Leadership

Staff

PIOTR ABRAMCZYK

PIOTR ABRAMCZYK

General Supervisor at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Graduated from the University of Reading, Piotr is 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.

ALEXANDRA AGUIRRE

ALEXANDRA AGUIRRE

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Pichincha, Ecuador
Alexandra Aguirre serves as the Finance and Operations Coordinator. 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.

DANIEL ALARCÓN

DANIEL ALARCÓN

Web Development and Design

Yucatan, Mexico
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.

ELENA ATTANASI

ELENA ATTANASI

Programs Coordinator for Europe

Tuscany, Italy
Elena is Programs Coordinator for Europe and has been collaborating with the GCCM since 2019. In 2018, for the GCCM, she supported the organization of the first ecumenical prayer for creation in Assisi. She has a Bachelors’ degree and a master’s degree in the field of communication sciences. Elena is Italian and was born and grown up in Tuscany, where she still lives.

BR. BENEDICT AYODI

BR. BENEDICT AYODI

Program Manager, Africa

Nairobi, Kenya
Br. Benedict Ayodi serves as Program Manager- Africa. For the last six years, he has been serving as the director for the office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) at the General Curia of the Capuchin Franciscans in Rome. He previously worked as the regional director of the Damietta Peace Initiative (DPI), a grassroots-based peace project promoting the values of Justice, Peace, interfaith dialogue and care for the environment in Africa. Being a Capuchin Franciscan friar, Benedict follows in the footsteps of St. Francis by caring for nature and advocating for climate justice. He currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya

IGOR BASTOS

IGOR BASTOS

Program Manager, Portuguese speaking countries

Minas Gerais, Brazil
Igor Bastos served as a National Secretary of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Youth Franciscans of Brazil and as a member of the board of SINFRAJUPE (Inter-Franciscan Service of Justice, Peace, and Ecology). For the past few years, he has supported the homeless and landless struggles through the Franciscan Action of Ecology and Solidarity (AFES), and he also collaborates with Franciscan International. He graduated in Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Uberlândia. He currently lives in Uberlândia, Brazil, where he works from the AFES office.

MATEUSZ BEDNARKIEWICZ

MATEUSZ BEDNARKIEWICZ

Senior Advisor at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
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.

JONATHON BRADEN

JONATHON BRADEN

Writer

Nebraska, USA
Jonathon Braden has more than 10 years of writing and communications experience. He seeks to tell GCCM’s story.

FABIÁN CAMPOS

FABIÁN CAMPOS

Programs Manager for Hispanic America

Pichincha, Ecuador
He studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador: a Multiligual Degree in Business and International Relations and a Master in International Business. He attended the Ignatian Latin American University Leadership Program of the AUSJAL in Quito and the Ibero-American Leadership Programm of the Pablo VI Foundation in Madrid.

ANTONIO CASCHETTO

ANTONIO CASCHETTO

Programs Coordinator for Italy

Umbria, Italy
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.

CECILIA DALL’OGLIO

CECILIA DALL’OGLIO

Associate Director of European Programs

Rome, Italy
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.

CHERYL DUGAN

CHERYL DUGAN

Asia-Pacific and English-speaking Animators Programs Manager

Metro Manila, the Philippines
Cheryl’s project management experience spans 14 countries in Asia and was gained from working with international non-government organizations that advance children’s rights and protection. Cheryl lives in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is a writer on the side, and has written feature stories for nonprofit organizations.

REBA ELLIOTT

REBA ELLIOTT

Director of Communications and Special Projects

Virginia, USA
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.

DANIELA FINAMORE

DANIELA FINAMORE

Divest – Invest & European Programs Coordinator

Rome, Italy
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)

ANTONIO A. GARRIDO SALCEDO

ANTONIO A. GARRIDO SALCEDO

Spain Programs Assistant

Cordoba, Spain
Born in Córdoba (Spain). He studied a double degree in Political Sciences and Law in Granada. With a Master in International Cooperation, Public Administration and NGO. His professional career started in Malta and finally in Rome, where he worked in the TV News Agency Rome Reports, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in preparation of WYD 2019 in Panama.

