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 coordinates many of Climate Interactive’s community engagement efforts. With years of experience organizing student and youth advocacy efforts to address climate change from local to international levels, Ellie has given hundreds the resources to get involved and make a difference.
Ellie is founder and former Director of the Lead Now Fellowship at SustainUS, which focuses on developing youth-led sustainability initiatives. Ellie was also the Chair of SustainUS, a national organization to empower young people to advance sustainable development. She has attended and spoken at several UN negotiations on climate change and sustainability, as well as many other conferences and events. Ellie was a project coordinator on the ten-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability and has advised campaign and operations planning for the Southern Energy Network, 350 Massachusetts, and Energy Action Coalition, among others. In all of these roles she has worked to facilitate greater clarity around how to act on the world’s present and future challenges.
Ellie studied biology at the University of North Carolina Asheville and lives in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts.
Drew is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. He is a system dynamics modeler, facilitator, trainer, 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.
He has focused his practice on helping individuals and teams solve problems by applying system dynamics modeling and systems thinking in the areas of corporate sustainability, diabetes and public health, global climate change and land use policy.
As part of the CDC System Dynamics team, he accepted the “ASysT Prize” for “a significant accomplishment achieved through the application of systems thinking to a problem of U.S. national significance.”
He and his team at Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan developed C-ROADS, the user-friendly climate simulation in use by the U.S. State Department’s Jonathan Pershing, John Holdren in the White House, Senator John Kerry and analysts for the Chinese Government.
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.
Drew lives with his family in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Writings, videos and other media by Drew can be found here.
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 Specialist for Climate Interactive. She is currently working to create and maintain interactive online climate models and an associated community of contributors as part of Climate Interactive’s effort to provide an open source forum on climate change research.
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.
Stephanie lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughter, two Corgis, and two cats.
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.
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 helping people find solutions that prevent future climate change, build resilience to unavoidable climate impacts, and provide opportunities to people who need them most. 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 impact. 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 also leads Climate Interactive’s engagement with the climate science and policy communities. She has contributed to the UNEP Emissions Gap Report series for the past four years and led Climate Interactive’s analysis of pledges in the UNFCCC negotiations.
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 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.