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Our team is based in 4 different countries and works under the guidance of our Steering Committee. Please meet our team members below (ordered alphabetically):
Campaigns Coordinator, Portuguese speaking countries
Igor Bastos serves as GCCM Campaigns Coordinator for Portuguese Speaking countries. He is Secretary of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Youth Franciscans of Brazil and member of the board of SINFRAJUPE (Inter-Franciscan Service of Justice, Peace and Ecology). For the last five years he has supported the homeless and landless through the Franciscan Action Ecology and Solidarity (AFES) and also collaborates with Franciscan International. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Uberlândia. He currently resides in Uberlândia, Brazil, where he works for GCCM based in the office of AFES.
Campaigns Coordinator, Spanish speaking countries
Fabián serves as GCCM Campaigns Coordinator for Spanish Speaking countries. He is from Ecuador and live in Quito, where he works for GCCM based in the Caritas Ecuador office. He has collaborated with different Catholic institutions in Ecuador and has studied business and international relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador where he participated in the University Latin American Ignatius Leadership Course.
Divest-Invest & Italian Programs Coordinator.
Cecilia Dall’Oglio is our new Divest-Invest & Italian Programs Coordinator. Cecilia came on board last month to coordinate our Divest/Invest efforts as well as some outreach across Italy and Europe. She brings over 22 years of service in FOCSIV where she was responsible for campaigns on sustainable lifestyles and climate justice (lobbying and advocacy) in collaboration with CIDSE and others Italian Catholic associations and the Italian Bishop Conference. She works on a secondment based in the FOCSIV office in Rome.
Tomás is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, working to help the Catholic Church turn the Laudato Si’ call into bold action for climate justice. He also is a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is a Research Fellow working on climate communications and policy issues. Before that, Tomás served in the UNFCCC doing political outreach and comms for the COP21, he worked as a marketeer with Google for the Latin American and Southeast Asian markets, and he co-founded a faith-based nonprofit, Potencialidades, doing social justice work in the slums of Buenos Aires. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in climate policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where he had his spiritual home with the OFM Franciscan friars, and lives in Boston with his wife Vicky.
Rhonda works as the Office Manager for the Franciscan Action Network and supports GCCM in overseeing the organization’s accounting services including donations, grants, cash flows, account reconciliations, accounts payable, monthly reporting and other administrative duties. Her prior experience includes over 20 years of administrative duties, organizing, preparing journal entries, general ledgers, account analysis and reconciliation.
Christina oversees all the operations and campaigns of GCCM, aiming to empower the Catholic community to bring Laudato Si’ to life. She brings over 15 years of leadership on environmental and social justice issues for a variety of non-profit, government and educational institutions. She is passionate about exploring the intersection of spirituality and social justice and supporting people’s spiritual transformation through contemplative practices and engagement in social and ecological justice. She has degrees from Yale University and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She currently lives in Boston with her husband Steffano and rascally toddler Malaya Clare.
Online Engagement Coordinator
Gabriel serves as Campaign Coordinator in Spain and manager of GCCM’s online engagement, including online fundraising campaigns and donor management. He is a Secular Order Franciscan brother. He is married and a father of two children. He has experience as a fundraiser, speaker and in digital marketing. Gabriel is the CEO of Católicos en Red (catholic fundraising agency) and Pazybien.es (a Franciscan inspirational website). He holds degrees in theology and philosophy from Argentinian Catholic University (UCA), and in sociology from UNED (Spain).
John Rohrer is our new Digital Media Coordinator. He will be managing our overall digital marketing strategy and taking care of our social media, our websites, and doing graphic design. Based in Baltimore, John has a strong Jesuit-inspired social justice commitment and a solid background in marketing and social media.
Campaigns Manager for English Speaking Countries
Marisa Vertrees is the Campaigns Manager for English Speaking Countries. She was the Social Justice Director at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, where she also assisted the Peace and Justice Commission of the Arlington Diocese. After that, she was an organizer with the U.S. faith community for the ONE Campaign, a global anti-poverty organization. She is passionate about engaging people in social justice and care for creation, and brings over 12 years of organizing work and ministry to the organization. She currently lives just outside of Washington, DC with her husband and three children.
Janine works as Communications Coordinator for the Franciscan Action Network (FAN), electronically maintaining their social media and has recently come on board through the generous support of FAN to assist with GCCM communications. Working closely with staff of both organizations, she coordinates and publishes electronic newsletters and assists in the frequent updates of our projects and actions on Facebook and Twitter pages as well as updating articles and postings to our website. Prior to joining FAN, she was a travel agent and customer service representative. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three daughters, where she works from her home.
Volunteers and Interns
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