ADRIANA GONZÁLEZ CABRERA

ADRIANA GONZÁLEZ CABRERA

Global Social Media Coordinator

Guayas, Ecuador
Adriana González Cabrera is an Ecuadorian Journalist and M.A. in Strategic Communication. She is a Specialist and Digital Strategist with eight years of experience in management of digital content and social media platforms, design and branding, organization of events, public relations and communication strategies for the general public.

ANGÉLICA GONZALEZ-APPLE

ANGÉLICA GONZALEZ-APPLE

Program Manager North America

California, USA
Angélica serves GCCM as Program Manager North America. She draws on 14+ years of experience in Environmental Education and Leadership. She attended California State University Monterey Bay, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish. Angélica’s prior experience includes serving as Conservation Programs Manager at the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter. There she organized and implemented conservation programs and campaigns such as water and air quality, renewable energy, wilderness management, wetlands, urban planning, and zero waste. She is passionate about her Catholic faith and is committed to helping create a global community that both cares for one another and the planet. Angélica spending time in her native garden where lives near Los Angeles with her husband and five children.

JULIA IBARRA

JULIA IBARRA

Webpage Design and Development Assistant

Mexico City, Mexico
Julia has worked closely with several indigenous communities and national NGOs in projects for the defense of their lands and has given workshops on climate change. During her career, she has been interested in disseminating information about socio-environmental conflicts and climate justice. She currently lives in Mexico City.

TOMÁS INSUA

TOMÁS INSUA

Executive Director

Rome, Italy
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 helping prepare the COP21 climate summit, worked for Google in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and had a leadership role in a Catholic organization working 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 Franciscan friars, and lives in Rome with his wife, Vicky.

MAGDALENA MARIA KADZIAK

MAGDALENA MARIA KADZIAK

Laudato si' Animators Program Manager at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Magdalena studies at the theology department at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, where she focuses on coaching and social mediation.

ANNA KLUZIŃSKA

ANNA KLUZIŃSKA

Finance and Operations Manager at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Anna manages finance and operations for Polish team. She has Master degree in Philosophy (University of Warsaw) and Master degree in Public Administration (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University). She volunteered in Catholic Intelligentsia Club by leading a youth group. In her free time she plays classical music. Anna lives in Warsaw with her husband, Jędrek.

CHRISTINA LEAÑO

CHRISTINA LEAÑO

Associate Director

New York, USA
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.

LETICIA LIMA DE ARAUJO

LETICIA LIMA DE ARAUJO

Brazilian Programs Assistant

Piauí, Brazil
Letícia Araújo served as National Advisor for Social Communication, Registration and Archive (CSRA) for YUFRA – Youth Franciscan of Brazil and also as Secretary for the same service in regional dimensions of YUFRA Brazil. She is currently serving the Human Rights, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (DHJUPIC) service for the local YUFRA fraternity in his hometown, as well as providing volunteer communication services for the Piauí Franciscan Family Conference in Brazil. Leticia is in the last year of the Journalism at Estacio Teresina College. Currently, she lives in Teresina, Brazil.

GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA

GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA

Digital Communications Director

Madrid, Spain
Gabriel serves as Digital Communications Manager. 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).

CECILE DE MAULEON

CECILE DE MAULEON

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Rome, Italy
Cecile is a Mexican Lawyer with over a decade of experience in the international sector. She holds a LLB Degree from La Salle University, a Master’s Degree in European Law from Rome Tre University, a second Master in Geopolitics from the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), and is currently completing an Executive Master in Circular Economy Management at LUISS Business School. Cecile brings 10+ yr experience in multilateral diplomacy, international cooperation and development with a special focus on sustainable development, climate change and rural development. Seasoned in institutional relations upon her performance across government and international organizations (FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNIDROIT, IILA, IDLO, G20, Rio+20, UNFCCC), she has professional training in Project Management and is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian. Cecile is proud of her Salesian spiritual values and lives in Rome since 12 years, with her husband and two little daughters.

