Elizabeth Sawin, PhD, Co-Director
Shanna is a Project Associate at Climate Interactive. Her focus is on researching and communicating policies and investments that provide multiple benefits to the climate and to human society. She also provides research, communications, and administrative support to Climate Interactive’s projects on climate, energy, and climate-smart agriculture.
Prior to joining the team, Shanna worked as a data analyst for the Global Environment Facility, as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and interned for a REDD+ project manager in Peru, an urban sustainability NGO in Baltimore, and NASA-JPL in Southern California.
Shanna holds a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics with a concentration in Latin American Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. She obtained her B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Travis Franck, PhD
Travis Franck helps decision makers tackle complex issues including community resiliency, climate mitigation and adaptation, and energy system transformation. Currently he is leading Climate Interactive’s efforts to apply interactive decision support tools to understand how climate change and natural disasters impact people’s livelihoods.
Travis is a Program Director for Climate Interactive. He builds international partnerships that include stakeholders from the UN, international NGOs, academics, business, and non-profits. His research interests include the dynamics of climate policy and the implications of delaying action, important environmental and economic feedbacks in climate adaptation, building more climate-robust communities, and uncertainty analysis of carbon permit pricing. He has published on the impact of hurricanes and sea-level rise on coastal communities development (climate adaptation), the economics of climate stabilization, and the long-term prospects of international climate cooperation. Previously, Travis has worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He has presented in many different forums, including World Bank, UNDP, business roundtables and numerous conferences.
Travis has a Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT, a S.M. in technology policy and Civil Engineering from MIT, and a B.S. in computer science and environmental science from Iowa State University.
Dr. Franck holds positions at MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and MIT Sloan School of Management (Research Affiliate).
Ellie leads Climate Interactive’s global climate and energy efforts. She has built up Climate Interactive’s engagement programs to extend to thousands worldwide. Through this, Ellie is working to deepen and expand global understanding on how to act on climate change and related systemic challenges by bridging the gaps between science and policy.
Ellie is also on the Board of Directors of SustainUS and formerly led the organization, which has brought hundreds of young people to participate in United Nations meetings and develop expertise in effective advocacy and leadership on climate change and sustainable development. Ellie has spoken at numerous UN meetings, the White House, and many conferences on climate change. Prior to Climate Interactive, Ellie brought together hundreds of authors for the ten-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, where she was an editing and project coordinator. She is a founder of several grassroots climate change efforts, and advises campaign strategy and network development for organizations. Ellie has spent time as a researcher of climate impacts on high altitude biological systems and also the effectiveness of efforts to institutionalize sustainability in higher education. Ellie has a degree in biology from the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Andrew P. Jones (Drew)
Drew is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. An expert on international climate and energy issues, he is a system dynamics modeler, keynote speaker, and designer of simulation-based learning environments.
Trained in environmental engineering and system dynamics modeling through a B.A. at Dartmouth College and a M.S. in technology and policy at MIT, he worked in the 1990s at Rocky Mountain Institute and in the 2000s with Dana Meadows at Sustainability Institute.
Jones co-accepted the 2008 “ASysT Prize” for “a significant accomplishment achieved through the application of systems thinking to a problem of U.S. national significance,” the System Dynamics Society’s 2013 award for the best real-world application of modeling, and Dartmouth College’s Ray W. Smith award for the most significant contribution to the status of the College.
He and his team at Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan developed C-ROADS, the user-friendly climate simulation in use by climate analysts around the world. His interviews have appeared in multiple media, including the New York Times, U.S. News, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in system dynamics, systems thinking, and sustainability at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and in Executive Education at MIT Sloan.
Drew lives with his family in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Writings, videos and other media by Drew can be found here.
Charles Jones (Skuk), PhD
Skuk Jones is a senior modeler at Climate Interactive. He uses system dynamics research to help people adapt to climate change and other complex issues. He works with international partners to improve community resilience and well-being. By understanding how environmental, economic, and social systems affect – and are affected by – people’s livelihoods, leaders can create positive change for a more sustainable world.
Dr. Jones holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he has also taught courses in management, ethics, and business & policy. His postdoctoral work was in energy technology policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Before graduate school, he earned a BA in Physics from Boston University and served as a nuclear engineer on submarines in the US Navy.
Skuk lives with his spouse and two children in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.
Stephanie serves as a Project Coordinator and Operations Manager for Climate Interactive. Her current focus is on Multisolving, illuminating the health, jobs, and equity co-benefits that may be realized when enacting thoughtful climate policies. She also manages the development of Climate Interactive’s open-source web tools and helped to build C-Learn, our web-based climate model.
Stephanie is currently serving a two-year term on the Green Ribbon Advisory Committee for the City of Greenville, South Carolina, where she makes recommendations for the city’s sustainability plan.
Before joining the team, Stephanie was a statistician and project coordinator with the State of South Carolina Office of Research and Statistics, a planner for the SC Energy Office, and a GIS analyst for Arcadis Geraghty & Miller.
