GEC Welcomes New Team Members!
Toni Johnson joins GEC as Director of Strategic Engagement. Toni, a science major-turned-theater major, is a former journalist who spent more than a decade focusing on energy, the environment, U.S. policy, and global health, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to The Washington Post. She has worked as a deputy editor and staff writer for Council on Foreign Relations and spent a decade working with philanthropies and nonprofits on economic and environmental issues. Toni is on the finance committee for the Christopher Reynolds Foundation and was recently communications director for the Schmidt Family Foundation. In a previous role as head of knowledge and influence for the Heron Foundation, Toni implemented the foundation's long-term public engagement strategy.
Ariel Gould (she/her/hers) will serve as GEC’s Environmental Justice Policy Counsel. Ariel is a D.C.-licensed attorney, certified blockchain legal specialist, third-generation farmer, and first-generation American with a background in public health and urban studies. She graduated from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2018 specializing in environmental and energy justice and indigenous peoples law. As a student attorney, Ariel represented tribal nations on the Dakota Access Pipeline case and conducted research on uranium mining and milling issues impacting tribal nations in the Southwest United States. She also brings experience crafting renewable energy policy initiatives in rural mountain communities.
In addition, Colter Schroer is joining the GEC family as a part-time Research Assistant. Colter is finishing his dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees at Boston University, graduating this May. At BU, he’s worked as a research assistant on multiple projects, researching environmental racism in the 2021 power blackouts in Texas, analyzing U.S. forest carbon offset standards, and collecting data for a NASA-funded land cover database.