ANA ORTEGA

ANA ORTEGA

Hispano America Assistant

Pichincha, Ecuador
Ana is an Environmental Engineer (UISEK) and a Specialist in Leadership, Climate Change, and Cities (FLACSO Ecuador). She has 8 years of experience in activism and climate action, and belongs to regional networks such as ActionLac, Clima Líderes, Latin American and Caribbean Youth Movement against Climate Change ¡CLIC!. She is Co-founder of Earth Guardians Quito and has participated in international meetings on climate change issues. She is a member of the Communion and Liberation Movement and Missionary of Bonds of Marian Love.

PRINCE PAPA

PRINCE PAPA

Program Coordinator-Africa

Nairobi, Kenya
Artivist, justice campaigner and co-founder of Kenya Power Shift, (a non-violent justice youth movement in Kenya). He has over 10 years experience in using arts and digital media in campaigning. He previously worked with 350.org as Sub Saharan Field organizer, working directly with frontline communities fighting the fossil fuels industry. He is also a commissioner with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commision-Kenya.

ANA PAULA PEÑA

ANA PAULA PEÑA

Administrative and Programs Assistant

Pichincha, Ecuador
Ana Paula serves as the Administrative and Programs Assistant. She has a Multilingual Bachelor’s degree in International Business and International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She has previously worked with Academia and International Organizations at the Andean Center for International Studies of Simon Bolivar Andean University, where she coorganized a Regional Seminar on climate change migration. Ana Paula believes in working alongside communities and individuals in order to make a change.

PAOLO PERRI

PAOLO PERRI

Assistant Controller

Rome, Italy
Paolo brings over 10 years of coordinating and monitoring rural development projects. He has gained long-standing experience in business planning and cost analysis and as a management consultant helps organizations to improve their performance. He also has served for many years as the Chief Administrative Officer for several Italian Ngos. He lives in Rome with her wife and their daughter

MATEUSZ PIOTROWSKI

MATEUSZ PIOTROWSKI

Program Advisor at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Mateusz has 10 years of experience in running social campaigns. He is a co-founder of the “Folkowisko” Association and the Polish Humanities Crisis Committee. He was also a co-creator of the economic education program “Labor market: manual”. He is a Doctor of Theology and Religious Studies from Nottingham University.
He lives with his wife Magdalena and daughter Aniela in Warsaw.

DOMENICA REYES

DOMENICA REYES

Communications Project Manager

Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Doménica serves as Communications Project Manager, 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.

KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH

KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH

Director of Development

Illinois, USA
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.

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MAYRA SANTOS

MAYRA SANTOS

Brazilian Programs Coordinator

Piauí, Brazil
Mayra Santos serves as National Secretary for YUFRA’s Northeast Area A – Youth Franciscan of Brazil, and as Regional Secretary for JUFRA Ceará and Piauí States (Brazil). She also served as Secretary for Human Rights, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (DHJUPIC) in regional dimensions at YUFRA Brasil and in services for the local YUFRA fraternity in her hometown.. Mayra is a Biologist, Master in Zoology working in the area of conservation and biodiversity, and she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation. Currently, she lives in Floriano, Brazil.

CLIONA SHARKEY

CLIONA SHARKEY

Director of Advocacy and European Programmes

Leinster, Ireland
Cliona is responsible for developing and supporting GCCM’s advocacy work, and managing GCCM’s programmes in Europe. Cliona has spent 13 years working on climate justice advocacy with GCCM members and Partners. She previously worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and has worked at EU and UN levels. Cliona lives in Ireland.

ANNE VANDERCOOK

ANNE VANDERCOOK

Director of Finance and Operations

Washington D.C, USA
Anne serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for GCCM. She is a Washington DC native and has almost 20 years of accounting an operations experience, most of which is in the not for profit sector. Anne also enjoys the arts and is a avid theater lover. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the GCCM team.

PRISCILA VINTIMILLA

PRISCILA VINTIMILLA

Data Manager

Pichincha, Ecuador
Digital Marketeer, Data Analyst, INSIGHTS searcher. I am a 10 year experienced digital marketing professional, with a master’s degree on Web and Multidevice Analytics; I had worked with known local and regional brands, from data to strategy. My goal at GCCM is to contribute with my knowledge and support this great global movement that teaches us to care for creation.

