List of Presenters

Listing 76 Contributors in this category. Click on any listing to show sessions and more information. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate the list.

Boma Brown-West

Director - Consumer Health Environmental Defense Fund


Boma has over 15 years’ experience in working with businesses to improve product
sustainability. As Director of Consumer Health, Boma leads EDF’s corporate engagement to eliminate toxic chemicals from consumer products, packaging and food in order to create a safer marketplace. She works closely with major retailers and consumer brands, advocating for smart corporate chemicals policies, ambitious corporate sustainability programs and increased
value chain transparency. She launched EDF’s Five Pillars for Safer Chemicals Leadership and SustainaBuy: The Future of Sustainable E-Commerce. Prior to joining EDF in 2013, Boma worked for a decade at Whirlpool Corporation, helping to establish the company’s sustainability strategy and working across the industry to create the first ever appliance sustainability standards in North America. Boma has an M.S. in Technology & Policy from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.

Tianna Bruno

Provost's Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas - Austin


Tianna Bruno is a Provost’s Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the intersection of Black geographies, critical environmental justice, and critical physical geography.  Through her work, she aims to foreground Black life, sense of place, and relationships to the environment within spaces of present-day environmental injustice. Her research also highlights the mutual experiences of degradation and survival between Black communities and their surrounding ecologies through the integration of Black geographies and dendrochronology. This research is currently focused on Texas, and will soon expand to various locations across the Black diaspora.

Simon Bunyan

Masters Student, School of the Environment, Yale University

New Horizons 2022 Agenda
Plenary 10: Energy Justice Thu 3/31 3:00pm EDT

Bilal Butt

Associate Professor, University of Michigan - School of the Environment and Sustainability


Bilal Butt is an Associate Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. His research is concerned with understanding the drivers and effects of violent conflicts over natural resources. He places a large emphasis on empirical fieldwork to understand the lived geographies of the interactions between people and the environment in ecologically heterogeneous regions. He combines various geospatial technologies with historical and ecological dynamics of dryland environments to understand how differential power relations between agencies, states, and other actors come together to influence the etiology of resource conflicts. He is also interested in the ways that scientific and technical appraisals of indigenous peoples and environments have misread the landscape, leading to orientalist approaches to development programs. He has also had a long history of engagement on questions of environmental conflicts, particularly around wildlife poaching, land grabs, and green energy. Dr. Butt received the National Science Foundation Career Award and is a recipient of the Superior Teaching Award from the University of Michigan. He has published in diverse journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Applied Ecology and Humanity. He teaches courses on Conservation and Development, Political Ecology, Environmental Security and Conflict, Environmental Governance, and Preparing for International Fieldwork. 

New Horizons 2022 Agenda
Plenary 8: Food, Agriculture, Land Conflicts, JusticeThu 3/31 12:35pm EDT

Mijin Cha

Assistant Professor Occidental College


J. Mijin Cha is an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy at Occidental College and  is a fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute, where she works on the Labor Leading on Climate initiative. Her recent research is on “just transition,” how to transition workers and communities equitably into a low-carbon future. Dr. Cha is on the board of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment and a member of the California Bar.

New Horizons 2022 Agenda
Plenary 7: Just Transitions and Just SustainabilitiesWed 3/30 5:10pm EDT

Cara Clase

Ph.D. Student, Urban Affairs and Public Policy Biden School of Public Policy and Administration  University of Delaware

Cara Clase is a Public Policy Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware.  She is a passionate energy justice advocate that centers her research around sustainable and equitable solutions to energy poverty in urban landscapes.  Cara actively supports sustainability initiatives at her University as the Chair of the Carbon Neutrality Subcommittee and spends her free time doing pro bono work for the medical nonprofit Foundation for a Healthier Senegal.  Inspired by her experience working at an energy justice nonprofit in Yale’s Environmental Fellowship Program, Cara aspires to pursue an academic career where her research can serve marginalized communities and provide policy-based solutions to end energy insecurity.  

Genevieve Creedon

Director of the Scholarly Writing Program Indiana University 


Gen Creedon is Director of the Scholarly Writing Program at Indiana University. She has several decades of experience as a writing instructor and editor for faculty and graduate students across disciplines and around the country. She has taught writing and environmental humanities at the University of Michigan and Princeton University and has offered workshops and one-on-one consultations for applicants seeking admission to Ph.D. programs across disciplines, medical school, and law school. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. 

Fransha Dace

PhD Student School of the Environment, Yale University  


Fransha (pronounced ‘fran-SHĀ’) Dace, earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Emory University and her master’s degree in Climate and Society at Columbia University. As a researcher at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Fransha deepened her interest in climate adaptation planning. The South Shore, Chicago native hopes to combine this interest with her passions for food security and environmental equity to build resilient communities domestically and internationally.

New Horizons 2022 Agenda
Plenary 6: Climate and Extreme WeatherWed 3/30 5:10pm EDT

Danielle Deane

Director of Equitable Climate Solutions Bezos Earth Fund

Danielle Deane-Ryan has devoted her career to her passion for advancing strategic, equitable climate crisis solutions. She is the inaugural Director of Equitable Climate Solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund. Prior, Danielle was a senior advisor to foundations including the Libra Foundation, the Donors of Color Network and the Heising-Simons Foundation. Danielle has held executive roles at The Nathan Cummings Foundation; within the Obama Administration at the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy; Green 2.0; the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; and the Hewlett Foundation. 
Danielle is a current member of the National Academies Accelerating Decarbonization Committee. She serves on boards of Resource Media and the Clean Energy States Alliance. Danielle has an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration. Danielle was awarded the Williams College Bicentennial Medal in 2019 for her work on Environmental Justice.
New Horizons 2022 Agenda
Plenary 5: Diversity in the Environmental SectorWed 3/30 1:25pm EDT

Juan Declet-Barreto

Senior Social Scientist for Climate Vulnerability Union of Cncerned Scientists


Juan Declet-Barreto is the Senior Social Scientist for Climate Vulnerability for the UCS Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Juan researches the impacts of climate change on human health and wellbeing, and communicates findings and equitable solutions to impacted communities, the general public, and policymakers. His research is focused on understanding disparities in climate change-related human health outcomes shaped by complex interactions between individual biology and environmental exposures that are also shaped by the broader-scale socio-demographic, cultural, and economic contexts in which people live their lives.

New Horizons 2022 Agenda
Plenary 6: Climate and Extreme WeatherWed 3/30 5:10pm EDT