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 was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, served in the UN Climate Secretariat doing political outreach and comms for the COP21, worked as a marketeer with Google for Latin America and Southeast Asia, and co-founded a faith-based nonprofit 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 Rome 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.
Director of Communications and Special Projects
Reba Elliott is the Director of Communications and Special Projects. 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.
Sustainability Program Director
Laura is the Sustainability Program Director. The sustainability program aims to empower the Church to reduce its environmental footprint. Laura worked for almost 10 years as a corporate social responsibility director for an international hotel chain, after serving 6 years in various UK local government roles. Originally from London, she now resides in Royal Windsor, UK with her husband, Charlie, and their spirited young daughter.
Advisor of Finance and Operations
Brian has 10+ years of accounting experience with clients ranging from startup businesses and large corporations to nonprofits and governments. Brian worked for a regional public accounting firm for 8 years and then opened his own accounting firm, Ring Auditing and Accounting, in 2014. He also serves as Treasurer for the New Catholic Land Movement. Brian is passionate about sustainable agricultural practices and enjoys working in his large garden with his wife and six children in north-central Kansas in the United States.
KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH
Director of Development
Katie draws on 10+ years of fundraising experience in higher education, social services, and health related organizations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University, and studied environmental issues in Botswana while in undergraduate school. She has also obtained the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) accreditation. She resides outside Chicago with her husband, two cats, and puppy.
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.
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.
Mateusz is an assistant professor in the theater department of the Warsaw Academy and a director cooperating with theaters in Warsaw and Poznan. His work has won prizes at the Polish Feature Film Festival and Teatroteka Fest, and was nominated for an Orły award. He is a member of the Polish and European Film Academy, president of the Parliamentary Education Foundation, and a long-standing collaborator with Polish and international non-governmental organizations. Mateusz is a graduate in philosophy of the University of Warsaw and the directing department of AT Warsaw Drama Academy.
Web Development and Design
Daniel has 10+ years of experience in web development and design. His work has largely focused on nonprofit organizations. He also volunteered for 10 years teaching technology and mathematics to children. He enjoys nature, drawing, and programming. He currently resides in Mérida, Yucatán, México.
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 & 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)
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 Programs Coordinator
Doménica serves as the Communications and Programs Coordinator, working from the GCCM office in Quito, Ecuador. Doménica has a bachelor’s degree in Multilingual International Business and International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian. She has worked with GCCM since 2016.
Finance and Operations Assistant
Alexandra Aguirre serves as the Finance and Operations Assistant. She previously volunteered with the Salesians in the highlands of Ecuador, where she learned to respect and love nature. Alexandra has a Multilingual Bachelor’s degree in International Business and International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.
Engagement Coordinator for Poland
Piotr helps to build relationships with grassroots leaders across Poland, delivering workshops and representing GCCM Poland in the media. He is also a professional meteorologist with a special interest in climate change. Bringing together the scientific knowledge with a passion for integral ecology as taught by the Catholic Church, he works towards greater involvement of faith communities in the care for our common home.
Laudato Si Program Coordinator–Assisi
Antonio helps pilgrims in Assisi deepen their experience of Laudato Si and the Canticle of the Creatures. He is an architect by training, and he designed and built buildings with low environmental impact before carrying out urban and environmental monitoring for petrochemical sites in Sicily and monitoring of hospital facilities across Italy to reduce emissions. For the Diocese of Assisi, he has taught Italian to asylum-seekers and served in spiritual guidance for the Shrine of Renunciation, leading the first ecumenical prayer for creation. Married to his wonderful wife Angelica, he has two beautiful sons, Francesco and Emanuele, and a foolish dog named Jumpy.
MAGDALENA MARIA KADZIAK
Junior Programs Coordinator for Poland
Magdalena studies at the theology department at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, where she focuses on coaching and social mediation. She is on the board of the Life Surfers Foundation, which works for the young people in her hometown.
GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA
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).
Board of Directors
GCCM’s Board of Directors provides direction to the Secretariat, together with the Steering Committee, to ensure mission and vision fulfillment. The Board supports the Secretariat to advance key strategic projects through high-level Church networking as well as provides financial oversight for GCCM.
Amy Woolam Echeveria
Board Chair Amy Woolam Echeverria currently serves as the International Coordinator for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation for the Missionary Society of St. Columban (Columban Missionaries) which is a founding member of GCCM. As a lay woman with family, Amy has worked for the Catholic Church in international advocacy, education, and community development for over two decades focusing on environmental, economic, and migrant-refugee issues.
Dr. Lorna Gold is Head of Policy and Advocacy in Trócaire, the overseas development and emergency relief agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. (And is on secondment to the #LivingLaudatoSí Catholic Divestment Project until February 2019.) She has worked in international development in an academic and NGO policy context for over 20 years. She leads a team of policy specialists pursuing Trócaire’s advocacy agenda on climate justice, business and human rights, and development finance. She has a particular interest in the relationship between Catholic Social Thought, climate change, and public policy development. She has written and spoken extensively on Pope Francis’ teaching in Laudato Si’ and her forthcoming book “Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future” (Veritas, 2018) examines themes of motherhood, children, and climate justice. She holds a PhD in Geography from Glasgow University and is a former holder of ESRC and Joseph Rowntree fellowships in York University. She has published widely, being the editor and author of numerous books, journals, policy reports, and academic papers. She regularly contributes to public debates on climate justice and ethical issues in Ireland and internationally and co-founded “Stop Climate Chaos” Ireland. She is originally from Scotland and is married with two children.