ANNA WAGNER

ANNA WAGNER

Director of Network Engagement

California, USA
Anna brings over 15 years of leadership on environmental campaigns. Most recently, she was the Engagement Lead for Greenpeace USA’s campaign to end single-use plastic. Prior to that, she built local, regional and national mobilizing programs that activated thousands of Greenpeace supporters on a variety of campaigns. She believes effective social change movements require faith organizing, and that spiritual communities can support resilience for building a just and equitable future. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and outspoken preschooler, River Grace.

PIOTR ABRAMCZYK

PIOTR ABRAMCZYK

General Supervisor at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Graduated from the University of Reading, Piotr is 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.

ALEXANDRA AGUIRRE

ALEXANDRA AGUIRRE

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Pichincha, Ecuador
Alexandra Aguirre serves as the Finance and Operations Coordinator. 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.

DANIEL ALARCÓN

DANIEL ALARCÓN

Web Development and Design

Yucatan, Mexico
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.

ELENA ATTANASI

ELENA ATTANASI

Programs Coordinator for Europe

Tuscany, Italy
Elena is Programs Coordinator for Europe and has been collaborating with the GCCM since 2019. In 2018, for the GCCM, she supported the organization of the first ecumenical prayer for creation in Assisi. She has a Bachelors’ degree and a master’s degree in the field of communication sciences. Elena is Italian and was born and grown up in Tuscany, where she still lives.

BR. BENEDICT AYODI

BR. BENEDICT AYODI

Program Manager, Africa

Nairobi, Kenya
Br. Benedict Ayodi serves as Program Manager- Africa. For the last six years, he has been serving as the director for the office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) at the General Curia of the Capuchin Franciscans in Rome. He previously worked as the regional director of the Damietta Peace Initiative (DPI), a grassroots-based peace project promoting the values of Justice, Peace, interfaith dialogue and care for the environment in Africa. Being a Capuchin Franciscan friar, Benedict follows in the footsteps of St. Francis by caring for nature and advocating for climate justice. He currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya

IGOR BASTOS

IGOR BASTOS

Program Manager, Portuguese speaking countries

Minas Gerais, Brazil
Igor Bastos served as a National Secretary of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Youth Franciscans of Brazil and as a member of the board of SINFRAJUPE (Inter-Franciscan Service of Justice, Peace, and Ecology). For the past few years, he has supported the homeless and landless struggles through the Franciscan Action of Ecology and Solidarity (AFES), and he also collaborates with Franciscan International. He graduated in Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Uberlândia. He currently lives in Uberlândia, Brazil, where he works from the AFES office.

 MATEUSZ BEDNARKIEWICZ

MATEUSZ BEDNARKIEWICZ

Senior Advisor at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
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.

JONATHON BRADEN

JONATHON BRADEN

Writer

Nebraska, USA
Jonathon Braden has more than 10 years of writing and communications experience. He seeks to tell GCCM’s story.

FABIÁN CAMPOS

FABIÁN CAMPOS

Programs Manager for Hispanic America

Pichincha, Ecuador
He studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador: a Multiligual Degree in Business and International Relations and a Master in International Business. He attended the Ignatian Latin American University Leadership Program of the AUSJAL in Quito and the Ibero-American Leadership Programm of the Pablo VI Foundation in Madrid.

ANTONIO CASCHETTO

ANTONIO CASCHETTO

Programs Coordinator for Italy

Umbria, Italy
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.

CECILIA DALL’OGLIO

CECILIA DALL’OGLIO

Associate Director of European Programs

Rome, Italy
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.

CHERYL DUGAN

CHERYL DUGAN

Asia-Pacific and English-speaking Animators Programs Manager

Metro Manila, the Philippines
Cheryl’s project management experience spans 14 countries in Asia and was gained from working with international non-government organizations that advance children’s rights and protection. Cheryl lives in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is a writer on the side, and has written feature stories for nonprofit organizations.

REBA ELLIOTT

REBA ELLIOTT

Director of Communications and Special Projects

Virginia, USA
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.