Stephanie has a M.S. in health economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, with a Master’s thesis on “The Impact of Adolescent Overweight on Future Economic Determinants.” She also holds a B.S. degree in applied mathematics from the University of South Carolina Honors College.
Grace Mwaura, PhD
Grace is leading a multisolving research effort that analyses case studies of bright spots around the world where leaders have produced win-wins in both climate and health. She also works on the global diffusion of World Climate simulations.
Grace is a social scientist interested in understanding how complexities influence people’s aspirations for a better future. She has previously consulted for international development agencies and worked for research institutions in Kenya and the UK. She is a non-residential research fellow with the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).
She is passionate about youth inclusion and has been involved in establishing and advising youth organizations across Africa. She co-founded the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), now a movement in over 30 African countries. She is also a Co-convener of the IUCN Taskforce on Intergenerational Partnerships for Sustainability.
Grace holds a PhD in Geography and Environment from Oxford University, focusing on youth aspirations in contemporary societies. She also has an MPhil in Environmental Policy from Oxford and a Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from Kenyatta University.
She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Philip Rice, PhD
Phil specializes in the creation of interfaces between the technical worlds of climate science and system dynamics and the user-worlds of government, business, NGOs, and the general public. The purpose of an interface is to translate from the technical world to the non-technical while preserving the conceptual content and the access to it. These interfaces range from the form of graphical user interfaces for computer programs to conceptual interfaces in the form of workshops and briefings that translate the technical complexity of climate science and system science for the less technical or non-technical audiences. The C-ROADS interface of the C-ROADS simulation is Phil’s most current example graphical user interface creation.
Conceptual interface development is in the form of developing visual materials and leading trainings for Climate Interactive with a particular focus on those tools and approaches that will allow leaders to communicate the complex and sometimes counter-intuitive dynamics of climate change and the breadth of possibility for solutions. He offers briefings on emerging climate science, the range of solutions available to climate change, and the many opportunities for building a better world while addressing climate change. He has led trainings on climate change for leaders of community groups, grassroots groups, educators, and faith communities and has co-facilitated the World Climate Exercise for citizen groups and high school participants.
Phil also conducts trainings and workshops on applying the tools of systems thinking to the challenges of sustainability. He co-developed a train-the-trainer workshop on systems thinking for sustainable development practitioners, and has lead workshops on the subject for clients that range from colleges and universities, to NGOs, to businesses. Phil works with clients on applying systems thinking to strategic analysis for change. In the past he has worked on topics ranging from forest issues, to marine hypoxia, to healthcare outcomes.
Phil has a Ph.D. in physiological chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and lives in an eco-village farm community in Hartland, Vermont with Beth Sawin and their two children.
Elizabeth Sawin, PhD
Beth is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. A biologist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Beth trained in system dynamics and sustainability with Donella Meadows and worked at Sustainability Institute, the research institute founded by Meadows, for 13 years.
Beth’s work increasingly focuses on Multisolving, helping people find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing multiple benefits in health, justice, equity, resilience and well-being. She writes and speaks on this topic to local, national, and international audiences.
In 2014 she was invited to participate in the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, a continuing dialogue on issues of climate change and sustainability among a select group of humanities scholars, writers, artists and climate scientists.
Beth’s work also focuses on capacity building – helping leaders achieve bigger impacts. She has trained and mentored global sustainability leaders in the Donella Meadows Fellows Program, and provided systems thinking training to both Ashoka and Dalai Lama Fellows in recent years.
Beth lives in rural Vermont and is a member of Cobb Hill Co-Housing along with her husband, Phil Rice, and their two daughters.
Beth’s writings and presentations can be found here.
Lori Siegel, PhD
Lori Siegel is a Senior Modeler for Climate Interactive. She uses system dynamics analyses (SDA) to gain insight into the complex systems involved in global climate change and to facilitate international dialogue regarding policies to mitigate climate change.
Lori has her Ph.D. in environmental engineering, and is a professional engineer with expertise in SDA as well as in the fields of fate and transport in contaminants, hydrology, hazardous waste management, toxicology, and ecological risk assessment.
As a sole proprietor of Siegel Environmental Dynamics, LLC, she consulted to non-profit research organizations, academic institutions, international engineering firms, and physicians. In addition to addressing climate change, her assignments addressed water quality trading; natural resources; mercury in aquatic ecosystems and subsequent effects on the common loon; and risks of disease complication and benefits of various therapies.
She lives with her husband, three sons and labradoodle in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire.
John Sterman, PhD
John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT’s System Dynamics Group. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics.
Prof. Sterman’s research centers on improving decision making in complex systems, focusing on environmental sustainability, climate change, alternative fuel vehicles and process improvement in organizations. He pioneered the development of “management flight simulators” of corporate and economic systems, many of which, including the C-ROADS interactive climate policy simulation he helped developed, are used around the world by governments, businesses, universities and the public.
Among his honors, Sterman is the recipient of an honorary doctorate, has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, received the best application award from the System Dynamics Society, was named one of MIT Sloan’s “Outstanding Faculty” by the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools, and has received seven awards for teaching excellence from the students at MIT.