Amanda Hanley is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Hanley Foundation. With her husband, she helped found and advises the University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute, the first Catholic university to divest fossil fuels. Amanda serves on the Global Catholic Climate Movement board, Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability advisory board, and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Laudato Si’ Encyclical Working Group’s advisory circle. She’s a signatory of Divest/Invest and founding partner of the SHINE campaign to end global energy poverty. Amanda also serves on Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest and Global Leadership Councils, the Academy for Global Citizenship board (a green Chicago public school), the As You Sow board (corporate advocacy), and Chicago Women in Green steering committee.
John has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Franciscan Sisters of Mary since 1992, with the duties of CEO added in January 2015. For the past 16 years he has served as a financial officer or advisor to several other Missouri-based Catholic congregations. John is founder of the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative and currently serves as treasurer and a board member of the Global Catholic Climate Movement. He previously held positions in the not-for-profit health care and public accounting industries. John is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a former Registered Investment Advisor.
Michel Roy has been the Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis since 2011. CI is at the same time a confederation of over 160 national Caritas organizations and an institution of the Holy See dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and the promotion of integral sustainable human development and social justice, educating the faithful to solidarity and the values of Catholic social teachings. His mission is to animate the Caritas family network, in relation with the seven regional coordinators; to manage a team of 30 people based in Rome, New York, and Geneva, engaged in the implementation of the five strategic orientations of the Confederation (Caritas at the heart of the Church; saving lives and rebuilding communities; promoting integral human development; building global solidarity; making the Confederation more effective); to represent the Confederation together with the President at the Holy See, at the UN and other international organisations; and to engage with other Catholic, Christian and other faith based organisations to build together more humane, fraternal and just societies.
Prior to this role he served as Director of International Advocacy at Secours Catholique/Caritas France. Mr. Roy worked with Secours Catholique for 30 years. Starting in 1988 he managed the international action of the organization, travelling the world to support and advocate for the poor. Michel Roy has spent many years developing grassroots networks around the world advocating for the protection of human dignity.
Yeb Saño is the new Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. Yeb brings to Greenpeace nearly two decades of experience working to combat climate change. Before his stint as Climate Change Commissioner for The Philippines, he worked with WWF Philippines for 14 years. He held several roles at WWF, including leading the climate change program and serving for three years as National Director of Earth Hour. One of Yeb’s defining moments came during the 2013 UN Climate Summit in Warsaw where he was Philippines Chief Negotiator. Meanwhile, destructive Typhoon Haiyan tore apart communities in Tacloban, Philippines. His emotional speech calling for action on climate change reached hearts around the world.
Fr Augusto Zampini Davies
Fr Augusto is an Argentine priest from the Diocese of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. He is currently working as Director of Development and Faith at the Dicastery for Integral Human Development of the Vatican.
The former theological adviser to CAFOD, he is an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosh University. Trained as a lawyer and moral theologian in Argentina, he holds a Masters in Wellbeing and Human Development (University of Bath, 2009-10), a PhD in Theology (Roehampton University, London’ 2010-2014), and has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge (2013-2014).
Fr Augusto has been lecturing on theology, Christian ethics and human rights since 2004 and is a member of multiple teaching societies. His area of research is social ethics and he has conducted research on environmental ethics in the light of the Catholic tradition.
Fr Augusto has also been a contributor to mainstream and Catholic media on matters pertaining to Pope Francis, Catholic Social Teaching, and social Catholicism more generally.
As a priest, Augusto most recently served at Holy Apostles, Archdiocese of Westminster, London and as an ad-hoc adviser to Cardinal Vincent Nichols on environmental issues. Fr Augusto previously served as an assistant priest and chaplain in different parishes and institutions in Argentina, many of them located in the poorest neighbourhoods of Greater Buenos Aires.
Members of the Advisory Council serve as a public witness of the Church’s commitment to creation care. Members have the opportunity to shape how the global Church can best address the current ecological crisis.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Philippines
Cardinal John Ribat, Papua New Guinea
Cardinal Pedro Barreto, Peru
Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, Luxembourg
Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Burkina Faso
GCCM’s Steering Committee supports the Secretariat in developing the Strategic Framework to ensure fidelity to the mission and strategy implementation as it relates to programmatic matters. Members oversee and are active in GCCM’s Working Groups.
Top (left to right): Danny Sheehan, Fr John Leydon, Allen Ottaro, Marie Venner, Patrick Carolan, Verna Rainers. Middle (left to right): Dan Misleh, Sara Nelson, Jacqui Remond, Sr Sheila Kinsey, Amy Woolam Echeverria. Bottom (left to right): Tomás Insua, Br Ben Ayodi, Lou Arsenio, Marianne Comfort, Christina Leaño, Dan Hale, Ciara Shannon. Not pictured: Bp. Allwyn D’Silva, Ann Marie Brennan, Bill Patenaude, Gabriel López Santamaría, John Mundell, Pablo Canziani, Fr Pedro Walpole.
Alirio Caceres Aguirre
Consultant REPAM (Colombia)
Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (Kenya)
Amy Woolam Echeverria
Missionary Society of St. Columban (Columban Missionaries), International JPIC
Ann Marie Brennan
Christian Life Community (United States)
Br Benedict Ayodi
Curia Generale of OFM Capuchins, JPIC Office (Italy/Kenya)
Fr. John Leydon, SSC
Missionary Society of St Columban (Philippines / Ireland)
Fr Pedro Walpole
Gabriel López Santamaría, OFS
Paz y Bien (Spain)
Laudato Si’ Consultant (Australia)
Catholic Climate Covenant (United States)
Focolare Movement (Italy)
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (United States)
Franciscan Action Network (United States)
Sr. Sheila Kinsey
JPIC Commission of USG/UISG (Italy)