DANIELA FINAMORE

DANIELA FINAMORE

Divest – Invest & European Programs Coordinator

Rome, Italy
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)

ANTONIO A. GARRIDO SALCEDO

ANTONIO A. GARRIDO SALCEDO

Spain Programs Assistant

Cordoba, Spain
Born in Córdoba (Spain). He studied a double degree in Political Sciences and Law in Granada. With a Master in International Cooperation, Public Administration and NGO. His professional career started in Malta and finally in Rome, where he worked in the TV News Agency Rome Reports, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in preparation of WYD 2019 in Panama.

ADRIANA GONZÁLEZ CABRERA

ADRIANA GONZÁLEZ CABRERA

Global Social Media Coordinator

Guayas, Ecuador
Adriana González Cabrera is an Ecuadorian Journalist and M.A. in Strategic Communication. She is a Specialist and Digital Strategist with eight years of experience in management of digital content and social media platforms, design and branding, organization of events, public relations and communication strategies for the general public.

ANGÉLICA GONZALEZ-APPLE

ANGÉLICA GONZALEZ-APPLE

Program Manager North America

California, USA
Angélica serves GCCM as Program Manager North America. She draws on 14+ years of experience in Environmental Education and Leadership. She attended California State University Monterey Bay, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish. Angélica’s prior experience includes serving as Conservation Programs Manager at the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter. There she organized and implemented conservation programs and campaigns such as water and air quality, renewable energy, wilderness management, wetlands, urban planning, and zero waste. She is passionate about her Catholic faith and is committed to helping create a global community that both cares for one another and the planet. Angélica spending time in her native garden where lives near Los Angeles with her husband and five children.

JULIA IBARRA

JULIA IBARRA

Webpage Design and Development Assistant

Mexico City, Mexico
Julia has worked closely with several indigenous communities and national NGOs in projects for the defense of their lands and has given workshops on climate change. During her career, she has been interested in disseminating information about socio-environmental conflicts and climate justice. She currently lives in Mexico City.

TOMÁS INSUA

TOMÁS INSUA

Executive Director

Rome, Italy
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 helping prepare the COP21 climate summit, worked for Google in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and had a leadership role in a Catholic organization working 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 Franciscan friars, and lives in Rome with his wife, Vicky.

MAGDALENA MARIA KADZIAK

MAGDALENA MARIA KADZIAK

Laudato si' Animators Program Manager at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Magdalena studies at the theology department at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, where she focuses on coaching and social mediation.

ANNA KLUZIŃSKA

ANNA KLUZIŃSKA

Finance and Operations Manager at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Anna manages finance and operations for Polish team. She has Master degree in Philosophy (University of Warsaw) and Master degree in Public Administration (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University). She volunteered in Catholic Intelligentsia Club by leading a youth group. In her free time she plays classical music. Anna lives in Warsaw with her husband, Jędrek.

CHRISTINA LEAÑO

CHRISTINA LEAÑO

Associate Director

New York, USA
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.

LETICIA LIMA DE ARAUJO

LETICIA LIMA DE ARAUJO

Brazilian Programs Assistant

Piauí, Brazil
Letícia Araújo served as National Advisor for Social Communication, Registration and Archive (CSRA) for YUFRA – Youth Franciscan of Brazil and also as Secretary for the same service in regional dimensions of YUFRA Brazil. She is currently serving the Human Rights, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (DHJUPIC) service for the local YUFRA fraternity in his hometown, as well as providing volunteer communication services for the Piauí Franciscan Family Conference in Brazil. Leticia is in the last year of the Journalism at Estacio Teresina College. Currently, she lives in Teresina, Brazil.

GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA

GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA

Digital Communications Director

Madrid, Spain
Gabriel serves as Digital Communications Manager. 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).

