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.
European Programs Manager
Cecilia Dall’Oglio is our Divest-Invest & European Programs Coordinator. Cecilia came on late January 2017 to coordinate our Divest/Invest efforts as well as 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 part of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Italian Bishop Conference. She works on a secondment based in the FOCSIV office in Rome.
Reba Elliott is the Communications Director. She brings over a decade of nonprofit leadership to the organization, including managing U.S. campaigns for the Laudato Si’ encyclical. She lives in central Virginia with her husband and children.
Divest – Invest & European Programs Coordinator
Daniela Finamore serves as GCCM European Programs Assistant. With a II level Master Degree in Development Economics, she came on board on April after a job experience as Policy Assistant at FOCSIV thanks to which she followed different social justice advocacy campaigns with CIDSE and other international partners. Component of the group led by Yeb Sano walking from Rome to Paris for the People’s Pilgrimage in 2015, she has also been logistic referent for the Rome Conference “Laudato Si’ & Catholic Investing” (January 2017)
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.
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 Fundraising Coordinator
Gabriel serves as Campaign Coordinator in Spain and manager of GCCM’s online fundraising campaigns. 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).
Programs Coordinator for Poland
Mateusz serves as Programs Coordinator for Poland. He has 10 years of experience in social justice campaigning. He is a co-founder of the “Folkowisko” Association and the Polish Humanities Crisis Committee. He was also an initiator of an economic education program “Labour Market: User’s Guide.” He holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Nottingham. Being passionate about Jesus, he is sure that our encounter with God’s supernatural power can bring about a new heaven and new Earth where justice dwells.
Communications and Operations Coordinator
Doménica is Ecuadorian. She lives in Quito, but she is from Latacunga. Domenica studies bachelor’s in Multilingual in International Business and International Relations at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She speaks Spanish, English and Italian. She has collaborated with GCCM since 2016. Currently, she is working in the movement as Administrative Assistant in the office in Quito.
John Rohrer is the Digital Media Coordinator. He manages our social media presence, creates our graphic design, and contributes to digital strategy. Based in Baltimore, John has a strong Jesuit-inspired social justice commitment and a solid background in marketing and social media.
Marisa Vertrees is the Campaigns Director. 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 lives just outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.