three Degrees, 5 Whole Thinking Journal (Winter 2009–2010).
- Jennifer Marlow & Jennifer K. Barcelos, Does Cap and Dividend Policy Violate Washington State Constitution’s Prohibition on the Gift of Public Funds? Sightline Institute, 2008.
- Climate Change: A Reader. William H. Rodgers, Jr., Jeni Barcelos, Anna T. Moritz, Michael Robinson-Dorn. Forthcoming, Carolina Academic Press
- UW Law Students Take Climate Justice to Stanford, Europe - UW Law Press Release
- UW Law Students Present at International Climate Change Conference – UW Law Press Release
- Connecting polar bears to people – Real Change
- Think of the children, or think of your ski trip: Two ways to tell the climate story - Grist
- Using Human Rights Law to Address Climate Change – Worldchanging.org
- Can human rights be the climate movement’s moral guide? – Grist
- Conference examines human-rights side of climate change – The Daily
- UW School of Law Conference Addresses Climate Change and Human Rights – UW Law Press Release