CECILE DE MAULEON

CECILE DE MAULEON

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Rome, Italy
Cecile is a Mexican Lawyer with over a decade of experience in the international sector. She holds a LLB Degree from La Salle University, a Master’s Degree in European Law from Rome Tre University, a second Master in Geopolitics from the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), and is currently completing an Executive Master in Circular Economy Management at LUISS Business School. Cecile brings 10+ yr experience in multilateral diplomacy, international cooperation and development with a special focus on sustainable development, climate change and rural development. Seasoned in institutional relations upon her performance across government and international organizations (FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNIDROIT, IILA, IDLO, G20, Rio+20, UNFCCC), she has professional training in Project Management and is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian. Cecile is proud of her Salesian spiritual values and lives in Rome since 12 years, with her husband and two little daughters.

ANA ORTEGA

ANA ORTEGA

Hispano America Assistant

Pichincha, Ecuador
Ana is an Environmental Engineer (UISEK) and a Specialist in Leadership, Climate Change, and Cities (FLACSO Ecuador). She has 8 years of experience in activism and climate action, and belongs to regional networks such as ActionLac, Clima Líderes, Latin American and Caribbean Youth Movement against Climate Change ¡CLIC!. She is Co-founder of Earth Guardians Quito and has participated in international meetings on climate change issues. She is a member of the Communion and Liberation Movement and Missionary of Bonds of Marian Love.

PRINCE PAPA

PRINCE PAPA

Program Coordinator-Africa

Nairobi, Kenya
Artivist, justice campaigner and co-founder of Kenya Power Shift, (a non-violent justice youth movement in Kenya). He has over 10 years experience in using arts and digital media in campaigning. He previously worked with 350.org as Sub Saharan Field organizer, working directly with frontline communities fighting the fossil fuels industry. He is also a commissioner with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commision-Kenya.

ANA PAULA PEÑA

ANA PAULA PEÑA

Administrative and Programs Assistant

Pichincha, Ecuador
Ana Paula serves as the Administrative and Programs Assistant. She has a Multilingual Bachelor’s degree in International Business and International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She has previously worked with Academia and International Organizations at the Andean Center for International Studies of Simon Bolivar Andean University, where she coorganized a Regional Seminar on climate change migration. Ana Paula believes in working alongside communities and individuals in order to make a change.

PAOLO PERRI

PAOLO PERRI

Assistant Controller

Rome, Italy
Paolo brings over 10 years of coordinating and monitoring rural development projects. He has gained long-standing experience in business planning and cost analysis and as a management consultant helps organizations to improve their performance. He also has served for many years as the Chief Administrative Officer for several Italian Ngos. He lives in Rome with her wife and their daughter

MATEUSZ PIOTROWSKI

MATEUSZ PIOTROWSKI

Program Advisor at GCCM Polska - Światowy Ruch Katolików na rzecz Środowiska

Mazovian, Poland
Mateusz has 10 years of experience in running social campaigns. He is a co-founder of the “Folkowisko” Association and the Polish Humanities Crisis Committee. He was also a co-creator of the economic education program “Labor market: manual”. He is a Doctor of Theology and Religious Studies from Nottingham University.
He lives with his wife Magdalena and daughter Aniela in Warsaw.

DOMENICA REYES

DOMENICA REYES

Communications Project Manager

Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Doménica serves as Communications Project Manager, 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.

KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH

KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH

Director of Development

Illinois, USA
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.

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MAYRA SANTOS

MAYRA SANTOS

Brazilian Programs Coordinator

Piauí, Brazil
Mayra Santos serves as National Secretary for YUFRA’s Northeast Area A – Youth Franciscan of Brazil, and as Regional Secretary for JUFRA Ceará and Piauí States (Brazil). She also served as Secretary for Human Rights, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (DHJUPIC) in regional dimensions at YUFRA Brasil and in services for the local YUFRA fraternity in her hometown.. Mayra is a Biologist, Master in Zoology working in the area of conservation and biodiversity, and she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation. Currently, she lives in Floriano, Brazil.

CLIONA SHARKEY

CLIONA SHARKEY

Director of Advocacy and European Programmes

Leinster, Ireland
Cliona is responsible for developing and supporting GCCM’s advocacy work, and managing GCCM’s programmes in Europe. Cliona has spent 13 years working on climate justice advocacy with GCCM members and Partners. She previously worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and has worked at EU and UN levels. Cliona lives in Ireland.

