Who We Are

Jen Marlow (left) and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos (right) at the Three Degrees Conference, May 27–29, 2009.

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.

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Jen Marlow

FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jen MarlowJen 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.

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Brandon Derman

DOCTORAL FELLOW

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.

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Board members

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

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

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

David Battisti

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington

Stephen Gardiner

Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society, University of Washington

Michael (Mickey) Glantz

Director, Consortium for Capacity Building

Christine Ingebritsen

Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington

Ross Macfarlane

Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships, Climate Solutions, Seattle, 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

Project collaborators

Art Wolfe, Inc.
Center for Whole Communities
Climate Solutions
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

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Press

About the Photo

Top-left: Climbing Poetree performs at the Three Degrees Conference.
© Benjamin Drummond

About Our Name

Named after our founding conference on The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, we call ourselves Three Degrees for three reasons:

1. Our work makes climate impacts three dimensional by applying climate science to human and social policies for justice.

2. Our climate justice initiatives build three degrees of change, at local, national, and international levels.

3. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a global average temperature rise of three degrees Celsius for the 21st century. While the international community has taken efforts to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius, without a legally binding cap, many scientists predict a significantly warmer world.

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