ANNE VANDERCOOK

ANNE VANDERCOOK

Director of Finance and Operations

Washington D.C, USA
Anne serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for GCCM. She is a Washington DC native and has almost 20 years of accounting an operations experience, most of which is in the not for profit sector. Anne also enjoys the arts and is a avid theater lover. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the GCCM team.

PRISCILA VINTIMILLA

PRISCILA VINTIMILLA

Data Manager

Pichincha, Ecuador
Digital Marketeer, Data Analyst, INSIGHTS searcher. I am a 10 year experienced digital marketing professional, with a master’s degree on Web and Multidevice Analytics; I had worked with known local and regional brands, from data to strategy. My goal at GCCM is to contribute with my knowledge and support this great global movement that teaches us to care for creation.

ANNA WAGNER

ANNA WAGNER

Director of Network Engagement

California, USA
Anna brings over 15 years of leadership on environmental campaigns. Most recently, she was the Engagement Lead for Greenpeace USA’s campaign to end single-use plastic. Prior to that, she built local, regional and national mobilizing programs that activated thousands of Greenpeace supporters on a variety of campaigns. She believes effective social change movements require faith organizing, and that spiritual communities can support resilience for building a just and equitable future. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and outspoken preschooler, River Grace.

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

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.

Lorna Gold

Lorna Gold

Dr. Lorna Gold is Head of Policy and Advocacy in Trócaire, the overseas development and emergency relief agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Dr. Lorna Gold, vice-chair GCCM Board and a Director at FaithInvest. (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

Amanda Hanley

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 O’Shaughnessy

John O’Shaughnessy

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

Michel Roy

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

Yeb Saño

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 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.

Advisory Council

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

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

Philippines

Cardinal John Ribat

Cardinal John Ribat

Papua New Guinea

Cardinal Pedro Barreto

Cardinal Pedro Barreto

Peru

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich

Luxembourg

Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo

Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo

Burkina Faso

Steering Committee

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.

  • Alirio Caceres Aguirre

    Consultant REPAM (Colombia)

  • Allen Ottaro

    Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (Kenya)

  • Amy Woolam Echeverria

    Missionary Society of St. Columban (Columban Missionaries), International JPIC

  • Analisa Ramsahai

    Franciscan Institute for Personal and Family Development (Trinidad and Tobago)

  • Ann Marie Brennan

    Christian Life Community (United States)

  • Antoine Maksoud

    International Catholic Conference of Scouting (Lebanon)

  • Br Benedict Ayodi

    Curia Generale of OFM Capuchins, JPIC Office (Italy/Kenya)

  • Chiara Martinelli

    CIDSE (Belgium)

  • Dan Hale

    CAFOD (UK)

  • Fr. John Leydon, SSC

    Missionary Society of St Columban (Philippines / Ireland)

  • Fr Pedro Walpole

    EcoJesuit (Philippines)

  • Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ

    Jesuit General Curia (Rome)

  • Gabriel López Santamaría, OFS

    Paz y Bien (Spain)

  • Jacqui Remond

    Laudato Si’ Consultant (Australia)

  • Jose Aguto

    Catholic Climate Covenant (United States)

  • Luc Fiorani

    Focolare Movement (Italy)

  • Marianne Comfort

    Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (United States)

  • Martin de Jong

    Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand (New Zealand)

  • Marvie L. Misolas

    Maryknoll missioner (United States)

  • Montserrat Alom

    International Federation of Catholic Universities (France)

  • Patrick Carolan

    Franciscan Action Network (United States)

  • Paulo Baleinakorodawa

    Caritas Fiji, Archdiocese of Suva’s Commission for Social and Ecological Justice, Transcend Oceania (Fiji)

  • Pedro Duarte Silva

    CInternational Catholic Conference of Scouting (Portugal)

  • Rocío Valdeavellano

    Urban Development Institute CENCA (Peru)

  • Roxana Esqueff

    Red Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Pensamiento Social de la Iglesia, Red de Ecología Integral del Conosur (Uruguay)

  • Sr. Sheila Kinsey

    JPIC Commission of USG/UISG (Italy)